Larne and Linfield discover potential Europa Conference League opponents

The Europa Conference League draw has provided Linfield and Larne with third qualifying round opponents - if successful over the next hurdle.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 3:41 pm

The Blues and Larne stand as the final two Irish League representatives in European competition this season following defeat last week for both Coleraine and Glentoran.

Both clubs now face home tests this Thursday in the second qualifying round, with away ties next week.

Victory would provide a spot in the third qualifying round of the newly-introduced European tournament across games in August.

Linfield manager David Healy. Pic by Pacemaker.

Linfield host Banja Luka in the second qualifying stage and reward for success would be a test against either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Luxembourg’s Fola Esch.

The home leg would take place on August 5, with the return the following week.

Larne face Denmark’s AGF Aarhus on Thursday at Inver Park and the winners over two legs will progress to visit Paços de Ferreira of Portugal on August 5.

David Healy’s Linfield enter the Europa Conference League stage following a Champions League loss last week to Zalgiris Vilnius.

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch. Pic by Pacemaker.

Larne’s first experience of European in club history featured a memorable victory over Bala Town.


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