The last time Linfield featured in the League Cup Final
Posted : 14th February 2019 at 06:43:12
Just over 11 long years ago was the last time Linfield competed in the League Cup final, winning a truly memorable League Cup Final, thanks to two dramatic late super sub Glenn Ferguson goals which epitimised the never say die spirit of this club and which saw victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.
Linfieldfc.com looks back on the last occasion when the famous League Cup trophy was presented to a Linfield captain.
Only Jamie Mulgrew remains from the team line up from that memorable occasion.
League Cup Final
February 2, 2008
Linfield 3 Crusaders 2
The Linfield team line-up was :
Mannus, O’Kane, Murphy, Lindsay, Ervin (Dickson 80), Curran, McAreavey, Downey (Ferguson 66), Mulgrew (Kearney 60), Thompson, Stewart.
Unused subs Bailie and Douglas
After a goal less first half in the CIS League Cup Final the game burst into life in the opening minute of the second half when the Blues took the lead. Colin Coates dispossessed Stewart but the ball fell for Peter Thompson who made no mistake slotting the ball past Kerr for his thirtieth goal of the season.
Crusaders pulled level in the 54th minute after Alan Mannus did well to palm away a shot but David Rainey was there to hit the loose ball home.
With fifteen minutes left the Crues were in the lead when Brown made no mistake smashing the ball past Mannus.
With five minutes left Linfield drew level. From a Mark Dickson corner Oran Kearney headed the ball across goal. There was Glenn Ferguson to head home for his two hundred and fiftieth Linfield goal, and his five hundredth career goal.
Minutes later Linfield took the lead and it was that man Ferguson again. Stewart held the ball up in the box and the ball broke for Ferguson who smashed home from close range to win the cup in dramatic last gasp fashion for Linfield.
Full Time: Linfield 3 Crusaders 2
A game that lives long in the memory as Glenn Ferguson's career landmark, equalising goal and the winner that quickly followed it, earned him the Man of the Match award after his decisive 25 minute appearance as impact sub.
Linfield went on to compete a Triple crown of League Cup, Premier League title and Irish Cup following a 2-1 win against Coleraine.