Linfield continued their title revival with a brave 1-0 win over Larne at Windsor Park.
Substitute Michael Newberry was the hero of the Blues when he headed in from a Kirk Millar free-kick in the 77th minute.
Millar’s fierce throw from the right flank escaped the clutches of Larne keeper Rohan Ferguson and Newberry rose highest to head into the net.
It secured a big win for David Healy’s champions, who remain fifth in the table but just six points ahead of Larne at the top.
They are also just a point behind Cliftonville in second place with one more game to play.
It extends Linfield’s unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions, with tonight’s win probably the biggest indicator yet that the Blues are just around the corner.
Check out our updates (below) on the game…
- FT | Linfield 1-0 Larne
- GATE!! Linfield 1-0 Larne
- HT | Linfield 0-0 Larne
- KICK OFF!
- Larne team news
FT | Linfield 1-0 Larne
Anywhere in Windsor Park.
Massive win for Linfield who move within six points of Larne at the top of the league table.
Substitute Michael Newberry scored the winning goal in the 77th minute.
Another yellow card
It’s eight now.
Stephen Fallon to stop Larne from taking a quick free kick.
Daniel Kearns is almost brought on, but Chris Shields gets a keeper.
Vertainen is the last player to take yellow.
We have five minutes left at Windsor Park.
Eetu Vertainen replaces Robbie McDaid.
GATE!! Linfield 1-0 Larne
Blues take the lead in the 77th minute.
Kirk Millar played another great free kick from the right and Newberry stepped up and kicked into the net.
Then comes Daniel Kearns and Fuad Sule.
They replaced Shea Gordon and Paul O’Neill in the 73rd minute.
bonus in the book
The Larne striker was a bit late in the tackle.
Yellow card number six of the night.
Linfield on the attack in the 69th minute.
Devine plays a nice pass to Mulgrew on the right, delivers a dangerous curling cross into the box, but McDaid just evades from inside the six-yard box.
And here are those replacements
Newberry replaces Finlayson while Devine replaces McKee.
62 minutes played.
Blues seek double variety
Ethan Devine and Michael Newberry look set.
Chris Johns does a good job to deny Ben Doherty on the hour.
Doherty fired in a thunderous shot that Johns hammered behind for a corner kick.
OUT OF THE BAR!
Linfield almost took the lead in the 58th minute, but Daniel Finlayson’s header bounced off the crossbar.
Sam Roscoe follows but goes high and far.
Big chance for the blues.
Bright start from Linfield
the blues started this half strong.
Kirk Millar gets a lot of ball down the right.
He only won two rapid fire corners.
Kyle McClean’s night is over.
He is being treated again.
Stephen Fallon replaces him.
Both players to go well
The game continues.
Linfield Injury Care
Chris Shields and Kyle McClean clattered there.
Shields is back while McClean is being treated.
Here we go again
The second half began.
HT | Linfield 0-0 Larne
We reach half-time in Windsor and it remains scoreless.
Entertaining first half despite lack of goals.
Larne certainly had the better attacking play and chances, but nothing separated the teams at the break.
Another yellow card
Linfield defender Jimmy Callacher goes into the book.
He beat Tomas Cosgrove as Larne cleared their lines.
At the end of that first half we have at least a minute of extra time.
Larne defender Shaun Want is the latest player to receive a yellow card.
Mark Randall goes into the ref book for Jamie Mulgrew’s withdrawal after the Linfield captain denied him in midfield.
Linfield on the ropes
Another Larne attack results in the ball being thrown into the Linfield box, Leroy Millar shoots but Chris Shields gets the block.
Larne pressure here.
Larne attacks again.
Paul O’Neill plays a nice one-two with Leroy Millar before firing a volley that’s not far.
Never threatening, but great technique with the shot.
Chance for Larne
Ben Doherty gets plenty of space on the left wing, he crosses in the middle, but Lee Bonis’ header from 12 yards goes over the bar.
37 minutes played and it remains 0:0.
McDaid tries his luck
The Linfield forward turns on the edge of the box but his right-footed shot is high and wide.
Tomas Cosgrove warned that he had harmed Jamie Mulgrew.
Things are starting to clear up here.
fans are not happy
Larne were on the break when Lee Bonis challenged a stooping Jimmy Callacher for the ball.
Callacher went down, holding his head, play continued for a few more seconds before the ref blew his whistle.
The assistant referee did not wave his flag due to a rule violation.
Both fans cheer.
Source: Bel Fast Live