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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 4 March 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Loughview Leisure Arena

Attendance: 1088

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Carrick Rangers home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Jordan Gibson 69'
  •   Chris McKee 37'
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Chris McKee celebrates scoring what proved to be Linfield's winner ©Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

BLUES BACK ON TOP

Linfield returned to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership on goal difference with victory over Carrick Rangers at the Loughview Leisure Arena.

The Blues needed just three minutes to open the scoring when Jack Hastie sent a low cross into the box from the left only for Thomas Scully to send the ball into his own net.

The visitors went close to a second but Kyle McClean was denied when Aaron Hogg did well to keep out his blistering strike before Mark Surgenor was on hand to clear the danger as Chris McKee looked set to pounce on the rebound.

But McKee did double Linfield's advantage on 37 minutes with a backheel flick from close range following a goalmouth scramble, and there was almost a third soon after but Christy Manzinga's header from Conor Pepper's cross was ruled out offside.

Manzinga was thwarted again early in the second half when he found himself through on goal only for Hogg to save with his outstretched legs.

Carrick might have pulled one back on 66 minutes but Steven Gordon's header was cleared off the line by Chris Shields but, just three minutes after that, they did reduce the deficit when Jordan Gibson took a touch inside the area to find the net in off an upright.

However, Linfield held on to claim the points although Rangers almost levelled in the closing moments through Emmett McGuckin when his effort sailed just wide after the ball had fallen kindly for him.

Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Surgenor, Ervin, Cushley, D. Kelly, Glendinning, Gibson, Carson, Scully, Tilney, Anderson subs Skeet (not used), Gordon (replaced Carson 46), McGuckin (replaced D. Kelly 46), E. Kelly (replaced Cushley 72), Kalla (not used), Chambers (replaced Anderson 78), Waite (not used)

Linfield: Walsh, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Manzinga, Hall, McKee, McClean, Fallon, Pepper, Hastie subs Newberry (not used), Vertainen (replaced Hastie 79), Devine (replaced McKee 79), Mulgrew (replaced Pepper 64), Quinn (replaced Manzinga 79), Salam (not used), Evans (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Carrick Rangers   1 - 2 Linfield
  •  Yellow Card

    David Walsh

    Linfield

    90+1'
  •  Yellow Card

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Christy Manzinga

    Unregistered Players

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jake Hastie

    Unregistered Players

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Quinn

    Linfield

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lloyd Anderson

    Carrick Rangers

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack Chambers

    Carrick Rangers

    78'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jim Ervin

    Carrick Rangers

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David Cushley

    Carrick Rangers

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ewan Kelly

    Carrick Rangers

    72'
  • GOAL

    Jordan Gibson

    Ballymena United

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Pepper

    Linfield

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    David Cushley

    Carrick Rangers

    52'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kelly

    Unregistered Players

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Carson

    Unregistered Players

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven Gordon

    Carrick Rangers

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Emmett McGuckin

    Carrick Rangers

    46'
  • GOAL

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    37'
  •  Yellow Card

    Reece Glendinning

    Carrick Rangers

    29'
  • OWN GOAL

    Tom Scully

    Unregistered Players

    3'

Carrick Rangers

  • Aaron Hogg
  • Mark Surgenor
  • Jim Ervin 74'
  • David Cushley 52' red substitution 72'
  • Daniel Kelly red substitution 46'
  • Reece Glendinning 29'
  • Jordan Gibson 69'
  • Matthew Carson red substitution 46'
  • Tom Scully 3' (OG)
  • Ben Tilney
  • Lloyd Anderson red substitution 78'

Substitutes

  • Matthew Skeet
  • Steven Gordon green substitution 46'
  • Emmett McGuckin green substitution 46'
  • Ewan Kelly green substitution 72'
  • Ronan Kalla
  • Jack Chambers green substitution 78'
  • Paul Waite

Linfield

  • David Walsh 90+1'
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar 61'
  • Christy Manzinga red substitution 79'
  • Ben Hall
  • Chris McKee red substitution 79' 37'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Conor Pepper red substitution 64'
  • Jake Hastie red substitution 79'

Substitutes

  • Michael Newberry
  • Eetu Vertainen 83' green substitution 79'
  • Ethan Devine green substitution 79'
  • Jamie Mulgrew green substitution 64'
  • Niall Quinn green substitution 79'
  • Ahmed Salam
  • Kieron Evans
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