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In pictures: Ballymena well placed to progess in Europa League after comfortable home win over NSI Runavik

Ballymena's Leroy Millar (left) celebrates after opening the scoring at the Showgrounds.
Ballymena's Leroy Millar (left) celebrates after opening the scoring at the Showgrounds.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/06/2019 Ballymena United v Runavick Europa League Preliminary round BallymenaÕs Jude Wincherster scores during this evenings game at Warden Street in Ballymena. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/06/2019 Ballymena United v Runavick Europa League Preliminary round Ballymena's Adam Lecky during this evenings game at Warden Street in Ballymena. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/06/2019 Ballymena United v Runavick Europa League Preliminary round Ballymena Manager David Jeffrey during this evenings game at Warden Street in Ballymena. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/06/2019 Ballymena United v Runavick Europa League Preliminary round Ballymena Manager David Jeffrey during this evenings game at Warden Street in Ballymena. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/06/2019 Ballymena United v Runavick Europa League Preliminary round BallymenaÕs Leroy Millar scores during this evenings game at Warden Street in Ballymena. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/06/2019 Ballymena United v Runavick Europa League Preliminary round BallymenaÕ Manager David Jeffrey during this evenings game at Warden Street in Ballymena. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/06/2019 Ballymena United v Runavick Europa League Preliminary round BallymenaÕ Manager David Jeffrey during this evenings game at Warden Street in Ballymena. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/06/2019 Ballymena United v Runavick Europa League Preliminary round BallymenaÕs Steven McCullough and RunavickÕs Bui Egilsson during this evenings game at Warden Street in Ballymena. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Jude Wincherster with NSI Runavik's Peder Nerveen Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Leroy Millar(left) celebrates with his captain Jim Ervin after he scores to make it 1-0. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Leroy Millar(left) celebrates with his teammates after he scores to make it 1-0. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Leroy Millar(second from left) celebrates with his teammates after he scores to make it 1-0. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Leroy Millar(second from left) celebrates with his teammates after he scores to make it 1-0. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Leroy Millar(centre) celebrates with his teammates after he scores to make it 1-0. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Leroy Millar celebrates after he scores to make it 1-0. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Steven McCullough with NSI Runavik's Bui Egilsson Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Leroy Millar with NSI Runavik's Bardur Hansen Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Declan Carville with NSI Runavik's Bui Egilsson Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Europa League Preliminary Qualifying Round First Leg, Ballymena Showgrounds, Co. Antrim 27/6/2019 Ballymena United vs NSI Runavik Ballymena's Steven McCullough with NSI Runavik's Bui Egilsson Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter

Ballymena United are well placed to make it through to a Europa League first qualifying round tie against Malmo after a 2-0 home win over NSI Runavik at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Leroy Millar and Jude Winchester struck to give David Jeffrey's men a two-goal cushion ahead of next Thursday's second leg in the Faroe Islands.

In front of 2,270 supporters, Millar worked space in the middle of the box to blast home a left-footed half-volley at the start of the second half.

It was two before the hour-mark when Winchester curled a spectacular effort into the top corner after Cathair Friel had caused problems with a direct run.

Millar could even have added a third as the Braidmen dominated.

If they can complete the job in the Faroes next week, United will benefit the Irish League coefficient and also pocket an additional £214k in European prize money, taking their total for the summer to £409k.

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