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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 15 May 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Ian McNabb

Linfield home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Larne
  •   Niall Quinn 86'
  •   Ronan Hale 58'
  •   Joshua Robinson 90'
football
John Herron and Stephen Fallon in action ©Brian Little/INPHO

LATE LARNE WINNER KEEPS TITLE RACE OPEN

There was late drama at Windsor Park as Larne defeated Linfield to throw new light on a title race that many thought would have been settled at the conclusion of today's games.
 
Larne's Mark Randall created perhaps the first noteworthy chance of the game when, with just under a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock, he forced Chris Johns into a good save to push his 20-yard effort around the post.
 
The first half was a largely uneventful affair with chances at a premium, although there was a lot flurry for Linfield when Niall Quinn played Shayne Lavery behind the visiting defence only for the Northern Ireland international to fire over from inside the box.
 
Kirk Millar had a chance for the Blues early in the second half after cutting in from the left to test Conor Mitchell from 20 yards, and this was followed soon after by another Mitchell stop to deny Shayne Lavery from close range after Joel Cooper had supplied the cross.
 
However, the deadlock was broken in Larne's favour just before the hour when Randall sent in a superb half volley which from outside the box with Ronan Hale on hand to tuck home the rebound after Johns had initially saved.
 
Pressing for the equaliser, Linfield came close when Lavery found himself through one-on-one but Mitchell again came to Larne's rescue with an important stop.
 
The Blues looked to have secured a point with four minutes remaining when Quinn sent a low effort past Mitchell into the bottom right corner.
 
But, right at the end of normal time, Josh Robinson dramatically bagged Larne's winner with a scrambled, poked finish from close range to keep the title race very much alive.
 
Linfield: Johns, Stafford, Haughey, Callacher, Stewart, Millar, Lavery, Fallon, Mulgrew, Quinn, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Newberry (not used), Waterworth (replaced Stewart 70), Manzinga (replaced Cooper 79), Nasseri (replaced Millar 79), Clarke (not used), Pepper (not used)
 
Larne: C. Mitchell, Watson, Robinson, Herron, Sule, Randall, Hale, Mottley-Henry, Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis subs McDaid (replaced Hale 65), Donnelly (not used), Scott (not used), Lynch (replaced Randall 76), A. Mitchell (not used), Wade Slater (not used), McMurray (replaced Mottley-Henry 24)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   1 - 2 Larne
  • GOAL

    Joshua Robinson

    Larne

    90'
  • GOAL

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    76'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Larne

    65'
  • GOAL

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    58'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jeff Hughes

    Larne

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Robinson

    Larne

    27'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Dylan Mottley-Henry

    Larne

    24'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Larne

    24'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Stafford
  • Mark Haughey
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 70'
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 79'
  • Shayne Lavery
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Niall Quinn 86'
  • Joel Cooper red substitution 79'

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Michael Newberry
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 70'
  • Christy Manzinga green substitution 79'
  • Navid Nasseri green substitution 79'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Conor Pepper

Larne

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Albert Watson
  • Ronan Hale red substitution 65' 58'
  • John Herron
  • Fuad Sule
  • Joshua Robinson 27' 90'
  • Mark Randall red substitution 76'
  • Dylan Mottley-Henry red substitution 24'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes 56'
  • Dean Jarvis

Substitutes

  • David McDaid green substitution 65'
  • Martin Donnelly
  • Andy Scott
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 76'
  • Andy Mitchell
  • Luke Wade-Slater
  • Jonathan McMurray 72' green substitution 24'
© Brian Little/INPHO

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