European cash boost for double winners Linfield

Linfield keeper Alan Blayney celebrates the Irish Cup triumph
Linfield keeper Alan Blayney celebrates the Irish Cup triumph

Linfield have even more to celebrate after Saturday's Irish Cup success secured a fifth double in six years.

The Blues are now £88,000 better off, thanks to Everton's 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Saturday.

That result means Champions League finalists Manchester United will qualify automatically for next season's group stages.

That frees up a spot in the second qualifying round, which Linfield will take and with it the extra money.

The Blues defeated Crusaders 2-1 in the Irish Cup decider at Windsor Park.

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