Match Details
Season :
Date :
10th September 2020
Competition :
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Linfield Team :
Chris Johns (GK), Ethan Boyle (Conor Pepper 46’), Mark Haughey (Ryan McGivern 46’), Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke (Brandon Doyle 60’), Jamie Mulgrew (Kirk Millar 60’), Stephen Fallon (Kyle McClean 46’), Niall Quinn ( Jordan Stewart 60’), Navid Nasseri (Matthew Shevlin 60’), Daniel Kearns (Bastien Hery 46’), Christy Manzinga (Andy Waterworth 46’)
Linfield and a strong Coleraine side played out a competitive friendly at Windsor Park this evening. The game was played to a good tempo and provided valuable match time for both teams ahead of next week’s European games when Linfield take on Maltese champions Floriana and Coleraine host Motherwell.

Linfield started brightly but it was home goalkeeper Chris Johns who was first to make a save and a great save it was, tipping over a fierce 25 yard strike. Defender Mark Haughey made a crucial last-ditch tackle when a Coleraine attacker was bursting through on goal, before Linfield threatened soon after up the other end. The lively Christy Manzinga showed good footwork and a burst of pace which created room for a cross inside the box which he hung up in the middle but no-one in a blue shirt could get on the end of it.

Niall Quinn also threatened in the first third of the game when he turned after intelligently picking up a pocket of space before firing a sweetly-struck drive not far wide from 25 yards. Daniel Kearns threatened in the closing stages of the first third when Manzinga fired a ball across the face of goal, but Deane was also on his guard to make a block whilst colliding with Kearns accidentally in the process.

The ever-lively Christy Manzinga went close shortly into the second third of the game and once again he linked up with Kearns who sent the French striker through with a great through ball. Manzinga fired a low shot just wide of the far post from a bit of an angle and his teammates felt he could have cut the ball back to the edge of the box.

There was a decent tempo to the game for a friendly and Linfield will have been disappointed to hear the whistle at the end of the second third as it came when they had their best spell, knocking on the door but the ball just wouldn’t drop.

Linfield introduced Kirk Millar for the third and final period of the game and the winger didn’t take long to create an opportunity. The winger was picked out by a great arrowed pass out by Jimmy Callacher and the cross caused danger as Shevlin met it at the back post. He tried to guide a header back across the goal but a Coleraine defender did well to clear.

Rare opportunities followed for Coleraine as Bastien Hery had to be alert to head a header from a corner off the line and soon after, the Coleraine winger curled just wide from 20 yards.

The game finished level and as practice ahead of both teams’ upcoming European fixtures, both teams agreed to do a penalty shootout which Linfield won 4-3 thanks to penalties from Andy Waterworth, Jordan Stewart, Matthew Shevlin and Kirk Millar and two great saves by Chris Johns.

Full Time: Linfield 0 – 0 Coleraine

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