Kirsty McGuinness slotted home Linfield's late winning penalty (©LinfieldFC.com)

LATE SPOT-KICK SECURES CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WIN FOR LINFIELD

A late goal from captain Kirsty McGuinness earned Linfield a memorable victory over Greek champions PAOK in the Champions League.

The Blues fell behind early on in the match, played at the Van Roy stadium in Belgium, but bounced back in emphatic fashion.

Kelsie Burrows hit the equaliser in the 18th minute before defender Ashley Hutton followed it up with another, although PAOK hit back before the break.

Despite the frenetic start, the game settled down after the opening half hour and the match had appeared to be meandering towards a draw before Phil Lewis’s side grabbed a dramatic win.

Captain McGuinness - who is the top scorer in the Women’s Danske Bank Premiership - netted from the penalty spot late on to secure the win.

The result ensures Linfield are still in contention to qualify from the group despite losing their opening game 4-0 against top seeds in the group, Lillestrom.

The Norwegian side were beaten 3-2 by Anderlecht on Saturday, while the Belgians defeated PAOK 5-0 in the opening clash of the campaign.

PAOK: Papakonstantinou, Smiljković, Kakambouki, Chatzigiannidou, Pouliou, Vardali, Nefrou, Demetriou, Karapetsa, Mitkou, Gkatsou subs Chatzicharistou (not used), Nasi (not used), Pitsiou (replaced Vardali 83), Paterna (replaced Nefrou 68), Doiranli (not used), Betancourt (not used), Saich (not used) 

Linfield: Perry, McFrederick, Hutton, Howe, K. McGuinness, Burrows, McKenna, Magee, C. McGuinness, Ashton-Jones, McCarron subs McCleary (not used), Fitzsimmons (not used), Bassett (replaced Howe 70), Timoney (not used), O'Donnell (replaced Ashton-Jones 65), Cameron (not used), Donnan (not used)

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