LINFIELD 0 GLENTORAN 2
Rookie striker Danny McKee and substitute Jordan Stewart drove the final nails into Linfield’s Premiership coffin at Windsor Park.
The Blues failed miserably against what was primarily a makeshift Glentoran team, who enjoyed their first win of the season over their Big Two rivals.
It certainly was an anti-climax to the title race, with Cliftonville doing enough at Shamrock Park to guarantee them the trophy for the second successive year.
It was also a horrible end to David Jefffrey’s reign as manager in front of home fans. After 17 successful years, this performance must rank as one of the worst and will almost certainly be immediately be scrubbed from his memory bank.
McKee struck just befor the hour and at no time after that did Linfield appear capable of pulling the game out of the fire.
Little Stewart then headed a second three minutes from time.
Linfield should have taken the lead in their first attack when Glentoran old boy Andy Waterworth sent in a right wing cross, but Philip Lowry’s header failed to test
Lowry again went close on 20 minutes. Michael Carvill whipped in a corner kick which was headed on by defender Mark Haughey, but the midfielder to volleyed over the top when he really should have hit the target.
The Blues went close to breaking the deadlock five minutes later. This time Aaron Burns sent Waterworth racing into the box. Morris was out like a flash to save with his legs.
Seconds later Mulgrew tried his luck from distance which Morris grabbed at the second attempt.
Glentoran at last tested the Blues defence with rookie striker Danny McKee tricking his way into the box on 31 minutes only to see his cut back hoofed to safety by the alert Haughey.
Linfield then lost skipper Michael Gault due to injury four minutes before half-time. His parting shot was a late lunge at Stephen McAlorum that earned him a booking.
Glens midfielder John McGuigan tested Johnny Tuffey with a stinging drive just before the break -- one that the keeper did well to paw to safety.
But the visitors silenced the home fans by forging into the lead on 59 minutes. Morris’s long punt forward was picked up by McKee, who outpaced a static Blues defence before slotting the ball low past Tuffey.
Stewart then ended the argument three minutes from time when Stewart headed home a Fra McCaffrey cross.
Linfield: Tuffey, Gault (McAllister 41), Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Lowry, Carvill, BJ Burns (Garrett 70), A Burns (Clarke 46), Ward, Mulgrew.
Subs: McVey, Thompson.
Glentoran: Morris, McKee, Hill, Henderson (Bradley 46), McAloruum, Addis, McGuigan, Gordon, McCaffrey, Nelson (Stewart 70), Scullion.
Subs: Miskimmin, Hughes, Kerr.
Referee: A Hunter (Maguiresbridge).