I’m gutted over all-Ireland exit, admits Linfield boss Jeffrey
DAVID Jeffrey insisted that defeat to Bohemians in the Setanta Cup semi-final still hurt, despite the fact that his Linfield team remain firmly on course to claim what would be another domestic double within the next three weeks.
They are two points away from regaining the league title and face Portadown in the final of the Irish Cup, with a fourth double in five seasons on the cards.
Jeffrey, however, wanted to claim an unprecedented treble, with their previous victory in the Setanta Sports Cup coming in the season before his team began their incredible run of winning three successive doubles.
Bohemians will now contest the final of the all-Ireland competition with St Patrick's Athletic after Paddy Madden's goal gave them a 1-0 victory on the night to go through 3-1 on aggregate.
“I'm absolutely gutted,” said Jeffrey.
“I'm bitterly disappointed because I was asked after we beat Coleraine on Saturday about a possible treble, but I said that we had to get to the Setanta Cup final if we were to make that possible.
“We were excellent when we beat Shelbourne in 2005 and it would have been great to have had St Pat's here at Windsor Park in the final.
“I would have fancied our chances against them having come up against them before and I'm gutted that we won't get the chance to do that now,” he added.
Linfield had half a dozen scoring chances in the space of 20 minutes at the start of the second-half.
Paul Munster twice shot wide, with one effort in particular looking goal-bound before flying just wide.
Since the re-introduction of all-Ireland competition five years ago, League of Ireland teams have proved to be very adept at grabbing 1-0 leads and hanging onto them and that's exactly what Bohemians did last night to see off Jeffrey’s men at Windsor.