Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Linfield 4 Coleraine 0

IPL, Windsor Park, Tuesday 27th November 2007

Team: Mannus, Douglas (Ervin 76), Murphy, McShane, Mouncey, McAreavey (Stewart 59), Gault, O’Kane (Curran 46), Ferguson, Thompson Subs not used : Lindsay, Dickson

Goals: Ferguson 3, Maccers

Attendance: ca. 800 (ca. 100 Coleraine fans)

Super performance from the Blues. Maccers properly back to what he is capable of; good passing football, on the ground, skills from maccers, mouncey, thompo and spike creating space and chances. In particular:

- Dougie had another great game, great tackling, good crosses in, linking up well going forward
- Thompson's work, linking-up, and movement outside the box is excellent; he looked short of confidence when through on goal, twice wasting it with attempted crosses when he should have wrecked it
- Spike was great again, but I think DJ believes his fitness to be superior to what most do
- Mannus made at least 6 top-drawer saves, having said that, 4 were in the same move in the space of about 5 seconds!
- Gaulty was everywhere again
- Stewart gives us an extra dimension playing through the middle, esp on as sub

Still don't like our high offside line, can see the Glens and Hamilton punishing us for it on Boxing Day. And Turkington is a pathetically bad referee. Some of his decisions, both ways, and what he let Coleraine off with, were an absolute joke.

Crowd was pathetic too. Putting it up against CL TV fixtures involving ManU and Rangers on a wet Baltic night is senseless. Seriously though, this league is dying on its feet.

Very poor highlights here:

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