23rd February 2021
Irish Premier League
Glentoran Scorer :
Conor McMenamin 90'
Linfield Yellow Cards :
McClean, Fallon, Lavery
Glentoran Yellow Card :
Linfield Team :
Chris Johns (GK), Mark Stafford, Mark Haughey, Jimmy Callacher, Niall Quinn, Jamie Mulgrew ©, Kyle McClean (Stephen Fallon 63’), Navid Nasseri (Kirk Millar 66’), Jordan Stewart, Joel Cooper, Shayne Lavery
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore (GK), Michael Newberry, Conor Pepper, Cammy Palmer, Matthew Clarke
Glentoran Team :
Dayle Coleing (GK), Caolan Marron (Ciaron O’Connor 63’), Luke McCullough, Patrick McClean, Marcus Kane, Rhys Marshall, Chris Gallagher (Gael Bigirimana 56’), Hrvoje Plum, Jay Donnelly (Rory Donnelly 81’), Conor McMenamin, Robbie McDaid
Glentoran Subs not used :
Rory Brown (GK), Dale Gorman, Jamie McDonagh,Cameron Stewart
Linfield were made to pay for missed chances in the first half as Glentoran nicked a late winner in tonight’s ‘Big Two’ derby at Windsor Park courtesy of a late winner, to make it three games without a win for David Healy’s men.
Amongst the four changes from Saturday’s goalless draw with Coleraine was Mark Stafford coming in for Conor Pepper as the big central defender made his 150th appearance for the Club. Jamie Mulgrew, Joel Cooper and Navid Nasseri also came into the team in place of Kirk Millar, Stephen Fallon and Matthew Clarke.
The Blues were the better team in a competitive first half and had some good chances which they were unable to convert. In the early stages Jordan Stewart had a shot from distance deflected just over after showing good footwork to make the room for the shot. Kyle McClean also had a go with a low drive but the ball struck Glentoran defender Luke McCullough’s arm, although there wasn’t a lot he could do about it and penalty appeals were waved away.
Joel Cooper very nearly opened the scoring on 26 minutes when he received the ball from Jamie Mulgrew following a sustained attack and the winger’s cross-come-shot which he seemed to intend to hang up to the back post struck the crossbar with the Glentoran goalkeeper stuck underneath it.
The Blues broke away on the counter when Shayne Lavery intercepted a sloppy pass by Glens defender Caolan Marron – who had just went into the book for a poor challenge on Jamie Mulgrew – and Lavery teed up the onrushing Jordan Stewart at the edge of the box but his low shot was palmed away by Dayle Coleing.
The big goalkeeper produced another good save in the closing stages of the first half when Jamie Mulgrew made a great burst from midfield before slipping Shayne Lavery through on goal but his left footed low shot was well kept out, although the striker will be disappointed not to have scored.
Half Time: Linfield 0 – 0 Glentoran
The second half started at great pace and The Blues started brightly. The Blues went close again through a nice move as Jordan Stewart backheeled the ball to Joel Cooper who performed a nice drag-back get a shot away from just inside the box and the shot looked to be heading for the top corner only for a great diving save.
The game started to open up and Glentoran should have went ahead ten minutes into the second half. Conor McMenamin led a rare counter and Robbie McDaid’s run across the front allowed Hrvoje Plum around the back. The Croatian midfielder was slipped through on goal by McMenamin but his first touch was very poor and the chance got away.
Soon after, another big chance was missed. Robbie McDaid whipped in a great ball and Jay Donnelly rose well, but his header from close range was straight at Chris Johns. Substitute Ciaran O’Connor then drew a magnificent save from Johns with a blaster from 25 yards but the goalkeeper superbly tipped it onto the crossbar.
Linfield brought on Kirk Millar and the winger did exactly what was asked of him. He put in a number of fantastic crosses but they weren’t taken advantage of, or there was no-one in the box which is perhaps where you miss the injured Andy Waterworth.
Glentoran mounted late pressure. It always felt that there was a goal coming, and Glentoran sounded warning signals when the ball fell freely for Luke McCullough inside the box and Jimmy Callacher produced a brilliant block,
The Glens then nicked it late on when Conor McMenamin squeezed a cross in, only for it to go through untouched to nestle in the far corner.
Full Time: Linfield 0 – 1 Glentoran