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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 14 February 2020 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1640

Referee: Tony Clarke

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 4
away-team Linfield
  •   Joe McCready 19'
  •   Mark Haughey 24'
  •   Jimmy Callacher 74'
  •   Andrew Waterworth 80'
  •   Jordan Stewart 45+1'
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Jordan Stewart celebrates putting Linfield in front ©INPHO/Brian Little

CLINICAL BLUES GO SIX CLEAR

Linfield moved six points clear at the top of the table after coming from behind to comfortably beat Ballymena United at The Showgrounds.

The opening exchanges produced little by way of scoring opportunities for either side, but that all changed on 19 minutes when Joe McCready opened the scoring for Ballymena. He bagged his first goal for the club after getting past his marker before curling the ball beyond Rohan Ferguson with the outside of his foot.

But Linfield needed just five minutes to get back on level terms through Mark Haughey after he connected with a corner to head home from close range.

The visitors almost added a second soon after when Jordan Stewart created space before seeing a powerful shot tipped over by Ross Glendinning quickly followed by a Jimmy Callacher header.

At the other end McCready saw a low 20-yard effort pushed wide by Rohan Ferguson.

However, Linfield struck again on the stroke of half-time. Joel Cooper embarked on a mazy run into the box, his shot was parried by Glendinning but only as far as Stewart who duly responded with a calm finish into the net.

The second half got off to a scrappy start with Ballymena's Steven McCullough creating the best of what chances were created with a looping header following by a 25-yard free-kick which fell inches wide.

But any thoughts the home fans had of witnessing a comeback were thwarted when Linfield bagged two more goals midway through the half.

Jimmy Callacher made it 3-1 on 74 minutes at the back post after Haughey had flicked on Niall Quinn's inswinging corner before, with ten minutes to go, Andy Waterworth smashed in a fourth after Cooper's initial effort had been tipped onto the crossbar.

McCready might have grabbed a late consolation for Ballymena but his goalbound header was cleared off the line by Quinn while, in the closing moments, only the woodwork denied Linfield a fifth when Cooper's shot was deflected onto the crossbar with Millar's follow up saved.

Ballymena United: Ross Glendinning, T. Kane, Whiteside, Andrew Burns, McCready, McGrory, Balmer, Lecky, Millar, Kelly, Lavery subs Williamson (not used), Addis (not used), Friel (replaced Andrew Burns 78), Knowles (not used), McCullough (replaced Millar 46), Winchester (not used), Reece Glendinning (not used)

Linfield: Ferguson, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Cooper, Stewart, Millar, McClean, Fallon, Quinn, Casement subs Moore (not used), Stafford (not used), Clarke (replaced Stewart 75), Kearns (not used), Hery (replaced McClean 81), Boyle (not used), Currie (replaced Waterworth 86)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 4 Linfield
  • GOAL

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    45+1'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Currie

    Unregistered Players

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    81'
  • GOAL

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Burns

    Unregistered Players

    78'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathair Friel

    Carrick Rangers

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    75'
  • GOAL

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    72'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    36'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    31'
  • GOAL

    Mark Haughey

    Linfield

    24'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew Burns

    Unregistered Players

    23'
  • GOAL

    Joe McCready

    Ballymena United

    19'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Tony Kane 72'
  • Scot Whiteside
  • Andrew Burns 23' red substitution 78'
  • Joe McCready 19'
  • Andrew McGrory 78'
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Adam Lecky 36'
  • Leroy Millar red substitution 46'
  • Joshua Kelly 31'
  • Ross Lavery

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Cathair Friel green substitution 78'
  • James Knowles
  • Steven McCullough green substitution 46'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Reece Glendinning

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Mark Haughey 24'
  • Jimmy Callacher 67' 74'
  • Andrew Waterworth 63' red substitution 86' 80'
  • Joel Cooper
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 75' 45+1'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Kyle McClean red substitution 81'
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Niall Quinn
  • Chris Casement

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Mark Stafford
  • Matthew Clarke green substitution 75'
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Bastien Hery green substitution 81'
  • Ethan Boyle
  • Rory Currie green substitution 86'

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