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Danske Bank Premiership
Ards 0 Linfield 2
MATCH SPONSOR: WORTHINGTON’S SOLICITORS
A couple of first half goals from Jimmy Callagher helped Linfield to their third
win of the season over Ards, as our long wait for a win against the Blues continued.
In previous meetings this season we had been simply blown away by dominant Linfield
performances, but there was more of an air of respectability about this result, even
if it extended our run of home games without a win to five matches.
Callagher’s first goal came just 17 minutes into the game from a Ross Gaynor corner
on the right. His ball to the back post found Callagher’s head and the defender put
the ball home, despite stand in goalkeeper Liam McAuley getting a firm hand to it.
On 24 minutes Ards responded when a touch of fortune put Joe McKinney in on goal.
Defender Mark Stafford lost his footing as he attempted to deal with a long punt
out of the Ards half and McKinney raced through before chipping a shot just over
the top of Gareth Deane’s goal.
Andrew Waterworth scored twice against Ards in the recent 6-1 County Antrim Shield
defeat and he came close to notching another against his former club with half an
hour played but his shot rose up over the crossbar. Linfield did look to have made
it 2-0 on 43 minutes but Callagher’s finish was ruled out by the referee for a foul
during the build-up.
Callagher didn’t have to wait long to put that right however as he poked in his second
of the day just a minute later. From Kirk Millar’s free kick, Mark Haughey knocked
the ball back into the six yard box and Callagher forced his way in front of a couple
of defenders to strike home.
On the other side of half-time, it was Ards who were first on the attack with an
effort from Johnny Taylor forcing Deane into a block on 50 minutes. Following that
it took a while for things to get going, with another quarter of an hour gone before
Waterworth broke through the Ards lines only to strike his shot high and wide.
Chances fell not long after for Linfield’s Chris Casement and Kirk Millar but both
failed to find the net. In a second forty-five devoid of much penalty box action
it wasn’t until the 84th minute when another goal looked on as Waterworth bullied
his way into the Ards box only to bury the shot in the side netting.
Those first half goals proved to be enough for Linfield to claim the points as Ards
drew a blank in front of caretaker boss John Bailie.
26th November 2016
1 Liam McAuley, 2 Greg Hall, 5 Johnny Taylor, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 3 Michael
Ruddy, 6 David McCullough, 20 Kyle Cherry, 7 Craig McMillen (capt.), 8 Ross Arthurs,
11 David McAllister, 10 Joe McKinney
4 Stuart McMullan, 9 Gary Liggett, 14 Fra Brennan (for Cherry 69), 16 Gareth Tommons
(for McMillen 63), 17 Carl McComb (for McCullough 82)