Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 9 December 2023 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 1557

Referee: Steven Gregg

Linfield home-team
4 FT 3
away-team Dungannon Swifts
  •   Rhys Annett 17' 48'
  •   Joel Cooper 86'
  •   Kirk Millar 90+4'
  •   Matthew Lusty 13' (pen)
  •   Cahal McGinty 44'
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Rhys Annett scored twice for Linfield ©Pacemaker Press

BLUES HIT BACK TO BREAK SWIFTS HEARTS

Linfield staged a nail biting late comeback to recover from two goals down at the break to defeat Dungannon Swifts at Windsor Park.

The Swifts moved in front on 13 minutes when Matthew Lusty found the net from the spot, awarded after Chris Johns had brought down Niall Owens.

However Linfield levelled just four minutes after that courtesy of Rhys Annett's follow up after his initial effort had been charged down by the Swifts defence.

Dungannon regained the advantage a minute from the break through Cahal McGinty who met Kealan Dillon's inswinging corner to head home at the near post.

Then, in first half stoppage time, the visitors added a third when the unfortunate Michael Newberry overhit a back pass beyond Johns and into his own net.

Linfield responded almost straightaway after the break with Annett's second of the game, a sweeping finish from inside the area after the ball had fallen kindly for him.

Already under considerable pressure as their hosts pressed for the equaliser, Dungannon's task wasn't made any easier on 69 minutes when James Knowles was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Jamie Mulgrew.

But the Swifts held out until four minutes from time when Joel Cooper nodded home the rebound after his initial shot from a Kirk Millar cross was kept out by Conor Mitchell.

And the by now seemingly inevitable Linfeld winner arrived deep into added time after Millar turned the ball home at the back post after it had been played across the face of goal.

Linfield: Johns, Finlayson, East, Newberry, Millar, Cooper, Hall, Fitzpatrick, McCullough, Annett, Archer subs Walsh, Clarke, Haygarth, Mulgrew, McKay, Doherty, Graham

Dungannon Swifts: Mitchell, McGee, Curry, Marron, Owens, Dillon, Glenny, McGinty, Lusty, Hutchinson, Alves subs Dunne, J. Scott, Knowles, S. Scott, Gallagher, Moore, Galvin

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   4 - 3 Dungannon Swifts
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    90+5'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Departed Players

    90+5'
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    90+4'
  •  Yellow Card

    John Scott

    Dungannon Swifts

    88'
  • GOAL

    Joel Cooper

    Linfield

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Archer

    Linfield

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Braiden Graham

    Departed Players

    83'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ethan McGee

    Linfield

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Lusty

    Departed Players

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    John Scott

    Dungannon Swifts

    79'
  •  Red Card

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    70'
  •  Yellow Card

    Niall Owens

    Dungannon Swifts

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Owens

    Dungannon Swifts

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Tomas Galvin

    Dungannon Swifts

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Grant Hutchinson

    Dungannon Swifts

    49'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Leo Alves

    Dungannon Swifts

    49'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    49'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven Scott

    Dungannon Swifts

    49'
  • GOAL

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    48'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Newberry

    Cliftonville

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Dane McCullough

    Linfield

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aodhan Doherty

    Departed Players

    46'
  • OWN GOAL

    Michael Newberry

    Cliftonville

    45'
  • GOAL

    Cahal McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    44'
  •  Yellow Card

    Michael Newberry

    Cliftonville

    43'
  • GOAL

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    17'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Matthew Lusty

    Departed Players

    13'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Daniel Finlayson
  • Euan East
  • Rhys Annett red substitution 90+5' 17' 48'
  • Ben Hall
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Michael Newberry 43' red substitution 46' 45' (OG)
  • Dane McCullough red substitution 46'
  • Joel Cooper 86'
  • Kirk Millar 90+4'
  • Joshua Archer red substitution 83'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Matthew Clarke green substitution 90+5'
  • Max Haygarth
  • Jamie Mulgrew green substitution 46'
  • Ryan McKay
  • Aodhan Doherty green substitution 46'
  • Braiden Graham green substitution 83'

Dungannon Swifts

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Ethan McGee 83'
  • Dean Curry
  • Caolan Marron
  • Niall Owens 67' red substitution 67'
  • Kealan Dillon
  • Adam Glenny
  • Matthew Lusty red substitution 79' 13'
  • Cahal McGinty 44'
  • Grant Hutchinson red substitution 49'
  • Leo Alves red substitution 49'

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • John Scott 88' green substitution 79'
  • James Knowles 70' green substitution 49'
  • Steven Scott green substitution 49'
  • Ben Gallagher
  • Joseph Moore
  • Tomas Galvin green substitution 67'

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