Europa League: Linfield aim to secure passage against Runavik

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Managers look ahead to Europa games

Linfield manager Warren Feeney says his side will take a positive approach into the second leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie.

The Blues travel to the Faroe Islands to face NSI Runavik with a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Windsor Park.

"They will come at us but we won't sit back. We'll go there in a positive frame of mind," indicated Feeney.

Glenavon are 2-1 down from their first leg against Shakhtyor Soligorsk while Glentoran trail MSK Zilina 4-1.

Linfield have the best chance of progressing to the second round however, having kept a clean sheet, in addition to goals from Andy Waterworth and new signing Guy Bates.

"It's early days but they have the makings of forming a good partnership. As well as being a physical threat, Guy is very mobile and has great feet. I tried to sign him last summer but this time I managed to get him," explained Feeney.

"The job is only half done and we have to play to our strengths and be confident.

"They showed that they can be a threat but our fitness levels held up well last week. We didn't want to go chasing the ball but it surprised me how strongly the boys finished."

Europa League 1st qualifying rd 2nd leg - 9 July
Shakhtyor SoligorskvGlenavon (17:30 BST)
RMSK ZilinavGlentoran (18:30)
NSI RunavikvLinfield (19:00)

The Blues will have defender Jimmy Callacher and winger Ross Clarke back in their squad for the trip to the Faroes.

Meanwhile Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton admits it will be "a tough ask" to overturn a one-goal deficit in Belarus.

"Shakhtyor are going well in their domestic league but I thought we caused them problems from set-pieces and all around the pitch. If we play the way we can, who knows what can happen.

"If we had lost 2-0 at Mourneview we would have been going there with no chance, but that late goal from Mark Patton kept the tie alive."

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson fears his players may struggle in the humidity and heat against MSK Zilina of Slovakia, making an already uphill task even more difficult.

"They are a quality outfit who keep the ball well and their fitness levels are superb. It is a good pre-season workout for us and will help us to build up our fitness and our shape.

"They play a brand of football which we try to play ourselves. They had two deflected goals at the Oval and took their chances, while we missed ours," lamented Patterson.

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