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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 20 November 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 3512

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Linfield home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Jordan Stewart 50'
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Jordan Stewart is mobbed after scoring what proved to be Linfield's winner ©Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

STEWART STRIKE ENOUGH FOR LINFIELD

Linfield put an end to their recent downturn in form with victory over leaders Cliftonville at Windsor Park.

Christy Manzinga might have opened the scoring with just over ten minutes on the clock when he burst through on goal after Cliftonville had surrender possession but with only Declan Dunne to beat he lifted his left-foot shot over the crossbar.

The Blues came close again midway through the first half after Kirk Millar and Jamie Mulgrew combined for the latter to send a low drive goalbound that was blocked before being cleared.

Then, not long after that, Jimmy Callacher came even closer with a thumping header against the crossbar, again from a Millar delivery.

Cliftonville's first effort of note came just before the half-hour mark but Jonny Addis' close range header from a Levi Ives cross was directed over.

What proved to be Linfield's winner came five minutes after the break. A great cross from left by Ahmed Salam was met by Jordan Stewart who got into a bit of space to guide a header past Dunne and into the net.

It took until the 84th minute for Cliftonville to muster a goal threatening response but, from Chris Curran's cross, Paul O'Neill could only head past the far post from close range.

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Hume, Manzinga, Stewart, M. Clarke, Mulgrew, Salam subs Walsh (not used), Newberry (not used), Fallon (replaced Salam 62), Donnelly (not used), A. Clarke (not used), Marshall (not used), Green (replaced Manzinga 90+3)

Cliftonville: Dunne, McDermott, Ives, C. Curran, R. Curran, McDonagh, Lowe, Donnelly, Addis, Gormley, Turner subs McNicholas (not used), O’Neill (replaced McDermott 54), Foster (not used), Casey (not used), Coates (replaced Ives 86), Kearns (replaced McDonagh 67), Morgan (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   1 - 0 Cliftonville
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    90+3'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matt Green

    Linfield

    90+3'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Johns

    Linfield

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Levi Ives

    Cliftonville

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Colin Coates

    Cliftonville

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McDonagh

    Cliftonville

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Linfield

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McDermott

    Cliftonville

    54'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    54'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    50'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    32'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns 90'
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher 88'
  • Kirk Millar 32'
  • Trai Hume
  • Christy Manzinga red substitution 90+3'
  • Jordan Stewart 50'
  • Matthew Clarke 64'
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Ahmed Salam red substitution 62'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry
  • Stephen Fallon green substitution 62'
  • Martin Donnelly
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Callum Marshall
  • Matt Green green substitution 90+3'

Cliftonville

  • Declan Dunne
  • Conor McDermott red substitution 54'
  • Levi Ives red substitution 86'
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran
  • Jamie McDonagh red substitution 67'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Joe Gormley
  • Luke Turner

Substitutes

  • Luke McNicholas
  • Paul O'Neill green substitution 54'
  • Seanan Foster
  • Odhran Casey
  • Colin Coates green substitution 86'
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 67'
  • Michael Morgan

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