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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 27 March 2021 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Shamrock Park

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Portadown home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Jordan Stewart 11'
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Jordan Stewart celebrates scoring Linfield's winner ©Brian Little/PressEye

EARLY STEWART GOAL ENOUGH FOR BLUES

Linfield moved ten points clear at the top after Jordan Stewart's early goal handed them victory over Portadown at Shamrock Park.
 
The sides traded chances during the early minutes with Stephen Teggart testing Chris Johns with a 25-yard drive while Andy Waterworth saw a header cleared off the line by Nathan Kerr.
 
Adam Salley then fired into the side netting before, on 11 minutes, what proved to be the only goal of the game came after Stewart hammered home after a goalmouth scramble.
 
Linfield almost doubled their lead a few minutes after that when Navid Nasseri teed up Waterworth but his close range effort was well stopped by Jacob Carney.
 
Stewart chipped the ball onto the roof of the net on 25 minutes as Linfield pushed to extend their advantage with Waterworth being denied by Carney again soon after that.
 
Adam McCallum had a chance for the Ports on 33 minutes but Johns pushed his header out from under the bar.
 
Linfield did have the ball in the net three minutes later when Michael Newberry crossed for Waterworth to head past Carney but the assistant referee ruled that the ball had gone out of play at the beginning of the move.
 
Johns saved Linfield again before the break with a save from Salley with further chances coming for the home side after the break via Ben Tilney and Lee Bonis.
 
With time running out the visitors pushed to make sure of the points but again Carney made a great save to thwart Ross Larkin's diving header followed soon after when Mark Haughey nodded over from Niall Quinn's free-kick.
 
Portadown: Carney, Hall, McCallum, Tipton, Salley, Bonis, Wilson, Lavery, Conaty, Kerr, Tilney subs Buchanan (not used), McKeown (replaced Tipton 84), Croskery (replaced Lavery 84), Murray (not used), Guy (replaced McCallum 90+2), Teggart (not used), Warde (not used)
 
Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Stewart, Millar, Nasseri, Clarke, Quinn, Palmer subs Moore (not used), Larkin (replaced Newberry 66), Manzinga (replaced Nasseri 74), Pepper (not used), Archer (not used), McCoubrey (not used), Montgomery (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Portadown   0 - 1 Linfield
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam McCallum

    Portadown

    90+2'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Guy

    Unregistered Players

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Portadown

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Lavery

    Portadown

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Barney McKeown

    Portadown

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ruairi Croskery

    Portadown

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Newberry

    Linfield

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Larkin

    Linfield

    66'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    11'

Portadown

  • Jacob Carney
  • Greg Hall
  • Adam McCallum red substitution 90+2'
  • George Tipton red substitution 84'
  • Adam Salley
  • Chris Lavery red substitution 84'
  • Lee Bonis
  • Luke Wilson
  • Oisin Conaty
  • Nathan Kerr
  • Ben Tilney

Substitutes

  • Gareth Buchanan
  • Barney McKeown green substitution 84'
  • Stephen Murray
  • Ruairi Croskery green substitution 84'
  • Ben Guy green substitution 90+2'
  • Stephen Teggart
  • Sam Warde

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Michael Newberry red substitution 66'
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth
  • Jordan Stewart 11'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Navid Nasseri red substitution 74'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Niall Quinn
  • Cameron Palmer

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin green substitution 66'
  • Christy Manzinga green substitution 74'
  • Conor Pepper
  • Joshua Archer
  • Ewan McCoubrey
  • Jack Montgomery

Portadown

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Linfield

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