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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 22 January 2022 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2132

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Linfield home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Glenavon
  •   Christy Manzinga 63'
  •   Chris McKee 88'
football
Chris McKee celebrates doubling Linfield's lead ©Jonathan Porter/INPHO

SECOND HALF GOALS SEE BLUES SQUEEZE TO VICTORY

Two second half goals helped Linfield get the better of Glenavon in a tight encounter at Windsor Park.

A low key start to proceedings produced few efforts on goal, although Linfield came closest when James Taylor dealt with a Kirk Millar cross just as Kyle McClean was poised to convert while, for Glenavon, Robert Garrett sent an effort from distance over the bar.

Glenavon threatened again after Danny Wallace came close from a Michael O'Connor before Conor McCloskey was forced wide by Linfield keeper Chris Johns at the near post.

At the other end Stephen Fallon tested Taylor from 25 yards but the Glenavon keeper did well to palm the ball away.

But Glenavon looked the more likely to find a way through, coming close again when Niall Quinn made a goalline clearance to keep out a Wallace touch while, moments from the break, Garrett drilled a right-foot shot just inches wide from the edge of the area.

The visitors had another chance early in the second half when Jack O'Mahony crossed for Matthew Fitzpatrick but he failed to make the most of the opportunity.

Linfield began to come into the game more after this. Taylor was called into action twice to keep out efforts from McClean and Jamie Mulgrew and then again from Sam Roscoe and Ahmed Salam a couple of minutes after that.

The visitors threatened again, though, when Matthew Snoddy's deflected effort produced a great save from Johns around the hour mark.

However, the deadlock was finally broken on 63 minutes after Christy Manzinga connected with Mulgrew's ball across the area to fire a low, drilled finish past Taylor.

Glenavon had a chance to level a few minutes later but were thwarted by a Matthew Clarke clearance after Peter Campbell sent over a pacy low cross into the box.

But Linfield made sure of the points with just two minutes remaining when Chris McKee met another Mulgrew delivery to send a diving header past Taylor.

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Callacher, Millar, Manzinga, M. Clarke, McClean, Fallon, Mulgrew, Quinn, Salam subs Walsh (not used), Newberry (replaced Quinn 58), McKee (replaced Salam 58), Devine (not used), Donnelly (replaced Manzinga 73), A. Clarke (not used), Palmer (replaed McClean 86)

Glenavon: Taylor, Birney, Haughey, O’Connor, Campbell, Snoddy, McCloskey, Fitzpatrick, Wallace, Garrett, Ward subs Stafford (not used), A. Doyle (not used), Waterworth (replaced O'Connor 67), Hall (replaced Garrett 84), O’Mahony (replaced McCloskey 46), Hunter (not used), J. Doyle (replaced Campbell 84)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 0 Glenavon
  • GOAL

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jack O'Mahony

    Coleraine

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Palmer

    Linfield

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Peter Campbell

    Glenavon

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Robert Garrett

    Glenavon

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Hall

    Unregistered Players

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Josh Doyle

    Glenavon

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Unregistered Players

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Donnelly

    Unregistered Players

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael O'Connor

    Glenavon

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Waterworth

    Unregistered Players

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    65'
  • GOAL

    Christy Manzinga

    Unregistered Players

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Unregistered Players

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Newberry

    Linfield

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    58'
  •  Yellow Card

    Michael O'Connor

    Glenavon

    56'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McCloskey

    Glenavon

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack O'Mahony

    Coleraine

    46'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Christy Manzinga red substitution 73' 63'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Kyle McClean 65' red substitution 86'
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Niall Quinn red substitution 58'
  • Ahmed Salam red substitution 58'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry green substitution 58'
  • Chris McKee green substitution 58' 88'
  • Ethan Devine
  • Martin Donnelly green substitution 73'
  • Andrew Clarke
  • Cameron Palmer green substitution 86'

Glenavon

  • James Taylor
  • Calum Birney
  • Mark Haughey
  • Michael O'Connor 56' red substitution 67'
  • Peter Campbell red substitution 84'
  • Matthew Snoddy
  • Conor McCloskey red substitution 46'
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Danny Wallace
  • Robert Garrett red substitution 84'
  • Sean Ward

Substitutes

  • Mark Stafford
  • Andrew Doyle
  • Andrew Waterworth green substitution 67'
  • Andy Hall green substitution 84'
  • Jack O'Mahony 88' green substitution 46'
  • Ross Hunter
  • Josh Doyle green substitution 84'
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