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Kilmarnock 3

Date :5th July 2011
Competition :Friendly
Venue :Windsor Park
Referee :D Malcolm

Linfield scorer : Thompson ’24,

Kilmarnock scorers : Hay ’52, O’Leary ’54, Harkins ‘75

Linfield started off their pre-season campaign with a defeat to SPL side Kilmarnock. The Blues started off much the brighter side and would have been disappointed to lead by only one goal at the break – courtesy of Peter Thompson. However they ran out of steam in the second half and a combination of lack of match fitness and clinical finishing by Kilmarnock saw the visitors run out comfortable 3-1 winners. Linfield fielded new signings Daryl Fordyce and Albert Watson, but Gary Browne didn’t feature. Michael Gault was unavailable due to an injury picked up at the end of last season.

It was the home side who made the brighter start. Casement fed in Carvill behind the Killie defence inside two minutes but the attacker failed to make the most of his chance as he dallied on the ball. A minute later, Hanley’s teasing cross was met by David Armstrong at the far post and the big defender looked certain to give the Blues the lead but it was blocked on the line by a combination of the Kilmarnock goalkeeper and defender.

Linfield continued to pile on the pressure and should really have taken the lead again in the 17th minute when Fordyce this time got the better of the visitors defence and his shot beat the keeper but was cleared off the line by Pascali. Five minutes later and the Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell almost had a calamity, spilling Carvill’s long range shot - hit more in hope than expectation – and desperately had to scramble to prevent the ball going into the net. A minute later and once again Carvill tried his luck from range but his shot rebounded off the bar and away to safety, another lucky escape for the Scots. The Blues only had to wait another minute to take the lead. The right side of Kilmarnock’s defence was exposed once more, as McAllister shook off a defender and his cut the ball across to Thompson but despite his initial shot being blocked on the line by Fowler, he was not to be denied as he tapped in the rebound.

The home side continued to pile on the pressure and Thompson forced Bell into a smart save after he had outpaced and outfought the defender. McAllister’s turn and shot in the next wave of Linfield’s pressure was expertly tipped over by Bell as Linfield continued to dominate. On the half hour mark Stuart Addis came on to replace Blayney in what looked to be a precautionary move, and almost immediately was called into action – saving a Hawkins shot, as Kilmarnock showed they were still in the game. Just before the break Linfield had the ball in the net, as they once again showed they were the sharper side. Neat link up play between Carvill and McAllister resulted in Billy Joe Burns being played in, but his neat finish past the keeper was ruled out by the linesman. This was followed a minute later by a Casement shot from 30 yards which flew just over the bar.

Half time: Linfield 1-0 Kilmarnock

It took the visitors only seven minutes of the second half to draw level after an improved start to the half. Garry Hay headed in unmarked in the box after a ball in from Gary Hawkins - a very poor goal for Linfield to concede. The home side looked to be feeling sorry for themselves and were made to pay, as two minutes later they feel behind to another soft goal. It was a free kick on the left that was taken outswinging by Dayton that caused confusion in the Linfield area and it was tapped into the net by the centre-half Ryan O’Leary.

Linfield pushed for an equaliser – Fordyce forced Bell into a save and Carvill deflected effort landed on top of the net. It was the Scottish side who went closest however – Paul Heffernan dragging his shot just wide of the far post. The 67th minute saw a flurry of substitution, with four for each side. Douglas, Ervin, Lowry and Aaron Burns came on for Linfield, with Watson, BJ Burns, Hanley and Foryce making way. For the visitors – Ada, Da Silva, Hutchinson and McKeown came on, with Hay, Heffernan, Clancy and Fisher the men coming off.

With fifteen minutes left on the clock, Steven Douglas played a misplaced pass that was seized upon by Dayton, who pushed forward and fed in Gary Harkins who steadied himself before firing the ball past Addis to extent Kilmarnock’s lead. The game petered out and was broken up with more substitutes. Kris Lindsay made his first appearance in over a year, coming on for Armstrong, while Brian McCaul replaced McAllister. The game ended in a comfortable victory for the visitors, but it will have been viewed as a useful work out for both sides.

Full time: Linfield 1-3 Kilmarnock

Reporter: Colin Millar

Linfield Team :

Blayney (Addis ’30), BJ Burns (Ervin ’67), Armstrong (Lindsay ’80), Watson (Douglas ’67), Casement, Hanley (A. Burns ’67), Garrett, Fordyce (Lowry ’67), Carvill, McAllister (McCaul ’80), Thompson

Linfield Subs not used :


Kilmarnock Team :

Bell, Clancy (Da Silva ‘67), Hay (Ada ’67), Fowler, O’Leary, Fisher (McKeown ’67), Heffernan (Hutchinson ’67), Pascali, Harkins, Dayton (Kennedy ’82), Kelly

Kilmarnock Subs not used :


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