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Match Centre

Premiership
Monday 27 December 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 8007

Referee: Andrew Davey

Linfield home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Glentoran
  •   Trai Hume 36'
  •   Jay Donnelly 72'
football
Hrvoje Plum and Cameron Palmer in action ©Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

TEN MAN GLENS HOLD ON FOR A POINT

Linfield and Glentoran battled to a 1-1 draw in the big festive derby clash between the top two at Windsor Park.

The sides went into the game separated only by goal difference so it was always going to be a close and keenly fought affair.

Glentoran appeared to be the first to settle, threatening early on through Shay McCartan's effort from distance followed by Trai Hume's clearance off the line to deny Jay Donnelly.

At the other end Jimmy Callacher headed a Kyle McClean free-kick just wide while Jordan Stewart sent a similar effort the wrong side of the upright.

The deadlock was eventually broken on 36 minutes in Linfield's favour when Hume fired into the roof of the net at the back post after Matthew Clarke had delivered the ball into the box.

The Blues almost doubled their advantage early in the second half after Stewart's close range effort was saved and Chris Shields' rebound was deflected wide. Joe Crowe then made a timely tackle to thwart Christy Manzinga as Linfield continued to look to double their advantage.

Glentoran were reduced to ten men on the hour after Conor McMenamin was dismissed following a challenge on Callacher - and ended up being stretchered off as a result of the tackle.

However, the Glens responded positively and duly levelled on 72 minutes when Donnelly glanced a headed finish past Chris Johns from Hrvoje Plum's free-kick into the box.

Stung by this, Linfield upped the tempo in order to make their numerical advantage count, coming close when Sam Roscoe saw a 30-yard drive turned over by Aaron McCarey.

Later chances came through Hume with a header from a corner, Ahmed Salam firing over and Cameron Palmer stinging McCarey's palms but, ultimately, David Healy's side couldn't find a way through and remain top of the table by the slenderest of margins.

Linfield: Johns, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Hume, Manzinga, Stewart, M. Clarke, McClean, Mulgrew, Palmer subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe-Byrne (replaced Callacher 62), Millar (replaced Mulgrew 55), Donnelly (not used), Quinn (not used), Salam (replaced Manzinga 68), A. Clarke (not used)

Glentoran: McCarey, Burns, McCartan, Marshall, J. Donnelly, R. Donnelly, McClean, Clucas, Crowe, McMenamin, Plum subs Garrett (replaced J. Donnelly 90+4), Bigirimana (replaced McCartan 61), Mitchell (not used), Smith (replaced R. Donnelly 88), Wightman (not used), Jenkins (not used), Glendinning (not used)

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

    Jay Donnelly

    Glentoran

    90+4'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    William Garrett

    Glentoran

    90+4'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ruaidhrí Donnelly

    Glentoran

    88'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Malachy Smith

    Ballymena United

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jay Donnelly

    Glentoran

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sam Roscoe

    Linfield

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    79'
  •  Red Card

    Shay McCartan

    Glentoran

    78'
  • GOAL

    Jay Donnelly

    Glentoran

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Linfield

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sam Roscoe

    Linfield

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shay McCartan

    Glentoran

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Gaël Bigirimana

    Glentoran

    61'
  •  Red Card

    Conor McMenamin

    Glentoran

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    55'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    55'
  • GOAL

    Trai Hume

    Unregistered Players

    36'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joe Crowe

    Glentoran

    22'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Michael Newberry
  • Chris Shields 87'
  • Jimmy Callacher red substitution 62'
  • Trai Hume 36'
  • Christy Manzinga red substitution 68'
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Kyle McClean 79'
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 55'
  • Cameron Palmer

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe 83' green substitution 62'
  • Kirk Millar green substitution 55'
  • Martin Donnelly
  • Niall Quinn
  • Ahmed Salam green substitution 68'
  • Andrew Clarke

Glentoran

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Bobby Burns
  • Shay McCartan 78' red substitution 61'
  • Rhys Marshall
  • Jay Donnelly 85' red substitution 90+4' 72'
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly red substitution 88'
  • Patrick McClean
  • Seanan Clucas
  • Joe Crowe 22'
  • Conor McMenamin 60'
  • Hrvoje Plum

Substitutes

  • William Garrett green substitution 90+4'
  • Gaël Bigirimana green substitution 61'
  • Andrew Mitchell
  • Malachy Smith green substitution 88'
  • Aaron Wightman
  • Jordan Jenkins
  • Ross Glendinning
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