Monday, 08 October 2018
Glentoran and Linfield meet at the Oval in front of the Sky Sports cameras tonight in another top Danske Bank Premiership live broadcast.
It’s arguably the biggest game in the Irish League as Belfast’s historically two most successful clubs meet for the first time this season with plenty at stake as the title race starts to heat up.
David Healy has rejuvenated his squad with the additions of Michael O’Connor, Joel Cooper and Daniel Kearns who have come in and made an instant impact at Windsor Park – but their attacking flair has been complimented by a resolute defence that has only conceded two goals in the league to date!
Having been appointed as permanent Glentoran manager in the summer Ronnie McFall has been busy adding quality on and off the pitch. Coaching appointments of Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman were made by the club and followed by key playing personnel such as Connor Pepper, John Herron and Sam Byrne.
Meetings last season
Despite the eventual league standings last season, it was Glentoran who had the edge over the Blues in the four meetings between the sides last season, with two important wins. The first game on Boxing Day with a dramatic later winner to secure a 2-1 victory for Gary Haveron’s side, this was followed up by a similarly dramatic 4-3 comeback win in the Europa League playoff semi-final.
Linfield won one of the four meetings last year, with one draw in the last Premiership encounter back in March. David Healy has to go back to February 2017 for his last win at the Oval against Glentoran – winning 1-0 through an Andy Waterworth goal en route to the title.
Current season form
Both clubs have put their disappointing 2017/18 campaigns behind them with fine starts to the season, with only one defeat between them to date. Linfield have started their request to regain the Premiership, they currently sit second behind Glenavon but can close the gap to a single point with victory against their rivals.
Ronnie McFall’s Glentoran go into the game following a disappointing draw against ten man Warrenpoint last Saturday, but it has been a positive start to the season in East Belfast. The Glens currently are fourth in the standings and know a win would take them within three points of their cross city rivals.
Tonight’s match referee is Arnold Hunter who will be assisted by Gareth Eakin and George Argyropoulos, with Andrew Davey as fourth official.
There are no tickets required for this fixture, admission for both sets of fans will be by pay at the gate. Admission charges: £11 adults and £7 concessions.
Coverage of tonight’s match is available on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event from 7.40pm. Hosted by Graham Little with Paul Gilmour and Steve Lomas on commentary.