Sky Sports cameras rolled into town for Linfield’s visit to The Oval, David Jeffrey’s final visit to East Belfast as Linfield manager.
With Glentoran having two players suspended, lost their last game to the side bottom of the league, and Linfield going into the game on the back of a 6-0 win, naturally, I was going to be nervous going into this game. You know what Glentoran are like.
Glentoran started well in the first few minutes, forcing a couple of corners, which thankfully, came to nothing.
The first-half wasn’t very good, with very few shots on goal. Linfield only really got going in the final ten minutes of the half with Waterworth, Sproule and Lowry all having worthwhile attempts on goal.
Linfield’s best came when Sproule got in behind Glentoran’s defence, his shot save by Morris, the rebound hitting a Glentoran defender before being cleared off the line.
The best chance of the first-half came for Glentoran when Curtis Allen got behind Linfield’s defence, but his shot was saved by Tuffey.
Linfield’s momentum carried over into the start of the second-half. Sean Ward won possession and went on a run before being brought down in the penalty area. Clear penalty.
Matthew Tipton stepped up, and did that ridiculous John Aldridge/Cristiano Ronaldo pretending to take a penalty thing. At that point, I thought he was going to miss. Thankfully, he didn’t.
Disappointingly, Linfield didn’t push on for a second. Glentoran actually looked like the team that had just gone 1-0 up. For all their huff and puff, they never looked like scoring.
I’ve seen enough games against Glentoran to know it’s never won until the final whistle. No matter what the lead, you always worry they will fight back to get a draw. Maybe i’m just naturally pessmimistic?
For the first time ever, I felt comfortable at 1-0 up, even though I did get annoyed by Linfield fans singing “We are top of the league” with the game still ongoing. Did they not learn their lesson from April 2009?
Thankfully, Linfield saw out the game and won 1-0.
Didn’t play great, but didn’t need to. Were the better team and deserved to win.