Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Europa League first qualifying round: Crusaders secure home win over Tórshavn

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Crues beat Torshavn to move closer to Wolves encounter

Crusaders beat Faroese outfit B36 Tórshavn 2-0 with a dominant display in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round at Seaview.

Goals in each half from debutant defender Chris Hegarty and midfielder Philip Lowry put the Crues in command ahead of next week's return leg.

Jordan Owens had an early penalty saved and Arni Frederiksberg hit the crossbar with the visitors' only effort of note.

The winners wills play English Premier League side Wolves in the next round.

The Crues earned their European place by beating Ballinamallard United 3-0 in the Irish Cup Final in May.

Stephen Baxter's men made a strong start to the match, pressing their visitors with a high tempo on what was their first competitive fixture of the season.

Philip Lowry
Lowry also scored in Crusaders' Irish Cup final win in May

They gained control in the opening stages and were rarely threatened throughout, with Tórshavn struggling to deal with the aerial threat from Owens.

Crusaders were not as dangerous in the second-half as they were before the break, but are in a strong position to go through thanks to their two-goal lead.

Former Rangers centre-half Hegarty, who signed for the Crues from Dungannon Swifts in May, gave the north Belfast men a well-deserved half-time lead with a header in the 33rd minute.

Billy-Joe Burns delivered a superb deep cross from the right and Hegarty rose unmarked to power home a header past Jorgensen.

Lowry's goal came in the 79th minute from a long ball forward from Burns which Owens flicked on to Lowry who ended a strong run into the box with a neat finish across the keeper into the bottom corner.

Howard Beverland
Crusaders defender Howard Beverland was rarely threatened during the win

The foul for the Crues' spot-kick came in the first minute of the game, with Andreas Eriksen and Eli Nielsen both seeming to push Owens in the back as he tried to flick the ball on from a long throw into the box.

With David Cushley starting on the bench, the Seaview outfit's record goalscorer's low effort to the keeper's left was too tame and Jorgensen dived to make the save.

Clarke had a dipping free-kick saved on his line by Jorgensen and a minute later the winger found Owens with a right-wing cross but his header was straight at the keeper.

Declan Caddell, whose testimonial will take place against Rangers at Seaview on Saturday, headed wide from a corner and Clarke had a half volley from an Owens flick-on saved.

The Faroese side came within inches of equalising with their only significant effort of the match when Arni Frederiksberg struck the crossbar with a well-hit curling free-kick from 20 yards.

The tempo dropped in the second half before Lowry's goal gave the Crues a more healthy lead to take into the away leg.

Line-ups

Crusaders

  • 1O'Neill
  • 3HegartyBooked at 30mins
  • 2BurnsBooked at 90mins
  • 12CaddellBooked at 42minsSubstituted forHaleat 63'minutes
  • 7Lowry
  • 14ForsytheBooked at 56minsSubstituted forThompsonat 90+9'minutes
  • 4Beverland
  • 25Clarke
  • 17RuddyBooked at 38mins
  • 22HeatleySubstituted forCushleyat 78'minutes
  • 18Owens

Substitutes

  • 8Ward
  • 9Hale
  • 10Hale
  • 11Cushley
  • 15O'Rourke
  • 21Thompson
  • 26Doherty

B36 Tórshavn

  • 21Jorgensen
  • 6NielsenBooked at 2mins
  • 3Tór NaesBooked at 10mins
  • 2EriksenBooked at 62mins
  • 7Frederiksberg
  • 28PrzybylskiSubstituted forAgnarssonat 90+1'minutes
  • 11CieslewiczBooked at 41minsSubstituted forJacobsenat 90+7'minutes
  • 12Mellemgaard
  • 5Jacobsen
  • 13Jacobsen
  • 18HeinesenSubstituted forRadosavljevicat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hansen
  • 4Petersen
  • 8Radosavljevic
  • 9Agnarsson
  • 14Jacobsen
  • 15Samuelsen
  • 17Samuelsen
Referee:
Yigal Frid
Attendance:
1,112

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 11th July 2019

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A

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1B Leverkusen6411169713
2Zürich631276110
3AEK Larnaca6123612-65
4Ludogorets604257-24

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg66001761118
2Celtic630368-29
3RB Leipzig62139817
4Rosenborg6015414-101

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg632165111
2Slavia Prague631243110
3Bordeaux62136607
4FC Copenhagen612335-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb6420113814
2Fenerbahçe62227708
3Spartak Trnava621347-37
4Anderlecht603327-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal65101221016
2Sporting64111331013
3Vorskla Poltava6105413-93
4FK Qarabag6105213-113

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis633072512
2Olympiakos6312116510
3AC Milan6312129310
4F91 Dudelange6015316-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6240125710
2Rapid Vienna631269-310
3Rangers61328806
4Spartak Moscow6123812-45

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt66001751218
2Lazio6303911-29
3Apollon Limassol6213101007
4Marseille6015616-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6321148611
2Malmö FF62317619
3Besiktas6213911-27
4Sarpsborg 086123813-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla64021861212
2FK Krasnodar640288012
3Standard Liege631279-210
4Akhisarspor6015414-101

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6510123916
2BATE Borisov63039909
3MOL Vidi621357-27
4PAOK Salonika6105512-73
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