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Cliftonville hit European jackpot but contrasting emotions for Linfield and Glenavon

By Graham Luney

Cliftonville hit the European jackpot last night but there were contrasting emotions for Linfield and Glenavon whose continental adventures ended in disappointment.

The Reds were the toast of the Irish League, cruising to a 2-0 Europa League win over Differdange of Luxembourg at Solitude, sealing a 3-1 aggregate victory that sets up a meeting with AEK Larnaca of Cyprus - the first leg in north-Belfast next Thursday.

Goals from David McDaid and Jay Donnelly secured the financially lucrative win, worth £180,000 to the Reds.

Boss Gerard Lytle said: "I'm delighted for the players because they were superb in both legs."

Linfield produced a battling performance at Turner's Cross but a 1-1 draw wasn't enough as Cork City progressed 2-1 on aggregate.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton apologised to the fans after his side suffered their heaviest European defeat, going down 6-0 to IRK Reykjavik at Mourneview Park, losing 8-1 on aggregate.

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