Report of victory for Linfield Rangers

Posted : 27th September 2017 at 23:49:39

Linfield 7 Carrick Rangers 1

Friday September 22

Linfield took to the pristine artificial surface at Knockbreda with no fewer than five under 16 players starting the game. The Blues found it hard to get on top of the game as Carrick suffocated possession with a rigid game plan in place. Not that Carrick had come to sit back – they soon had Scott Pengelly in action when he made a fine double save on 11 minutes, followed by another five minutes later when he pushed a stinging effort round the post. From one of the Carrick attacks, Linfield broke away and with a four man move opening up the visitors and from Dean Truesdales’ whipped cross, Joe Shevlin opened the scoring on 21 minutes. This seemed to give Linfield the confidence they needed as they started to dominate possession and carve out chances at will. Next to open his account was fifteen year old Lee Rea who hammered home from close range after good work from Adam Neilly and Darren Hylands. Linfield had the bit between their teeth and with the outstanding Ben Wylie and Ross Weatherup dominating the middle of the park, it wasn’t long before goal number three arrived when Shevlin added to his tally with a fine finish on 32 minutes. Two minutes later under 16 player Hylands finished beautifully from 20 yards. Trai Hume who had a great game ably assisted by Tomas Gilmour held Carrick at bay until the half time break with Linfield leading 4-0.

It was more of the same from Linfield in the second half with Trusedale and Lee Bailie raiding down the left hand side giving the Carrick defence a torrid time and eventually they paid the price when Rea pounced to make it 5-0 on 54 minutes. To their credit Carrick kept going and were rewarded when they breached the Linfield defence to score with half an hour still to play. Linfield kept pressing for more goals and were soon rewarded when Truesdales’ thunderbolt flew into the net from an acute angle on 67 minutes. The Windsor lads were not finished yet and with five minutes remaining, the skilful Hylands scored again with another fine left foot effort from just inside the box.

Team : Pengelly Neilly Bailie, Hume, Gilmour Hylands Weatherup Wylie, Shevlin Rea Truesdale Sub : Long

Next game v Portadown (away) at Brownstown 3g, Friday 29th September 7.45 kick off

Bryan McCarroll

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