It was Plan B and back to earth with a bump for Linfield last night, as they faced a friendly away to Derriaghy CC instead of preparing for a UEFA Cup tie against Standard Liege.

It wasn’t Linfield’s first visit to Seycon Park, as they visited there in 2011 for a pre-season game. Even though i’d been there before, i’d managed to get lost en route, as Seycon Park isn’t the easiest ground to find.

It’s a nice wee ground for watching football when the weather is nice, as the host club put on a barbecue. Pity it wasn’t barbecue weather, but it wasn’t awful weather.

It was a different Linfield team from those which faced Fuglafjordur and Xanthi, as players who didn’t start those games were given a run out. It was anything but a second string team, considering the likes of Mulgrew, McCaul, Tipton, McAllister, Quinn and Ross Glendenning, as well as players who have played first team football such as Reece Glendenning and Ross Clarke were in the starting 11.

It was, however, one of the lesser known players, Rodney Brown, who opened the scoring, before Mark McAllister controlled the ball before finishing for 2-0.

In the 2011 game, Linfield went 2-0 up an stopped, it was job done. Not tonight.

Shortly afterwards, Linfield got a soft penalty (from where I was) which was missed by Brian McCaul. It was the worst sort of penalty miss, where he tried to be clever and stopping his run, before hitting one post and missing the other before going out.

I get the feeling if he did that in a competitive game, it might not have been laughed off by player and fans as it was last night.

He would regret that as well, as he scored two goals soon afterwards to give Linfield a 4-0 lead.

Early in the second-half, Ross Clarke, the focal point for most of Linfield’s attacking, put in a superb cross for Matthew Tipton to head home from close range.

An expected win, but the night was about giving some players match practice, which they got. The weather fluctuated during the night, with spells of brightness making it easy for phototaking. Seycon Park is handy for amateur photography. I was so close to the pitch, I did ballboy twice.

Photo Album

Derriaghy CC v Linfield 2011



Welcome to the first in a series looking back at the football season just past.

In this blog post, we look back at July, when the preparation for the new season was beginning.

Managed to get some shots of Linfield’s games against Carrick Rangers, Kilmarnock, Rangers and Derriaghy.

My favourite shots came in the Derriaghy game. Was great getting to visit a new stadium and get easy access to the pitch for photo taking.

Was visiting Abbey Centre and passed Seaview on the night Crusaders played Fulham. Wasn’t able to get a ticket, but managed to get some shots of the stadium.

Linfield Pre-Season Games

European Football

Derriaghy v Linfield


July isn’t traditionally a football month, but this round-up appears to be dominated by football photos.

I spent my Saturday afternoons going on bike rides, but I managed to head in to Windsor Park for the second-half of Linfield’s match against Carrick for some nice shots, as well as getting a sunset shot of Windsor Park earlier that week.

I’d been up at the Shore Road branch of ASDA to get some camera equipment, and chanced my arm on getting a ticket for the Crusaders v Fulham match, taking place that night. I had no such luck, but I did manage to get some photos of the ground.

At the end of the month, I visited Seycon Park forthe friendly between Derriaghy CC FC and Linfield. It was a lovely evening perfect for photography and watching football. Unfortunately, due to Deriaghy not having floodlights, the match was reduced to 40 minutes each way.

I also managed to get some sunset shots as well around Belfast. Enjoy.


European Football

Derriaghy v Linfield

July 2011 Sunsets