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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 26 February 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Linfield home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Larne
  •   Shayne Lavery 29' (pen) 73'
  •   Jeff Hughes 89'
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Shayne Lavery celebrates firing Linfield into the lead ©Brian Little/INPHO

LAVERY DOUBLE BAGS BLUES THE POINTS

Shayne Lavery grabbed both goals for leaders Linfield as they defeated Larne 2-1 in the big top of the table clash at Windsor Park.
 
The first notable chance of the game came after 11 minutes when Larne's Lee Lynch beat Jimmy Callacher to send Dylan Mottley-Henry through on goal but home keeper Chris Johns made a great block to deny the close range effort.
 
Linfield's had an opportunity midway through the first half when Kirk Millar's half volley was punched away by Conor Devlin before being cleared.
 
The deadlock was broken on 29 minutes. Kyle McClean worked his way into the box, but was brought down by Dean Jarvis prompting Jamie Robinson to point to the spot, and from the subsequent penalty Lavery clinically sent Devlin the wrong way.
 
Larne came close to levelling twice before the break. Jarvis sent over a low cross from the left to which Hale and Mottley-Henry both just missed connecting while, in stoppage time, Albert Watson headed over from a Jeff Hughes header.
 
Lavery wasn't far away from doubling Linfield's lead early in the second half but could only head wide from a Millar corner while, a few minutes later, Stephen Fallon stabbed the ball the wrong side of the upright.
 
However, Linfield did extend their advantage on 73 minutes when, on the counter all, Conor Pepper slipped the ball to Fallon who then found Lavery who duly slotted home from 12 yards.
 
Larne pulled one back on 89 minutes. Conor McKendry did well to find Hughes, and the Larne skipper sent a powerful finish past Johns to set up a somewhat tense finish but Linfield held on to claim an important three points.
 
Linfield: Johns, Haughey, Callacher, Millar, Lavery, Clarke, McClean, Fallon, Mulgrew, Pepper, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Newberry (not used), Waterworth (replaced Lavery 76), Stewart (not used), Nasseri (not used), Quinn (not used), Palmer (replaced Fallon 87)
 
Larne: Devlin, Watson, Robinson, Sule, Hale, McDaid, Lynch, Mottley-Henry, Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis subs C. Mitchell (not used), Kelly (not used), Randall (replaced Mottley-Henry 57), A. Mitchell (not used), McKendry (replaced Hale 77), Wade Slater (not used), McMurray (replaced McDaid 67)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 1 Larne
  • GOAL

    Jeff Hughes

    Larne

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Palmer

    Linfield

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McKendry

    Larne

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    76'
  • GOAL

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Larne

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Dylan Mottley-Henry

    Larne

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    57'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    29'
  •  Yellow Card

    Dean Jarvis

    Larne

    28'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Shayne Lavery red substitution 76' 29' 73'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Kyle McClean
  • Stephen Fallon red substitution 87'
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Conor Pepper
  • Joel Cooper

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Michael Newberry
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 76'
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Navid Nasseri
  • Niall Quinn
  • Cameron Palmer green substitution 87'

Larne

  • Conor Devlin
  • Albert Watson
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Fuad Sule
  • Ronan Hale red substitution 77'
  • David McDaid red substitution 67'
  • Lee Lynch
  • Dylan Mottley-Henry red substitution 57'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes 89'
  • Dean Jarvis 28'

Substitutes

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Graham Kelly
  • Mark Randall green substitution 57'
  • Andy Mitchell
  • Conor McKendry green substitution 77'
  • Luke Wade-Slater
  • Jonathan McMurray green substitution 67'

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Larne

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