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David Jeffrey red-faced but Linfield on song

By Keith Bailie

Linfield 3 Ballinamallard 0: With the furore surrounding the Jimmy Callacher saga rumbling in the background, it was easy to forget that a game of football took place at Windsor Park on Saturday afternoon.

As fans and journalists discussed the morning's events in the South Stand, Linfield climbed to the top of table with an impressive 3-0 victory over Ballinamallard United in a game that was played in difficult weather conditions.

Andrew Waterworth, Mark McAllister and Matthew Tipton all found the back of the net as the Blues claimed an important win over a hard working Mallards side who were perhaps unfortunate to concede three goals.

A remorseful David Jeffrey apologised for the content of the YouTube clip that showed him singing a song about Glentoran defender Jimmy Callacher's likely move from The Oval to Windsor Park.

"I am totally embarrassed," he said.

"I'd like unreservedly apologise to Glentoran Football Club. I also want to apologise to Eddie Patterson, and I want to apologise to Jimmy Callacher for any embarrassment.

"I also want to apologise to the directors and the supporters of Linfield Football Club for any offence or embarrassment that I've caused to them. I cannot emphasise that enough.

"I re-worded an old Glentoran song, they used to sing 'Thank you very much for Johnny Jameson' who moved from Linfield to Glentoran in the early eighties.

"It was a small part of a larger speech at a private function and it was meant in jest.

"Someone saw fit to take it and put it on the Internet, I don't know what their motivation was, but what went on around the video is immaterial. I apologise sincerely and unreservedly."

"It has been a most difficult day for me. It was a very innocent response to some good natured Glentoran banter."

While Jeffrey experienced a difficult day off the field, the Blues boss was pleased with his side's performance on it.

"Ballinamallard are well organised team who beat us not once, but twice here last season," he added.

"I thought we did very well on a difficult day, weather wise. We kept a clean sheet, we scored three goals and we got three points. It was a very good performance in horrendous weather conditions. There was no point putting the ball in the air because of the wind, so we kept it on the ground and it worked well for us.

"We're very pleased to be at the top of table, but in the long run it counts for nothing as there is a long way to go," he continued.

"However, when I reflect on the fact we only had two points after four games, I think you have to say the players deserve a great deal of credit for their incredible response to a difficult situation."

Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson hopes to rectify his side's goalscoring concerns this week.

"I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out what our problem is," he said. "We've scored less goals this season than we did last year. I'm looking to add a couple of new players to the squad that will help solve that problem.

"We're hoping to complete a signing early this week. That will give us something different."

Linfield: Tuffey, BJ Burns, Ward, Haughey (McVey, 84 mins), Clarke, Carvill, Lowry, Mulgrew, A. Burns, McAllister (Tipton, 77 mins), Waterworth. Unused subs: Gault, Knowles, McCaul

BALLINAMALLARD: Rouse, McConkey (Currie, 66 mins), Stafford, Feeney, Keohane, McManus (Courtney, 75 mins), C Beacom, Hutchinson, Kee, Lecky (Campbell, 56 mins), Crawford. Unused subs: Carters, N Beacom

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)

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