Match Details
Season :
2017/2018
Date :
9th September 2017
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Arnold Hunter
Linfield Scorer :
Aaron Burns 4'
Linfield Yellow Cards :
Mark Stafford, Jamie Mulgrew
Glentoran Yellow Cards :
Calum Birney, Ross Redman, Conal Delaney, Jonathan Addis, John McGuigan
Teams
Linfield Team :
Carroll (GK), Casement, Haughey, Stafford, M.Clarke, Quinn, Millar (R.Clarke 84’), Mulgrew ©, Lowry, Mitchell (Garrett 78’), J.Stewart (Rooney 65’), Burns
Linfield Subs not used :
Robinson, Adams
Glentoran Team :
Morris (GK), Kane ©, Birney, Addis, Redman, Knowles (Delaney 73’), McGuigan, Kerr (McNicholl 87’), McMullan (Gordon 62’), McDaid, Allen
Glentoran Subs not used :
Kelly, Ferrin
Report
LINFIELD defeated big two rivals Glentoran in the first derby fixture of the season at Windsor Park this afternoon thanks to an early header from Aaron Burns and a goalkeeping masterclass from Roy Carroll.

It took just four minutes for the breakthrough after a lively start. Jamie Mulgrew stopped a potential Glentoran counter attack before feeding the ball out wide to winger Jordan Stewart who whipped in an inch-perfect cross which Aaron Burns headed expertly into the corner past the despairing dive of Morris.

Kirk Millar created an opportunity for a second when he dispossessed Redman and dug out a cross, finding Burns in the middle. However, Morris was equal to Burns’ effort when he eventually got his shot away.

Roy Carroll single-handedly maintained Linfield’s lead with the greatest goalkeeping you will see all season. A phenomenal double save, firstly blocking Robbie McDaid’s strike with his chest, before springing up to claw away Curtis Allen’s follow-up. The second save in particular was so impressive it defied logic and it’s further proof of what a difference a world class goalkeeper can make.

As if Carroll’s earlier heroics weren’t impressive enough, he was at his work again with cat-like reflexes to claw the ball off the goal-line after it took an unexpected deflection off the back of Mark Stafford. In fairness to the Glens, they didn’t deserve to be behind and must have been wondering how they hadn’t scored going into the half time break.

Half Time: Linfield 1 – 0 Glentoran

The second half started in slower fashion but Roy Carroll had to be alert to tip James Knowles’ free-kick over the crossbar.

Chris Casement then produced a heroic goal-line clearance to block a driven shot from John McGuigan that looked sure to nestle in the bottom corner.

Linfield went close to a second when Jamie Mulgrew burst forward and slipped in Kirk Millar down the right, but Millar’s powerful strike had slightly too much height on it.

The Blues held on for the win in a tightly-contested game and it was much to good game management and a world class performance from stopper Roy Carroll between the sticks. The Glens will feel they should have taken something from the game but Linfield supporters can go home with the bragging rights as they make it five clean sheets and five wins from the opening five league games.

Full Time: Linfield 1 – 0 Glentoran

LinfieldFC.com Man of the Match: Roy Carroll

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