Programme editorial

Posted : 12th January 2019 at 06:34:08

Linfield have recorded two pleasing victories in the past week to make progress in two knock out cup competitions. Last Saturday’s 1-0 win against Ballyclare Comrades at Windsor Park enabled Linfield to progress to the 6th round of the Irish Cup and this was followed up with a very satisfying 2-1 midweek win away to Ballymena United in the semi-final of the County Antrim Shield. Form and results in recent weeks have been very encouraging but, as always, the challenge remains to maintain the momentum that has been built up over recent games.

A warm welcome is extended to the players, staff, officials and supporters of Warrenpoint Town FC to Windsor Park for today’s hugely important premier league game. This is the South Down’s team’s second league visit and it took an Andy Waterworth equaliser deep into injury time to deny them what would have been a first win over Linfield on their previous visit. Since then, Warrenpoint have recorded further impressive results and presently occupy 8th position in the league table, with 22 points from their 23 games. Another formidable challenge is anticipated from our visitors today.

Next Saturday’s league game at Seaview is an All-Ticket game, with adult tickets currently on general sale from this club and online via the Crusaders website.

New dates have been arranged for Linfield’s away league games against Newry City. Linfield will travel to Newry on January 22 for the game postponed in December and Linfield will make the same journey on February 26 for a game being rescheduled, due to Linfield’s participation in the League Cup final.

Linfield have been drawn at home to Crusaders in the next round of the Irish Cup on February 2. Members and season tickets are not valid for this game and supporters should keep up to date with information on Linfieldfc.com for news of ticket selling arrangements and dates.

Linfield will play Crusaders in the County Antrim Shield Final at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Tuesday February 5. Linfield supporters will be accommodated in the traditional away end at the Ballymena ground and this will be the third Shield Final in recent years between Linfield and Crusaders at the Ballymena venue.

Linfield will play Ballymena United in the Windsor Park League Cup final at 5.30pm on Saturday February 16. The game is All-Ticket, with tickets priced £12 for adults and £8 for concession due to go on sale on the Ticket master website soon. A significant number will go on sale from this club in the near future and this game will be broadcast live on the Sky Sports network. Linfield supporters will be in the South and Kop Stands and Linfield will be aiming to win this cup for the first time in 11 long years. Linfield will wear away kit in this game, with Ballymena wearing home colours and as this is not a Linfield home game, premier seat passes are not valid on this occasion.

Two Linfield players have recorded significant career milestones in the past few weeks. Chris Casement made his 150th appearance in the 2-0 win at Ards and Andy Waterworth made his 250th appearance in the midweek win at Ballymena.

The Kop Stand will be open for the upcoming Windsor Park games against Glentoran, Crusaders, Coleraine and Ballymena
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