Linfield FC salutes strength of character of star striker Alison Smyth

Posted : 19th November 2020 at 11:18:01

In early July 2018, Linfield’s Alison Smyth suffered a horrendous double leg break during Linfield’s league game away to Sion Swifts in Strabane.

At the time, Alison was in the form and condition of her life and had worked her way into the senior international team, before the cruel injury blow befell her.

An ambulance was required on the pitch to take Alison to Altnagelvin hospital in Londonderry and from there a few days later, she was transferred to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

The medical professionals considered that the unfortunate leg break was one of the worst that they had ever encountered and Alison began a long and often lonely road to recovery.

Linfield went on to win the Premiership in both 2018 and 2019 and Alison remained very much part of the squad, as she continued her rehab and while many may have doubted whether Alison would ever play football again, the player herself remained determined and focused that she would make a comeback.

Alison made a late sub appearance in Linfield’s recent UEFA Champions League defeat away to Anderlecht at Lotto Park in Brussels but in the last few days her name has returned to the score sheet, as her comeback has really stepped up a notch.

At Solitude a week ago, she was introduced as a sub and her first touch was a header which struck the post, with the rebound being headed home by Ebony Leckey for an equaliser. Minutes later, her free kick thundered back off the crossbar from distance and soon after, she combined in a clever one-two with Ebony Leckey for the latter to drill home Linfield’s third and decisive goal on the night.

At Seaview on Sunday, Alison scored the only goal of the game with the last kick of the first half, as Linfield defeated Crusaders - her first comeback goal being a significant milestone.

And then Linfield returned to the Melvin sports arena in Strabane last night - the venue where Alison suffered the unfortunate horror injury over 2 years ago.

To recover from serious injury takes mental strength, to return to play after serious injury requires mental courage and to return to play at the same venue where the injury occurred requires even more mental strength and courage.

Linfield's Alison Smyth showed last night that she possesses mental strength and courage in abundance, as she led the forward line for Linfield in last nights Danske Bank NIFL Premiership game away to Sion Swifts.

Just after half time, her strike from the edge of the box was pushed onto the crossbar by the Sion keeper but in the 80th minute, with Linfield trailing 2-1, Alison sealed her comeback and a vital equaliser for her team by rifling home a fine strike into the roof of the net, to the delight of her team mates and club staff.

By a strange twist of fate, the point saving goal was scored at the same end of the Strabane venue where the injury occurred and where Alison was forced to leave in an ambulance over two years earlier.

Linfield FC salutes the courage of our inspirational forward Alison Smyth, who through no doubt many dark days of the past two and a half years, displayed the never say die qualities of a winner and a true champion and who last night lived out the motto of this club - Fortune Favours the Brave - Audaces Fortuna Juvat.

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