Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Linfield 4 Newry City 0

Irish Cup Quarter-Final replay, Windsor Park, Wednesday 5th March 2008

Team: Mannus, Ervin, O’Kane, Gault, Murphy, Kearney (Stewart 80), Curran, Mouncey (Mulgrew 70), Thompson, Ferguson (Dickson 86), Bailie
Subs not used : Downey, Douglas

Scorers: Kearney, Ferguson 2, Thompson

By all accounts, a much improved performance, but apparently little more than atraining match and a result that nevertheless merely papers over the cracks with regard to tactics, starting eleven and substitutions.

Bluenose's (somewhat ironic :) ) assessment:

simply awesome tonight. From the starting 11 to Jeffreys subs. Thats what you would call a 'complete performance'.

and a rare appearance from ST, as he was fair for once about is God A O'K!:

Thompson and Gault just kept going and going all night full marks
Tonight was Currans best performance for Linfield, thought he was brilliant
Spike awesome
Stewart, showed he is a class act when he came on, once he went through on goal we knew it was going in, regardless of who finished, he had composer to go round the keeper and would have finished anyway
Mouncey was decent but then lost his way second half (incidently, the half in front of the south stand)
Mulgrew also did very well when he came on tackling and most of his passing was effective

all in all please with the opening 2 or so and last 20 or so, seemed to be a bit scrappy between that, into the "fix" for the semi's, and has given me a bit more confidence for Setanta cup on monday night

just for the record, Both Maccers and Downey were both missing from the last time we played well Ballymena away

So Mouncey and Stewart continue to be targets for the boo-boys, while other deserving favourites are ignored. Note Bailie and Ferguson again played close to or 90 minutes each.

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