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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 17 August 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2166

Referee: Keith Kennedy

Linfield home-team
2 FT 4
away-team Coleraine
  •   Joel Cooper 65'
  •   Shayne Lavery 72'
  •   Ben Doherty 1'
  •   Stephen O'Donnell 61'
  •   Emmett McGuckin 90+2'
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Coleraine celebrate Stephen O'Donnell's goal ©Jonathan Porter/INPHO

BANNSIDERS SEND BLUES CRASHING BACK TO EARTH

Linfield were brought crashing back to earth following their European heroics with a crushing defeat to Coleraine at Windsor Park.

The Bannsiders, one of only two teams to beat the Blues last season, needed just 14 seconds to race into the lead when Ben Doherty curled an unstoppable left-foot effort into the left corner from outside the area.

It got worse for Linfield midway through the first half. A corner was delivered to the far post with Ryan McGivern rising highest to meet it only to head into his own net whilst attempting the clearance.

That was how it stayed until just after the hour when Stephen O'Donnell added to Coleraine's lead with a header beyond Rohan Ferguson after Doherty had floated over a free-kick from the right.

Linfield staged something of a revival after that to set up a grandstand finish.

Joel Cooper pulled a goal back on 65 minutes with a free-kick which evaded Chris Johns before, seven minutes after that, Shayne Lavery reduced the deficit further with an unmarked header from a corner.

But any hopes of grabbing a dramatic equaliser were dealt a blow on 77 minutes when McGivern was dismissed for a foul on Eoin Bradley, his second caution of the game.

And Coleraine made sure right at the end thanks to substitute Emmett McGuckin who took the ball round Ferguson for number four after pouncing on a sloppy Kirk Millar backpass.

Linfield: Ferguson, Callacher, Waterworth, Cooper, Stewart, Clarke, Kearns, Fallon, Mulgrew, McGivern, Casement subs Moore (not used), Harkin (not used), Millar (replaced Stewart 48), Lavery (replaced Clarke 58), Hery (replaced Kearns 64), Mitchell (not used), Quinn (not used)

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Canning, O'Donnell, B. Doherty, Lowry, Carson, Bradley, Glackin, Shiels subs M. Doherty (not used), Douglas (replaced Mullan 57), McConaghie (not used), Burns (not used), Parkhill (replaced Shiels 80), Gawne (not used), McGuckin (replaced Bradley 89)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 4 Coleraine
  • GOAL

    Emmett McGuckin

    Dergview

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Emmett McGuckin

    Dergview

    89'
  •  Yellow Card

    Stephen Lowry

    Coleraine

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Dean Shiels

    Unregistered Players

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ian Parkhill

    Coleraine

    80'
  •  Red Card

    Ryan McGivern

    Linfield

    77'
  • GOAL

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    72'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Unregistered Players

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Linfield

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    64'
  • GOAL

    Stephen O'Donnell

    Coleraine

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Mullan

    Coleraine

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven Douglas

    Coleraine

    57'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    48'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    48'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    22'
  •  Yellow Card

    Lyndon Kane

    Coleraine

    15'
  •  Yellow Card

    Stephen O'Donnell

    Coleraine

    6'
  • GOAL

    Ben Doherty

    Coleraine

    1'

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 48'
  • Matthew Clarke 22' red substitution 58'
  • Joel Cooper 65'
  • Daniel Kearns red substitution 64'
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Ryan McGivern 77'
  • Chris Casement

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin
  • Kirk Millar green substitution 48'
  • Shayne Lavery green substitution 58' 72'
  • Bastien Hery green substitution 64'
  • Andy Mitchell
  • Niall Quinn

Coleraine

  • Chris Johns
  • Lyndon Kane 15'
  • Adam Mullan red substitution 57'
  • Aaron Canning
  • Ben Doherty 1'
  • Stephen Lowry 86'
  • Eoin Bradley red substitution 89'
  • Josh Carson
  • Stephen O'Donnell 6' 61'
  • Jamie Glackin
  • Dean Shiels red substitution 80'

Substitutes

  • Michael Doherty
  • Steven Douglas green substitution 57'
  • Gareth McConaghie
  • Aaron Burns
  • Ian Parkhill green substitution 80'
  • Alex Gawne
  • Emmett McGuckin green substitution 89' 90+2'

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