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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 7 September 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 2064

Referee: Andrew Davey

Cliftonville home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Jimmy Callacher 57'
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Jimmy Callacher and Bastien Hery celebrate Linfield's winner ©Brian Little/INPHO

CALLACHER GOAL GIVES CLIFTONVILLE THE BLUES

A Jimmy Callacher goal just before the hour handed Linfield victory over Cliftonville in a tightly fought encounter at Solitude.

The Reds created the first effort of note when Joe Gormley saw an early drive blocked but Linfield forced most of the pressure during the opening period with Kirk Millar having a flick punched clear by Richard Brush while Chris Casement and Andy Waterworth also had efforts on goal.

However, the best chance of the game so far fell for Cliftonville just after the half-hour mark when Chris Curran slid the ball through to Conor McMenamin but he could only drag the ball wide of the right post.

Cliftonville crafted the first chance of the second half too after a Rory Donnelly corner was only cleared as far as Gormley on the edge of the box but his shot was curled wide of the target.

What proved to be the winner arrived on 57 minutes when, following a series of corners, Callacher got his head to a Millar delivery from the left to power a header beyond Brush.

The Reds looked to get back on level terms quickly with Gormley flicking a header on from a Levi Ives free-kick but Rohan Ferguson dealt well with the threat.

Then, a few minutes after that, Donnelly sent a half-volley from just outside the box narrowly over followed quickly by a Ryan Curran effort which looped into the arms of the Linfield keeper.

As the game drifted into added time Gormley saw a powerful strike blocked and cleared by Mark Stafford but Linfield had two late chances to extend their advantage when Millar was twice denied by Brush.

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Ives, Breen, Harney, C. Curran, R. Curran, R. Donnelly, Bagnall, Gormley, McMenamin subs Dunne (not used), Garrett (replaced R. Curran 77), Foster (not used), Wilson (replaced Bagnall 79), Maguire (replaced Breen 82), A. Donnelly (not used), Gorman (not used)

Linfield: Ferguson, Stafford, Callacher, Waterworth, Cooper, Millar, Kearns, Hery, Mulgrew, Quinn, Casement subs Deane (not used), Larkin (not used), Shevlin (replaced Waterworth 85), Clarke (not used), Fallon (replaced Hery 68), Mitchell (not used), Reynolds (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   0 - 1 Linfield
  •  Yellow Card

    Garry Breen

    Cliftonville

    9'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Shevlin

    Linfield

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Garry Breen

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Cliftonville

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Wilson

    Cliftonville

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Garrett

    Cliftonville

    77'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    68'
  •  Yellow Card

    Levi Ives

    Cliftonville

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    64'
  • GOAL

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    57'

Cliftonville

  • Richard Brush
  • Conor McDermott
  • Levi Ives 64'
  • Garry Breen 9' red substitution 82'
  • Jamie Harney
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran red substitution 77'
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly
  • Liam Bagnall red substitution 79'
  • Joe Gormley
  • Conor McMenamin

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Stephen Garrett green substitution 77'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Ronan Wilson green substitution 79'
  • Thomas Maguire green substitution 82'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Joe Gorman

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Mark Stafford
  • Jimmy Callacher 57'
  • Andrew Waterworth 71' red substitution 85'
  • Joel Cooper 89'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Bastien Hery 64' red substitution 68'
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Niall Quinn
  • Chris Casement

Substitutes

  • Ross Larkin
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Stephen Fallon green substitution 68'
  • Andy Mitchell
  • Gareth Deane
  • Daniel Reynolds
  • Matthew Shevlin green substitution 85'

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