Match Details
Season :
Date :
8th November 2019
Competition :
Unite the Union Champions Cup
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Ian McNabb
Linfield Scorer :
Shayne Lavery 8'
Dundalk Scorer :
Daniel Kelly 51'
Linfield Yellow Card :
Dundalk Yellow Card :
Linfield Team :
Gareth Deane (GK), Niall Quinn, Mark Stafford, Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke, Stephen Fallon (Andrew Mitchell 85’), Jamie Mulgrew ©, Kirk Millar, Bastien Hery, Joel Cooper (Andy Waterworth 65’), Shayne Lavery
Linfield Subs not used :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Chris Casement, Josh Robinson, Matthew Shevlin, Daniel Reynolds
Dundalk Team :
Gary Rogers (GK), Sean Hoare, Andy Boyle, Chris Sheilds, Jordan Flores, John Mountney (Michael Duffy 57’), Patrick Hoban © (Georgie Kelly 81’), Jamie McGrath, Cameron Dummigan (Sean Gannon 62’), Daniel Kelly, Dean Jarvis
Linfield took on Dundalk in the inaugural ‘Unite The Union Champions Cup’ at Windsor Park this evening as the champions of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland played out a hard fought draw.

Both teams kept the ball well in the opening exchanges before Linfield drew first blood with an early opening goal. Captain Jamie Mulgrew broke from midfield before slipping the ball into the feet of Shayne Lavery. The striker was being faced up by defender Sean Hoare but he twisted and turned in the box to create space for a shot which he buried clinically – a left-footed shot which whistled past Gary Rogers into the far corner.

The Lillywhites almost hit back just before the half-hour mark when experienced defender got on the end of a corner and got good connection on his header, however, Gareth Deane produced a great save to push the effort onto his crossbar.

Jordan Flores also threatened with a speculative effort following a well-worked break from Vinny Perth’s men. He eventually received the ball to the right side of the edge of the box before curling an effort just wide of the far post with his stronger left foot.

Joel Cooper almost added a second goal for Linfield a few minutes before the break. Matthew Clarke surged forward from deep before slipping in Joel Cooper inside the box but he drilled a low shot agonisingly wide of the post.

Half Time: Linfield 1 – 0 Dundalk

Dundalk drew level six minutes into the second half. Daniel Kelly raced beyond the Linfield back line who were appealing for offside but he kept his cool to slot a low shot into the corner past Gareth Deane.

Kelly almost helped Dundalk take the lead ten minutes later when he burst down the right before firing in a cross which Patrick Hoban has inches away from getting a head to in the middle.

The match was like a game of chess and David Healy made a change around the hour-mark which helped Linfield start to dominate possession. Striker Andy Waterworth came on for winger Cooper as Linfield switched to a 3-5-2 formation. Niall Quinn switched from right back to left wing-back and Matthew Clarke moved inward to be part of a back three.

Jimmy Callacher and Kirk Millar both had dangerous crosses cut out, whilst Andy Waterworth’s deflected shot had Gary Rogers scrambling across his goal but it drifted wide as Linfield searched for a winner.

Dundalk almost snatched it late on when Georgie Kelly attempted to volley Dean Jarvis’ cross into the box but his effort was crucially blocked and the follow-up wouldn’t drop, much to Linfield’s relief. It would have been cruel on Linfield who edged the contest but they go to Oriel Park on Monday with all to play for in the second leg. Attendance: 2819.

Full Time: Linfield 1 – 1 Dundalk Man of the Match: Stephen Fallon

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