Only one game on in the Irish League today due to postponements, and I was there, as Crusaders took on Linfield at Seaview.
Despite the fact that Crusaders are three places ahead on Linfield in the league, at 2-1 up against ten men with very two minutes (plus stoppages) this has to be viewed as two points dropped.
The postponements gave Linfield a chance to strike a psychological blow over their rivals ahead of a busy holiday programme, as win would have lifted us to a season high of 3rd, above Glentoran ahead of the Boxing Day meeting.
Conceding goals from soft free-kicks in the final minutes of the half, not seeing the game out was unacceptable, especially as Crusaders were down to ten men after Jordan Owens red card for the final ten minutes.
One plus point was the performance of Alan Blayney, not only making some fantastic saves, but commandingly catching the majority of crosses into the penalty area.
Usual phototaking arrangements at Seaview, where you can get yourself into a good position for amateur photography and get some good shots.
Managed to get some not bad shots, mostly in the first-half when Linfield attacked the Railway End as you’ll end up being in other supporters road when standing behind the goal at the Shore Road end.
I suppose I should sign off by wishing you all a Merry Christmas as it’s my last football blog before Santa comes down the chimney.
I suppose asking Santa for the Gibson Cup to remain at Windsor Park in 2013 is a bit much, but i’ll make some more realistic wishes.
– Linfield to win the Irish Cup and Setanta Cup
– Linfield to be drawn against Drogheda United in the Setanta Cup QFs/SFs as it would be a nice trip and not too far.
– Linfield to qualify for Europe, even if it is the UEFA Cup
– Rangers to honour their agreement to host Linfield at Ibrox. Ideally, a Saturday game in pre-season
– Linfield to play Dundela away in either Irish Cup or Pre-Season
– Linfield to thrash Glentoran on Boxing Day (in 2012, 2013, and every year for eternity)
– Manage to get a ticket for Fulham v United when i’m in London in February
That’s not too much to ask, surely?