Belfast Telegraph

Glens not won title yet, says Murphy

By Graham Luney

Linfield defender William Murphy has warned Glentoran that the title race isn't over by a long shot.

Paul Millar's men had smiles on their faces as they departed Windsor Park following the 1-1 draw on Boxing Day.

The Oval aces are still unbeaten while sitting pretty at the top of the Carnegie Premier League, however, Murphy has a strong feeling the title race will go right to the wire.

"There are only five points between the teams and as everyone knows we are only half-way through the league campaign and there is a long, long way to go," he said.

"We would have preferred the points difference to be down to two, but that's football.

"We just have to concentrate on the next fixture - we go to Seaview on Saturday looking for the win that will keep us very much in the hunt.

"All we can do is keep picking up three points and somewhere down the line another team can do us a favour.

"Hopefully, we will win our games and another side will take points off the Glens.

"It would have been a good psychological boost to beat the Glens and we set our stall out at the beginning of the day to do just that, but it didn't work out like that.

"Having said that, at least their points advantage over us didn't increase. But we are looking forward to the rest of the season and finishing strongly."

Linfield will be kicking themselves for failing to finish the Glens off after Glenn Ferguson's opener.

But the Glens have their own sharpshooter in Gary Hamilton, as the title hopefuls from the east of the city have finally found someone who can match, if not better, the goalscoring exploits of Spike and Peter Thompson.

"I thought it was a good game and you saw two teams who were committed to getting a victory in front of a big Boxing Day crowd," said Murphy.

"At the end I thought a draw was probably a fair result. Both teams had chances, but we are disappointed we didn't hold on to the lead.

"It was a mistake by ourselves which lead to Glentoran's equaliser.

"I thought the second-half went stale with both teams cancelling each other out.

"Glentoran had a good chance which was cleared off the line, but I don't know why a goal we scored was disallowed.

"I didn't see anything wrong with it, but obviously Adrian (McCourt) did and he has the final say."

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