Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 11 February 2023 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 4816

Referee: Ian McNabb

Linfield home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Cliftonville
football
©Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

BLUES EDGE IT AT WINDSOR

Linfield edged to victory over Cliftonville in a closely fought encounter at Windsor Park.

Scoreless at the break, Linfield's best opportunity came on 31 minutes when Kyle Lafferty almost marked his debut with a goal only to miss the target from close range while, for the Reds, Levi Ives was denied at the near post by Chris Johns.

The Blues squandered a great chance early in the second half after Kirk Millar found Chris McKee who could only fire over from inside the six yard box.

Linfield came close again from a Chris Shields free-kick which Michael Newberry failed to send past keeper Nathan Gartside.

But the deadlock was broken just before the hour. Again Millar provided the ball from the right for the inrushing Matthew Clarke but, in his attempt to cut out the danger, the unfortunate Kris Lowe could only send the ball into his own net.

David Healy's side almost doubled their lead but Rory Hale made a goalline clearance to thwart another McKee effort.

Cliftonville came close to snatching a late equaliser when, in the closing moments, Ronan Hale hit the woodwork while Joe Gormley's subsequent follow up was ruled out offside.

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Newberry, Shields, Millar, Cooper, M. Clarke, McKee, Finlayson, Mulgrew, Lafferty subs McClean, Hall, Devine, Haygarth, Pepper, Quinn, Annett

Cliftonville: Gartside, Ives, Addis, Gallagher, Rory Hale, Parkhouse, Lowe, R. Doherty, Ronan Hale, Coates, Moore subs G. Doherty, C. Curran, McDonagh, Traynor, Gormley, Casey, Turner

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   1 - 0 Cliftonville
  • Chris Johns

    Linfield

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Pepper

    Cliftonville

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle Lafferty

    Unregistered Players

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    82'
  •  Yellow Card

    David Parkhouse

    H&W Welders

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Levi Ives

    Larne

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Gallagher

    Larne

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Curran

    Cliftonville

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Traynor

    Portadown

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Moore

    Unregistered Players

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McDonagh

    Unregistered Players

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Gormley

    Cliftonville

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kyle Lafferty

    Unregistered Players

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Colin Coates

    Ballymena United

    63'
  • OWN GOAL

    Kris Lowe

    Cliftonville

    59'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Michael Newberry
  • Chris Shields
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 85'
  • Joel Cooper
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Chris McKee red substitution 82'
  • Daniel Finlayson
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Kyle Lafferty 63' red substitution 82'

Substitutes

  • Kyle McClean green substitution 82'
  • Ben Hall
  • Ethan Devine 90' green substitution 82'
  • Max Haygarth
  • Conor Pepper green substitution 85'
  • Niall Quinn
  • Rhys Annett

Cliftonville

  • Nathan Gartside
  • Levi Ives red substitution 77'
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Chris Gallagher red substitution 77'
  • Rory Hale red substitution 67'
  • David Parkhouse 78'
  • Kris Lowe 59' (OG)
  • Ronan Doherty
  • Ronan Hale
  • Colin Coates 63'
  • Sean Moore red substitution 67'

Substitutes

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Chris Curran green substitution 77'
  • Jamie McDonagh green substitution 67'
  • Aaron Traynor green substitution 77'
  • Joe Gormley green substitution 67'
  • Odhran Casey
  • Luke Turner

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