Match Centre

BetMcLean Cup
Tuesday 7 November 2023 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: BetMcLean Oval

Referee: Shane Andrews

Glentoran home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Jay Donnelly 83'
  •   Joel Cooper 14' 47'
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COOPER AT THE DOUBLE FOR BLUES

Joel Cooper bagged a brace as holders Linfield continued their cup defence with victory over Glentoran at the BetMcLean Oval.

Cooper fired the Blues in front after 14 minutes after doing well to receive a cross from the left before controlling the ball and sliding it past Aaron McCarey into the net.

The Glens might have levelled towards the end of the first half when Daire O'Connor crossed from the right for Jay Donnelly but the normally clinical striker scuffed his effort on goal while, moments later, James Singleton could only flash a chance wide of the target from the edge of the box.

Linfield doubled their lead not long after the interval with Cooper's second of the evening, a curling right-foot effort high into the top left corner.

As with the first half, Donnelly might have responded for the Glens but could only fire wide after pouncing on a defensive error.

Cooper could have grabbed his hat-trick with a superbly struck half volley but McCarey produced an equally as good reaction save to deal with the danger.

Glentoran did pull one back with seven minutes remaining after again connecting with an O'Connor ball to nod the ball home in off an upright.

The Glens were frustrated late in the game after a Shay McCartan effort came back off team-mate Cameron Palmer while, in stoppage time, Junior Uzokwe nodded against the crossbar with the last move of the evening.

Glentoran: McCarey, Wilson, J. Donnelly, O'Connor, Singleton, Murray, Sule, Russell, Wightman, McGinn, Uzokwe subs Webber, McCartan, R. Donnelly, Palmer, Murphy, Kelly, Locke

Linfield: Johns, East, Newberry, Shields, Millar, McClean, Cooper, Hall, Clarke, Mulgrew, Fitzpatrick subs Walsh, McBrien, McKee, Haygarth, McCullough, Annett, Archer

  • FULL TIME
    Glentoran   1 - 2 Linfield
  • GOAL

    Jay Donnelly

    Glentoran

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Russell

    Glentoran

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ruaidhrí Donnelly

    Departed Players

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Darragh McBrien

    Linfield

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Linfield

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    69'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    68'
  •  Yellow Card

    Shay McCartan

    Portadown

    66'
  •  Yellow Card

    Cameron Palmer

    Glentoran

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Murray

    Departed Players

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall McGinn

    Departed Players

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shay McCartan

    Portadown

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Palmer

    Glentoran

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan Russell

    Glentoran

    60'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    47'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Hall

    Linfield

    22'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Archer

    Linfield

    22'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    14'

Glentoran

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Jay Donnelly 83'
  • Daire O'Connor
  • James Singleton
  • Sean Murray red substitution 64'
  • Fuad Sule
  • Jonathan Russell 60' red substitution 79'
  • Aaron Wightman
  • Niall McGinn red substitution 64'
  • Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe

Substitutes

  • Oliver Webber
  • Shay McCartan 66' green substitution 64'
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly green substitution 79'
  • Cameron Palmer 65' green substitution 64'
  • Harry Murphy
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Bailey Locke

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Euan East
  • Michael Newberry
  • Chris Shields
  • Kirk Millar
  • Kyle McClean 68'
  • Joel Cooper 14' 47'
  • Ben Hall red substitution 22'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 79'
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick red substitution 69'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Darragh McBrien green substitution 79'
  • Chris McKee green substitution 69'
  • Max Haygarth
  • Dane McCullough
  • Rhys Annett
  • Joshua Archer green substitution 22'
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