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Premiership

BLUES HAVE IT ALL TO DO AFTER FIRST LEG DEFEAT

03 Aug 2021
football
© Brian Little/PressEye Billy Chadwick in action with Diogo Pimentel and Michael Omosanya
Linfield face a challenge if they are to progress in the UEFA Conference League following a 2-1 home defeat to Fola Esch from Luxembourg.
 
It all started so well for the Blues when, as early as the ninth minute, loanee Billy Chadwick fired them in front with a composed finish past Emanuel Cabral after dispossessing Julien Klein.
 
Linfield held the advantage for an hour before the visitors levelled through Stefano Bensi with a curled finish into the top corner after being teed up by Bruno Frere.
 
Then, a couple of minutes from time, substitute Gauthier Caron handed the Luxembourg champions the win on the night after smashing home the rebound from a Bensi effort which Chris Johns did to tip onto the post.

The sides meet again in Luxembourg next Thursday evening.

Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Hume, M. Clarke, Fallon, Mulgrew, Chadwick, Palmer subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe-Byrne (not used), Manzinga (replaced Chadwick 64), Nasseri (replaced Fallon 90+1), Pepper (not used), Quinn (replaced Palmer 65), Salam (replaced Newberry 90+1), A. Clarke (not used), Carroll (not used)
 
Fola Esch: Cabral, Diogo Pimentel, Gilson Delgado, Bensi, Diallo, Frere, Omosanya, Ouassiero, Grisez, Klein, Mustafić subs Martins (not used), da Costa (not used), Dikaba (not used), Cristiano Pascoal (not used), Caron (replaced Omosanya 63), Costa de Sousa (not used), Boutrif (replaced Diallo 62), Rodrigo Parreira (not used), Dragović (replaced Bensi 90+2), Correia (replaced Mustafić 90+2), Almada Correia (not used), Mura (not used)