Friday, July 20, 2007

Linfield 0 Elfsborg 0

UEFA Champions' League, 1st Qualifying Round, 1st Leg

Windsor Park, Belfast, 17th July 2007

Linfield: Mannus, Douglas, O'Kane, Murphy, Bailie, McAreavey (Mouncey 77), Gault, Mulgrew, Curran, Dickson (Ferguson 87), Thompson (Stewart 79)

Subs not used : McKendry, Lindsay, McCann, Ervin

I listened to the match, first on SR, Swedish Radio (the South Stand was its usual vocal self!) and then on Radio Ulster MW, given a rare outing online, hats off.

Apparently the Blues gave a good account of themselves, despite some breakaways after Linfield's high defensive line playing for offside failed in Europe YET again, luckily Alan Mannus continued his excellent shot-stopping form of last season and bailed us out. Then apparently we had a real go at them in the second half, Jamie Mulgrew should have done better with a close-range header after an O'Kane cross, and Thompo had a chance; then we were fortunate near the end.

But a clean sheet, and a real chance going into the return leg, even if I think we're beat. If we score first over there, who knows, and the Exile would be free to go to the away leg of any second round...

Match report on SSS.

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