Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 22 December 2023 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 1983

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Linfield home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Coleraine
  •   Euan East 65'
  •   Rhys Annett 70'
  •   Andrew Mitchell 86'
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Rhys Annett celebrates doubling Linfield's lead ©Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

BLUES ARE CHRISTMAS TABLE TOPPERS

Two goals midway through the second half ensured Linfield defeated Coleraine at Windsor Park to stay top of the table.

Scoreless at the break, Linfield enjoyed the two better chances of the half when Rhys Annett volleyed over the bar from a good position while Aodhan Doherty produced a smart stop from keeper Gareth Deane late in proceedings.

Coleraine almost snatched the lead in the opening moments of the second half when Dean Jarvis embarked on a run down the left before sending a ball into the area for Andy Scott only for his finish to come crashing back off the crossbar.

But it fell to Linfield to break the deadlock with two goals in quick succession after the hour.

Euan East opened the scoring on 65 minutes after getting his head to a Matthew Clarke delivery from out on the wing before, five minutes after that, Annett doubled up with a simple close range finish after Clarke had again sent the ball over.

Coleraine did pull one back with four minutes remaining through Andrew Mitchell who bundled the ball over the line from a Jamie Glackin free-kick but it wasn't enough to spark a late Bannsiders revival.

Linfield: Johns, Finlayson, East, Millar, McClean, Hall, Clarke, Fitzpatrick, Annett, Archer, Doherty subs Walsh, Newberry, McBrien, McCullough, McKay, Graham, O'Neill

Coleraine: Deane, Kane, D. Jarvis, A. Jarvis, McKendry, Farren, Glackin, Cole, O'Mahony, Scott, O'Hara subs Gallagher, Mitchell, Wallace, McCrudden, McLaughlin, Devine, Gaston

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 1 Coleraine
  •  Yellow Card

    Matthew Clarke

    Departed Players

    90'
  • GOAL

    Andrew Mitchell

    Dungannon Swifts

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Newberry

    Cliftonville

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kieran Farren

    Departed Players

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ciaran O'Hara

    Coleraine

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Mitchell

    Dungannon Swifts

    77'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jake Wallace

    Limavady United

    77'
  • GOAL

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    70'
  • GOAL

    Euan East

    Linfield

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Dean Jarvis

    Coleraine

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aodhan Doherty

    Departed Players

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Darragh McBrien

    Linfield

    57'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kieran Farren

    Departed Players

    56'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    53'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Daniel Finlayson
  • Euan East 65'
  • Kirk Millar 53'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Ben Hall
  • Matthew Clarke 90'
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Rhys Annett red substitution 83' 70'
  • Joshua Archer
  • Aodhan Doherty red substitution 57'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry green substitution 83'
  • Darragh McBrien green substitution 57'
  • Dane McCullough
  • Ryan McKay
  • Braiden Graham
  • Ceadach O'Neill

Coleraine

  • Gareth Deane
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Dean Jarvis 64'
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • Conor McKendry
  • Kieran Farren 56' red substitution 77'
  • Jamie Glackin
  • Darren Cole
  • Jack O'Mahony
  • Andy Scott
  • Ciaran O'Hara red substitution 77'

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Andrew Mitchell green substitution 77' 86'
  • Jake Wallace green substitution 77'
  • Michael McCrudden
  • Lee McLaughlin
  • Senan Devine
  • Alfie Gaston
© Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

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