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Europa League: Classy Cliftonville smash Barry Town while Ballymena win to set up Malmo tie

Have a look at all the photographs from Cliftonville's win in our gallery

Cliftonville and Ballymena United will both be playing alongside Crusaders in the first qualifying round of the Europa League next week.
Cliftonville and Ballymena United will both be playing alongside Crusaders in the first qualifying round of the Europa League next week.
Cliftonville's Conor McDermott celebrates netting his first goal for the club.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McDermott scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McDermott scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McDermott scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McDermott scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
3rd July 2019 Europa league qualifying round match between Cliftonville and Barry Town at Solitude Belfast Cliftonville's Joe Gormley celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0 Mandatory Credit / Stephen Hamilton/Inpho
3rd July 2019 Europa league qualifying round match between Cliftonville and Barry Town at Solitude Belfast Cliftonville's Joe Gormley celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0 Mandatory Credit / Stephen Hamilton/Inpho
3rd July 2019 Europa league qualifying round match between Cliftonville and Barry Town at Solitude Belfast Cliftonville's Conor McMenamin celebrates after he heads his side into a 1- 0 lead Mandatory Credit / Stephen Hamilton/Inpho
3rd July 2019 Europa league qualifying round match between Cliftonville and Barry Town at Solitude Belfast Cliftonville's Conor McMenamin celebrates after he heads his side into a 1- 0 lead Mandatory Credit / Stephen Hamilton/Inpho
3rd July 2019 Europa league qualifying round match between Cliftonville and Barry Town at Solitude Belfast Cliftonville's Conor McMenamin celebrates after he heads his side into a 1- 0 lead Mandatory Credit / Stephen Hamilton/Inpho
3rd July 2019 Europa league qualifying round match between Cliftonville and Barry Town at Solitude Belfast Cliftonville's Conor McMenamin celebrates after he heads his side into a 1- 0 lead Mandatory Credit / Stephen Hamilton/Inpho
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Joe Gormley scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McMenamin scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McMenamin scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McMenamin scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McMenamin scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McMenamin scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/07/2019 Cliftonville v Barry Town Europa League Qualifier CliftonvilleÕs Conor McMenamin scores during todays game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

The Irish League will have three teams playing in the Europa League first qualifying round next week after Cliftonville and Ballymena United both progressed from the preliminary round.

First-half goals from man of the match Conor McMenamin and top marksman Joe Gormley combined with late efforts from Conor McDermott and Rory Donnelly to earned the Reds a well deserved 4-0 win over Welsh visitors Barry Town.

In the Faroe Islands, Ballymena kept a clean sheet to protect their 2-0 first leg lead and go through to the next round.

Tonight's victories take each club's European prize money so far from £195k to £409k, making these wins worth at least £214k each.

Here's all you need to know about tonight's games:

Cliftonville 4-0 Barry Town (Cliftonville win 4-0 on aggregate)

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Cliftonville's Conor McDermott celebrates netting his first goal for the club.

Cliftonville blasted Welsh visitors Barry Town out of sight at Solitude in a 4-0 hammering.

Billed by the PA as a battle between Give My Head Peace ('Da' - Tim McGarry - was ball sponsor) and Gavin and Stacey (which is set in Barry), Uncle Bryn's boys took one hell of a beating. The Welsh fans, to their credit, celebrated with a conga line in the closing minutes and gave their team a rapturous reception at full-time.

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On the pitch though, they were outclassed. There were four well-worked goals, four different scorers and bags of flowing football from Paddy McLaughlin's men.

Conor McMenamin, Joe Gormley, Conor McDermott and Rory Donnelly all found the net to set up a first qualifying round tie against Norwegian side Haugesund.

It was Gormley and McMenamin who got the goals to defeat Glentoran in extra-time in the play-off final and, fittingly, the same pair set up the win worth an extra £214,000 of European prize money with first half goals.

Man of the match McMenamin dominated the midfield battle, providing an exciting link with Rory Donnelly and got a hugely deserved reward when he bulleted home a header from a Ronan Doherty corner.

It was two just before the break when Gormley crashed an absolutely unstoppable effort past a helpless Barry goalkeeper Mike Lewis. When captain Chris Curran sent a low cross into the middle, there was Gormley to slam home first time.

As Barry pushed, the Reds always looked likely to add late goals on the break and that's exactly what happened when on loan Derry City full-back passed home a cool finish for his first Cliftonville goal and Rory Donnelly slammed home after brilliant work from Gormley on the left flank.

Cliftonville will host Haugesund at Solitude next week, Thursday July 11, before travelling to Norway a week later on July 18.

NSI Runavik 0-0 Ballymena United (Ballymena win 2-0 on aggregate)

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Big moment: Leroy Millar celebrates hitting United’s first Euro goal since 1984
 

Ballymena United are through to face Malmo in the Europa League first qualifying round after seeing off NSI Runavik.

Carrying a two goal lead thanks to Leroy Millar and Jude Winchester's first leg strikes, United managed to hold on to the advantage by sealing a 0-0 draw in the Faroe Islands.

It took a block from Tony Kane and a big Ross Glendinning save in the second half to protect the clean sheet, while Winchester went close on a couple of occasions at the other end.

United will now travel to Malmo next week, Thursday July 11, before hosting the Swedish giants at the Showgrounds a week later on July 18.

Here are tonight's second leg games as they happened:

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