Ashley Hutton header earns Linfield a draw at the Oval

Posted : 16th September 2019 at 06:45:46

After the drama of the Windsor Park Big Two Derby on Saturday afternoon, there was more Big Two drama at the Oval on Saturday evening.

Linfield entered this game needing to make up a 4 point deficit on league leaders Sion Swifts but with 2 games in hand.

The Linfield team line up was as follows

1 - Lauren Perry
19 - Abbie Magee
3 - Louise McFrederick
14 - Kelsie Burrows
5 - Ashley Hutton
16 - Clare Timoney
97 - Chloe McCarron
18 - Rebecca McKenna
9 - Rebecca Bassett
26 - Caitlin McGuinness
11 - Kirsty McGuinness

Subs

8 - Casey Howe - replaced Louise McFrederick (63 mins)
17 - Hayley O’Donnell - replaced Clare Timoney (71 mins)
25 - Naomi Donnan
12 - Anna McCleary (GK)

The first half saw the home team largely in the ascendancy due to the strong wind behind them, as they attached the Sydenham end.

However, they only had the one goal to show for their efforts, following a sustained five minute spell of pressure around the half hour mark.

Linfield cleared several efforts in this spell of pressure but on 35 minutes Mulholland scored from close range following a corner.

Half time - Glentoran 1 Linfield 0

The second half brought the expected Linfield onslaught and the equaliser duly arrived on 68 minutes.

A Kirsty McGuinness free kick was met by the head of Ashley Hutton who powered her header majestically into the roof of the net.

Linfield pressed and pressed for the reminder of the game but just couldn’t break down stubborn Glentoran resistance.

With just 3 minutes remaining, Kirsty McGuinness came close from distance but her goal bound shot was excellently pushed behind for a corner by Higgins in the home goal.

Ronnie Morrison sponsored player of the match - Ashley Hutton

Final score - Glentoran 1 Linfield 1

Sion Swifts lead the table by 3 points and a goal difference of plus 11.

The remaining games are

Wednesday September 18 at 8pm

Derry City v Sion Swifts
Linfield v Comber

Wednesday September 25 at 8pm

Derry City v Linfield

And in between those 2 Linfield league games, don’t forget

Saturday September 21 at 7.30pm

Windsor Park

Irish Cup Final

Linfield v Glentoran

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