Match Details
Season :
2019/2020
Date :
16th November 2019
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
The Brandywell
Referee :
Raymond Crangle
Linfield Scorers :
Andy Waterworth 40' (P), 90' (P), Bastien Hery 45'
Linfield Yellow Card :
Stafford
Teams
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Chris Casement, Mark Stafford, Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke, Stephen Fallon, Bastien Hery (Charlie Allen 74’), Kirk Millar, Joel Cooper, Niall Quinn (Andrew Mitchell 18’), Andy Waterworth
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore (GK), Josh Robinson, Adam Carroll, Daniel Reynolds, Matthew Shevlin
Institute Team :
Rory Brown (GK), Ryan Morrow, Dean Curry ©, Graham Crown, Conor Tourish, Colm McLaughlin, Niall Grace (Evan Tweed 67’), Aidan McCauley (Matthew Stephenson 78’), Gareth Brown, Jack Bradley (Shane McNamee 56’), Joe McCready
Institute Subs not used :
Paul Wells (GK), Jake Morrow, Shaun Leppard, Aaron McGurk
Report
Linfield bounced back from Monday night’s disappointment in Dundalk with a good win on the road as they took all three points against Institute at the Brandywell this afternoon in the Danske Bank Premiership.

It was a cagey opening half hour at Brandywell with no clear chances due to both teams cancelling each other out. The Blues were dealt a blow on 18 minutes, however, as Niall Quinn went down injured and wasn’t able to continue. That brought about the introduction of Andrew Mitchell as David Healy made a slight reshuffle to the team set-up.

The game’s first big talking point came in the 33rd minute. Linfield winger Joel Cooper was brought down in the box by a defender and the referee pointed to the spot. The Institute players clearly felt hard done by but would have felt that justice was done as their goalkeeper Rory Brown got down low to his left to keep out Cooper’s penalty.

And further controversy followed within minutes! ‘Stute defender Ryan Morrow was sent off for kicking Linfield’s Jimmy Callacher off the ball and as a result the Blues were awarded a second chance from the spot. This time Andy Waterworth stepped up to the spot and he made no mistake, coolly clipping the penalty in to give Linfield the lead on 40 minutes.

With the hosts down to ten men, manager Sean Connor will have wanted to hear the half-time whistle. However, David Healy’s men were well and truly in the driving seat as they added a second before the break. Bastien Hery was the man who doubled Linfield’s advantage – he weaved his way past two men before hitting a great strike from the edge of the box which went in off the post, high into the net for his second goal for the Club.

Half Time: Institute 0 – 2 Linfield

With the game firmly in Linfield’s hands, Institute almost planted a seed of doubt minutes into the second half but Rohan Ferguson produced a good save to keep out a header from striker Joe McCready. Waterworth and Fallon also threatened to add to Linfield’s lead at the other end in the early stages of the second half with Waterworth firing at the keeper from close range and Fallon driving one over from the edge of the box.

Ferguson certainly deserved a clean sheet as he produced another fantastic save on 66 minutes, a second top class save. Joe McCready looked certain to pull a goal back for ‘Stute when he made room for a shot which was pushed around the post by the outstretched Scotsman.

Linfield had the ball in the net when Kirk Millar nodded in Andrew Mitchell’s cross, only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul on the home goalkeeper. Millar also had a chance to make it three from a good position but he spurned the opportunity on his left foot.

Linfield ‘keeper Ferguson made it a hat-trick of saves against McCready who was surely sick of the night of the on-loan shot-stopper – this time he tipped over the striker’s free-kick.

Full-back Chris Casement was inches away from putting the game beyond doubt ten minutes from time when Joel Cooper went on a run down the left before picking out Casement who headed just wide of Brown’s post.

The Blues would go on to add a third in injury time – ironically from another penalty. Joel Cooper was again the man brought down in the box and Andy Waterworth stepped up once again to slot the penalty into the corner for his second of the afternoon to round of a good afternoon in Londonderry for David Healy and his team.

Full Time: Institute 0 – 3 Linfield

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