Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 13 January 2024 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Lakeview Park

Attendance: 1650

Referee: Shane Andrews

Loughgall home-team
1 FT 2
away-team Linfield
  •   Benjamin Magee 58'
  •   Kirk Millar 55'
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Goalmouth action at Lakeview Park ©Brian Little/INPHO

BLUES SEE OFF VILLAGERS CHALLENGE

Linfield maintained their lead at the top of the Sports Direct Premiership with victory over Loughgall at Lakeview Park.

A bright opening to the game saw the Villagers produce the best chances with Oran Brogan testing Chris Johns from distance following a period of possession while Benji Magee came closest for the home side with an effort just wide of the far post around the half-hour mark.

But it fell to the visitors to craft the clearest opportunity ten minutes from the break when Daniel Finlayson sent over a cross that Matthew Clarke rose highest to meet with a header at the back post only to send the ball against the crossbar which the home defence eventually cleared.

However the deadlock was broken in Linfield's favour within moments of the restart after a Kirk Millar free-kick sent over from the right was turned into his own net by home defender Tiernan Kelly.

Then, around ten minutes after that, Millar got on the scoresheet himself with a superbly executed right-foot volley from the edge of the area beyond the reach of Berraat Turker.

The Villagers hit back within three minutes. Pablo Andrade did well to take on the Linfield midfielder before squaring the ball into Magee's path who duly fired it past Johns from just inside the box, albeit aided by a deflection.

That completed the scoring, although Linfield did have a shout for a later goal dismissed after a Matthew Fitzpatrick finish was kept out by some frantic defending amid claims the ball had crossed the line.

Loughgall: Turker, Rea, Murdock, Brogan, Kelly, Andrade, Ferris, Hoey, Patton, Magee, Loughran subs Devine, Carson, Teggart, Norton, Gibson, Carroll, Duke

Linfield: Johns, Finlayson, East, Millar, McClean, Hall, Clarke, Mulgrew, Fitzpatrick, Annett, Archer subs Walsh, McBrien, McKee, McGee, McKay, Doherty, Graham

  • FULL TIME
    Loughgall   1 - 2 Linfield
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Tiernan Kelly

    Loughgall

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Gibson

    Loughgall

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Nathaniel Ferris

    Loughgall

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Patton

    Departed Players

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Norton

    Loughgall

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Duke

    Dollingstown

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Archer

    Linfield

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Darragh McBrien

    Linfield

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ethan McGee

    Linfield

    65'
  •  Yellow Card

    Tiernan Kelly

    Loughgall

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Oran Brogan

    Loughgall

    59'
  • GOAL

    Benjamin Magee

    Loughgall

    58'
  • GOAL

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    55'
  • OWN GOAL

    Tiernan Kelly

    Loughgall

    46'

Loughgall

  • Berraat Turker
  • Jamie Rea
  • Ben Murdock
  • Oran Brogan 59'
  • Tiernan Kelly 63' red substitution 87' 46' (OG)
  • Pablo Andrade
  • Nathaniel Ferris red substitution 80'
  • Andrew Hoey
  • Mark Patton red substitution 80'
  • Benjamin Magee 58'
  • Caolan Loughran

Substitutes

  • Daniel Devine
  • Mark Carson
  • Alan Teggart
  • Robbie Norton green substitution 80'
  • Jordan Gibson green substitution 87'
  • James Carroll
  • Aaron Duke green substitution 80'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Daniel Finlayson
  • Euan East
  • Kirk Millar 55'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Ben Hall
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Jamie Mulgrew
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Rhys Annett red substitution 65'
  • Joshua Archer red substitution 65'

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Darragh McBrien green substitution 65'
  • Chris McKee
  • Ethan McGee green substitution 65'
  • Ryan McKay
  • Aodhan Doherty
  • Braiden Graham
© David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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