Match Details
Season :
2022/2023
Date :
25th June 2022
Competition :
Friendly
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Ben McMaster
Teams
Linfield Team :
Chris Johns (GK) (David Walsh 72’), Daniel Finlayson, Ben Hall (Stephen Fallon 45’), Sam Roscoe (Andrew Clarke 62’), Matthew Clarke (Conor Pepper 62’), Chris Shields, Cameron Palmer (Joshua Archer 45’), Jamie Mulgrew © (Kyle McClean 45’), Kirk Millar, Joel Cooper, Ethan Devine (Chris McKee 45’)
Newtown A.F.C. Team :
Dave Jones (GK), Craig Williams (C), Ryan Sears, Shane Sutton, Callum Roberts, Matty Jones, Jake Walker, George Hughes, Nick Rushton, Lewis Robless, Lifumpa Mwandwe
Newtown A.F.C. Subs not used :
Kieron Mills-Evans, Macauley Taylor, Ben Guest, Zele Ismael, Jamie Breese, Aaron Williams, Josh Hyde, James Smallwood, Theo Wharton
Report
This afternoon Linfield welcomed Welsh visitors to Windsor Park as the Blues faced Newtown AFC for a pre-season friendly that would end as a goalless draw.

As always, the primary focus was to give the players some gametime following their recent return to pre-season training as they look to build fitness ahead of their upcoming European campaign. This was a second pre-season friendly for Linfield, having hit the headlines for beating World Cup hosts, Qatar on Tuesday during a week-long training camp in Marbella.

It was also an opportunity for the Windsor faithful to see two new signings in action, with a fresh face in Daniel Finlayson who was solid at full-back, and the more familiar face of Joel Cooper as the dazzling winger returns for a third spell with the club after leaving Oxford United.

The match wasn’t a classic but Linfield had the majority of the possession and their goalkeeper Chris Johns didn’t have a save to make, nor did second half substitute David Walsh. The Blues had a couple of good opportunities they were disappointed not to make more of.

Linfield defender Ben Hall was first to go close. With 13 minutes on the clock he burst across the near post area to meet Joel Cooper’s corner but was unlucky to see his volley flash just wide of the post.

A neat one-two also saw Linfield threaten. Joel Cooper slid a neat ball through to Kirk Millar who intelligently pulled the ball back to the edge of the box for Cooper to run onto. However, Cooper was visibly disappointed to fire his shot over the bar from a good position.

In a similar move, roles were reversed when this time Cooper teed the ball up for Kirk Millar to shoot from the edge of the box but whilst there was good shape on the effort, it was a little too high to ask any questions of the goalkeeper. The lively Cooper also fired over from distance before the break after cutting in from the right and beating a man.

Half Time: Linfield 0-0 Newtown AFC

After four changes at half-time, the next chance came on 57 minutes. Kirk Millar whipped in a low cross to the near post area which Chris McKee latched on to, turning and firing a well-struck shot at goal which drew a good save from ‘keeper Dave Jones.

A neat move saw Kyle McClean spread a great pass out to Kirk Millar out wide right and the winger again found Chris McKee with a cross, although this time the striker didn’t quite get the desired contact to turn it goalwards.

McKee tried his luck again minutes later and his strong strike was deflected up into the air and the goalkeeper was alert to adjust his feet to take a few steps back and clutch a ball that otherwise would have gone over his head.

Andrew Clarke was close to getting on the end of a square ball by McKee across goal, and the visitors’ only opening came late on when substitute striker Aaron Williams turned a defender but his goalward shot was brilliantly blocked by Chris Shields.

Full Time: Linfield 0 – 0 Newport AFC

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