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Match Centre

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

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1460

Referee: Shane Andrews

Ballymena United home-team
0 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Chris Shields 73' (pen)
football
Chris Shields celebrates doubling Linfield's lead ©Matt Mackey/INPHO

LINFIELD WIN TO EDGE BACK INTO TOP SPOT

Linfield returned to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership courtesy of a two-goal win away to Ballymena United and despite playing just over half the game with ten men.

The sides traded chances during the opening period of the first half with Leroy Millar creating the first effort of note on 13 minutes with a bicycle kick from a corner which was held by Chris Johns.

At the other end Christy Manzinga fired wide for distance after cutting in from the left, while Chris Shields nodded just off target from Niall Quinn's free-kick.

Caolan Loughran then fired a free-kick straight at Johns before Manzinga teed up Stephen Fallon but he could only volley over the top.

The deadlock was broken on 35 minutes, however, when Kyle McClean whipped in a free-kick but unfortunate home defender Steven McCullough could only head into his own net whilst attempting a clearance.

It was almost 2-0 moments after that when Manzinga was denied at close range by Sean O'Neill, but Manzinga's involvement in the game ended a couple of minutes later when he was shown a straight red card by referee Shane Andrews for an off the ball incident.

Linfield might have added a second right at the end of the first half when Ben Hall connected with a McClean corner but O'Neill did well to claw the danger away.

Andy McGrory had a chance to level for the Sky Blues around the hour mark, but David Jeffrey's side fell further behind on 73 minutes when Chris Shields calmly fired home from the spot after Jamie Mulgrew had been upended in the box by Sean Graham.

United did push for a consolation as time ticked away but efforts from David Parkhouse, Josh Kelly and Mikey Place all proved fruitless as the ten-man Blues claimed the points.

Ballymena United: O’Neill, Redman, Waide, McCullough, Kane, Barr, McGrory, Loughran, Millar, Graham, Nelson subs Chapman (not used), Kelly (replaced Barr 70), McElroy (replaced Kane 70), Henderson (not used), Parkhouse (replaced McCullough 57), Smith (replaced Graham 76), Place (replaced McGrory 70)

Linfield: Johns, Shields, Callacher, Manzinga, Hall, McKee, McClean, Fallon, Mulgrew, Quinn, Salam subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe (replaced McClean 89), Newberry (replaced Mulgrew 82), Vertainen (not used), M. Clarke (replaced Salam 89), Devine (replaced McKee 82), Evans (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   0 - 2 Linfield
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Linfield

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sam Roscoe

    Linfield

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Newberry

    Linfield

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonte Smith

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    73'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    70'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    57'
  •  Red Card

    Christy Manzinga

    Linfield

    40'
  • OWN GOAL

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    35'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Ross Redman
  • Ryan Waide
  • Steven McCullough red substitution 57' 35' (OG)
  • Kenneth Kane red substitution 70'
  • Brendan Barr red substitution 70'
  • Andrew McGrory red substitution 70'
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Leroy Millar
  • Sean Graham 72' red substitution 76'
  • Kym Nelson

Substitutes

  • Lee Chapman
  • Joshua Kelly green substitution 70'
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 70'
  • Jack Henderson
  • David Parkhouse green substitution 57'
  • Jonte Smith green substitution 76'
  • Mikey Place green substitution 70'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Chris Shields 73'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Christy Manzinga 40'
  • Ben Hall
  • Chris McKee red substitution 82'
  • Kyle McClean red substitution 89'
  • Stephen Fallon
  • Jamie Mulgrew 68' red substitution 82'
  • Niall Quinn
  • Ahmed Salam red substitution 89'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe green substitution 89'
  • Michael Newberry green substitution 82'
  • Eetu Vertainen
  • Ethan Devine green substitution 82'
  • Kieron Evans
  • Matthew Clarke green substitution 89'
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