A wee road trip this weekend, but it was nice weather for it, to Ferney Park, to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard United, trying to get a 4th win in a row, build a bit of momentum, and to put a bit of pressure on the top 3.
The first-half, saw both teams, as pundits say, “feeling each other out”
Linfield were the better team, but weren’t dominant, having situations rather than chances. You got the feeling, that if they played the same, and just stepped it up, things would be ok.
Curiously, like the previous 4 meetings, the teams went in level at half-time. Like the previous 4 games, the home team had never won, but it was a repeat of last December’s win, rather than March’s draw that Linfield needed.
Linfield started out strong in the second-half, upping the tempo. Instead of situations, Linfield were now having chances. Unfortunately, all those chances were saved by Alvin Rouse.
At about 65 minutes, with the score at 0-0, it felt like a bit of a contradiction. Linfield were the only team creating chances, it felt like it was only a matter of time before one was taken. At the same time, Alvin Rouse was making so many saves, it looked like being “One of those days”
Thankfully, the goal came, assisted by Andre Waterworth, and finished by Jamie Mulgrew. The game had now changed. A 2nd came soon after, scored by Waterworth.
He ran through and showed more fight than the defender, won a ball he had no right to win, got a bit lucky with the finish, but made his own luck by fighting so hard for the ball.
Thankfully, that goal gave Linfield some breathing space. A 3rd goal didn’t come, and there were chances. Waterworth’s goal would prove crucial ad Ballinamallard scored a late goal to make it 2-1.
It looked like injury time was going to be a lot more nervous than it should have been, but Linfield had enough about them to kill the game and ensure the result.
4 wins in a row and only 3 points off the top, things are looking a bit brighter. A lot of work needs to be done and a lot of improvements need to be made, but a bit of momentum and positivity shouldn’t be sniffed at.