Shayne Lavery gets past Darko Bulatovic (©INPHO/Brian Little)


Linfield are through to the Europa League play-offs following a 3-2 win over Montenegrin visitors FK Sutjeska at Windsor Park giving David Healy's side an aggregate 5-3 victory.

The Blues, 2-1 up from the first leg, immediately set to work furthering their advantage with the opening goal as early as the seventh minute when Mark Stafford powered home Kirk Millar's corner from the left.

Bojan Božović levelled on the night for Sutjeska after a quarter-of-an-hour, heading Damir Kojašević's left-foot free-kick past Rohan Ferguson, but just three minutes after that Shayne Lavery restored Linfield's lead with a 25-yard drive after making the most of a mistake in the visiting defence.

And Linfield were handed a further advantage on 36 minutes following Aleksandar Šofranac's dismissal for a challenge on Lavery for which he received his second caution in as many minutes.

Božović proved to be a constant threat for Sutjeska, forcing Ferguson into an outstanding save on the hour before grabbing his second of the game moments later after glancing a corner from the right into the net.

Another goal would have given Sutjeska the advantage but Linfield's nerves were settled on 76 minutes when Matthew Clarke side footed Joel Cooper's cross from the right past Vladan Giljen.

Linfield now face Azerbaijani side Qarabağ for a place in the group stages, with the first leg at Windsor Park next week.

Linfield: Ferguson, Stafford, Héry, Millar, Lavery, Clarke, Fallon, Mulgrew, McGivern, Quinn, Casement subs Moore (not used), Callacher (not used), Waterworth (replaced Lavery 79), Cooper (replaced Millar 67), Stewart (replaced Quinn 76), Kearns (not used), Mitchell (not used)

FK Sutjeska: Giljen, Petrovikj, Ciger, Nedić, Kojašević, Ćetković, Erakovic, Šofranac,  Božović, Bulatović, Vlaisavljević subs Ličina (not used), Grivić (not used), Nikolić (replaced Erakovic 85), Bubanja (not used), Marušić (not used), Marković (replaced Božović 73), Vučić (replaced Vlaisavljević 63)

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