To be honest, if it wasn’t for my Season Ticket, I wouldn’t have bothered with this game.
But, having paid my admission last summer, I thought I might as well turn up.
3rd place should have been confirmed 3-4 games ago, but Linfield needed a point today to secure it.
The game had an inevitable end of season feel about it, and when the action started, it was slow paced and uninspiring. The only positives today were the performances of Gareth Deane (debut) and Conor McMenamin (first start)
When your biggest attacking threat is a teenager in his first start, there’s a serious problem there. More senior players weren’t stepping up and taking control of the game.
For all Linfield’s possession, it was Ballinamallard who had the more dangerous opportunities in a goal-less first-half.
At half-time, the tannoy played ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’ by The Clash. I was having that thought myself.
Early in the second-half, Ballinamallard went 1-0 up, and that, was that.
Never looked like scoring from open play, never looked like scoring from a set piece. The lack of direction is glaringly obvious to see.
The stats, are damming, on so many levels. Not just the fact that we are 15 off 2nd place and 26 off 1st place.
Linfield have won just 2 of the last 11 games. Flip it around, we have lost 5 of our last 11 games. That is simply not good enough.
We’re not even finishing the season strongly. Serious changes in personnel need to be made. I have a massive fear that the changes need over the summer won’t happen.
Meanwhile, in other news, Ards got promoted today.
That’ll be an away trip to look forward to, as they play in Bangor. Ideally, that’ll happen on a nice warm day in August or September.
At least that’ll be something to look forward to next season.