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Linfield manager David Jeffrey on Tuesday's Gold Cup semi-final
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Marty Quinn
"We must defend better"
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Tuesday, 14 November, 2000, 12:12 GMT
Linfield complete Kelly signing
David Jeffrey
David Jeffrey feels semi-finals should be over one leg
Linfield have completed the signing of Russell Kelly for the remainder of this season.

The news is a further boost to the league leaders ahead of Tuesday evening's Nationwide Gold Cup semi-final first leg against Coleraine at Windsor Park (7.45).

Blues manager David Jeffrey is delighted by Kelly's signing after the player's successful one month trial at the club.

"Russell is an excellent young man.

Financial backing

"He's done very well since he came to us and we're delighted to have him for the remainder of the season."

The deal was only made possible thanks to financial backing from the club's supporters players' fund.

Kelly, who scored in Linfield's last two games against Newry and Portadown, joined the Blues following a spell with Icelandic club Thor.

The 22-year-old also previously played for Dundee, Ayr United, St Mirren and Patrick Thistle.

Rotation policy

Meanwhile, Jeffrey will continue with his policy of rotating the goalkeeper's position for Linfield's midweek matches.

Robert Robinson, thus, takes over from regular number one Paul Mathers for Tuesday's Windsor Park clash.

Marty Quinn
Marty Quinn: Unhappy with his defence

Robinson turned in a remarkable display for Linfield's reserve team at the weekend.

The goalkeeper galloped up the field to head an injury-time equaliser in Linfield Swifts' Intermediate Cup tie against FC Enkalon.

Morgan struggling

Robinson then scored in a penalty shoot-out as well as saving two Enkalon's spot-kicks in Linfield's win.

Linfield could be without Chris Morgan who is struggling with an ankle injury.

The Blues are already minus Noel Bailie and Davy Larmour who both have knee injuries.

Boss Jeffrey is not a fan of two legged cup semi-finals.

Generate revenue

"We look at Tuesday night as merely the first half but to be frank I feel semi-finals should be one leg.

"I can understand the rationale for having two legs with the need to generate revenue but I still feel that semi-finals should be over one game."

Coleraine manager Marty Quinn adds defender Paul Gaston to his squad.

Quinn was furious with his defence on Saturday for conceding a late equaliser to lowly Crusaders.

"Last minute goals are very hard to take,'' said Quinn.

"We'll have to tighten up or we'll bear the consequences again."

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