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Andy Waterworth's delight at securing Linfield history


Linfield new signing Andrew Waterworth

Linfield new signing Andrew Waterworth

Linfield new signing Andrew Waterworth

Andy Waterworth was left in no doubt as to the extent of his European goalscoring heroics on his Linfield debut.

After netting his first goal for the club 68 minutes into their 2-0 Europa League win over IF Fuglafjordur in the Faroe Islands, it was manager David Jeffrey who spelt out to the 27-year-old exactly what he had done.

And after helping Linfield secure a first win on foreign soil since 1966 Waterworth – who made the move from Big Two rivals Glentoran just days after scoring twice in the east-Belfast club's Irish Cup final victory over Cliftonville – is aiming for more European glory.

"The manager said to me after the game 'What a debut for you to have, scoring on a historic night for the club' and it's a great feeling to have done that," he said.

"It's great to have scored so early in my Linfield career, especially as goals are hard to come by in Europe.

"Having said that I could have scored just before the goal when the goalkeeper made a good save when I was one-on-one, but I was happy with one goal."

With a trip to take on Greek side Xanthi as the reward, Waterworth now wants the Blues to merge the good parts from their first-half and second-half performances in next Wednesday's second leg at Windsor Park to make sure that the flights to Greece are being booked the next day.

"They were a decent side and it's not that we underestimated them or thought it was going to be easy, but they were better than we expected," said Waterworth.

"They had the upperhand early on and they were physically strong, but we defended well and then we came more into the game.

"We should have scored more goals, we should have had two penalties in the first half and we were delighted with a 2-0 win.

"I watched the last 20 minutes from the bench and we were impressive in our attacking play.

"If we can produce the same defensive display in the second leg – obviously a clean sheet would see us through – and the play as well as we did in the second half we can get through this tie.

"I'd love to go to Greece and test ourselves over there."

Belfast Telegraph