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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 29 May 2021 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 345

Referee: Ian McNabb

Cliftonville home-team
0 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Christy Manzinga 44'
  •   Andrew Waterworth 79'
football
Linfield lift the Gibson Cup for the 55th time ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

BLUES WIN ON THE DAY THEY ARE CROWNED CHAMPIONS

Linfield wrapped up their title winning campaign with victory over Cliftonville at Solitude on the day they were formally crowned champions for the 55th time. 
 
Both sides had chances during the opening exchanges with Paul O'Neill volleying wide when we placed while Christy Manzinga was denied by the quick actions of Reds keeper Declan Dunne.
 
That pattern continued as O'Neill turned an effort into the second netting before Manzinga tried to find a way through at the near post but again found Dunne was equal to the threat.
 
As the game continued Ryan Curran sent a looping shot from distance onto the crossbar via a deflection off Jimmy Callacher before, a minute from the break, the deadlock was broken when Manzinga finally scored after pouncing on the loose ball from close range when Andy Waterworth's initial effort was kept out by Dunne.
 
Cliftonville squandered a couple of opportunities to level midway through the second half with Joe Gormley seeing his attempt kept at bay by Chris Johns before the Linfield keeper then produced a great stop to keep out Michael McCrudden's low drive.
 
However, Linfield made sure of the points with 11 minutes remaining thanks to Matthew Clarke's low cross to which Waterworth turned to connect with and fire into the corner to wrap up his Linfield career with a customary goal.
 
Cliftonville: Dunne, O'Reilly, C. Curran, R. Curran, Foster, Doherty, Casey, McGuinness, Kearns, O'Neill, Coffey subs McCarey (not used), McCrudden (replaced Kearns 46), Donnelly (not used), Gormley (replaced R. Curran 61), Hyland (not used), Hale (not used), Lowe (replaced Foster 78)
 
Linfield: Johns, Larkin, Newberry, Callacher, Waterworth, Manzinga, Stewart, Nasseri, Clarke, Mulgrew, Palmer subs Moore (not used), Stafford (replaced Mulgrew 80), Haughey (replaced Larkin 80), Millar (not used), Lavery (replaced Waterworth 82), Quinn (not used), Cooper (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville   0 - 2 Linfield
  •  Yellow Card

    Cameron Palmer

    Linfield

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Glenavon

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shayne Lavery

    Unregistered Players

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Larkin

    Linfield

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Stafford

    Glenavon

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Haughey

    Glenavon

    80'
  • GOAL

    Andrew Waterworth

    Glenavon

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Seanan Foster

    Cliftonville

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kris Lowe

    Cliftonville

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Seanan Foster

    Cliftonville

    50'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael McCrudden

    Cliftonville

    46'
  • GOAL

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    44'

Cliftonville

  • Declan Dunne
  • Ryan O'Reilly
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran red substitution 61'
  • Seanan Foster 50' red substitution 78'
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Odhran Casey
  • Stephen McGuinness
  • Daniel Kearns red substitution 46'
  • Paul O'Neill
  • Barry Coffey

Substitutes

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Michael McCrudden green substitution 46'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Joe Gormley green substitution 61'
  • Darren Hyland
  • Rory Hale
  • Kris Lowe green substitution 78'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Ross Larkin red substitution 80'
  • Michael Newberry
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Christy Manzinga 44'
  • Andrew Waterworth red substitution 82' 79'
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Navid Nasseri
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 80'
  • Cameron Palmer 90'

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Mark Stafford green substitution 80'
  • Mark Haughey green substitution 80'
  • Kirk Millar
  • Shayne Lavery green substitution 82'
  • Niall Quinn
  • Joel Cooper
© Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

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