Match Details
Season :
2019/2020
Date :
10th August 2019
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Tony Clarke
Linfield Scorers :
Miilar 10, Stewart 40, McGivern 49
Institute Scorer :
McCready (P) 6
Linfield Yellow Card :
Ferguson
Teams
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Chris Casement, Jimmy Callacher, Ryan McGivern, Matthew Clarke, Bastien Hery (Andy Waterworth 60’), Jamie Mulgrew ©, Kirk Millar (Stephen Fallon 60’), Daniel Kearns, Jordan Stewart, Shayne Lavery (Lorcan Forde 75’)
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore, Ross Larkin, Andrew Mitchell, Niall Quinn
Institute Team :
Gallagher (GK), Bonner, Curry ©, Dunne (Tourish 50’), Grace, Brown (Moorehead 88’), McCready, McLaughlin, Foy, McCauley, Tweed (Curry 60’)
Institute Subs not used :
Wells (gk), Morrow, McIntyre, McBride
Report
Linfield kicked off their 2019/20 domestic season at home to Institute this afternoon and the reigning champions started their defence with a comfortable victory after overcoming an early scare.

The Blues made an unwanted start as ‘Stute took a sixth minute lead. Bastien Hery was caught dwelling on the ball and when he was dispossessed, the pacey Joe McCready raced through on goal. Rohan Ferguson was forced to make a decision but McCready beat him to the ball as he raced out and the ‘keeper brought him down. Referee Tony Clark pointed to the spot and former Coleraine striker McCready sent Ferguson the wrong way as he confidently dispatched the ball into the corner.

David Healy’s men showed a great response to going behind and would level the scores on ten minutes. A lot of the credit will go to the tenacious Shayne Lavery who turned inside the area before sliding a low cross in across the face of goal where Linfield’s two-goal hero against Sutjeska during the week Kirk Milar was waiting to pounce with a thunderous finish into the top corner.

Chris Casement was desperately unlucky not to find the net with a rasping free-kick from the edge of the box which flashed just wide of the post.

A shoving match broke out on 35 minutes after a disagreement on the half-way line. The incident added a bit of spice to the game and it would drive Linfield on to take the lead five minutes before the break. Jordan Stewart was the man who found the net with a fine strike from 30 yards which dipped over the head of the helpless Martin Gallagher in the ‘Stute goal. A spectacular goal from the attacker to open his account for the season.

Half Time: Linfield 2 – 1 Institute

Hot on fire winger Kirk Millar almost scored a stunning second early on in the second half. The technique was top class as he produced a shot with the outside of his right boot from distance but he was desperately unlucky as his shot hit the crossbar.

The Blues would add a third on 49 minutes when Ryan McGivern rose to nod home Matthew Clarke’s corner to the back post for his first Linfield goal.

Shayne Lavery almost opened his Linfield account when he stole possession before racing through on goal but he fired his shot just wide of the far post.

Daniel Kearns was also unlucky not to add to Linfield’s lead when he created space for a shot from 20 yards, only to see his low shot strike the post. Soon after, Stewart should have scored when Kearns’ cross/shot was palmed into his path but he went with the wrong foot and sent his shot wide.

Stewart turned provider for second half substitute Andrew Waterworth when he floated a cross into the middle but the striker could not get his header down to hit the target.

Joe McCready gave Linfield a late fright when Gareth Brown’s through ball sent the striker into the box, he turned past McGivern before firing a low strike against the post.

Full Time: Linfield 3 – 1 Institute

LinfieldFC.com Man of the Match: Daniel Kearns

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