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Andy Waterworth makes Linfield European history

 

Euro joy: Andy Waterworth scored twice for Linfield in Faroes last night to set a new club record
Euro joy: Andy Waterworth scored twice for Linfield in Faroes last night to set a new club record

By Steven Beacom

Andy Waterworth admitted he was privileged to become Linfield's greatest goalscorer in Europe after scoring twice in a 2-2 Europa League first leg draw against HB Torshavn in the Faroe Islands and now wants the Blues to finish the job next week at Windsor Park.

Waterworth's double last night took him to six goals for Linfield in continental competition, surpassing six of the best in the club's history: Arthur Thomas, Phil Scott and Glenn Ferguson, who netted five, and Martin McGaughey, Bryan Hamilton and Sammy Pavis on four.

Linfield boss David Healy described the opening leg of the second qualifying round tie as "an emotional rollercoaster" after Waterworth put the visitors ahead on 51 seconds and with an 88th-minute penalty, only for HB Torshavn to peg them back on two occasions - the leveller coming in the 89th minute.

But for debutant goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson, who made a string of excellent saves, the Blues would have been defeated.

Instead they are well placed to progress to a third qualifying round against either FK Sutjeska of Montenegro or Apoel Nicosia from Cyprus.

Modest Waterworth said: "I'm delighted. I feel privileged to be up there with the greats of Linfield who are much more prestigious than I am. It is a nice feeling and it was a proud moment for me when I scored the penalty because I knew the significance of the goal.

"It was disappointing that we conceded to make it 2-2 but they are a good side who were very aggressive and made it tough for us. Thankfully our goalkeeper on his debut was outstanding.

"They are full-time and in the middle of the season and it underpins for me how much the Irish League needs to go full-time and have summer football.

"We worked our socks off and the 2-2 draw now leads us to Windsor Park and hopefully our fans will be right behind us to try and get through to keep our European adventure going this season."

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