Linfield’s battle against relegation received a boost today with a last gasp win against Glenavon at Mourneview Park today.
The cliche “A game of two halves” gets said quite a lot. This match was the personification of this cliche.
Two minutes in, it was a case of same old story as Glenavon managed to split Linfield’s defence with one pass. It wasn’t even a great pass either.
To concede a goal at any time in a game was bad enough, but two minutes in is just unforgivable.
The rest of the first-half was Linfield having possession and crosses but doing nothing with it. Having forced an excellent save out of Alan Blayney, Gary Hamilton put Glenavon 2-0 up.
It was a first-half straight from the winter of 2009, the drive back to Belfast seemed so tempting at 3.45pm as it looked like Linfield’s annual dodgy result against Glenavon was coming today.
There wasn’t really much at the start of the second-half to suggest that a comeback was on. Albert Watson made it 2-1 just after the hour, but there wasn’t much of a kick on.
Even after Daryl Fordyce made it 2-2, there wasn’t much of a kick-on until the last five minutes when more and more pressure, but with no reward until Fordyce scored to win it in stoppage time.
Mourneview Park is one of the more friendly grounds in the Irish League for amateur photography, and managed to get some nice shots, but none of the goal celebrations as the players didn’t run to where I was based (behind the goal Linfield attacked in the second-half)
Got to love the justice of a team who constantly timewaste conceding a winner in injury time. Not the first time in the Irish League to kill a game against Linfield due to timewasting this season. Sadly, they all seem to get away with it due to weak refereeing.
A 4th successive game conceding 2 goals should ring alarm bells. It should? Right?