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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 28 December 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Coleraine Showgrounds

Attendance: 3434

Referee: Shane Andrews

Coleraine home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Aaron Canning 55'
  •   Stephen Fallon 13'
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James McLaughlin and Jamie Mulgrew contest a header ©INPHO/Brian Little

BANNSIDERS AND BLUES BATTLE TO SHOWGROUNDS POINT

Title contenders Coleraine and Linfield had to be content with a point apiece from this end of year clash at The Showgrounds.

Linfield got off to a bright start with Kirk Millar seeing an effort deflected wide and Stephen Fallon firing just off target during the opening exchanges.

It was perhaps no surprise, then, when Fallon went one better on 13 minutes with a superb 25-yard effort into the top corner to fire the Blues in front.

Matthew Shevlin almost grabbed a second moments later but his shot was deflected wide.

Coleraine slowly began to find their footing, with Eoin Bradley crafting their first effort of note around the half-hour mark only for Linfield keeper Rohan Ferguson to make the save.

Then, towards the break, James McLaughlin came closest for the Bannsiders after combining with Lyndon Kane but his effort from inside the box went over.

Coleraine continued to press in the second half. McLaughlin was thwarted by a Fallon goalline clearance on 52 minutes before, just three minutes after that, Aaron Canning knocked home the equaliser with a superbly directed header after meeting a corner to give Ferguson no chance.

Buoyed by this, Coleraine went in search of the winner with Bradley and McLaughlin both creating moments of danger.

And they were given an added boost with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Linfield’s Ryan McGivern received his second booking of the game following a foul on Jamie Glackin.

Both sides had their chances later in the game with Chris Johns doing well to deny Millar before Ferguson denied McLaughlin in stoppage time.

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Canning, B. Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin, Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, Glackin, Traynor subs M. Doherty (not used), O'Donnell (not used), Parkhill (replaced B. Doherty 63), Gawne (not used), McGuckin (not used), Maciulaitis (not used), Nevin (not used)

Linfield: Ferguson, Stafford, Callacher, Waterworth, Shevlin, Millar, Lavery, Fallon, Mulgrew, McGivern, Casement subs Moore (not used), Stewart (replaced Lavery 85), Clarke (replaced Shevlin 74), Kearns (not used), Hery (replaced Fallon 79), Mitchell (not used), Reynolds (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Coleraine   1 - 1 Linfield
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    79'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rohan Ferguson

    Unregistered Players

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Shevlin

    Linfield

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    74'
  •  Red Card

    Ryan McGivern

    Linfield

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    69'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Shevlin

    Linfield

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Coleraine

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ian Parkhill

    Coleraine

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Stephen Lowry

    Coleraine

    57'
  • GOAL

    Aaron Canning

    Coleraine

    55'
  •  Yellow Card

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    45'
  • GOAL

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    13'

Coleraine

  • Chris Johns
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Aaron Canning 55'
  • Ben Doherty red substitution 63'
  • Stephen Lowry 57'
  • James McLaughlin 45'
  • Eoin Bradley
  • Josh Carson
  • Gareth McConaghie
  • Jamie Glackin 69'
  • Aaron Traynor

Substitutes

  • Michael Doherty
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • Ian Parkhill green substitution 63'
  • Alex Gawne
  • Emmett McGuckin
  • Nedas Maciulaitis
  • Lewis Nevin

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson 76'
  • Mark Stafford
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth
  • Matthew Shevlin 65' red substitution 74'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Shayne Lavery red substitution 85'
  • Stephen Fallon red substitution 79' 13'
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Ryan McGivern 73'
  • Chris Casement

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Jordan Stewart 89' green substitution 85'
  • Matthew Clarke green substitution 74'
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Bastien Hery green substitution 79'
  • Andy Mitchell
  • Daniel Reynolds

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