Linfield and Portadown progress with European wins

Irish League clubs Linfield and Portadown reached the second qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Europa League respectively with aggregate wins in Europe
Irish League holders Linfield and runners-up Portadown both recorded aggregate wins in Europe to progress to the next round of their respective competitions.

In the Champions League first qualifying round, Linfield needed penalties to overcome Faroe Island champions B36 Torshavn after two goalless games. Torshavn suffered spot-kick disappointment as Kaemint Matras hit the bar and Lukasz Ciesiewicz saw his penalty saved by Ross Glendinning.

Stand-in goalkeeper Glendinning was impressive for the Blues, and proved a thorn in Torshavn's side as he kept a clean sheet at the Gundadalur Stadium.

Portadown came back from a goal down against Macedonia's FK Shkëndija at Shamrock Stadium to record a 2-1 aggregate victory in the Europa League first qualifying round.

Ardian Cuculi put the visitors ahead after 40 minutes, but Ronnie McFall's side fought valiantly in the second half to overcome the deficit, with Richard Lecky and Ross Redman finding the scoresheet.

Linfield will play Cypriot champs AEL Limassol in the second qualifying round, with the first leg taking place next week on July 18. Portadown travel to Croatia to face NK Slaven Belupo on July 19.