Match Details
Season :
Date :
15th April 2017
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
The Showgrounds
Referee :
Arnold Hunter
Linfield Scorers :
Jimmy Callacher 13', Andy Waterworth 89'.
Linfield Yellow Card :
Paul Smyth
Ballymena United Yellow Card :
Johnny Flynn
Linfield Team :
Carroll (GK), Casement, Haughey, Callacher, M.Clarke, Smyth, Lowry, Mulgrew (C), Quinn, Burns, Waterworth
Linfield Subs not used :
Carson, Gaynor, Strain, Ward, Millar
Ballymena United Team :
Allen, Owens, Flynn, Jenkins, Ervin, Millar, McKinney, McMurray, McCaffrey (McCloskey 80’) , Kerr, Loughran (Henderson 85’)
Ballymena United Subs not used :
McCauley, Gage, Lowry
Linfield travelled to the Ballymena Showgrounds this afternoon for matchday 35 of the Danske Bank Premiership season. A victory over Crusaders in a top of the table clash last week meant Healy’s men went into the game just one point behind leaders Crusaders with four matches to go.

The Blues remained unchanged from last week with Mark Stafford not yet ready to return from injury. However, the club received a timely boost in the build-up to the game as experienced goalkeeper Roy Carroll extended his stay at Windsor Park by signing a one-year contract extension.

The first half-chance fell Linfield’s way on 5 minutes but Stephen Lowry fired his volley just over the bar from Niall Quinn’s cross.

Linfield made the breakthrough on 13 minutes. Paul Smyth was fouled by McKinney just outside the box and the free-kick resulted in Niall Quinn picking out Jimmy Callacher expertly at the back post and Callacher dispatched a header past United ‘keeper Tim Allen.

Stephen Lowry almost caught Allen out from an audacious free-kick from the half-way line minutes later. However, Allen did well to keep it out after backpaddling.

Linfield went hunting for the second goal and Aaron Burns did well to shake away two defenders before firing just wide and into the side netting with a low drive.

Captain Jamie Mulgrew then threatened after being picked out by Aaron Burns but his powerful strike flashed just over and Linfield went into the break a goal up after a good first half display.

Half Time: Ballymena United 0 – 1 Linfield

The Blues started the second half brightly and were denied by two super saves in succession as Allen tipped Paul Smyth’s header around the post from Lowry’s cross before pushing away Casement’s header from Quinn’s delivery.

Smyth then displayed good skill before firing a shot off the outside of the post with Allen routed to the spot.

Ballymena’s chances were limited but Johnny McMurray created space to fire the ball across the face of goal but there was no-one in a Sky Blue shirt following up.

Niall Quinn was next to threaten when he struck a 25 yard free-kick but his effort was fisted away by Allen.

Linfield made sure of the points on 89 minutes when Aaron Burns slipped through Andy Waterworth who fired a left-footed drive across Allen and into the net. Another three points secure, as we now turn our focus to Glenavon at Windsor Park on Tuesday night.

Full Time: Ballymena United 0 - 2 Linfield Man of the Match: Jamie Mulgrew

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