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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 23 April 2022 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2755

Referee: Tim Marshall

Linfield home-team
0 FT 0
away-team Larne
football
Jordan Stewart and Tomas Cosgrove in action ©Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

NEVRY BLUES HELD BY RESOLUTE LARNE

Linfield go into the final game of the season still a point clear at the top following this scoreless draw with Larne at Windsor Park.

A cagey opening to proceedings saw little of note created at either end until around the 16th minute when Eetu Vertainen turned outside the area to test Rohan Ferguson while, at the other end, Mark Randall sent his shot from a throw-in into the side netting.

Later in the first half Ben Hall sent an effort straight at Ferguson from the edge of the area with the Larne keeper saving low to his left.

Randall then threatened again with a 25-yard drive which Chris Johns managed to tip over.

The beginning of the second half was a much more lively affair with Linfield coming close to breaking the deadlock when Hall connected with Niall Quinn's corner only to be thwarted by an excellent stop from Ferguson.

But it continued to be tense a game of few clear cut opportunities.

Indeed, Larne seemed to create the better chances and tested Johns again on 55 minutes when good play from Randall set David McDaid up inside the box but his shot was too close to the keeper.

And McDaid had arguably the best chance of the game with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when Ben Doherty pulled the ball back only for the resultant shot to go over from 12 yards.

However, neither the Blues or the visitors managed to find a way through as the minutes ticked down meaning, for Linfield, it will all go down to next week's visit from Coleraine.

Linfield: Johns, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Stewart, Vertainen, Hall, Clarke, Mulgrew, Quinn, Hastie subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe (not used), McKee (replaced Stewart 77), McClean (replaced Mulgrew 35), Devine (replaced Hastie 56), Donnelly (not used), Salam (replaced Vertainen 77)

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Kelly, Sule, Randall, McDaid, Scott, Bolger, Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis subs Devlin (not used), Hale (replaced Jarvis 64), Doherty (replaced Scott 64), Lynch (replaced Randall 64), Mitchell (not used), Brown (not used), Simpson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   0 - 0 Larne
  •  Yellow Card

    Cian Bolger

    Larne

    90+2'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ronan Hale

    Cliftonville

    90+2'
  •  Yellow Card

    Rohan Ferguson

    Larne

    90+1'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Stewart

    Linfield

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Unregistered Players

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Larne

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Dean Jarvis

    Coleraine

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Cliftonville

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    64'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Coleraine

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jake Hastie

    Unregistered Players

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    56'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    35'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    35'
  •  Yellow Card

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    31'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Chris Shields 80'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Jordan Stewart red substitution 77'
  • Eetu Vertainen red substitution 77'
  • Ben Hall
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 35'
  • Niall Quinn
  • Jake Hastie red substitution 56'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Chris McKee green substitution 77'
  • Kyle McClean green substitution 35'
  • Ethan Devine green substitution 56'
  • Martin Donnelly
  • Ahmed Salam green substitution 77'

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson 90+1'
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Graham Kelly
  • Fuad Sule 31'
  • Mark Randall red substitution 64'
  • David McDaid
  • Andy Scott red substitution 64'
  • Cian Bolger 90+2'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes
  • Dean Jarvis red substitution 64'

Substitutes

  • Conor Devlin
  • Ronan Hale 90+2' green substitution 64'
  • Ben Doherty green substitution 64'
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 64'
  • Andy Mitchell
  • Sean Brown
  • Ethan Simpson
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