Europa League: Linfield exit after Cork draw
Linfield battled hard for a 1-1 draw at Cork City but the Irish League side lost out 2-1 on aggregate in the Europa League first round qualifier.
The Turner's Cross hosts dominated the first half with Stephen Dooley denied by Jamie Mulgrew's goal-line clearance.
Sean Maguire put Cork ahead from a penalty on the restart before Mark Stafford's headed equaliser.
Roy Carroll kept Linfield in the game with a series of fine saves but it was in vain as Cork progressed.
Mulgrew's timely intervention came after Carroll saved an initial attempt from Steven Beattie on nine minutes.
Cork were on top but Linfield carried a threat and they had penalty claims turned down when Ross Gaynor was challenged by Gavan Holohan.
The hosts wasted a good chance with Maguire scuffing his shot from close range.
Both goals came early in the second half, starting with Maguire converting from the spot after he was fouled by Matthew Clarke.
Linfield were level four minutes later thanks to Stafford's header from a Ross Gaynor cross.
Cork pressed for a second goal but the Leesiders were thwarted time and time again by Northern Ireland keeper Carroll.
Linfield needed to net again to go through on away goals but Mulgrew rifled over as Cork held on to make the second qualifying round.
- 8HolohanSubstituted forMorrisseyat 57'minutes
- 10BeattieBooked at 63mins
- 26BuckleySubstituted forHealyat 65'minutes
- 18McSweeneySubstituted forO'Sullivanat 57'minutes
- 12MillarSubstituted forBurnsat 79'minutes
- 22MulgrewBooked at 90mins
- 16ClarkeBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMcLellanat 89'minutes
- 38SmythBooked at 56mins
- 34GaynorBooked at 49mins
- Bartosz Frankowski