Published Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Warren Feeney debuted as Linfield came from behind. (© Presseye)
Aaron Burns scored with the last kick of the ball to give the Blues a morale boosting win over their old rivals.
The Glens seemed to be well on their way to a win leading 2-0, but Linfield showed their character to come back and take all three points.
The first chance of the match came when former Glentoran defender Sean Ward found himself in space at the edge of the box but failed to test Elliot Morris in the home goal. Two minutes later Mark Miskimmin did well to pick out Barry Holland but his cross sailed over the bar.
On 17 minutes Warren Feeney became the first player manager at Linfield since Roy Coyle when he came off the bench to replace the injured Andrew Waterworth.
A minute later the Blues should have been ahead but Chris Hegarty's header was cleared off the line.
The chances were still falling to Linfield with Peter Thompson seeing his header go wide on 21 minutes.
Towards the end of the first half the Glens came to life with David Scullion playing in Fra McCaffrey but he shot straight at Tuffey. Then came the best chance of the half on 44 minutes but McCaffrey's shot rebounded off the inside of the post and into the grateful arms of Tuffey.
The late pressure finally brought reward for the Glens in first half stoppage time when a free kick from Stephen McAlorum was pounced on by Scullion and the Glens went into the break in the lead.
Having conceded at the end of the first half, the Blues were to concede a second minutes after the restart with Scullion again on target to stun the away fans.
The striker fired and unstoppable shot from 25 yards out that flew past Tuffey.
However, there was hope for Linfield three minutes after going two behind, Aaron Burns heading home a corner from Ivan Sproule and it was game on.
Feeney had a chance to make it 2-2 but his left foot volley went straight at Morris.
With 17 minutes to go Peter Thompson broke Glentoran hearts as his superb lob sailed over Morris after being given the chance by Kirk Millar.
On 86 minutes former Glentoran player Jimmy Callacher was sent off after picking up a second yellow card - then came the dramatic winner.
Millar's corner was steered home by Burns to seal a brilliant comeback.
Wednesday's results in full:
Crusaders 2-2 Ballymena Utd
Crusaders: Owens 52, Adamson 84.
Ballymena Utd: Taggart 61, Taylor 82.
Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Ballinamallard
Dungannon Swifts: McCaffrey 30.
Ballinamallard: McMenamin 56.
Glentoran 2-3 Linfield
Glentoran: Scullion 45, 59.
Linfield: Burns 52, 90, Thompson 72.
Institute 2-0 Coleraine
Institute: Currie 63, McAuley 73.
Portadown 0-1 Cliftonville
Cliftonville: Gormley 35.
Warrenpoint Town 0-2 Glenavon
Glenavon: Marshall 79, Mulvenna 82 (PEN).
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