Andrew Waterworth celebrates scoring Linfield's winner from the spot (Picture: William Cherry/


Linfield's European journey continued with a one-goal defeat of Faroese opponents HB at Windsor Park to secure a place in the Europa League Third Qualifying Round.

David Healy's side were tied 2-2 after last week's first leg in Tórshavn but knew those away goals gave them a distinct edge going into tonight's return.

The Blues started brightly, coming close on nine minutes when Bastien Héry played Andy Waterworth clear but his subsequent shot was saved by his legs by keeper Bjarti Mørk.

However Waterworth went one better after 20 minutes with a successfully converted spot-kick low and hard to the right awarded after Jógvan Davidsen had upended Joel Cooper as he burst clear.

Cooper proved his worth again soon after with a dangerous ball from the left which just evaded Waterworth as David Healy's side looked to underline their early dominance.

HB did come into the game more as the first half progressed, albeit without troubling keeper Rohan Ferguson while Linfield crafted only what amounted to a series half chances before the break.

It was a pattern that continued into the second half although Cooper did see an effort cleared on the hour while Jordan Stewart saw a powerful shot blocked by Lasse Andersen.

HB, needing to score to keep their hopes of survival alive, were unlucky on 67 minutes after Chris Casement's poor backpass was almost punished by René Joensen only for his shot to end up wide.

And the visitors came close again eight minutes from time through Adrian Justinussen’s long range attempt which whistled just the other side of the right post.

But Linfield ultimately comfortably did enough to win on the night and qualify for the next round to face FK Sutjeska of Montenegro.

Linfield: Ferguson, Stafford, Callacher, Waterworth, Héry, Cooper, Stewart, Kearns, Mulgrew, Quinn, Casement subs Moore (not used), Larkin (not used), Millar (replaced Stewart 75), Lavery (replaced Kearns 71), Clarke (not used), Fallon (not used), Mitchell (not used)

HB: Mørk, Egilsson, Davidsen, Pingel, Hlödversson, Justinussen, Jensen, Joensen, Samuelsen, Askam, Andersen subs Lamhauge (not used), Johansen (not used), Í Soylu (replaced Hlödversson 61), Petersen (replaced Joensen 75), Wardum (not used), Olsen (replaced Pingel 61), Sólheim (not used)

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