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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 18 March 2023 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 1549

Referee: Evan Boyce

Linfield home-team
7 FT 0
away-team Newry City
  •   Joel Cooper 4' 43' 45' 64'
  •   Matthew Clarke 25'
  •   Chris McKee 55' 57'
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Joel Cooper hit four for Linfield ©Brian Little/INPHO

FOUR FOR COOPER AS BLUES HIT SEVEN

Joel Cooper bagged four goals as Linfield swept to a 7-0 defeat of Newry City at Windsor Park.

The 27-year-old needed just four minutes to open the scoring with a low, hard, left-footed finish past Niall Brady.

Newry came close to finding an equaliser on 18 minutes when John McGovern teed up Olajuwon Adeyemo but his effort from a tight angle was saved by the legs of keeper Chris Johns.

Linfield doubled their advantage midway through the first half after Matthew Clarke connected with a Kirk Millar cross to nod the ball home at the back post from close range.

Then two Cooper goals just before the break put the game to bed.

He doubled his tally on 43 minutes with a flick from another Millar delivery before, in stoppage time, he bagged his hat-trick with a finish into the top corner from Daniel Finlayson's pass.

Chris McKee added a fifth for the Blues ten minutes into the second half with a slotted finish into the bottom left corner, and doubled his own tally just a couple of minutes after that with a chipped finish.

Cooper then completed the scoring just after the hour with a curling left-foot strike past substitute keeper Shane Halpenny - who had replaced the injured Brady - after Kyle Lafferty had cut the ball back.

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Shields, Callacher, Millar, Cooper, M. Clarke, McKee, Finlayson, Mulgrew, Lafferty subs Walsh, Newberry, McClean, Devine, Haygarth, A. Clarke, Palmer

Newry City: Brady, King, N. Healy, McGivern, Lockhart, McGovern, Martin, B. Healy, Donnelly, Scullion, Adeyemo subs Halpenny, Carville, Teelan, Lusty, McNamee, Sloan, Rendina

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   7 - 0 Newry City
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Philip Donnelly

    Newry City

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Liam McNamee

    Newry City

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Brian Healy

    Newry City

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan Devine

    Linfield

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Max Haygarth

    Linfield

    68'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Shields

    Linfield

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Clarke

    Linfield

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Palmer

    Linfield

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Brady

    Newry City

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Lockhart

    Newry City

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Olajuwon Adeyemo

    Newry City

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shane Halpenny

    Newry City

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Teelan

    Newry City

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Lusty

    Newry City

    60'
  • GOAL

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    57'
  • GOAL

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    55'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    51'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    45'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    43'
  • GOAL

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    25'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    4'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Sam Roscoe
  • Chris Shields red substitution 60'
  • Jimmy Callacher
  • Kirk Millar red substitution 68'
  • Joel Cooper 51' red substitution 68' 4' 43' 45' 64'
  • Matthew Clarke red substitution 60' 25'
  • Chris McKee 55' 57'
  • Daniel Finlayson
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 60'
  • Kyle Lafferty

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry
  • Kyle McClean green substitution 60'
  • Ethan Devine green substitution 68'
  • Max Haygarth green substitution 68'
  • Andrew Clarke green substitution 60'
  • Cameron Palmer green substitution 60'

Newry City

  • Niall Brady red substitution 60'
  • Darren King
  • Noel Healy
  • Ryan McGivern
  • Thomas Lockhart red substitution 60'
  • John McGovern
  • Andrew Martin
  • Brian Healy red substitution 74'
  • Philip Donnelly red substitution 86'
  • Donal Scullion
  • Olajuwon Adeyemo red substitution 60'

Substitutes

  • Shane Halpenny green substitution 60'
  • Declan Carville green substitution 74'
  • James Teelan green substitution 60'
  • Matthew Lusty green substitution 60'
  • Liam McNamee green substitution 86'
  • Dylan Sloan
  • Matthew Rendina

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