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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 1 October 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 3494

Referee: Keith Kennedy

Linfield home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Jordan Stewart 7'
  •   Joe Gormley 57'
football
Billy Chadwick and Levi Ives battle for the ball ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

FRIDAY NIGHT HONOURS EVEN AT WINDSOR

League leaders Cliftonville and defending champions Linfield cancelled each other out at Windsor Park and kept their respective unbeaten records intact.

Linfield raced into an early lead when, after just seven minutes, Jordan Stewart opened the scoring with a decisive strike past Declan Dunne after being teed up by Billy Chadwick on the edge of the area.

Stewart tried to double his tally as the first half progressed but hooked his left foot effort over, while Cliftonville defender Jonny Addis managed to get a vital touch to divert the ball to safety as it looked destined to find Jimmy Callacher at the back post.

Cliftonville's best effort came just after the half-hour mark when Jamie McDonagh headed over after Kris Lowe had clipped the ball back into the danger zone.

Linfield continued to offer the greatest threat. Stephen Fallon fired over from 12 yards after being found unmarked by Kirk Millar while Matthew Clarke sent a header wide of the target from a Trai Hume cross.

Clarke had another opportunity early in the second half, with Hume also going close soon after with a left foot effort straight at Dunne.

However, Cliftonville levelled on 57 minutes. Chris Gallagher found McDonagh out on the right flank who, in turn, fired the ball in for Joe Gormley to head past the outstretched arms of Chris Johns.

The sides traded chances in search of the winner. Cameron Palmer sent a sliding effort over with the visitors responding through Ryan Curran but he too was unable to find the target.

Fallon came close to restoring Linfield's lead inside the closing ten minutes after seeing his initial shot blocked before he agonisingly sent the rebound just inches wide.

Cliftonville had the last chance as time ticked away. Ryan Curran looked to have found Paul O'Neill but the ball was intercepted by Michael Newberry, only for it to come off the Linfield man and almost find the bottom corner but Johns was alert to deal with the threat with a dive to his right.

Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Hume, Stewart, M. Clarke, Fallon, Chadwick, Palmer subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe-Byrne (not used), Donnelly (replaced Palmer 74), Quinn (replaced Millar 59), Salam (replaced Stewart 74), A. Clarke (not used), Green (replaced Chadwick 58)

Cliftonville: Dunne, Ives, C. Curran, R. Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Addis, Doherty, Gormley, Turner, Gallagher subs McNicholas (not used), Hale (replaced McDonagh 59), O'Neill (replaced Gormley 84), Foster (not used), Donnelly (replaced Turner 90), Coates (not used), Kearns (not used)

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

    Luke Turner

    Cliftonville

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Donnelly

    Cliftonville

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Palmer

    Linfield

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Donnelly

    Linfield

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Linfield

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Levi Ives

    Cliftonville

    71'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matt Green

    Linfield

    66'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    59'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    59'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Chadwick

    Linfield

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matt Green

    Linfield

    58'
  • GOAL

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    57'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    43'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Gallagher

    Cliftonville

    30'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    7'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Michael Newberry
  • Chris Shields 60'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 59'
  • Trai Hume
  • Jordan Stewart 43' red substitution 74' 7'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Billy Chadwick red substitution 58'
  • Cameron Palmer red substitution 74'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Martin Donnelly green substitution 74'
  • Niall Quinn green substitution 59'
  • Ahmed Salam green substitution 74'
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Matt Green 66' green substitution 58'

Cliftonville

  • Declan Dunne
  • Levi Ives 71'
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran
  • Jamie McDonagh red substitution 59'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Joe Gormley red substitution 84' 57'
  • Luke Turner red substitution 90'
  • Chris Gallagher 30'

Substitutes

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Rory Hale green substitution 59'
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 84'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Aaron Donnelly green substitution 90'
  • Colin Coates
  • Daniel Kearns
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