Monday, January 28, 2008

Linfield 2 Armagh City 1

IPL, Windsor Park, Saturday 26th January 2007

Team: Mannus, Ervin, O’Kane, Mulgrew (Ferguson 76), Murphy, Lindsay, Curran, Downey, McAreavey (Kearney 60), Thompson, Stewart. Subs not used : Bailie, Douglas, Dickson

Scorers: Thompson (pen), Murphy

Attendance: 2000 tops?

By all accounts, we played poorly and were a bit lucky. Still, we got the three points against a side who quite frankly, bring NOTHING to the Premier league of Northern Ireland. Armagh had 7 fans. SEVEN.

No match reports for the time being from my trusty reporter EBB, who has decided to relaunch his football career and has starting playing for Bloomfield FC. So now I pass the mantle on to Atticus, who, despite his O'Kane bias, is still quite a worthy analyser(!):

Really poor.

Will I get called bad names again if I suggest our right side was our weak point once more?

Not to say that the rest of the team were much better.

Some of our crowd really need to calm down though.

"Not good enough for fuckin' Carrick" was just one piece of constructive criticism aimed at Tommy Stewart.

Curran seems to be taking a lot of stick. Consensus is that Jim Ervin played poorly, that our two RBs are not good enough, and that we need wingers. Oh, and that we rely far too heavily on Gault and Thompson.

The Glens scraped a last minute equaliser at home to the Whites, and for the second week in a row, Cliftonville scored a alast-minute winner at home to Ballymena. The title race will be a spicy one, and Setanta decreeing that only 3 group games will be played before the end of the season could help the Reds and their smaller squad. Here's how the table looks:

1 Linfield 18 14 2 2 44 14 44 30
2 Cliftonville 16 12 4 0 29 10 40 19
3 Glentoran 18 12 3 3 39 17 39 22

Still think we'll do it, but we need to step it up a level, find a settled midfield (Kearney (fit) - Downey - Gault - Mouncey (fit) would do the job for me) and stop conceding so many.

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