Jeffrey emotional about leaving Blues

David Jeffrey
David Jeffrey

An emotional David Jeffrey closed the door on life at Linfield with one last victory.

Glenavon, who have their mind on other things at the moment with the Irish a Cup final coming up, were swept aside by a five-star Linfield performance.

“It was a difficult but enjoyable day,” he said.

“I was delighted with my players. On Tuesday we felt that they had let ourselves down by losing to Glentoran. I told them that it was important that we remind ourselves of our ability. My own players went about with a bit of freedom. We tried to make them feel as relaxed as possible.”

He goes with the best wishes of Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton.

“I’m pleased that he got the send-off that he deserves. I want to wish him all the best for whatever he may do next.”

Jeffrey’s men got off to the perfect start when Mark McAllister turned in a Philip Lowry cross, before Glenavon pulled level through Tiarnan Mulvenna.

But the visitors were back in front a minute later when a Peter Thompson cross was inadvertently flicked on by Murphy for Ross Clarke to head home.

Poor Glenavon defending led to the third as McAllister’s initial effort was saved, Eddie McCallion headed Thompson’s follow-up off the line before making sure. Thompson completed his brace after Lowry had fed Aaron Burns for the cross.

Burns made it five after McAllister had set him free.

Andrew Hoey pulled one back for Glenavon.

Glenavon: McIlhone, McCallion, Murphy, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Rainey, Sykes, McDaid, McIlveen, Singleton, Mulvenna. Subs: O McKeown (Singleton 61), Rea, Dane (Lindsay 69), Hoey (Rainey 54), Dallas.

Linfield: Tuffey, Haughey, Lowry, Thompson, BJ Burns, A Burns, Ward, M Clarke, Garrett, McAllister, R Clarke. Subs: McVey (Haughey 71), Waterworth, Carvill, Tipton (McAllister 72), Mulgrew (BJ Burns 76).

Referee: Colin Burns.