Sunday, March 9, 2008

Linfield 3 Larne 0

Carnegie Irish Premier League, Windsor Park, Saturday 8th March 2008

Team: Mannus, Ervin, Murphy, Bailie, McShane, Curran (Mulgrew 46), Gault (Downey 76), Kearney (Dickson 73), Stewart, Ferguson, Thompson
Unused subs: Burns, Douglas

Scorers: Thompson, Stewart 2

A training match, a stroll in the Park, a disappointment we didn't score double against a poor team bottom of the league, thus allowing our nearest chasers, Cliftonville, to gain a goal on us after their 5-1 demolition of 10-man DC, that pub team we couldn't beat 2 weeks ago. Here's some views, first from Bluenose:

I thought Bailie, Winkie and McShane were all suspect today. Dodgy as fuck.

Ervin played well as did Stewart.

O'Kane was missed big style

and from DGIG:

Tommy Stewart was simply excellent, and Oran Kearney also looks to be recapturing his best form.

Despite being under no pressure, our defence were dreadful in possession, and Pat McShane illustrated perfectly what Aidan O'Kane's been bringing to the team this last couple of months. O'Kane pulled his hamstring in training. No doubt Ervin was brilliant from the few seconds of highlights you saw.

The only other thing that stood out in the game were our profligate finishing, yet again, and especially from Ferguson, and yet another abject display of refereeing.

The substitutions were pretty curious as well, unless Curran took a knock and Jeffrey intends dropping Bailie and Ferguson on Monday.

Excellent photos as always from Thompo here.

Some points:

-Bailie and Spike started, and played their 3rd 90 minutes (more or less) in 8 days. They can't seriously both be starting on Monday in the Setanta against Derry City, can they? Can they? four 90-minute shifts for a 38- and 39 year-old respectively in 1o days? Surely not?

Tommy in jubilant mood (thanks to Thompo)

-Tommy Stewart yet again showed why he should be starting from now till the end of the season. The worrying thing was he scored his 2 goals from right-wing, which might give our manager ideas. PLAY HIM AND THOMPO UP FRONT DJ!

-If DJ can't trust Billy-Joe Burns for 20 minutes in a match we've already won against a nothing opposition, when IS he going to trust him? Ever? Clueless.

-Thompo seems to have lost form and confidence, despite still scoring.

- Our old clean-sweep back four is coming to the end of their usable lives. McShane and Noel could and should be playing their last seasons. Where we go next, when Lindsay's always injured, Watson and McVey knocked us back, and DJ has no faith in BJB, is anyone's guess.

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