UK news Steven Beacom: Linfield are in for a nervy wait as big plans fall flat last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - It was supposed to be the day when Linfield would win a world record-equalling 55th League title and a fourth Irish Premiership crown in five years under David Healy.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "It was supposed to be the day when Linfield would win a world record-equalling 55th League title and a fourth Irish Premiership crown in five years under David Healy. And a day when Shayne Lavery and Joel Cooper would shine for Linfield one last time at the national stadium before continuing their promising careers across the water.Larne had not read the script. They have their own story to tell and Joshua Robinson’s 89th-minute winner might help provide a happy ending for the Inver Park men in what has been an eventful season for them.Tiernan Lynch’s side now have a shot at finishing runners-up in the table to add to their County Antrim Shield success and the 2-1 victory over Linfield will boost morale ahead of Tuesday’s Irish Cup Semi-Final against Crusaders.The Blues have a last-four Cup encounter versus Ballymena on the same day but if they play like they did yesterday, David Jeffrey will fancy his chances of reaching Friday’s decider.The bottom line is Linfield’s big title day at Windsor fell flat.Before kick-off, they knew that second-placed Coleraine had beaten Crusaders to keep the race going so a home win was required to make Premiership glory official though, given their vastly superior goal difference, a draw would have done. With that in mind, it was a surprise that Linfield found it hard to get going in the first half with Larne the better team. When Healy’s side did have a period of dominance after the break, they found their former goalkeeper Conor Mitchell in fabulous form; twice denying Lavery, who will feel he ought to have scored on both occasions.
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.Like many matches with Healy at the helm, Linfield looked to have got the job done only to concede a sloppy goal to another ex-player in the dying moments.The Blues have to lift themselves for the Cup now before they can go for the League again.With two Premiership matches left, Linfield are five points clear of Coleraine but, crucially, the teams meet on Tuesday week at The Showgrounds in front of 500 fans, who will roar the home team on.If Oran Kearney’s side are victorious, the championship battle moves on to the final weekend with the Blues at Cliftonville and Coleraine travelling to Larne. There is always pressure at Linfield but they have piled even more on themselves after failing to deliver yesterday.And while the Bannsiders have a week off prior to the Showgrounds showdown, the leaders will have one and potentially two energy-sapping and emotional Cup ties to deal with.This thing ain’t over and second place is not clear cut either. If Coleraine don’t beat the Blues and Larne defeat faltering Glentoran and Bannsiders in their final games, they will end up as runners-up and qualify for Europe if they don’t lift the Cup. Stand by for a big finish."
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