Europa League: Linfield 3-0 IF Fuglafjordur

Philip Lowry prepares to celebrate after he scores Linfield's third goal

Linfield cruised into the Europa League second-round qualifiers after this Windsor Park victory gave the Blues a 5-0 aggregate win over IF Fuglafjordur.

Michael Gault headed the hosts ahead just before the break before second-half strikes from Jamie Mulgrew and Philip Lowry secured a comfortable win.

It is the first time that the Belfast club have won both home and away ties in European competition.

Linfield's reward is a qualifier against Greek side Skoda Xanthi.

David Jeffrey's side went into the game firmly in command after a 2-0 win in last week's first leg in the Faroe Islands.

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Linfield went close after just two minutes with Peter Thompson heading over from a Michael Carvill cross.

Aaron Burns also sent a header over before the Irish League side took the lead five minutes before half-time.

Gault made a crucial block to deny Hogni Madsen, with the Blues springing forward and winning a free-kick.

The defender moved upfield and his flicked header from Knowles' delivery flew over keeper Jakup Mikkelsen and into the net.

Fuglafjordur enjoyed plenty of possession but failed to seriously test Linfield keeper Jonathan Tuffey.

Mulgrew made it 2-0 when he latched on to a Thompson through-ball before slotting past Mikkelsen and into the bottom corner.

Lowry sealed Linfield's progress on the hour mark with the midfielder's shot clipping Mikkelsen and hitting the roof of the net.

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