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22 Jul 2021
© Brian Little/PressEye Michael Newberry is mobbed after opening the scoring
Linfield have one foot in the next round of the UEFA Conference League courtesy of a thumping four-goal victory over Borac Banja Luka at Windsor Park.
It only took the Blues a couple of minutes to race into the lead when Michael Newberry sent a half volley home after Christy Manzinga had glanced on a perfectly delivered Trai Hume right-sided cross.
Linfield's second came on 25 minutes, with Manzinga this time getting his name on the scoresheet with a thunderous blast into the top corner after running onto a Stephen Fallon through ball.
Number three came with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining. Again Fallon was involved, laying the ball off for Matthew Clarke who then sent a low cross over for skipper Jamie Mulgrew to turn home into the bottom corner.
A fourth almost came right on 90 minutes when Hume almost lobbed the keeper only for a defender to clear it off the line.
But David Healy's charges weren't to be denied a couple of minutes into stoppage time when Jimmy Callacher connected with Kirk Millar's corner to send a bullet header beyond Bojan Pavlović.
Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Hume, Manzinga, M. Clarke, Fallon, Mulgrew, Palmer subs Walsh (not used), Williamson (not used), Roscoe-Byrne (replaced Callacher 90+6), Nasseri (not used), Pepper (not used), Quinn (replaced Fallon 82), Salam (not used), A. Clarke (replaced Manzinga 82)
Borac Banja Luka: Pavlović, Jovanović, Ćorić, Begić, Ćosić, Vojinović, Vranješ, Meleg, Milojević, Moraitis, Zakarić subs Lakić (not used), Ćetković (not used), Kujundžić (not used), Dujaković (not used), Ntchamda (replaced Begić 46), Subić (replaced Milojević 46), Čavić (not used), Kulašin (replaced Vojinović 67), Živković (replaced Moraitis 79), Vušurović (replaced Meleg 78)