UK news Alex Mills: They may not have laid Morgan Day ghosts to rest but Linfield keep winning titles and derby draw with Glentoran means another one is coming last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Linfield could be forgiven for being haunted by ghosts of the past - especially at this time of the season.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Linfield could be forgiven for being haunted by ghosts of the past - especially at this time of the season. Morgan Day is still celebrated and worshipped in one half of the city. Detested on the other.It was just over 16 years ago - April 23, 2005 to be precise - when former Blues striker Chris Morgan hit a dramatic late derby winner for Glentoran which was the catalyst in their League title win that season.Although the game itself wasn't a title decider, the victory put the Glens into pole position at the top of the table.In theory, it was a winner-takes-all affair at The Oval. They duly finished the job seven days later.The same could be said about yesterday's clash at the same venue. It was a similar type of situation with both teams striving for top-of-the-table supremacy - although the Blues' lead is much more extravagant this time round.It was fitting the aforementioned Mr Morgan was at the game - undertaking media duties on this occasion - but the similarities were few and far between.On the way to the game 16 years ago, the queue at the turnstiles spilled right back onto Mersey Street. The atmosphere was electric. Linfield brought their usual bumper support, shoehorned into the City End of the ground - one half was red, white and blue, the other red, green and black. The game had to be delayed because there were still hundreds outside the ground at kick-off time. It made for a carnival occasion.Sadly, because of the Covid crisis, this was different.
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.And walking up the steep steps to the press box at the back of the towering grandstand that hovers over east Belfast, you could have heard a pin drop, apart from the laughs and shouts of both sets of players warming up on the lush Oval surface.Although there were a few banners dotted around the ageing old stadium, there was nothing to suggest this could be a possible League decider - no colour, no buzz, no crowd, no banter. No atmosphere.When the players emerged from the tunnel below us, the silence was deafening.To their credit, they turned in an intriguing 90 minutes of action, but it was going to take either a mistake or a bit of brilliance to win it.With 12 minutes remaining, the Glens were handed the chance to nail their big rivals when referee Tim Marshall awarded them a spot-kick after rather harshly accusing Jimmy Callacher of handling the ball. Justice was done as Chris Johns produced a wonderful save.But there was still time for one last piece of drama when Andy Waterworth had the chance to send the Blues well clear at the top only to see his header walloped off the line by Rhys Marshall.The ghost of 2005 may not have been laid to rest, but the Blues will not be complaining.Healy's boys are now closing in on 55 title wins, a joint-world record shared with Scottish cousins Rangers. With only four games to go, they require merely six points.It's a testament to the team's character and resolve. The League table doesn't lie.Glentoran supporters may well go on celebrating Morgan Day for years to come but, across the city at Windsor Park, Linfield have become accustomed to toasting title wins.It's only a matter of time before the champagne comes off the ice once again."
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