Manager’s programme notes
Posted : 16th February 2019
It is a real honour for me and my staff to lead Linfield into tonight’s eagerly anticipated League Cup final at Windsor Park against Ballymena United.
This should hopefully prove to be a real showpiece occasion involving the current top two teams in the Premiership league table, in front of a national TV audience on the Sky Sports network.
This is a competition Linfield haven’t won in 11 long years and it’s an unwelcome statistic that we would dearly love to put right this evening.
However, to do that we know we will have to overcome the formidable challenge of a very much in-form Ballymena team who will come here full of belief that they can win this much sought after and highly prestigious trophy.
Our players have been looking forward to being involved in tonight’s huge game since we won our semi-final away to the cup holders Dungannon Swifts. These are the big games that players should relish and it’s an opportunity for players to write their names into the history books in the way Glenn Ferguson did in 2008, when his two dramatic late goals earned a famous 3-2 win in our last success in this competition.
Only inspirational captain Jamie Mulgrew remains from the team line-up that day, so it’s an opportunity for many others, myself included, to hopefully win their first League cup winners medal.
However, cup finals are one off games and it’s all about who wants it most on the day and hopefully, we will come out on top when the final whistle is blown.
Our previous games against Ballymena this season have all finished 2-1 (a league win apiece for each team and a County Antrim Shield semi-final win for us) and I fully expect tonight’s game to be just as close and competitive.
This trophy is a major priority for everyone at the club and hopefully, we can secure the win we want to send our supporters home happy tonight.