Shirak and Banants football clubs began participation
in UEFA Cup competition yesterday (August 14).
The first round was a (0-4) crush for Shirak,
but ended in a draw for Banants.
Shirak traveled to Denmark to face Nordsjaellan
and were quickly dispatched by their hosts, as
Dennis Swrensen scored at 12 minutes to begin
a hat trick (also scoring at 45 and 48). Teammate
David Rasmussen closed out the scoring at minute
The defeat leaves Shirak with only the slimmest
of chances of advancing, as it would need to win
by at least four goals (plus an added time victory
or by penalties) when the teams meet again ??
on Shirak's home pitch.
Banants 1-1 draw against Hapoel of Tel Aviv leaves
it in better shape as Hapoel comes to Yerevan
After Rozen of the Israeli club scored at minute
44, Banants' Amin Ryan evened the match at 72.
A victory or a 0-0 draw would send Banants to
the second round.