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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 30 November 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 1110

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Linfield home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Carrick Rangers
  •   Chris Shields 80' (pen)
  •   Kirk Millar 90'
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Christy Manzinga congratulates Chris Shields on opening the scoring ©Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

BLUES LEAVE IT LATE AT WINDSOR

Linfield needed two late goals to defeat Carrick Rangers at Windsor Park and move into second spot in the table.

The sides traded chances during the opening exchanges with Jim Ervin firing straight at Chris Johns from the edge of the area while, for Linfield, Stephen Fallon sent a dipping volley from 20 yards wide of Aaron Hogg's left-hand post.

And that pattern continued throughout the first half. Reece Glendinning did well to find time and space inside the box but his effort was comfortably gathered by Johns while, at the other end, Martin Donnelly looked certain to score only to see his shot blocked.

After the break Ahmed Salam went on a run through the Carrick defence before passing to Christy Manzinga but his shot was cleared off the line by Kurtis Forsythe.

As the second half progressed Linfield looked the more likely to open the scoring. Manzinga connected with a Trai Hume cross only for his header to be blocked while Hume himself powered the ball just over from a Salam right-sided corner.

Carrick almost sneaked in front with just under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Lloyd Anderson latched onto a through ball but Johns reacted well to deal with the danger.

The Blues came close again soon after when Manzinga's deflected onto the top of the crossbar but, just a couple of minutes after that, they did take the lead courtesy of Chris Shields' spot-kick awarded after Kyle Cherry was penalised for handling in the area.

Then, right at the end of normal time, Kirk Millar made sure of the points after latching onto Matthew Clarke's deep cross from the left and volleying home Linfield's second.

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Hume, Manzinga, M. Clarke, Fallon, Donnelly, Salam subs Walsh (not used), Larkin (not used), McClean (replaced Donnelly 70), A. Clarke (not used), Carroll (replaced Millar 90), Archer (not used), Marshall (replaced Manzinga 90)

Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Forsythe, Surgenor, Ervin, Cushley, Gawne, Cherry, Glendinning, Gibson, Tilney, Anderson subs Shields (not used), McGuckin (replaced Gawne 83), Kalla (not used), Mulholland (not used), McGimpsey (not used), Hoy (not used), Quinn (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 0 Carrick Rangers
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Carroll

    Linfield

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Callum Marshall

    Linfield

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Alex Gawne

    Carrick Rangers

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Emmett McGuckin

    Carrick Rangers

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Reece Glendinning

    Carrick Rangers

    82'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kyle Cherry

    Carrick Rangers

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Donnelly

    Linfield

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    70'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Chris Shields 80'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 90' 90'
  • Trai Hume
  • Christy Manzinga red substitution 90'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Martin Donnelly red substitution 70'
  • Ahmed Salam

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Ross Larkin
  • Kyle McClean green substitution 70'
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Adam Carroll green substitution 90'
  • Joshua Archer
  • Callum Marshall green substitution 90'

Carrick Rangers

  • Aaron Hogg
  • Kurtis Forsythe
  • Mark Surgenor
  • Jim Ervin
  • David Cushley
  • Alex Gawne red substitution 83'
  • Kyle Cherry 78'
  • Reece Glendinning 82'
  • Jordan Gibson
  • Ben Tilney
  • Lloyd Anderson

Substitutes

  • Neil Shields
  • Emmett McGuckin green substitution 83'
  • Ronan Kalla
  • Matthew Mulholland
  • Ross McGimpsey
  • Bailey Hoy
  • Conor Quinn
© Declan Roughan/INPHO

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