Match Details
Season :
2019/2020
Date :
17th August 2019
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Keith Kennedy
Linfield Scorers :
Cooper 64', Lavery 71'
Coleraine Scorers :
Doherty (1'), McGivern OG, O'Donnelll (61'), McGuckin (90+2')
Linfield Yellow Cards :
McGivern X2, Clarke
Linfield Red Card :
Ryan McGivern (78)
Coleraine Yellow Cards :
O'Donnell, Kane, Lowry
Teams
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Chris Casement, Jimmy Callacher, Ryan McGivern, Matthew Clarke (Shayne Lavery 57’), Stephen Fallon, Jamie Mulgrew ©, Daniel Kearns (Bastien Hery 64’), Joel Cooper, Jordan Stewart (Kirk Millar 48’), Andy Waterworth
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore (GK), Ross Larkin, Niall Quinn, Andrew Mitchell
Coleraine Team :
Chris Johns (GK), Lyndon Kane, Stephen O’Donnell, Aaron Canning, Adam Mullan (Stephen Douglas 56’), Ben Doherty, Stephen Lowry, Dean Shiels (Ian Parkhill 80’), Jamie Glackin, Josh Carson, Eoin Bradley (Emmett McGuckin 89’)
Coleraine Subs not used :
Doherty (GK), McConaghie, Burns, Gawne
Report
After making history on Tuesday night by reaching the Europa League group stage play-off with victory over FK Sutjeska of Montenegro, the Blues were brought back down to earth with defeat to Coleraine at Windsor Park this afternoon.

David Healy’s men had a nightmare start to the game as Coleraine took the lead with no more than 14 seconds on the clock. The ball broke kindly for the surging Ben Doherty who dribbled into the box before finding the top corner with an excellent curled finish to punish a hesitant Linfield.

A poor start turned disastrous on 25 minutes when Ryan McGivern and Daniel Kearns both challenged to head away Ben Doherty’s corner and the ball ended up in their own net, although Linfield were left feeling aggrieved over the initial decision to award the corner.

Eoin Bradley threatened to add a third when he broke away on the counter before firing a shot low and hard at goal but Rohan Ferguson displayed good handling to keep it out.

Coleraine goalkeeper Chris Johns didn’t have a shot to save in the first half, with Linfield’s only real threat coming in added time when Joel Cooper’s effort at the back post was deflected into the side netting.

Half Time: Linfield 0 – 2 Coleraine

Daniel Kearns made a vital goal-line clearance early in the second half from Eoin Bradley’s flicked header from close range after Stephen O’Donnell nodded down Josh Carson’s corner.

The Bannsiders did make it three on 61 minutes, however. Ben Doherty’s deep free-kick found Coleraine captain Stephen O’Donnell at the back post who powered home a header but it was all too easy from a Linfield perspective.

Linfield took the handbrake off and would shows signs of life three minutes later with a goal back. Shayne Lavery was clumsily caught on the edge of the box and Linfield were awarded a free-kick in a great positive, right on the edge of the box and fairly central. Chris Casement teed it off to Joel Cooper who fired it low into the bottom corner.

Substitute Shayne Lavery then put the cat amongst the pigeons with a second for Linfield when he rose well to nod home Joel Cooper’s corner on 71 minutes and suddenly the home end went from a place of frustration, to a place of hope as they raised the noise.

The Blues, however, would soon suffer a further setback as they were reduced to ten men on 78 minutes. Ryan McGivern received his marching orders for a second bookable offence as he stopped Eoin Bradley running beyond the Linfield backline.

Despite a commendable fightback, Coleraine would secure their victory in added time when striker Emmett McGuckin intercepted a misplaced back-pass and took the ball round Rohan Ferguson before slotting into an empty net.

Full Time: Linfield 2 – 4 Coleraine

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