Linfield replicated their end of season celebrations from 12 months ago as they lifted their second trophy in the space of a week, defeating Crusaders 4-1 in Saturday’s Irish Cup final.
Keep the blue, white and red ribbons on the Gibson Cup, the famous old trophy is staying at Windsor Park for another 12 months at least.
The on-going debate into Ballymena United’s Alan Davidson’s eligibility in this season’s Irish Cup has now turned into a saga.
The past seven days have been somewhat of a rollercoaster for Linfield. Their Setanta Cup campaign came to a painful end, their Irish Cup semi-final tie has been thrown into further doubt, while they also took another massive step closer to regaining their Irish League title.
This time a year ago Linfield were level with Crusaders, albeit with a game in hand, and faced a difficult run in where they had to play every team in the top half at least once, with a potentially league-deciding match at Seaview.