Blues bid to keep Euro tie alive

Tonight Irish League champions Linfield face B36 Torshavn in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier at Windsor Park with a 7.45pm start and boss David Jeffrey says it is vital to keep the tie alive for the second leg next Tuesday.

“There is no doubt we feel we have a good chance to progress, but it is vital we keep the tie alive for the second leg,” said manager David Jeffrey.

“We are not under any illusion about how difficult a task this is going to be. By the same token, it would be wrong not to say that this is a game and a tie that is winable. We’re obviously handicapped by being back in action so early and we also have the injuries to Michael Gault and Philip Lowry.

“The attitude in the camp is very good and the players have conducted themselves superbly, judging by the way they’ve come back into pre-season training. I’ve been very pleased with the players. The one other thing we’ve got to take into consideration is that our opponents are something like 14 games into their season, so it’s going to be a game where we’re really going to have to be on our mettle.”