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Why Stephen Baxter broke 'Wolves' word ban ahead of Torshavn second leg, explains Forsythe

 

Perfect start: Jordan Forsythe scored Crusaders’ first goal
Perfect start: Jordan Forsythe scored Crusaders’ first goal

By Graham Luney

Crusaders midfielder Jordan Forsythe admitted the mouthwatering prospect of facing Wolves in the Europa League inspired the club to overcome B36 Torshavn.

Stephen Baxter's side booked a glamour trip to Molineux for a second-round qualifying first leg battle on Thursday night.

Leading 2-0 from the opener against their Faroe Islands opponents, Forsythe scored the opener in Gundadalur and a Paul Heatley double sealed a 5-2 aggregate success.

As well as lifting the Crues' European prizemoney to around £449,423, a major money-spinning tie against the English Premier League giants awaits.

The Irish Cup winners are now in dreamland and 27,000 tickets have already been sold for the Molineux showdown. Crusaders have been given an allocation of 728 Stand tickets.

Baxter's side will welcome Nuno Espirito Santo's men to Seaview on August 1 and ticket prices will be £25 adult and £15 Concession.

While all Wolves chat was banned on the Shore Road before the job was done in the Faroe Islands, Forsythe admits the prize was a golden one.

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"The gaffer has been the first one to say that 'no-one mention Wolves, that's not what we are here for' but as we were leaving the changing room it was mentioned that we would not get another opportunity in our lives like this to play a Premier League side that finished in the top seven last season," said Forsythe.

"What an opportunity for us to play in a Premier League ground. It will be a dream for us all. Of course we know it will be really tough but that's why you work hard to win the Irish Cup and earn these opportunities. Everyone is buzzing about the Wolves game.

"I've been lucky enough to play big European games such as Copenhagen, who are a great side, and Ludogorets. But Wolves are a whole different kettle of fish. They are playing in the best league in the world and I saw the other day they are trying to sign Diego Costa so that shows you the level of player they want.

"We deserve the right to be there as much as they do and we will approach it that way. Hopefully, we can enjoy the experience and make special memories."

Forsythe says his side are proud of the performances in both legs against Torshavn.

"It was a brilliant result, I'm delighted for everyone," he added.

"I think we can take a lot of satisfaction, not just for progressing but for winning both legs. Not many Irish League teams have done that.

"The manner in which we won the tie was really pleasing.

"I got the ball rolling with the opening goal and I couldn't believe everyone passed it up for me because it was in the six-yard box and just a matter of someone touching it off and rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

"It was a brilliant start. We knew it was going to be a very different game than the first leg. To get the early goal was perfect for us and I thought we played good football.

"We sat off them and naturally you will do that but I'm really delighted, not just for myself but for the staff and the supporters. It's great for everyone. It's great to score but it's all about getting into the next round."

• Linfield have signed Motherwell goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson on a season-long loan deal.

The 21-year-old made his debut for 'Well last season after joining them from Airdrieonians in August 2017.

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