It was always going to be a tall order playing against the top seeds not just In Group 8 but also in the entire group stages but Linfield can hold heads high after a valiant effort against a team playing 5 of their 8 World Cup quarter finalists with the Norwegian national team.
The 5 Norwegian World Cup quarter finalists were
1 - Cecile Haustaker Fiskerstrand
2 - Ingrid Moe Wold (captain)
7 - Synne Skinnes Hansen
11 - Elise Thorsnes
16 - Sessy Therese Asland
Lillestrom’s coefficient was 42.405 in comparison to Linfield’s 0.660 and on a day when scorelines of 12-0 and 9-0 were recorded elsewhere, Linfield can be proud of their efforts against a team used to playing against Manchester City and Barcelona in the latter knock out stages of this tournament.
All in all, a great learning experience for our young and highly talented squad which lined up as follows.
Brussels kick off time 2pm
1 - Lauren Perry
19 - Abbie Magee
3 - Louise McFrederick
14 - Kelsie Burrows
5 - Ashley Hutton
16 - Clare Timoney
97 - Chloe McCarron
11 - Kirsty McGuinness
8 - Casey Howe
26 - Caitlyn McGuinness
18 - Rebecca McKenna
12 - Anna McCleary
2 - Mia Fitzsimmons - replaced Howe (78 mins)
9 - Rebecca Bassett - replaced McGuinness (75 mins)
17 - Hayley O’Donnell
23 - Kirsty Cameron
25 - Naomi Donnan
27 - Victoria Ashton Jones - replaced Timoney (64 mins)
Linfield 0 Lillestrom 4
Goals scored by Elise Thorsnes (9 and 24 minutes), Therese Asland (22 minutes) and Meryll Krysteen Abrahamsen (27 minutes).
Ashley Hutton picked up a yellow card on 34 minutes for a Linfield team that will play PAOK on Saturday and hosts Anderlecht on Tuesday.
The following report is taken from the Linfield Ladies Facebook page.
A hard afternoon's work on a very humid day in Brussels ended in a 4-0 loss to Norwegian Champions LSK Kvinner. Last year's quarter finalists were just too strong on the day, although the result probably could have been kinder.
With all four goals coming in the first half, LSK dominated the play. The first coming after 10 minutes was hotly disputed and looked to be clearly offside. The second was a tremendous free kick high into the net past Lauren Perry. A well worked goal for the third was followed by a scrappy deflected effort that spun off the post and in for the fourth.
The second half was much more of a contest with McGuinness and McKenna causing problems and almost nicking a couple of goals. Forcing LSK sideways frustrated them with only one real effort that brought an outstanding save from Perry.
All in all, a valiant effort against a side who were eliminated at last year's quarter final by Barcelona who went on to reach the final. A great effort against a top professional team.