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Feeney focused on delivering Gibson Cup after Euro bid falls short

By Stuart McKinley

Warren Feeney immediately turned his attention to bringing major silverware back to Windsor Park after Linfield's Europa League adventure came to an end in Sweden.

The Blues were unable to make the most of their 1-0 first leg advantage over AIK Solna and the 2-0 defeat suffered in Stockholm meant a 2-1 aggregate loss.

Now Feeney, who was appointed as the successor to long-serving boss David Jeffrey in May, has set his sights on trophies, with his new charges having won only the County Antrim Shield in the last two seasons.

"Our focus is now the league and I have told the players what I expect of them after that," said Feeney.

"It's been a great ride, but we're all building up for the league campaign and I've said that I want Linfield's identity back – and that's winning trophies.

"That's going to be our aim this year."

Crusaders restored some pride as they drew 1-1 with another Swedish side, Brommapojkarna, but the 4-0 defeat they suffered in the first leg sees them bow out.

Derry City threatened to turn their tie against Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus around when they opened the scoring to level the tie, but they they lost 5-1 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate.

REPORTS, Pages 80-81

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