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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 16 March 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Steven Gregg

Linfield home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Dungannon Swifts
  •   Joel Cooper 40'
  •   Shayne Lavery 52'
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Shayne Lavery beats Roy Carroll for Linfield's second ©Brian Little/PressEye

BLUES OPEN UP EIGHT POINT GAP

Linfield moved eight points clear at the top of the table following a two-goal defeat of Dungannon Swifts at Windsor Park.
 
The Blues almost raced into the lead as early as the third minute when Conor Pepper found Kirk Millar from a throw-in but his subsequent shot on goal came back off the crossbar.
 
Joel Cooper did have the ball in the net on ten minutes as Linfield continued to press but this was disallowed for a push on Rhyss Campbell at the back post.
 
Further efforts followed throughout the first half but it took David Healy's side until the 40th minute to find a way through when Cooper did make one count with a low finish into the bottom corner after Cameron Palmer had dummied a Shayne Lavery ball into the box.
 
It might have been 2-0 early in the second half when Jordan Stewart turned home the rebound from a Millar free-kick against an upright only for the 'goal' to be ruled offside.
 
But Linfield's second did come on 52 minutes. In a counter attack the ball was played to Cooper who then knocked it on for Lavery to smash home down the middle.
 
Looking to make sure of the win with a third goal Linfield came close through Palmer, Lavery and Cooper as the pressure continued.
 
However, Dungannon did create chances of their own as the game wore on. Campbell was denied by a goalline clearance from Michael Carvill's corner before, with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, Carvill slid the ball beneath Chris Johns but was unlucky when it came back off an upright.
 
Then, late in the game, Lorcan Forde had a great opportunity when he rounded John but saw his shot blocked by Jamie Mulgrew.
 
Linfield: Johns, Haughey, Callacher, Stewart, Millar, Lavery, Mulgrew, Pepper, Quinn, Palmer, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Larkin (not used), Waterworth (replaced Lavery 83), Nasseri (replaced Millar 83), Clarke (not used), McGivern (not used), Archer (not used)
 
Dungannon Swifts: Carroll, Coyle, Wilson, Byers, McAleer, Hughes, Campbell, Patton, Carvill, Glenny, M. Smyth subs Johnston (not used), Forde (replaced McAleer 63), Gallagher (not used), Mayse (not used), Convie (not used), McGee (replaced Wilson 72), Patterson (replaced Carvill 77)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 0 Dungannon Swifts
  •  Yellow Card

    Ethan McGee

    Dungannon Swifts

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Carvill

    Dungannon Swifts

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Patterson

    Dungannon Swifts

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Douglas Wilson

    Dungannon Swifts

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan McGee

    Dungannon Swifts

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Caolan McAleer

    Dungannon Swifts

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lorcan Forde

    Dungannon Swifts

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Michael Carvill

    Dungannon Swifts

    61'
  • GOAL

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    52'
  •  Yellow Card

    Douglas Wilson

    Dungannon Swifts

    47'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    40'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Joel Cooper 40'
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 83'
  • Shayne Lavery red substitution 83' 52'
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Conor Pepper
  • Niall Quinn
  • Cameron Palmer

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 83'
  • Navid Nasseri green substitution 83'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Ryan McGivern
  • Joshua Archer

Dungannon Swifts

  • Roy Carroll
  • Caolin Coyle
  • Douglas Wilson 47' red substitution 72'
  • Callum Byers
  • Caolan McAleer red substitution 63'
  • Daniel Hughes
  • Rhyss Campbell
  • Mark Patton
  • Michael Carvill 61' red substitution 77'
  • Adam Glenny
  • Matthew Smyth

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Lorcan Forde green substitution 63'
  • Ben Gallagher
  • Ryan Mayse
  • James Convie
  • Ethan McGee 88' green substitution 72'
  • Rory Patterson green substitution 77'

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Dungannon Swifts

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