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Match Centre

Premiership
Sunday 14 August 2022 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 2806

Referee: Tim Marsall

Linfield home-team
4 FT 0
away-team Portadown
  •   Kirk Millar 7'
  •   Ethan Devine 57'
  •   Eetu Vertainen 72'
  •   Andrew Clarke 86'
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Eetu Vertainen scores Linfield's third ©Brian Little/INPHO

CLINICAL BLUES KICK OFF TITLE DEFENCE

Holders Linfield kicked off their Danske Bank Premiership title defence with a four goal defeat of Portadown at Windsor Park.

The Blues needed just seven minutes to open the scoring when Kirk Millar fired into the bottom corner after the ball fell into his path.

Linfield had the ball in the net again around the half-hour mark but Ethan Devine's 'goal' was ruled out after referee Tim Marshall had inadvertently knocked on Eetu Vertainen's pass.

The Ports might have levelled on the stroke of half-time but the unmarked Mark Russell failed to find a way past Chris Johns following a lapse in concentration from the home defence.

Devine did get his name on the scoresheet on 57 minutes after hooking home a Millar cross before, a quarter-of-an-hour after that, Vertainen added a third with a tap in from Devine's knock across the face of goal.

Substitute Andrew Clarke completed the scoring five minutes from time from close range after Robbie McDaid had cushioned a Millar delivery.

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Newberry, Shields, Millar, McClean, Cooper, McDaid, Devine, Fallon, Vertainen subs Walsh (not used), M. Clarke (not used), McKee (replaced Fallon 78), Finlayson (replaced Newberry 69), Mulgrew (replaced McClean 69), A. Clarke (replaced Devine 78), Palmer (replaced Vertainen 78)

Portadown: Barr, Akiotu, Upton, Wilson, Donnellan, Russell, Conaty, Moore, McNally, Teggart, Jenkins subs McKenna (not used), Beverland (not used), Stedman (replaced Moore 61), Mashigo (replaced Wilson 61), Tantale (replaced Jenkins 61), Mitchell (replaced Conaty 78), Ovens (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   4 - 0 Portadown
  • GOAL

    Andrew Clarke

    Linfield

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Clarke

    Linfield

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Palmer

    Linfield

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Oisin Conaty

    Portadown

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonah Mitchell

    Portadown

    78'
  • GOAL

    Eetu Vertainen

    Linfield

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Newberry

    Linfield

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Finlayson

    Linfield

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Luke Wilson

    Portadown

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joseph Moore

    Portadown

    61'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Jenkins

    Portadown

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Stedman

    Portadown

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Katlego Mashigo

    Portadown

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Don de Dieu Tantale

    Portadown

    61'
  • GOAL

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    57'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Russell

    Portadown

    42'
  •  Yellow Card

    Stephen Fallon

    Linfield

    36'
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    7'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Michael Newberry red substitution 69'
  • Chris Shields
  • Kirk Millar 7'
  • Kyle McClean red substitution 69'
  • Joel Cooper
  • Robbie McDaid
  • Ethan Devine red substitution 78' 57'
  • Stephen Fallon 36' red substitution 78'
  • Eetu Vertainen red substitution 78' 72'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Chris McKee green substitution 78'
  • Daniel Finlayson green substitution 69'
  • Jamie Mulgrew green substitution 69'
  • Andrew Clarke green substitution 78' 86'
  • Cameron Palmer green substitution 78'

Portadown

  • Jethren Barr
  • Jason Akiotu
  • Lee Upton
  • Luke Wilson red substitution 61'
  • Leo Donnellan
  • Mark Russell 42'
  • Oisin Conaty red substitution 78'
  • Joseph Moore red substitution 61'
  • Patrick McNally
  • Stephen Teggart
  • Jordan Jenkins red substitution 61'

Substitutes

  • Ruadhán McKenna
  • Howard Beverland
  • Billy Stedman green substitution 61'
  • Katlego Mashigo green substitution 61'
  • Don de Dieu Tantale green substitution 61'
  • Jonah Mitchell green substitution 78'
  • Jack Ovens
© Brian Little/INPHO

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