Local teams go down fighting in Europa League qualifiers and impress title winner

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Joe Gormley - on target for Cliftonville.

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Local teams went down fighting in the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday night. 

Derry City beat Dinamo Minsk 2-1 in Belarus, but lost 3-2 on aggregate.

Ally Roy and Ronan Hale scored for the Candystripes.

Cliftonville, Coleraine and Glenavon also made a first round exit after battling displays.

The Reds took an early lead away to Danish side Nordsjælland through a Joe Gormley penalty, but eventually lost 2-1 on the night - 3-1 on aggregate.

Coleraine went down 2-0 against Spartak Subotica at the Showgrounds, also 3-1 on aggregate. 

Late goals saw Glenavon crash 5-1 to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde in Norway - a 6-3 defeat over the two legs.

Danske Bank Premiership champions Crusaders enter the competition next week and defender Howard Beverland has told Q Radio he's been encouraged by the performances of the other teams...





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