Match Details
Season :
Date :
6th July 2019
Competition :
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Ian McNabb
Linfield Scorers :
Lavery (2'), Forde (82')
St. Johnstone Scorers :
Swanson, McCann, Hendry, Kerr
Linfield Team :
Trialist (GK), Chris Casement (Trai Hume 66’), Jimmy Callacher (Ross Larkin 66’), Mark Stafford (Caomhan McGuinness 45’), Matthew Clarke, Jamie Mulgrew © (Jake Corbett 66’), Andrew Mitchell (Trialist 45’), Niall Quinn (Charlie Allen 66’), Jordan Stewart (Kearns 45’), Kirk Milllar (Forde 66’), Shayne Lavery (Waterworth 45’)
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore
Linfield were beaten in an entertaining pre-season affair with St Johnstone at Windsor Park this afternoon as they continued preparations for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Rosenborg.

There was a frantic start to the game as Linfield took the lead after just two minutes. Shayne Lavery scored his first goal in a Linfield shirt when he dispossessed St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark before slotting the ball low into the net.

The visitors had a good chance to equalise on six minutes when an attacker went down in the box after a tackle from Chris Casement. The Linfield players were in disbelief at the penalty award but they will feel that justice was served as St Johnstone’s trialist had his spotkick well saved by Linfield’s trialist goalkeeper.

The lively Shayne Lavery threatened again for The Blues by creating space for a shot with a neat turn after being picked out by Quinn’s threaded pass but his shot from range flew over the bar.

Tommy Wright’s men drew level after 20 minutes with an excellent individual goal. Daniel Swanson beat two men down Linfield’s right before dinking the ball into the far top corner.

Linfield’s excellent trialist ‘keeper made another great save when David Wotherspoon danced his way into the box before seeing his low shot excellently saved by the goalkeeper’s feet when the striker looked destined to score.

Half Time: Linfield 1 – 1 St Johnstone

Callum Hendry threatened early in the second half with a dangerous curling shot that flew just over, as did Linfield’s trialist midfielder who surged into the box before seeing his well-struck low strike well saved by the feet of Parish.

Substitute Andy Waterworth showed good determination to get on the end of Niall Quinn’s cross but the striker couldn’t generate enough power to trouble Elliot Parish.

Tommy Wright’s men took the lead on 70 minutes when former Linfield loanee Kyle McClean’s corner was dispatched into the net by a clinical header from the impressive Callum Hendry.

Caomhan McGuinness produced a good block to deny David McMillan’s shot from close range before Hendry passed up a great chance when he raced through, only to slot the ball past the far post.

Young midfielder Ali McCann extended the lead for the Saints when he was picked out by Scott Tanser’s intelligent cutback and he showed composure to slot the ball into the bottom corner.

The Blues answered with a second soon after. Andy Waterworth couldn’t quite find the net but the ball made its way back to Lorcan Forde who found the far corner with a wonderful finessed shot.

However, the Saints would soon make sure of their victory as another Kyle McClean delivery was headed in, this time by captain Jason Kerr at the back post.

Full Time: Linfield 2 – 4 St Johnstone

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