Blues crash out but get second chance - Crues aim to secure showdown with Wolves

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Linfield make Champions League exit in Norway. Pic: LFC.

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Linfield have crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers.

They lost 4-0 against Rosenborg in Norway on Wednesday night and go down 6-0 on aggregate.

The Blues drop to Europa League qualifying and face HB Torshavn with the first leg in the Faroe Islands next Tuesday.




Three local teams have second leg Europa League qualifiers on Thursday night.

Ballymena United are 7-0 down going into their game with Malmo at the Showgrounds.

Cliftonville hope to turn around a 1-0 deficit against Haugesund in Norway.

Crusaders go to B36 Torshavn 2-0 up as they bid to face Premiership Wolves in the next round.





Danske Bank Women's Premiership

Linfield Ladies closed the gap on goal difference to league leaders Glentoran with an eight-goal victory at fourth-placed Cliftonville on Wednesday night.

The Blues began the night level on points with the east Belfast outfit but with an inferior goal difference of ten - but as the Glens defeated Crusaders 2-0 the gap is down to four.

Caitlin McGuinness got the ball rolling for Linfield in the second minute at Solitude before her sister and captain Kirsty doubled the lead soon after, with Rebecca Bassett and Abbie Magee adding further goals before the break.

Phil Lewis’s side did not ease up in the second half with captain McGuinness and Casey Howe netting within the space of a minute, before the former completed her hat-trick and Howe added her second and Linfield’s eighth. 

Glentoran remain top of the standings thanks to their two-goal victory at Seaview - Joely Andrews and Kerry Beattie were on target for the League Cup winners.

Sion Swifts remain within two points of the top two as they ran out 10-0 winners at home to basement side Comber Rec.

Moya Feehan, Chloe McGlade, Kerry Brown and Roma McLaughlin all netted twice while Ebony Leckey and Michelle McDaid were also on target for Sion, who had defeated Derry City 7-0 on Monday.









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