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Match Centre

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

Venue: Shamrock Park

Attendance: 471

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Portadown home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Lee Bonis 54'
  •   Kirk Millar 25'
  •   Andrew Waterworth 65'
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Connor Pepper and Stephen Murray battle for the ball ©PressEye

BLUES KEEP WINNING RUN GOING

Defending champions Linfield continued their Danske Bank Premiership title defence with victory over Portadown at Shamrock Park.
 
The Ports came close to opening the scoring after just ten minutes when Christopher Crane's cross connected with Luke Wilson but his powerful header came back off an upright.
 
At the other end Andrew Waterworth attempted to lob keeper Ben Pierce from Matthew Clarke's pass only for the ball to drift over.
 
Linfield did move in front on 25 minutes through Kirk Millar when his shot from outside the area from Kyle McClean's pass took a deflection off Crane on its way past Pierce.
 
Portadown levelled eight minutes into the second half. Chris Lavery beat Connor Pepper to send over a cross which was met by Northern Ireland U21 international Lee Bonis at the near post to direct a header past Chris Johns.
 
The home joy was short lived, however, after they were reduced to ten men soon after when Crane was booked for a challenge on Quinn, his second caution of the game.
 
But it was ten versus ten not long after that with Linfield's Bastien Hery shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident involving Stephen Murray.
 
What proved to Linfield's winner came on 65 minutes. Millar sent over a cross from the right which found Waterworth a few yards out and he made no mistake in turning the ball home.
 
Both sides hit the woodwork after that. Portadown's Greg Hall sent over a cross which clipped the Linfield bar while, at the other end, Millar curled an effort against an upright.
 
Then, late in the game, Portadown twice came within a whisker of levelling when Paddy McNally was denied by a goalline clearance from Mark Haughey while a goalmouth scramble soon after that somehow failed to force the ball over the line.

Portadown: Pierce, Hall, Crane, Finnegan, Lavery, Tipton, Bonis, Murray, Wilson, McNally, Kerr subs Pengelly (not used), McCallum (not used), McKeown (replaced Tipton 71), Salley (replaced Murray 80), Croskery (not used), Conaty (not used), Healy (not used)
 
Linfield: Johns, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Stewart, Millar, Clarke, McClean, Mulgrew, Pepper, Quinn subs Walsh (not used), Stafford (not used), Larkin (not used), Lavery (replaced Waterworth 79), Nasseri (replaced Stewart 68), Kearns (not used), Hery (replaced Mulgrew 46)

  • FULL TIME
    Portadown   1 - 2 Linfield
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Lavery

    Portadown

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Murray

    Annagh United

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Salley

    Portadown

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Glenavon

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Unregistered Players

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Portadown

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Barney McKeown

    Portadown

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    68'
  • GOAL

    Andrew Waterworth

    Glenavon

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Stephen Murray

    Annagh United

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor Pepper

    Linfield

    61'
  •  Red Card

    Bastien Hery

    Unregistered Players

    61'
  •  Red Card

    Christopher Crane

    Ards

    58'
  • GOAL

    Lee Bonis

    Portadown

    54'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Unregistered Players

    46'
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    25'

Portadown

  • Ben Pierce
  • Greg Hall
  • Christopher Crane 58'
  • Paul Finnegan
  • Chris Lavery 90'
  • George Tipton red substitution 71'
  • Lee Bonis 54'
  • Stephen Murray 61' red substitution 80'
  • Luke Wilson
  • Patrick McNally
  • Nathan Kerr

Substitutes

  • Scott Pengelly
  • Adam McCallum
  • Barney McKeown green substitution 71'
  • Adam Salley green substitution 80'
  • Ruairi Croskery
  • Oisin Conaty
  • Kevin Healy

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar 25'
  • Andrew Waterworth red substitution 79' 65'
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 68'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Kyle McClean
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 46'
  • Conor Pepper 61'
  • Niall Quinn

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Mark Stafford
  • Ross Larkin
  • Shayne Lavery green substitution 79'
  • Navid Nasseri green substitution 68'
  • Daniel Kearns
  • Bastien Hery 61' green substitution 46'

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