Linfield Ladies to face RSC Anderlecht trip in Champions League

Thu, Oct 22 2020

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Linfield Ladies have been drawn away to Belgian side RSC Anderlecht in the UEFA Women’s Champions League first qualifying round.

The game will take place on the 3/4 November in Brussels in what is a single-legged tie. 

The Blues have previous history with the Anderlecht as they met in Brussels in the 2019-20 tournament with Filip de Winne's side coming out 3-1 winners. 

Kirsty McGuinness scored a 55th minute penalty last time they met after defender Laura Deloose scored a double for the home side before Jana Coryn added a third. 

Linfield are currently third in the 2020-21 Danske Women's Bank Premiership table with nine points from their opening five games. 

During that 2019-20 campaign, Linfield also won their first ever match in the Champions League as they shocked Greek champions Paok. 

McGuinness, who has since moved on to Sion Swifts from Windsor Park, scored a last-minute penalty with manager Phil Lewis saying after the game: "I couldn't have imagined it any better."

Should Linfield progress they will find out their second qualifying round opponents on November 6.

Meanwhile Northern Ireland International Lauren Wade faces a home tie against Republic of Ireland opposition Peamount United with her Glasgow City side. 

City reached the quarter-finals of the 2019-20 tournament before they lost out to runners up VFL Wolfsburg 9-1 but it was a special night for Wade in San Sebastian in Spain as the Northern Ireland star scored the goal for the Scottish side. 

Glasgow City started their Scottish Women's Premier league campaign with a 2-0 win over Celtic on Sunday with Rachel McLaughlan and Kirsty Howat. 

First round qualifying draw

CSKA Moskova v FC Flora Tallinn
FC Minsk v R?gas FS
ŽFK Spartak v Agarista-?S Anenii Noi
Pomurje v Breznica Pljevlja
WFC-2 Kharkiv v Alaskkert
Okzhetpes v Lanchkhuti
Valur v HJK Helsinki
Vålerenga v KÍ Klaksvík
Górnik ??czna v ŽNK Split
Apollon Limassol v Swansea City
Gintra Universitetas v Slovan Bratislava
Ferencváros v Racing FC Union Luxembourg
St. Pölten v Mitrovica
NSA Sofia v Kamenica Sasa
Anderlecht v Linfield
Glasgow City v Peamount United
PAOK v SL Benfica
Olimpia Cluj v Birkirkara

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