What a valuable win at Seaview for the Linfield Bunch, these putting a twist in the race for the shield in the NIPL, cutting the lead for the defending champions Crusaders FC lead, to just four points.
As the battle of North Ireland capital between two of its top squads in its league, was to become a very fierce until its conclusion, something that since the beginning of this match, the visitors took the helm.
December 31 was to witness another edition of the Belfast Derby, here the local Crusaders came with the all-around label of favourites and looking for the win to increase their lead over their cross-town foes and start this 2017 on a high note.
Despite the Blues playing as visitors, these manage to put in control this match from start to finish and sentenced this match since the early minutes with a double dose of goals from Aaron Burns and Andrew Waterworth.
With goals within four minutes apart from one another in the 34th, minute via Aaron Burns to silence in its entirety the colossus of Shore Road and four minutes alter the Blues once again put the go ahead goal in the 39th minute.
Despite the dominance of the Blues, the only negative of this match was a flagrant tackle by the Linfield Boss David Healy over Crusaders player Paul Heatley, which led to both benches, emptied and saw both Manager and Blues Captain Jamie Mulgrew getting red carded.
That was the only negative part of this match as the Blues Manager did not had any business in the pitch while the match was on, putting a negative mark in this match.
Getting back to the match, the Blues continue their mastery of this, until the 72nd minute when the Crusaders saw a light at the end, when Jordan Owens made it interesting with a goal that broke the clean sheet for the visitors.
Very well making it a contest with some time for the home team to make things happen or at least go for the draw, but the Linfield backfield well defended its posts and at the end persevere to take home a notable win.
A win that uplifts the Linfield Blues spirit and puts them in the hunt for the league shield not won by them for quite some time and now with this win the possibilities are within their reach of winning the league and the Danske Bank trophy.
Still for the local Crusaders Boss Stephen Baxter despite his efforts and putting three new set of leg into the pitch to try to salvage at least the point, the afternoon was to side towards the visitors who took three points of gold.
Very well, keep their hopes up towards the chase of the top spot in the North Ireland Premiership, and today’s achievement with just ten men left, at the end the persistence of the visiting Linfield Blues paid off at the end.