Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 24 February 2024 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Referee: Steven Gregg

Linfield home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Kyle McClean 55'
  •   Matthew Fitzpatrick 78'
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Kyle McClean opened the scoring ©Pacemaker Press

BLUES TOO STRONG FOR UNITED AT WINDSOR

Linfield needed a couple of second half goals to defeat struggling Ballymena United at Windsor Park.

The visitors might have moved in front with around 20 minutes on the clock when the ball fell to Noah Stewart but he could only look on in frustration as his low shot came back off the inside of the post before being cleared.

And Linfield hit the woodwork themselves a few minutes later after Rhys Annett teed Josh Archer up to send a powerful shot against an upright.

Both sides came close again later in the first half with Steven McCullough forcing Chris Johns into turning a shot around the post while, at the other end, Matthew Fitzpatrick sent an overhead kick over the bar.

However the deadlock was broken in Linfield's favour ten minutes into the second half after Ethan McGee's curling delivery from the right was met by Kyle McClean to send a looping header over Sean O'Neill.

And the Blues made sure of the points with 12 minutes remaining when Fitzpatrick ran onto a Daniel Finlayson ball over the top of the defence to confidently finish beyond the United keeper.

Linfield: Johns, Finlayson, East, McClean, Hall, Clarke, Mulgrew, McGee, Fitzpatrick, Annett, Archer subs Walsh, Newberry, Millar, Cooper, McBrien, McKee, McCullough

Ballymena United: O’Neill, Nelson, Rocks, McCullough, Taylor, Boyle, Brown, Robinson, Stewart, McCurry, McCallion subs Johnston, McGrory, Tennant, Place, Mallon, Barr, Hood

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   2 - 0 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Clarke

    Linfield

    90+1'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Dane McCullough

    Linfield

    90+1'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Donal Rocks

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Fraser Taylor

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Hood

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirk Millar

    Linfield

    83'
  • GOAL

    Matthew Fitzpatrick

    Linfield

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Calvin McCurry

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rhys Annett

    Linfield

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris McKee

    Linfield

    66'
  • GOAL

    Kyle McClean

    Linfield

    55'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Daniel Finlayson
  • Euan East
  • Kyle McClean 55'
  • Ben Hall
  • Matthew Clarke red substitution 90+1'
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 83'
  • Ethan McGee
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 78'
  • Rhys Annett red substitution 66'
  • Joshua Archer

Substitutes

  • David Walsh
  • Michael Newberry
  • Kirk Millar green substitution 83'
  • Joel Cooper
  • Darragh McBrien
  • Chris McKee green substitution 66'
  • Dane McCullough green substitution 90+1'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Kym Nelson
  • Donal Rocks red substitution 85'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Fraser Taylor red substitution 85'
  • Dylan Boyle
  • Sean Brown
  • Jamie Robinson
  • Noah Stewart
  • Calvin McCurry red substitution 76'
  • Daithi McCallion

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Lewis Tennant
  • Mikey Place green substitution 76'
  • Ben Mallon
  • Brendan Barr green substitution 85'
  • James Hood green substitution 85'
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