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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 19 February 2022 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2304

Referee: Steven Gregg

Linfield home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Portadown
  •   Chris McKee 25'
football
Jordan Stewart attempts to take the ball past Greg Hall ©Matt Mackey/INPHO

BLUES DO ENOUGH TO GO BACK TO THE TOP

Linfield edged to a narrow victory over Portadown at Windsor Park to move back to the top of the table on goal difference.

The Blues started on the front foot and created the first effort of note through Jordan Stewart but his low left-foot shot was fired straight at keeper Jethren Barr.

Then midway through the first half Jake Hastie had a decent opportunity only for his effort to be charged down by Howard Beverland.

But Linfield did get their noses in front not long after that when Hastie delivered a low cross from the left which Chris McKee bundled into the net from close range.

Eetu Vertainen then threatened after the half-hour mark with a well struck free-kick from just outside the area but Barr did well to hold onto the ball while, just before the break, the same player saw a goalbound effort blocked in the box by Adam McCallum.

After the break Stewart again carved out the first chance of the half when he jinked his way past a few defenders only to blaze his right foot effort over the bar.

Portadown had a chance of their own soon after through Stephen Teggart who worked himself into space in the area but could only curl his shot wide of the far post.

But as the game progressed it became increasingly clear that one goal would be enough for the Blues, although they did almost add a second in the closing minutes after Jimmy Callacher nodded just the wrong side of an upright after a Kieron Evans short corner was delivered to the back post.

Linfield: Johns, Shields, Callacher, Stewart, Vertainen, Hall, McKee, Fallon, Mulgrew, Pepper, Hastie subs Walsh (not used), Newberry (not used), McClean (replaced Stewart 90), Devine (replaced Vertainen 73), Parker (not used), Salam (replaced McKee 77), Evans (replaced Hastie 77)

Portadown: Barr, Hall, Ruddy, McCallum, Salley, Teggart, Warde, Beverland, Dugan, Stedman, Chatee subs Burns (not used), Lavery (replaced Stedman 77), Tipton (replaced Warde 46), Conaty (replaced Chatee 46), Smith (not used), Doherty (replaced McCallum 90), Anderson (replaced Dugan 46)

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

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam McCallum

    Unregistered Players

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Josh Doherty

    Unregistered Players

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jake Hastie

    Unregistered Players

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Unregistered Players

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kieron Evans

    Unregistered Players

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Stedman

    Portadown

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Lavery

    Unregistered Players

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sam Warde

    Unregistered Players

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Elliott Dugan

    Unregistered Players

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Chatee

    Unregistered Players

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    George Tipton

    Ballymena United

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Oisin Conaty

    Portadown

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Harry Anderson

    Unregistered Players

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Adam McCallum

    Unregistered Players

    32'
  • GOAL

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    25'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 90'
  • Eetu Vertainen red substitution 73'
  • Ben Hall
  • Chris McKee red substitution 77' 25'
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Jamie Mulgrew 79'
  • Conor Pepper
  • Jake Hastie red substitution 77'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry
  • Kyle McClean green substitution 90'
  • Ethan Devine green substitution 73'
  • Mich'el Parker
  • Ahmed Salam green substitution 77'
  • Kieron Evans green substitution 77'

Portadown

  • Jethren Barr
  • Greg Hall
  • Adam McCallum 32' red substitution 90'
  • Adam Salley
  • Stephen Teggart
  • Michael Ruddy
  • Sam Warde red substitution 46'
  • Howard Beverland
  • Elliott Dugan red substitution 46'
  • Billy Stedman red substitution 77'
  • Joshua Chatee red substitution 46'

Substitutes

  • Chris Lavery green substitution 77'
  • Ronan Burns
  • George Tipton green substitution 46'
  • Oisin Conaty green substitution 46'
  • Jack Smith
  • Josh Doherty green substitution 90'
  • Harry Anderson green substitution 46'
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