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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 25 May 2021 (kick off: 7.30 PM)

Venue: Coleraine Showgrounds

Attendance: 500

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Coleraine home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Curtis Allen 36'
  •   Mark Haughey 14'
football
Mark Haughey celebrates opening the scoring ©Brian Little/INPHO

LINFIELD CLINCH 55th LEAGUE TITLE!

Linfield clinched a world record equalling 55th league title after picking up the point they required away to second placed Coleraine.
 
A lively start for the visitors almost produced an early goal for Joel Cooper but his sidefoot effort from a Kirk Millar cross from the right went just wide of the post.
 
But Linfield did move into the lead with just under a quarter-of-an-hour gone through Mark Haughey when he was allowed to connect unmarked with a Millar corner to power home a header.
 
Coleraine responded well and almost levelled soon after when James McLaughlin unleashed a fiercely struck right-foot drive which was pushed away by Chris Johns.
 
The Bannsiders then had the ball in the net not long after that when Curtis Allen scrambled home the ball but this was ruled out for handball by referee Raymond Crangle.
 
Allen threatened again just after the half-hour mark only to loop a left-foot effort over the bar but, on 36 minutes, he did make one count after meeting Lyndon Kane's right-sided cross to glance a header past Johns.
 
Linfield might have regained the advantage on the stroke of half-time when Cameron Palmer's strike was parried by Martin Gallagher with Shayne Lavery and Cooper seeing follow ups blocked.
 
Coleraine needed to win in order to keep the title race alive into the final game, and they almost levelled through Aaron Jarvis' strong header which Chris Johns did well to palm away.
 
At the other end Haughey came close to bagging his second of the night with a header from another Millar delivery but this dropped wide of the post before playing switched again for Ben Doherty to skew a left-foot shot over.
 
As expected, there was a late flurry as the Bannsiders pressed for the winner with Josh Carson testing Carson with a drilled 20-yard effort while, in stoppage time, the Linfield keeper did well again to catch a dangerous Jamie Glackin cross.
 
Coleraine: Gallagher, Kane, Mullan, Canning, Jarvis, Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin, Carson, Glackin, Allen subs Bradley (replaced Allen 68), Wilson (not used), Parkhill (replaced Mullan 81), Nixon (not used), Beverland (not used), Brennan (not used), Kelly (not used)
 
Linfield: Johns, Stafford, Haughey, Callacher, Millar, Lavery, Clarke, Mulgrew, Quinn, Palmer, Cooper subs Moore (not used), Newberry (not used), Waterworth (replaced Cooper 87), Manzinga (replaced Lavery 87), Stewart (not used), Nasseri (not used), Fallon (replaced Quinn 78)

  • FULL TIME
    Coleraine   1 - 1 Linfield
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Unregistered Players

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joel Cooper

    Unregistered Players

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Glenavon

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Mullan

    Coleraine

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ian Parkhill

    Coleraine

    81'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    78'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Jarvis

    Coleraine

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Curtis Allen

    Coleraine

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    68'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    66'
  •  Yellow Card

    Josh Carson

    Coleraine

    40'
  • GOAL

    Curtis Allen

    Coleraine

    36'
  •  Yellow Card

    Curtis Allen

    Coleraine

    19'
  • GOAL

    Mark Haughey

    Glenavon

    14'

Coleraine

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Adam Mullan green substitution 81'
  • Aaron Canning
  • Aaron Jarvis 69'
  • Ben Doherty
  • Stephen Lowry
  • James McLaughlin
  • Josh Carson 40'
  • Jamie Glackin 80'
  • Curtis Allen 19' green substitution 68' 36'

Substitutes

  • Eoin Bradley red substitution 68'
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Ian Parkhill red substitution 81'
  • Stewart Nixon
  • Howard Beverland
  • Caiolan Brennan
  • Patrick Kelly

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Stafford
  • Mark Haughey 14'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Shayne Lavery red substitution 87'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Jamie Mulgrew 66'
  • Niall Quinn red substitution 78'
  • Cameron Palmer
  • Joel Cooper red substitution 87'

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Michael Newberry
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 87'
  • Christy Manzinga green substitution 87'
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Navid Nasseri
  • Stephen Fallon green substitution 78'

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