Was at Stangmore Park today for a match between Dungannon Swifts and Linfield which could best be described as eventful.
It was my first visit to Stangmore Park in 18 months, and my record of attending there is mixed. Linfield’s last three wins there in the league have come when i’ve been on holiday.
I should have asked other supporters for a whipround to send me somewhere nice on holiday.
If today’s weather was ‘Four Seasons In One Day’, today’s match was ‘One Season In A Match’
The weather worked in my favour today, as for most of the game it was bright, helping me get some nice shots, as Stangmore Park is one of the more photography friendly grounds in the Irish League.
Linfield dominated the first-half and deservedly led through a David Armstrong strike. the second-half started with more Linfield pressure, but were unable to get a second.
As Dungannon got more into the game, a 90th minute equaliser was inevitable ….. and lo and behold, it came, not long after Billy Joe Burns was sent-off. Didn’t get a clear view, but it look like he had to go.
Unfortunately, there was confrontations between both teams after the final whistle, resulting in David Armstrong and Terry Fitzpatrick getting red cards, which will no doubt give the usual detractors an opportunity to do some Daily Mail style moralising about how Irish League football is worse than everything that is bad.
By my reckoning, that’s the first time Linfield have had two red cards in a game (but not finish with 9 men, hence the wording) since 1999.
One positive from today, we cut our defecit from the top of the league by a point. That, is the definition of clutching at straws.