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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 30 April 2022 (kick off: 5.30 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 5121

Referee: Ian McNabb

Linfield home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Coleraine
  •   Ben Hall 43'
  •   Chris McKee 45'
football
©Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

HALL AND McKEE ON TARGET AS BLUES RETAIN TITLE

Linfield held onto their Danske Bank Premiership title following a two-goal victory over Coleraine at Windsor Park.

It's a fourth straight championship for the Blues, and a world record setting 56th, as they did what was required on the final day of season.

After some early nerves, Chris Shields created the first effort of note with a glancing header just wide of the far post after Kirk Millar had delivered a free-kick.

At the other end James McLaughlin tried to find the top corner only to send the ball just over while Josh Carson cut inside to send a shot over from around 25 yards before the same player went close again but Chris Johns was equal to the challenge.

Ethan Devine almost edged Linfield in front towards the end of the first half but Martin Gallagher pulled off a great stop to deny his header.

But, on 43 minutes, Linfield found a way through when Ben Hall got on the end of a Niall Quinn corner to nod the opener past Gallagher.

Then, in first half stoppage time, Quinn played Chris McKee through to send a low finish past the visiting keeper and put the Blues into a commanding position at the break.

Jimmy Callacher came close to adding a third early in the second half but could only power his header wide of the target.

Coleraine attempted to claw their way back into the game, coming closing through Matthew Shevlin and again with a Carson 20-yard volley.

However Linfield's path towards yet another title was never really challenged, with the evening ending amid scenes of celebration at Windsor Park.

Linfield: Johns, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Stewart, Vertainen, Hall, Clarke, McKee. Fallon, Quinn subs Walsh (not used), Roscoe (not used), Manzinga (not used), McClean (replaced McKee 71), Devine (replaced Vertainen 9), Salam (replaced Fallon 78), Hastie (not used)

Coleraine: Gallagher, Mullan, Brown, Jarvis, Lowry, J. McLaughlin, Carson, Wilson, O’Donnell, Kelly, Shevlin subs Bradley (not used), Allen (replaced Shevlin 72), K. McLaughlin (replaced J. McLaughlin 83), Tosh (replaced Lowry 51), Elliott (not used), Stewart (not used), Henderson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 0 Coleraine
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk McLaughlin

    Glentoran

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ahmed Salam

    Unregistered Players

    78'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ronan Wilson

    H&W Welders

    75'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Shevlin

    Coleraine

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Curtis Allen

    Carrick Rangers

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Lowry

    Coleraine

    51'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lewis Tosh

    Limavady United

    51'
  • GOAL

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    45'
  • GOAL

    Ben Hall

    Linfield

    43'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    9'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    9'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Chris Shields
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Eetu Vertainen red substitution 9'
  • Ben Hall 43'
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Chris McKee red substitution 71' 45'
  • Stephen Fallon red substitution 78'
  • Niall Quinn

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Christy Manzinga
  • Kyle McClean green substitution 71'
  • Ethan Devine green substitution 9'
  • Ahmed Salam green substitution 78'
  • Jake Hastie

Coleraine

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Adam Mullan
  • Rodney Brown
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • Stephen Lowry red substitution 51'
  • James McLaughlin red substitution 83'
  • Josh Carson
  • Ronan Wilson 75'
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • Patrick Kelly
  • Matthew Shevlin red substitution 72'

Substitutes

  • Eoin Bradley
  • Curtis Allen green substitution 72'
  • Kirk McLaughlin green substitution 83'
  • Lewis Tosh green substitution 51'
  • Jack Elliott
  • Michael Stewart
  • Alex Henderson
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