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Linfield title is in the bag after Ballymena win

All over: Andy Waterworth celebrates after his winner against Ballymena United clinched title joy for Linfield last night
All over: Andy Waterworth celebrates after his winner against Ballymena United clinched title joy for Linfield last night

By Graham Luney

Linfield manager David Healy hailed his players last night after a 1-0 victory at Ballymena United effectively clinched the club's 53rd league championship.

Andy Waterworth's goal 35 seconds into the second half sealed a 1-0 victory and left the Blues 12 points clear at the top and boasting a goal difference 19 higher than David Jeffrey's second placed side with only four games remaining and 12 points to play for. That means Linfield will not be caught in the run-in and the post-match celebrations reflected a desire to get the title party started.

Healy, however, blasted the United fans for taunting their injured goalkeeper Roy Carroll before applauding his men.

"I was disappointed that some of the Ballymena supporters let their club down," blasted Healy. "What they were saying about Roy Carroll is not good behaviour and it doesn't belong in football.

"How could they sing about a lad who has represented his country with so much charisma? They may support Northern Ireland which makes it harder for me to understand.

"But our lads have been absolutely incredible from the start of the season and they deserve all the praise. You have to weather the storm in these big games and I'm thrilled to bits for the players."

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