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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 17 December 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Inver Park

Attendance: 2302

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Larne home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Linfield
  •   Chris Shields 30' (pen)
football
Linfield match winner Chris Shields celebrates ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

SHIELDS SPOT ON TO SEND BLUES TOP

Linfield moved to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership courtesy of a one-goal victory over Larne at Inver Park.

The game got off to a lively start when, as early as the 40th second, David McDaid almost fired Larne in front with an effort from range which Chris Johns spilled only for Matthew Clarke to clear the danger just as Andrew Scott was about to pounce.

Larne came close again soon after when Mark Randall teed Ben Doherty up, but his shot from just outside the area sailed narrowly over.

Linfield responded through Christy Manzinga who got past Cian Bolger but couldn't beat Rohan Ferguson from an acute angle before play switched for Ronan Hale to produce a good back post save from Johns after Tomas Cosgrove delivered the ball into the area.

The Blues moved in front after half-an-hour with what proved to be the only goal of the game. Kofi Balmer brought down Manzinga inside the area - and as the last man was duly dismissed by referee Raymond Crangle. Once things settled Chris Shields then showed great composure to step up and beat Ferguson from the spot in off an upright.

Linfield almost doubled their advantage soon after. Manzinga burst into the area before squaring for Stephen Fallon but he could only send the ball against the crossbar from close range, albeit under pressure from Cosgrove.

Although a man down, Larne came close to levelling before the break when Hale did well to get a shot on goal only for the ball to go across the box and out to safety from a difficult angle.

The early stages of the second half brought a couple of efforts for Ahmed Salam, the second of which saw the ball head towards the target only for Ferguson to save and Shields to send the deflected rebound over.

At the other end Jimmy Callacher did well to disrupt Albert Watson as he was about to turn home a Doherty ball to the back post.

Larne had a late flurry in the closing stages in an attempt to salvage something but both Lee Lynch and Thomas Oluwa mishit their efforts while Andy Mitchell volleyed over.

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Sule, Randall, Hale, McDaid, Doherty, Scott, Bolger, Cosgrove, Jarvis subs Argyrides (not used), Kelly (replaced Scott 32), Watson (replaced Bolger 19), Nasseri (not used), Oluwa (replaced Hale 75), Lynch (replaced Randall 75), Mitchell (replaced Sule 75)

Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Hume, Manzinga, Stewart, M. Clarke, McClean, Fallon, Salam subs Walsh (not used), Donnelly (replaced Stewart 79), A. Clarke (not used), Carroll (not used), Archer (replaced Fallon 87), McCoubrey (not used), Marshall (not used)

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

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Archer

    Portadown

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Donnelly

    Unregistered Players

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Cliftonville

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Oluwa

    Unregistered Players

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Coleraine

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Mitchell

    Carrick Rangers

    75'
  •  Yellow Card

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    70'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ahmed Salam

    Unregistered Players

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Larne

    32'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Graham Kelly

    Larne

    32'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    30'
  •  Red Card

    Kofi Balmer

    Unregistered Players

    28'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    21'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Cian Bolger

    Larne

    19'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Albert Watson

    Larne

    19'

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Kofi Balmer 28'
  • Fuad Sule 70' red substitution 75'
  • Mark Randall 21' red substitution 75'
  • Ronan Hale red substitution 75'
  • David McDaid
  • Ben Doherty
  • Andy Scott red substitution 32'
  • Cian Bolger red substitution 19'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Dean Jarvis

Substitutes

  • Michael Argyrides
  • Graham Kelly green substitution 32'
  • Albert Watson green substitution 19'
  • Navid Nasseri
  • Thomas Oluwa green substitution 75'
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 75'
  • Andy Mitchell green substitution 75'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Michael Newberry
  • Chris Shields 30'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Trai Hume
  • Christy Manzinga
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 79'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Kyle McClean
  • Stephen Fallon red substitution 87'
  • Ahmed Salam 69'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Martin Donnelly green substitution 79'
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Adam Carroll
  • Joshua Archer green substitution 87'
  • Ewan McCoubrey
  • Callum Marshall
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