‘NSÍ Runavík players are more match fit than us,’ implies Ballymena United captain

NSÍ Runavík, 2018 Betri Deildin runners-up, have been drawn against Ballymena United from Northern Ireland in the preliminary round of the Europa League.

The Faroese side play away from home in Thursday’s first leg, with the second leg being played a week later in the Faroes.

NSÍ currently sit top of the Faroese Premier Division after 14 games of their domestic season.

Both sides were relatively satisfied with the draw.

“Both teams will think they have a chance of going through. It looks a fairly balanced and even game,” said Ballymena United captain Jim Ervin, according to bbc.com.

“We had someone watching them at the weekend so we are awaiting feedback.”

“It’s difficult getting information on your opposition but we have plenty of experience within the squad of playing teams from the Faroe Islands,” added Ervin.

Ervin implied that the NSÍ players are more match fit as the Faroese season is still ongoing.

“It’s difficult playing outside of our regular season but what can you do? It has always been that way for Irish League clubs from day one. “NSI are 13 games (14 games) into their season, while we have played two friendlies, but the boys are back fit and raring to go.”

Swedish side Malmø FF await the winners of the tie in the next qualifying round.

Author: Jens Hákun Leo