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An efficient display!

Portadown's victory over Skonto Riga on Thursday night came not only as a massive boost to the Shamrock Park club but to Irish League football in general.

So low is our ranking on the continental stage that we're perilously close to seeing our Champions forced into an extra qualifying round, but the Ports' historic win — and indeed Glentoran's draw with KR Reykjavik — could mean that such a headache is averted for a few years yet.

Latvia has provided a happy hunting ground for local sides lately with Linfield, Cliftonville and now Portadown enjoying recent Euro triumphs in the Baltic state.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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