Programme editorial

Posted : 16th March 2019 at 06:05:42

Linfield will aim to get back to winning ways in today’s huge Premier league game against Institute. An impressive 12 game unbeaten league sequence dating back to December 1 ended in last week’s game away to Glenavon and the aim must be to embark on another winning run over the vital remaining weeks of the season. Linfield have a six point lead at the top of the table but second placed Ballymena have a game in hand that could put further pressure on our hopes of remaining in pole position in the league table. With seven league games remaining, the best wishes of everyone at the club are extended to the players and staff, as they aim to bring further league success to the club.

The midweek County Antrim Shield Final defeat at Seaview was disappointing but it’s a game that will be remembered more for the most unfavourable weather conditions which made for an entertaining and hard fought game which the players of both teams deserve immense credit for, in the trying circumstances.

A warm Windsor Park welcome is extended to the players, officials and supporters of Institute FC. The Londonderry men are making their third visit to Windsor Park in this their first season back in the top flight of local football. In their previous visits, Institute lost a League game 3-0 and a League Cup tie 5-0 and in our visit to the Brandywell in November, Linfield triumphed 4-1. In ninth position in the table with 35 points from 30 league games, Institute are assured of premier league football in the Maiden city next year and deserve immense credit for their achievement through what have been trying circumstances for the friendly North west club.

Congratulations to Linfield manager David Healy and defender Josh Robinson who were named February Manager and Player of the month respectively by the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association.

Linfield’s post split fixtures can now be confirmed as follows - April 5 away to Ballymena live on BBC, April 13 home to Crusaders, April 20, home to Glenavon, April 23 home to Cliftonville and April 27 away to Coleraine.

The Linfield Football Club annual general meeting will take place in the Jumna Street social club off the Shankill Road on Friday May 3. Official notices about the meeting will be sent to members towards the end of April, so if any members have changed addrsss recently, can they please notify the club as soon as possible. Linfield members are reminded that, in accordance with the club rules, motions of business or nominations for positions on the board of directors must be submitted to the club by March 31 at the very latest.

Linfield Rangers won their Youth Cup semi-final 1-0 against Coleraine Under 18s and will now aim to defend their trophy, by playing St. Oliver Plunkett in the final.

Linfield F.C. acknowledges with thanks a very generous donation of £500 from the 1st Ballyclare LSC, prior to the recent home game against Ballymena United.

Linfield’s League game away to Dungannon Swifts on Friday March 22 will be broadcast live by the BBC

Linfield Academy teams acquitted themselves admirably on a trip to Manchester last weekend. The stand out results were a 3-2 win against Manchester United and a 2-2 draw against Manchester City and all involved deserve great credit for their efforts.
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