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Don't be surprised if Linfield or Coleraine do us proud again

Liam Beckett


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On the ball: Coleraine’s Aaron Traynor on the attack against Maribor as Stewart Nixon looks on in Slovenia

On the ball: Coleraine’s Aaron Traynor on the attack against Maribor as Stewart Nixon looks on in Slovenia

On the ball: Coleraine’s Aaron Traynor on the attack against Maribor as Stewart Nixon looks on in Slovenia

THIS week's Europa League draws filled me with further optimism that neither Linfield nor Coleraine's European journey need necessarily come to an end in the second qualifying stage.

I've no doubt Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney will have been on to his Glentoran counterpart Mick McDermott for a few facts and figures about Motherwell after the Scottish Premiership side got the better of the east Belfast outfit in the last round.

Although I still feel this will be Coleraine's toughest test in the competition to date, they will be aware that for 60 minutes at Fir Park, the Glens gave as good as they got, however missed chances and a red card for Seanan Clucas sealed their fate with the hosts taking full advantage to clock up a 5-1 victory.