Irish Premier League
Linfield Yellow Card :
Dungannon Swifts Yellow Cards :
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Ethan Boyle (Matthew Shevlin 75’), Mark Stafford, Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke, Andrew Mitchell (Daniel Kearns 72’), Jamie Mulgrew ©, Stephen Fallon, Joel Cooper, Jordan Stewart (Kirk Millar 62’), Shayne Lavery
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore (GK), Ryan McGivern, Chris Casement, Bastien Hery
Dungannon Swifts Team :
Conor Byrne (GK), Douglas Wilson ©, Oisin Smyth, Alan Teggart, Kris Lowe, Michael Carvill, Caolin Coyle, Caolan McAleer, Rhyss Campbell (Mark Patton 81’), Terry Fitzpatrick (Terry Devlin 60’), Ben Gallagher (Daniel Hughes 60’)
Dungannon Swifts Subs not used :
Stuart Addis, Ross Redman, James Convie, Shea Conway
Linfield had no answer to a resolute Dungannon Swifts rearguard at Windsor Park this afternoon as the champions were held to a frustrating draw at home.
Shayne Lavery’s eyes lit up when he was picked out by a clever cross by Andrew Mitchell, but just as the striker was about to pull the trigger, Dungannon defender Caolin Coyle nipped in to make a great last-ditch challenge.
Jordan Stewart threatened for Linfield after a neat build-up interchange between Lavery and Fallon which sent Stewart surging into the box but he fired a left footed strike wide of the far post, not getting the bend he desired on the shot.
Shayne Lavery was once again picked out by the trusted delivery of Andrew Mitchell later in the half but his header dropped just over and onto the roof of the net.
Stephen Fallon was next to threaten when Joel Cooper slipped him the ball inside, with the midfielder having a left-footed strike from the edge of the box well tipped over the bar by visiting goalkeeper Conor Byrne. Soon after, Linfield had a penalty appeal waved away when Mark Stafford went down in the box in a fairly uneventful first half.
Half Time: Linfield 0 –0 Dungannon Swifts
The Blues had a golden chance to take the lead five minutes into the second half when Joel Cooper jinked past the full back before floating in a great cross which was headed over by Mark Stafford from close range.
David Healy’s men went even closer on 57 minutes, yet again Andrew Mitchell’s delivery was on the money but Shayne Lavery headed against the post from close range as frustration started to mount.
Dungannon passed up a rare opportunity a short time later when Caolan McAleer put in a dangerous cross for the unmarked Ben Gallagher who timed his header wrong, much to Linfield’s relief.
Substitute Kirk Millar improved Linfield and he nearly broke the deadlock. Cooper turned brilliantly in the middle before slipping Kirk Millar in, in an inside right position and the winger fired a low strike fizzling past the far post.
Mark Stafford was next in the queue to go close as Linfield probed. The big defender connected brilliantly on the volley to a Boyle cross as the ball flashed just wide.
Dungannon had another rare chance in the final ten minutes on the breakaway when McAleer’s shot was blocked and striker Daniel Hughes blazed well over with the follow-up shot when he should have hit the target at least.
On 84 minutes, Shayne Lavery had a shot pushed around the post after a neat turn, and from the resulting corner, Mark Stafford saw his header clawed away from goal. Lavery just couldn’t make his chances count as he headed over in stoppage time.
Full Time: Linfield 0 – 0 Dungannon Swifts