Blues stunned at home in Europe as Luxembourg champs snatch late victory

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Blues goalscorer Billy Chadwick

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Linfield suffered a 2-1 defeat in their Europa Conference League game against Fola Esch at Windsor Park on Tuesday night.

It all started so well for the Blues when, as early as the ninth minute, loanee Billy Chadwick fired them in front with a composed finish past Emanuel Cabral after dispossessing Julien Klein.

Linfield held the advantage for an hour before the visitors levelled through Stefano Bensi with a curled finish into the top corner after being teed up by Bruno Frere.

Then, a couple of minutes from time, substitute Gauthier Caron handed the Luxembourg champions the win on the night after smashing home the rebound from a Bensi effort which Chris Johns did well to tip onto the post.

The sides meet again in Luxembourg next Thursday evening.

Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Hume, M. Clarke, Fallon, Mulgrew, Chadwick, Palmer subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe-Byrne (not used), Manzinga (replaced Chadwick 64), Nasseri (replaced Fallon 90+1), Pepper (not used), Quinn (replaced Palmer 65), Salam (replaced Newberry 90+1), A. Clarke (not used), Carroll (not used)

Fola Esch: Cabral, Diogo Pimentel, Gilson Delgado, Bensi, Diallo, Frere, Omosanya, Ouassiero, Grisez, Klein, Mustafićsubs Martins (not used), da Costa (not used), Dikaba (not used), Cristiano Pascoal (not used), Caron (replaced Omosanya 63), Costa de Sousa (not used), Boutrif (replaced Diallo 62), Rodrigo Parreira (not used), Dragović (replaced Bensi 90+2), Correia (replaced Mustafić 90+2), Almada Correia (not used), Mura (not used)

Billy Chadwick in action with Diogo Pimentel and Michael Omosanya. 

There's a top of the table clash in the Danske Women's Premiership on Wednesday night with Cliftonville hosting Glentoran.

The Glens are one point clear, but the Solitude side have two games in hand.

Jonny Tuffey takes charge of Crusaders Strikers for the first time as they travel to Sion Swifts.

And the bottom two meet at the Brandywell where Derry City take on Linfield. 


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