Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Differdange 03 1-1 Cliftonville

Jay Donnelly in action during Cliftonville's 1-1 draw in Luxembourg
Jay Donnelly in action during Cliftonville's 1-1 draw in Luxembourg

An 88th-minute equaliser by substitute Ross Lavery earned Irish Premiership side Cliftonville a 1-1 draw against Differdange of Luxembourg on Thursday.

The second leg of the Europa League first qualifying round tie will be played at Solitude next week.

Lavery's headed effort ensures that Gerard Lyttle's side take a crucial away goal into that game.

New Reds goalkeeper Jason Mooney saved from Yeye Jordann early on but Omar Er Rafik found the net in the 38th minute.

After the break, home keeper Julien Weber made a fine stop from Martin Donnelly.

Cliftonville secured their place in the competition by winning the first-ever Irish League Europa League qualifier, with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Glentoran in May.

Lyttle had to plan without suspended defender Jaimie McGovern but Jason McGuinness started his first competitive fixture for the north Belfast outfit following his move from St Patrick's Athletic.

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle: "The aim was to come here and at least get a goal and we worked very hard against a team we knew very little about.

"We sussed them out well in the first half and were a different team in the second half. We had a wee go at them and all the boys were first class.

"Ross came through our youth system and I am delighted for him. Tonight is a dream come true for him and he has lots of talent, ability, energy and strength."

Line-ups

Differdange 03

  • 30Weber
  • 4Almeida Rodrigues
  • 5SiebenalerSubstituted forBukvicat 70'minutes
  • 8Ribeiro AlvesSubstituted forSinaniat 68'minutes
  • 9Er Rafik
  • 6May
  • 29Luisi
  • 17YeyeSubstituted forLascakat 80'minutes
  • 19Vandenbroeck
  • 25Franzoni
  • 21Jänisch

Substitutes

  • 1Schaab
  • 7Bastos
  • 10Sinani
  • 11Caron
  • 15Bukvic
  • 20Bettmer
  • 23Lascak

Cliftonville

  • 1Mooney
  • 7CurranBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMurrayat 84'minutes
  • 4BonnerBooked at 32mins
  • 3Ives
  • 8Knowles
  • 14HughesSubstituted forMcDaidat 56'minutes
  • 6McGuinness
  • 21Donnelly
  • 11DonnellySubstituted forLaveryat 68'minutes
  • 17CatneyBooked at 44mins
  • 18Winchester

Substitutes

  • 9McDaid
  • 10Garrett
  • 12Burke
  • 19Murray
  • 20Murray
  • 22Lavery
  • 23Cosgrove
Referee:
Ignasi Villamayor Rozados
Attendance:
1,355

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