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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 8 February 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2136

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Linfield home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Larne
  •   Stephen Fallon 38'
  •   Christy Manzinga 72'
  •   Ronan Hale 65'
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Linfield goalscorer Stephen Fallon ©Stephen Hamilton

MANZINGA FIRES BLUES BACK ON TOP

Linfield moved back to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership on goal difference as they returned to form against Larne at Windsor Park.

A cagey first half was devoid of many clear-cut chances for either side at Windsor Park, as Larne striker David McDaid went closest with a couple of efforts which failed to test Linfield.

The Blues broke the deadlock on 38 minutes after Larne’s Ben Doherty caught in possession by Stephen Fallon, as the Linfield midfielder broke free into space and delivered an exquisite lob over Devlin in the Larne goal.

Larne equalised on 64 minutes by virtue of Ronan Hale, who was in the right place following Chris Johns’ save from Lee Lynch’s drive, to tap the ball home.

Christy Manzinga put Linfield back into the lead on 72 minutes, the Frenchman who is the Blues’ top goalscorer this campaign, took Kirk Millar’s corner down before drilling a low drive goalbound.

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe-Byrne, Callacher, Manzinga, Clarke, Fallon, Mulgrew, Pepper, Quinn, Hastie, Evans subs Walsh (not used), Shields (replaced Quinn 69), Millar (replaced Evans 58), Vertainen (not used), Hall (not used), McKee (replaced Hastie 75), Devine (not used)

Larne: Devlin, Balmer, Watson, Sule, Herron, McDaid, Doherty, Scott, Bonis, Cosgrove, Jarvis subs Ferguson (not used), Kelly (not used), Nasseri (replaced Scott 77), Randall (replaced Sule 77), Hale (replaced Doherty 63), Lynch (replaced McDaid 63), Bolger (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 1 Larne
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    79'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor Pepper

    Linfield

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Larne

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jake Hastie

    Linfield

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    75'
  • GOAL

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    69'
  • GOAL

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Larne

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Larne

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kieron Evans

    Linfield

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    58'
  • GOAL

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    38'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Stephen Fallon 38'
  • Christy Manzinga 72'
  • Jamie Mulgrew 79'
  • Conor Pepper 78'
  • Niall Quinn red substitution 69'
  • Jake Hastie red substitution 75'
  • Kieron Evans red substitution 58'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Chris Shields green substitution 69'
  • Kirk Millar green substitution 58'
  • Eetu Vertainen
  • Ben Hall
  • Chris McKee green substitution 75'
  • Ethan Devine

Larne

  • Conor Devlin
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Albert Watson
  • Fuad Sule red substitution 77'
  • John Herron
  • David McDaid red substitution 63'
  • Ben Doherty red substitution 63'
  • Andy Scott red substitution 77'
  • Lee Bonis
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Dean Jarvis

Substitutes

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Graham Kelly
  • Navid Nasseri green substitution 77'
  • Mark Randall green substitution 77'
  • Ronan Hale green substitution 63' 65'
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 63'
  • Cian Bolger
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