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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 4 December 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Coleraine Showgrounds

Attendance: 3388

Referee: Tim Marshall

Coleraine home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Rodney Brown 24'
  •   Christy Manzinga 38'
  •   Stephen Fallon 49'
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Christy Manzinga celebrates levelling for Linfield with boss David Healy ©Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press

BIG WIN FOR LINFIELD AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

Linfield narrowly defeated Coleraine at The Showgrounds in what could prove to be a crucial victory come the end of the season.

The Blues started brightly, and might have taken an early lead when Ahmed Salam tested Gareth Deane with a 20-yard dipping free-kick which the Coleraine keeper did well to tip over.

At the other end Patrick Kelly went past both Jimmy Callacher and Chris Shields before seeing his drive held by Chris Johns.

Coleraine moved in front midway through the first half. A Conor McKendry corner from the right was met by Rodney Brown who rose to nod the ball past Johns at the near post.

Jamie Glackin then came close just after the half-hour mark but his effort from outside the area curled wide of an upright.

Linfield levelled seven minutes from the break. Kirk Millar's initial effort came crashing back off the crossbar but Christy Manzinga was on hand to fire home the rebound.

Matthew Clarke might have fired the visitors into the lead on the stroke of half-time but his volley from Millar's cross ended up on the roof of the net.

However, Linfield did seize the advantage four minutes into the second half thanks to Stephen Fallon's stunning 25-yard effort into the bottom left corner.

The Bannsiders might have levelled on 57 minutes when Matthew Shevlin nodded a Glackin corner against the crossbar while, moments after that, he fired over from 12 yards following a poor Johns clearance.

Shevlin threatened again with a header onto the roof of the net from Stephen O'Donnell's cross while, for Linfield, Trai Hume nodded a Millar corner wide at the back post.

Both sides had chances in the closing minutes of the game with Shevlin being denied by Johns after Eoin Bradley had squared the ball into his path before, for the visitors, Shields saw his 25-yard drive drop just wide of the post.

Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Brown, Jarvis, McKendry, Lowry, O’Donnell, Glackin, Traynor, Kelly, Shevlin subs Henderson (not used), Mullan (not used), Bradley (replaced Jarvis 58), Wilson (not used), Tweed (not used), Parkhill (not used), Friel (replaced Traynor 79)

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Hume, Manzinga, M. Clarke, McClean, Fallon, Salam subs Walsh (not used), Larkin (not used), Donnelly (not used), A. Clarke (not used), Carroll (not used), Archer (replaced Manzinga 90+1), Marshall (replaced McClean 90+3)

  • FULL TIME
    Coleraine   1 - 2 Linfield
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    90+3'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Callum Marshall

    Unregistered Players

    90+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    90+1'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Archer

    Linfield

    90+1'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ahmed Salam

    Linfield

    89'
  •  Yellow Card

    Stephen Lowry

    Coleraine

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Traynor

    Coleraine

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathair Friel

    Dungannon Swifts

    79'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Jarvis

    Coleraine

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    58'
  • GOAL

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    49'
  •  Yellow Card

    Trai Hume

    Unregistered Players

    47'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sam Roscoe

    Linfield

    41'
  • GOAL

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    38'
  • GOAL

    Rodney Brown

    Coleraine

    24'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Traynor

    Coleraine

    2'

Coleraine

  • Gareth Deane
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Rodney Brown 24'
  • Aaron Jarvis red substitution 58'
  • Conor McKendry
  • Stephen Lowry 81'
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • Jamie Glackin
  • Aaron Traynor 2' red substitution 79'
  • Patrick Kelly
  • Matthew Shevlin

Substitutes

  • Alex Henderson
  • Adam Mullan
  • Eoin Bradley green substitution 58'
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Evan Tweed
  • Ian Parkhill
  • Cathair Friel green substitution 79'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Sam Roscoe 41'
  • Chris Shields 73'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Trai Hume 47'
  • Christy Manzinga red substitution 90+1' 38'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Kyle McClean red substitution 90+3'
  • Stephen Fallon 49'
  • Ahmed Salam 89'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Ross Larkin
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Martin Donnelly
  • Adam Carroll
  • Joshua Archer green substitution 90+1'
  • Callum Marshall green substitution 90+3'
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