Crues and Cliftonville out of Europe

Published Friday, 13 July 2012
Toggle font size

Crusaders and Cliftonville have been knocked out of the Europa League following defeats on Thursday evening.

Crues and Cliftonville out of Europe
Crusaders Jordan Owens in action during the first leg. (© Pacemaker)

Stephen Baxter's men lost 1-0 to Rossenborg in Norway, although they put up a battling performance.

Trailing 3-0 from their home leg, the Seaview side were always up against things in Trondheim.

Crusaders goalkeeper Sean O'Neill denied the home side the opening goal on the night however when, 12 minutes into the second half, he saved a penalty from Daniel Holm.

Rosenborg did get their winner on the night nine minutes from time when Peter Ankersen's effort found the back of the net.

Meanwhile Cliftonville could not hold onto their first leg advantage as they were knocked out of the Europa League in Sweden.

Tommy Breslin's side had won their first ever game in Europe at home to beat Kalmar FF1-0 in the first leg.

But their lead was wiped out inside 10 minutes when Erik Israelsson put the Swedish hosts ahead.

Nenad Djordjevic made it two and Abiola Dauda had Kalmar three to the good before the half-time interval.

Goalkeeper Etrit Berisha converted an injury time penalty to seal the win.

The north Belfast sides were looking to follow their Irish Premiership counterparts Linfield and Portadown in progressing in Europe this season.

Europa League results:

Rosenborg BK 1 - 0 Crusaders (Agg: 4 - 0).
Kalmar 4 - 0 Cliftonville (Agg: 4 - 1).

© UTV News
Comments Comments
No comments. Be the first to comment.
Email address*:    
House Rules:  
Your Comment:  
[All comments are moderated and will not appear immediately. Your name, location and comment will be displayed on this page if your post passes moderation.]
After last week's Hungarian adventure The Social Club has returned to its roots, as the Danske Bank Premiership season starts to take shape.
Ian Paisley in pictures
Fri 12 September 2014
Frampton crowned world champion
Sun 07 September 2014
East Belfast trouble (26/08/14)
Wed 27 August 2014