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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 17 April 2021 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Shane Andrews

Linfield home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Mark Haughey 16'
  •   Shayne Lavery 65'
  •   Shay McCartan 30'
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Joel Cooper gets between Ryan Harpur and Jim Ervin ©Brian Little/PressEye

BLUES TOO STRONG FOR UNITED AT WINDSOR

Linfield moved 11 points clear at the top of the table following victory over Ballymena United at Windsor Park.
 
Ballymena started brightly with Shay McCartan just failing to connect to a low Paul McElroy cross before seeing a free-kick a few minutes later pushed away.
 
At the other end Shayne Lavery's effort from inside the box was blocked by Ross Redman followed quickly by a great save from Dylan Graham to deny Joel Cooper.
 
But the deadlock was broken in Linfield's favour on 16 minutes. Kirk Millar did well to deliver the cross which Mark Haughey met at the back post to nod home from six yards.
 
Linfield kept up the pressure with Lavery producing another stop from Graham while later tried to tee up Jordan Stewart but the visiting defence recovered.
 
However United levelled after half-an-hour courtesy of a superb McCartan free-kick which he dispatched from the edge of the area into the top corner.
 
The home side had the ball in the net on 39 minutes but Stewart's low finish under Graham was ruled out offside. Play then switched for McElroy to test Johns with a downward header.
 
The Blues came close to regaining the lead early in the second half after Matthew Clarke teamed up with Cooper with the latter drawing another good stop from Graham. 
 
What proved to be Linfield's winner came on 65 minutes. Millar did well to get past Redman before delivering an inch perfect cross from the right for Lavery to head home from close range.
 
And Lavery might have added a third later in the game only to fire over after Graham failed to hold onto a corner.
 
Linfield: Johns, Larkin, Haughey, Callacher, Stewart, Millar, Lavery, Clarke, Fallon, Palmer, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Waterworth (replaced Stewart 82), Manzinga (not used), Nasseri (not used), Mulgrew (replaced 82), Pepper (not used), Quinn (not used)
 
Ballymena United: D. Graham, Redman, Addis, McKeown, Harpur, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, Ervin, Kelly, S. Graham subs McCutcheon (not used), Knowles (replaced Harpur 69), K. Kane (replaced Waide 82), Keenan (not used), Wylie (replaced S. Graham 82), Beattie (not used), Mathieson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 1 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Wylie

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    69'
  • GOAL

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    54'
  • GOAL

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    30'
  • GOAL

    Mark Haughey

    Linfield

    16'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Ross Larkin
  • Mark Haughey 16'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 82'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Shayne Lavery 65'
  • Matthew Clarke 54'
  • Stephen Fallon red substitution 82'
  • Cameron Palmer
  • Joel Cooper

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 82'
  • Christy Manzinga
  • Navid Nasseri
  • Jamie Mulgrew green substitution 82'
  • Conor Pepper
  • Niall Quinn

Ballymena United

  • Dylan Graham
  • Ross Redman
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Owen McKeown
  • Ryan Harpur red substitution 69'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Shay McCartan 30'
  • Ryan Waide red substitution 82'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Sean Graham red substitution 82'

Substitutes

  • Jack McCutcheon
  • James Knowles green substitution 69'
  • Kenneth Kane green substitution 82'
  • Kavan Keenan
  • Ben Wylie green substitution 82'
  • Spencer Beattie
  • Tom Mathieson

Linfield

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Ballymena United

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