Match Details
Season :
Date :
26th December 2019
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
The Oval
Referee :
Ian McNabb
Glentoran Scorers :
Van Overbeek 7’, Plum 76’, 84’
Linfield Yellow Cards :
Cooper, Robinson
Glentoran Yellow Cards :
McClean, Peers
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Mark Haughey, Josh Robinson, Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke (Matthew Shevlin 79’), Stephen Fallon, Jamie Mulgrew ©, Jordan Stewart (Daniel Kearns 79’), Bastien Hery (Shayne Lavery 61’), Joel Cooper, Andy Waterworth
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore (GK), Ryan McGivern, Chris Casement, Andrew Mitchell
Glentoran Team :
Marijan Antolovic (GK), Connor Pepper, Gavin Peers ©, William Garrett, Patrick McClean, Chris Gallagher, Hrvoje Plum, Navid Nasseri (Joe Crowe 79’), Elvio Van Overbeek (Paul O’Neill 79’), Robbie McDaid, Cameron Stewart (Jonny Frazer 88’)
Glentoran Subs not used :
Elliott Morris (GK), Calum Birney, John Herron, Darren Murray
Linfield were made to pay for missed chances in the traditional Boxing Day derby when they travelled to the Oval this afternoon.

The match was played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Oval, restricted to 6,500 by Health and Safety. The referee stopped the play in the third minute so that both Clubs could put rivalry aside for a minute to show support for Glentoran captain Marcus Kane whose baby sadly passed last week.

Linfield probably shaded the early exchanges, yet it was Glentoran who raced into an early lead. Patrick McClean’s long throw dropped for Navid Nasseri who dragged a shot across the box and it fell for Glens winger Elvio Van Overbeek who improvised with a neat backheel into the corner of the net.

David Healy’s men almost responded within minutes as they went within a whisker of equalising. Matthew Clarke put in a corner and Jimmy Callacher rose well to power a header past Antolovic in the Glentoran goal, only to see his header cleared off the line by Connor Pepper.

Joel Cooper was next to threaten for Linfield when he turned smartly away from McClean to make room for a shot from 25 yards which the Glentoran goalkeeper unconvincingly kept out, spilling the shot.

Andy Waterworth went even closer a short time later when he met Jordan Stewart’s pinpoint cross in from the left but the striker’s header flashed by the far post by a few inches.

The Blues passed up another great chance just before the break. Bastien Hery’s deep corner was knocked around the goalmouth before Mark Haughey fired over from close range. Linfield failure to convert any of their chances in a first half which they were on top in saw them go into the break behind.

Half Time: Glentoran 1 – 0 Linfield

Linfield continued to dominate in the second half. Andy Waterworth threatened again after a turn in the box but his shot was straight at Antolovic, and Stephen Fallon fired a low shot just wide from distance soon after.

It seemed that the ball just wouldn’t go into the net for Linfield as they were denied by the woodwork this time. A corner from Clarke dropped and was knocked back to Jordan Stewart who was unlucky to see his low curling shot strike the post.

Glentoran had a rare opportunity to double their lead when Croat midfielder Hrvoje Plum’s free-kick was headed straight at Ferguson by William Garrett at close range. And then when Linfield finally put the ball in the net, it was disallowed. Joel Cooper’s cross was met by a superb header from Andy Waterworth who was adjudged a yard offside.

Linfield failed to convert their umpteenth chance when Andy Waterworth turned brilliantly after being picked out by Jordan Stewart but the striker was again denied from inside the box. Antolovic fumbled but no Linfield player was following up.

For all Linfield’s dominance and chances they were unsurprisingly made to pay on 76 minutes. Midfielder Hrvoje Plum robbed Stephen Fallon of possession in the middle before advancing towards the edge of the box and after not being closed down he arrowed a shot into the bottom corner.

Glentoran added a third on 84 minutes. Josh Robinson unwisely pulled Paul O’Neill down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Hrvoje Plum stepped up to add his second and Glentoran’s third but putting the ball in the corner.

Full Time: Glentoran 3 – 0 Linfield

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