Match Details
Season :
2018/2019
Date :
27th April 2019
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
The Showgrounds
Referee :
Arnold Hunter
Linfield Scorer :
Daniel Reynolds (88)
Coleraine Scorer :
Dylan Davidson (32)
Coleraine Yellow Card :
Doherty
Teams
Linfield Team :
Conor Mitchell (gk), Trai Hume, Jimmy Callacher (c), Caomhan McGuinness, Matthew Clarke, Lorcan Forde (Charlie Allen 81'), Kyle McClean, Benny Moller Nielsen (Joel Cooper 75'), Brandon Doyle (Jake Corbett 75'), Marek Cervenka, Daniel Reynolds
Linfield Subs not used :
Quinn, A. Mitchell, Millar, Deane
Report
Linfield brought the curtain down on their league-winning 2018/19 campaign with a trip to the Coleraine Showgrounds this afternoon.

With the title wrapped up a fortnight ago, David Healy gave opportunities to a number of young talented players and they will have assured the Linfield faithful that the future is bright.

The first opportunity of the match fell Coleraine’s way when the ball broke for winger Ian Parkhill after a mazy run from Jamie Glackin but Parkhill fired over from the edge of the box.

Rodney McAree’s men did take the lead on 32 minutes, however, with a great strike from Dylan Davidson from distance which left Conor Mitchell with no chance in the Linfield goal.

Mitchell did deny Davidson a short time later when Glackin’s cross from the left found its way through to the unmarked Davidson but Mitchell made a smart save with his legs to deny the winger from close range.

Daniel Reynolds went close for Linfield in the first half when Trai Hume fed the ball into the striker’s feet who turned before seeing his driven shot from the angle beaten away by Coleraine goalkeeper Chris Johns.

Half Time: Coleraine 1 – 0 Linfield

Johns was forced into action again early in the second half when he had to push away a shot across goal before Brandon Doyle fired a follow-up effort over the bar.

Ian Parkhill went close again for the Bannsiders when he got on the end of Chris Johns’ kick out but he connected ‘too well’ with his first-time volley which also flew over the crossbar.

The winger’s closest effort was later in the second half when he checked inside from the left before flashing a shot just wide of the far post.

Marek Cervenka provided a good opportunity for Linfield to level with a neat pass across goal but Daniel Reynolds fired over from close range after racing in.

The Blues had another late scare when a Coleraine corner came back off the crossbar, seemingly off the head of Jimmy Callacher.

It was quite fitting that even with wholesale changes to the team, Linfield would finish the season with a show of character to rescue a late point. Daniel Reynolds was the man of the moment as he pounced on a ball into the box to bury a half-volley past Chris Johns for his first Linfield goal.

The cherry on top of a day when the future showcased their talent, was when midfielders Jake Corbett and Charlie Allen came off the bench to make their first team debuts. Quite an achievement by Allen in particular to make his debut at just 15 years of age.

Full Time: Coleraine 1 – 1 Linfield

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