Last night, for the first time in almost seven years, I attended a County Antrim Shield game. Last night, like in February 2006, it was a final between Linfield and Ballymena United.
I’ve previously blogged about this competition’s status in the schedule (My own opinion was that it was a farce that the Semi-Finals of this competition took priority for the late October midweek date over the League Cup Quarter-Finals) but still, when you get to a final, you want to win.
I’d seen the first-half many times before, without dominating, Ballymena were the better team, first to every ball. That’s how their goal game.
After a brief rally at the start of the second-half, Linfield had a brief period of being on top and got a penalty, which was surprisingly scored. Questions have to be asked, though, why Davy Munster wasn’t sent-off for a professional foul.
Linfield had one other chance of note, when Michael Carvill should have scored. In reality, it was mostly situations rather than chances for Linfield, mostly wasted due to a misplaced pass.
A draw was a fair result, but we needed a winner. It went to penalties, and the inevitable happened.
So, one trophy gone, another virtually (if not mathematically) gone. Oh joy.
Managed to get some good photos, though mostly crowd and stadium shots as The Oval isn’t great for match action.