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BLUES THROUGH IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AFTER PENALTY DRAMA

Release Date: 11/07/2012

LINFIELD successfully made it through to the Champions League second qualifying round but only after an anxious penalty shoot-out in the Faroe Islands.

As with the first leg last week, the Blues were held to a scoreless draw by B36 Thorshavn.

Their hosts, buoyed by that result at Windsor Park seven days earlier, started brightly albeit without much punch in front of goal with Polish striker Lukasz Cieslewicz perhaps coming closest.

For the Blues Mark McAllister headed over from a Damien Curran set piece while Daryl Fordyce turned a later effort wide.

After the interval B36 arguably looked more likely to break the deadlock with Cieslewicz again providing a moment of danger, followed by efforts from Suni Olsen and Roaldur Jakobsen.

But Linfield almost snatched victory with five minutes of normal time left after Gary Browne met a Brian McCaul cross from the right only for his shot to be deflected for a corner.

Extra-time continued to fail to produce the breakthrough goal although McAllister came within a whisker of grabbing it on 112 minutes with a strong drive inside the area which sailed just over the bar.

And so to penalties. Klæmint Matras was first up for B36 but he could only direct his spot-kick onto a post.

Jim Ervin, Gary Browne, Michael Carvill and Brian McCaul all successfully converted for the Blues, leaving the score 4-3 as Cieslewicz stepped up - but his effort was saved by Ross Glendinning ensuring Linfield's safe passage into the next round.

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    Linfield's Ross Glendinning

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