Jeffrey equals record after shoot-out

Crusaders 0-0 Linfield (1-4 pens)
Published Tuesday, 04 March 2014
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Linfield have won the Co Antrim Shield in dramatic fashion beating Crusaders 4-1 on penalties after the sides finished scoreless after 90 minutes and extra-time at the Showgrounds in Ballymena.

Jeffrey equals record after shoot-out
David Jeffrey celebrates lifting his 31st trophy with Linfield. (© Pacemaker)

The victory means that departing Linfield boss David Jeffrey has won 31 trophies with the Blues, matching Roy Coyle's record during his reign.

Andy Waterworth, Aaron Burns, Michael Carvill and Billy Joe Burns scored their spot kicks while only Gary McCutcheon found the net for the Crues.

Speaking to UTV after lifting the title, David Jeffrey said: "The focus all week has been on them performing well so that the club would be successful and as always with the club success, you do get that personal success and it would be churlish to say that isn't satisfying.

"The most satisfying thing is when you have a group of men you've nurtured and looked after and you see them developing.

"This team are developing and part of that education is winning trophies and this has been a good learning curve for them."

Crusaders almost took the lead on four minutes, a goalbound header from Joshua Robinson was cleared off the line by the alert Ivan Sproule.

The Crues certainly posed the most threat in the early stages forcing Jonathan Tuffey to push away a powerful header from Jordon Owens on eight minutes.

Sproule used his pace to create a good break for the Blues on 17 minutes, but his cross was cleared by the Crues defence.

That was to be Sproule's final contribution as he hobbled off on 30 minutes with Aaron Burns coming off the bench.

The Blues had managed to stem the Crues attack but they were struggling to create any real efforts on goal.

I’ll go home and I’ll be very thankful then I’ll look forward to going to my work tomorrow.

David Jeffrey

Eventually they did manage to test O'Neill with first Philip Lowry connecting with a snapshot which the keeper got behind and in the next attack a crisp shot on the turn by Andy Waterworth was straight at the Crues keeper.

In first half stoppage time Linfield broke out of defence with Jamie Mulgrew spreading the ball wide to Tipton who cut inside and fired across to Waterworth whose run was brought to a halt by Leeman.

From the free, Niall Quinn's drive hit a ruck of players and was hacked away before a Linfield player could force a shot on goal.

The Blues were quick off the blocks after the restart with Aaron Burns slipping the ball to Tipton who clipped a shot just over the bar from a few yards out.

A great run and cross from Billy Joe Burns was well cut out by O'Neill, but it was Burns again with the next chance this time a sweet half volley that skimmed the bar.

Linfield were beginning to get on top with the Crues now relying on a quick break.

The best chance of the game came on 68 minutes when a long throw by Burns missed a cluster of players and fell to Tipton in front of goal but the Linfield striker failed to connect.

With ten minutes to go, Mark McAllister came on for Tipton and made an instant impact with a superb run down the right flank and he delivered an inch perfect cross for the unmarked Aaron Burns but his header flew inches wide of the far post.

Another superb move by Linfield carved out a great chance in the last minute of normal time with Billy Joe Burns linking up with Gault who crossed for McAllister who drove the ball towards goal but his effort was blocked and cleared.

It was end to end in extra time with both teams having chances to win it. Aaron Burns fired just wide while for the Crues Chris Morrow brought a superb save out of Tuffey.

Crusaders: O'Neill, King, Smith, Leeman, Magowan, Owens, Heatley, Snoddy, Caddell, Hanley, Robinson. Subs: McAllister, Morrow, McMaster, McCutcheon, McAllister.

Linfield: Tuffey, Gault, Haughey, Waterworth, Lowry, Burns, Ward, Tipton, Mulgrew, Sproule, Quinn. Subs: McVey, Carvill, Burns, McAllister, Deane.

Referee: Hugh Carvill.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
john in crumlin wrote (325 days ago):
Adrian do you ever have anything positive to say? you are a bore of the highest degree
Football fan in NI wrote (326 days ago):
Not a Linfield fan, however, you cant deny this man's achievements, dedication and loyalty to Linfield and the Irish League! Congrats DJ!
s magowan in belfast wrote (326 days ago):
David Jeffery will go down in NI football history as one of the greatest.To equal Roy Coyles record(another great manager)is quite an achievement and he could surpass Coyle if the Blues win the Gibson Cup.Looks like it's going to be an exciting shoot out between the Blues and the Reds to see who is going to win the league title
Darzo in Co Down wrote (326 days ago):
@ Adrian you still talking RUBBISH you serious dont have a clue about football like!! Ur team doing well haha struggling at the bottom half haha WE ARE LINFIELD SUPER LINFIELD
Big G in Windsor wrote (326 days ago):
Get Granny Agnes to apply then Adrian
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