Preview of Tuesday night’s game

Posted : 24th February 2019 at 21:37:45

Matchday 30 of the NIFL Danske Bank Premiership sees Linfield travel south to border club Newry City FC for this re-arranged fixture (7.45pm ko). This will be Linfield's second visit of the season to the Showgrounds having already won (2-0) there in January. The Blues also enjoyed a win over City at Windsor Park (3-1) back in October.

It's a quick turnaround for both teams who had contrasting fortunes in high stakes games at the weekend. League leaders Linfield took all the spoils in a keenly contested top of the table clash with second placed Ballymena United at Windsor Park (1-0). In a tense and often disjointed first half, there was very little between the two teams. After the interval break it was Linfield who looked the more threatening, moving forward in search of the opening goal of the game. The breakthrough came when MotM Josh Robinson, who had rattled the United crossbar with a fierce drive just minutes earlier, headed home to put the Blues ahead. Whilst this opened up the play more, Linfield were able to manage what was left in the game to deservedly take all three points. A massive win which puts a nine point buffer between Linfield and Ballymena at the top of the table.

Newry, by way of contrast, travelled to Bangor to face basement club Ards in a relegation six pointer. The match had the added attraction of new Ards manager Warren Feeney taking charge of his first game at the club. The Ards players responded with a convincing 3-1 win to put Newry on the bottom rung of the Premiership table on goal difference.

In form Linfield head into Tuesday night's game with their sights set very firmly on another away day win at the Showgrounds. David will however be only too aware of the challenge his players will face against a robust Newry side, on a heavy pitch which can often influence the tactics and dictate the overall game plan for any manager. With the number of league games left in the season starting to dwindle away, Newry will be determinded to put some points on the board. A big game for both teams which is ultimately all about taking home three valuable points! COYB!

Ken Garrett.

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