For the 48th and final time this year, I was at a football match, as Linfield took on Glenavon at Mourneview Park.
Leaving it to today to get a ticket, as I parked in a rainstorm this morning en route to buying my ticket, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was making the right decision.
I’d previously considered giving this game a miss, sandwiched in the middle of a busy festive period, but I decided to go, and it turned out to be a good decision.
Bizarrely, the game started differently, as Linfield attacked the Glenfield Road End (or, the goal to the right of your TV screen) in the first-half, instead of the second-half, as away teams usually do at Mourneview.
I quickly moved position and saw a first-half dominated by Linfield, though it was mainly possession and situations rather than actual chances.
Eventually, the breakthrough came from the penalty spot, from Brian McCaul, awarded after a Kris Lindsay foul on Matthew Tipton.
From where I was, it looked like Lindsay was the last man, but thankfully, it had no affect on the result.
It looks like Matthew Tipton has finally overcome his injury problems, with his best performances for Linfield coming in the last two games.
Early in the second-half, he made it 2-0 with his first goal for the club, and team-mates showing their appreciation of him by rushing to celebrate with him.
“A 2-0 lead is a dangerous lead” is a cliche often wheeled out by pundits. I’m guessing they base this on watching Linfield, whose recent visits to Mourneview have included a 2-2 draw from 2-0 up in February 2011 and a 2-1 win in October 2009 which was a lot more nervous than it should have been.
In reality, the game was over once Ciaran Martyn got sent-off for a second yellow, and Glenavon only ever looked like scoring from a set piece.
Ross Clarke made it 3-0 late on, putting the result beyond doubt.
Also to note, a clean sheet, the first since November 5th, ten games ago.
Usual phototaking arrangements at Mourneview, one good end for photos (got a good one of McCaul’s penalty) and one not so good end.
As a bonus, here’s some photos from Boxing Day. A 2-1 thrashing you could say. I blogged that I wanted that as a Christmas present.
Hopefully, i’ll get the trips to Drogheda, Rangers and Dundela, as well as Irish Cup and Setanta Cup final wins, and a ticket for Fulham v United in February as well.