Was at Seaview on Thursday night for the UEFA Cup tie between Crusaders and Rosenborg.
It was my sixth tie attended in this competition in the last four years. My last game in this competition was at Old Trafford between two sides with seven European Cups between them.
Crusaders were heavy underdogs and the scoreline wasn’t much of a surprise. Rosenborg were a class above their opponents.
Crusaders were restricted to mostly long range efforts, most of which were on target but never really troubled the keeper.
Even if they did, Rosenborg could easily have stepped up a gear if they needed to.
Crusaders will feel aggrieved about a penalty claim being turned down with the score at 1-0, and then Rosenborg score from the resulting counter-attack, but in truth, the better team won.
Declan Caddell was sent-off, marking it my first red card seen of the season (I also saw him sent-off in person last season too) and Gareth McKeown missed a penalty, though that wasn’t my first seen this season. Somebody at the FA must have distributed a copy of ‘How To Take A Penalty Like England Players’ to Irish League clubs preparing for Europe .
Random stat, but all three games I’ve been to in 2012-2013 have had a penalty. If you include he Irish League v Manchester United XI game in May, that’s four successive games I’ve been to where there has been a penalty.
So, my football watching season is off and running, though it might take a month long break depending on Linfield’s result this Tuesday.
Managed to get some good photos from this game. There was a brilliant sunset at half-time too.