In the first of several previews with Linfield Swifts players ahead of the Steel and Sons cup final against Newington at Seaview on Christmas morning, Linfieldfc.com's Jamie Megarry caught up with Linfield midfielder Stephen Fallon.
Linfield Swifts midfielder Stephen Fallon
is relishing the prospect of the Steel and Sons Cup final showdown with Newington on Christmas morning, as the wee Blues aim to win the prestigious competition for a second year in a row. The midfielder says it would mean a lot to the Swifts' players and coaches to retain the trophy.
“I'm really looking forward to the final again this year, as last year was such a great experience. To win this trophy two years in a row would be a great achievement and would mean a lot to all the players and coaches.”
Despite being aged just 20, Fallon is one of the senior figures amongst the young squad and he says he enjoys the extra responsibility and is thriving in a central midfield role.
“I enjoy playing in central midfield but I am happy to play anywhere, as long as I can help the team to win. I definitely feel more responsibility this time as in last year's competition we had a few experienced players involved, with the likes of Reece Glendinning, Jonny Frazer and Cameron Stewart who had a huge impact on the younger players. This is a role I feel I can take on more this year.”
The Swifts and Newington meet at Seaview on the Shore Road with a 10:45am kick-off on Christmas morning. Fallon was one of the scorers as David Dorrian’s team defeated Immaculata 4-0 in the semi-final and he’s upbeat ahead of the test against the NIFL Premier Intermediate League outfit.
“Although we are a very young team this year, we are full of talented players and are gelling well as a team. I think it is important that we look after our own game and focus on the things we are good at. It will definitely be a very difficult game but we are used to playing against physical teams.”
The midfielder joined the Blues from Swansea City in January 2016 and has high hopes of making his way into the first team, but his primary focus at the minute is on doing his best for the Swifts who will receive a large and vocal backing from the Linfield faithful on Christmas morning.
“You have to use every training session and game to try and impress to get a chance with the first team, but my main focus at the moment will be to try and win a tough game against Newington. To see the fans come and support us means a lot, especially over a very busy Christmas period and there is no feeling like the buzz you get from the crowd and this will definitely help drive us on.”
Best wishes to Stephen, his teammates and the staff of Linfield Swifts for the big final, as they aim to achieve back-to-back Steel and Sons successes for what would be the first time in the Club’s history and for what would be the 11th overall time that the Club has won the highly regarded trophy.
The game is All-Ticket with tickets currently on general sale from Linfield FC.