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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 7 March 2020 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Loughshore Hotel Arena

Attendance: 1378

Referee: Tony Clarke

Carrick Rangers home-team
0 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Kirk Millar 18' 51'
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Kirk Millar celebrates scoring for Linfield ©INPHO/Matt Mackey

MILLAR DOUBLES UP FOR THE BLUES

Two Kirk Millar goals helped Linfield keep up their charge at the top of the table with victory over Carrick Rangers at the Loughshore Hotel Arena.

After a quiet start to proceedings it fell to Millar to break the deadlock on 18 minutes when he got the final touch after the ball fell loose after Chris Casement's cross had been deflected onto an upright.

Carrick looked to equalise and might have done so midway through the first half courtesy of Alex Gawne but his low shot was kept out by Linfield keeper Alex Moore.

The visitors came close to doubling their advantage early in the second half only to Jordan Stewart's wind assisted effort to whizz just past the post.

However, on 51 minutes, it was 2-0 when Millar curled a superbly executed 25-yard free-kick past Harry Doherty into the top corner.

Obviously craving a hat-trick, Millar fired just wide soon after before taking the ball past Doherty and into the net only for this to be ruled out offside.

And he threatened again with a header just wide of the target from a Shayne Lavery cross while, in the closing moments, Lavery himself might have added a third for Linfield with a deflected effort off an upright.

Carrick Rangers: Doherty, Carson, Neale, Surgenor, Loughran, Kelly, Magill, Cherry, Murray, Gawne, Anderson subs Nicholl (not used), Faulkner (not used), Ferrin (not used), Smith (replaced Carson 63), Hassin (replaced Kelly 72), McGreevy (replaced Gawne 77), Dunne (not used)

Linfield: Moore, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Cooper, Stewart, Millar, Hery, Mulgrew, Quinn, Casement subs Deane (not used), Stafford (not used), Lavery (replaced Stewart 56), Clarke (replaced Quinn 10), Kearns (not used), Boyle (not used), Currie (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Carrick Rangers   0 - 2 Linfield
  •  Red Card

    Harry Doherty

    Carrick Rangers

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Liam Hassin

    Carrick Rangers

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Alex Gawne

    Carrick Rangers

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Josh McGreevy

    Carrick Rangers

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kelly

    Carrick Rangers

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Liam Hassin

    Carrick Rangers

    72'
  •  Yellow Card

    Caolan Loughran

    Carrick Rangers

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Carson

    Carrick Rangers

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Smith

    Carrick Rangers

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Linfield

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Daniel Magill

    Carrick Rangers

    51'
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    43'
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    18'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    10'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    10'

Carrick Rangers

  • Harry Doherty 90'
  • Mark Carson red substitution 63'
  • Reece Neale
  • Mark Surgenor
  • Caolan Loughran 65'
  • Daniel Kelly red substitution 72'
  • Daniel Magill 51'
  • Kyle Cherry
  • Darren Murray
  • Alex Gawne red substitution 77'
  • Lloyd Anderson

Substitutes

  • Ben Nicholl
  • William Faulkner
  • James Ferrin
  • Michael Smith green substitution 63'
  • Liam Hassin 84' green substitution 72'
  • Josh McGreevy green substitution 77'
  • Jamie Dunne

Linfield

  • Alex Moore
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Andrew Waterworth
  • Joel Cooper 43'
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 56'
  • Kirk Millar 18' 51'
  • Bastien Hery
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Niall Quinn red substitution 10'
  • Chris Casement

Substitutes

  • Gareth Deane
  • Mark Stafford
  • Shayne Lavery green substitution 56'
  • Matthew Clarke green substitution 10'
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Ethan Boyle
  • Rory Currie

Carrick Rangers

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Linfield

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