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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 19 October 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2292

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Linfield home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Joel Cooper 35' 44'
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Joel Cooper in action with Steven McCullough ©INPHO/Matt Mackey

COOPER BAGS DOUBLE FOR LINFIELD

Two Joel Cooper goals towards the end of the first half helped Linfield to a comfortable win over Ballymena United at Windsor Park.

However, it was Kirk Millar who came closest to finding a way through during the early stages of the game. He forced Ross Glendinning to punch away his corner from underneath the crossbar before turning the ball wide from close range soon after.

At the other end Kenny Kane found himself in space inside the area before finding Andy McGrory but his header went off target. Then, not long before the half-hour mark, Leroy Millar curled the ball onto the bar in what was Ballymena's best chance of the game.

The first of Cooper's two goals came on 35 minutes with a left foot drive from the edge of the area after he was allowed to cut inside.

Then, a minute from the break, he doubled Linfield's lead with a clinical finish after Jamie Mulgrew and Mark Stafford combined to find Millar who, in turn, provided the telling cross from the right.

The second half was a much quieter affair with Linfield happy to hold onto what they had while United were unable to find any cutting edge.

The visitors did have a chance to claw something back on 72 minutes when the ball fell for Andrew Burns from Jude Winchester's free-kick but he could only fire into the side netting.

Ballymena did get on the scoresheet right at the end, but even then that came via Linfield defender Jimmy Callacher to turn the ball into his own net following a mix up with keeper Rohan Ferguson.

Linfield: Ferguson, Stafford, Callacher, Cooper, Millar, Lavery, Clarke, Hery, Fallon, Mulgrew, McGivern subs Deane (not used), Larkin (not used), Waterworth (replaced Lavery 78), Shevlin (not used), Stewart (replaced Cooper 68), Hume (not used), Allen (replaced Hery 87)

Ballymena United: Glendinning, Addis, Whiteside, Harpur, McCullough, K. Kane, Winchester, McGrory, Ervin, Millar, Kelly subs Williamson (not used), Mayse (not used), McGinty (not used), Friel (replaced K. Kane 46), Burns (replaced Whiteside 46), Carville (not used), Lavery (not used)

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

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Charlie Allen

    Linfield

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Scot Whiteside

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathair Friel

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Burns

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    44'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    35'

Linfield

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Mark Stafford
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Joel Cooper red substitution 68' 35' 44'
  • Kirk Millar 78'
  • Shayne Lavery red substitution 78'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Bastien Hery red substitution 87'
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Ryan McGivern

Substitutes

  • Gareth Deane
  • Ross Larkin
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 78'
  • Matthew Shevlin
  • Jordan Stewart green substitution 68'
  • Trai Hume
  • Charlie Allen green substitution 87'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Scot Whiteside red substitution 46'
  • Ryan Harpur
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane red substitution 46'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Jude Winchester
  • Jim Ervin
  • Leroy Millar
  • Joshua Kelly

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ryan Mayse
  • Shane McGinty
  • Cathair Friel green substitution 46'
  • Andrew Burns green substitution 46'
  • Declan Carville
  • Ross Lavery

Linfield

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Ballymena United

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