HOW IT HAPPENED: Portadown 0 Linfield 1

Jordan Stewart's early goal proved decisive as Linfield increased the advantage at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with a 1-0 win over Portadown.

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 7:23 pm
Updated Saturday, 27th March 2021, 7:26 pm
Jordan Stewart celebrates breaking the deadlock at Shamrock Park for Linfield against Portadown.

F-T: Portadown 0 Linfield 1

91: SUB (Portadown) - Guy on for McCallum

83: SUBS (Portadown) - McKeown and Croskery on for Lavery and Tipton

82: Haughey connects to a dangerous Quinn free-kick but his close-range glancing header clears the crossbar

79: Carney with a superb save to prevent ex-Ports player Larkin from scoring off a diving header following Millar's free-kick

75: SUB (Linfield) - Manzinga on for Nasseri

74: Stewart with time and space from distance but his shot lacks the power to trouble Carney

66: Neat control on the chest inside the box by Bonis but his hooked shot drops wide

65: SUB (Linfield) - Larkin on for Newberry

54: Positive start to the second half by Portadown as Tilney's determination from inside his own half ends with a low cross cut out in the Linfield penalty area

H-T: Portadown 0 Linfield 1

40: Powerful run by Tilney ends with a pass to Salley and his low cross from the left is flicked goalwards by the inventive Bonis, with Johns down low at the cost of a corner-kick

36: Linfield goal ruled out - with the referee's assistant declaring the ball had crossed over the line

33: Bonis keeps a Portadown corner-kick alive and McCallum's header has Johns scrambling back

25: Stewart's neat first touch opens up space to attack and he opts to shoot despite options either side, with his effort looping just over

14: Linfield launch a counter-attack from defending a Portadown free-kick and Stewart finds Nasseri, with Waterworth racing in to meet the low cross but Carney out to block

10: GOAL - Portadown 0 Linfield 1 (Stewart)

Portadown deal with an initial corner-kick delivery but fail to clear the loose ball and Stewart steers home from a few yards

9: Salley finds space along the inside-right channel but his low powerful drive from a tight angle is the wrong side of the post

7: Millar's corner-kick is steered goalwards by a Waterworth glancing header but Kerr clears on the line

6: Early effort on target by Teggart from distance has Johns collecting at the second attempt

PORTADOWN: Carney, Hall, McCallum, Lavery, Tipton, Salley, Bonis, Wilson, Teggart, Kerr, Tilney.

Subs: Buchanan, McKeown, Murray, Croskery, Guy, Conaty, Warde.

LINFIELD: Johns, Newberry, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Stewart, Millar, Nasseri, Clarke, Quinn, Palmer.

Subs: Moore, Larkin, Manzinga, Popper, Archer, McCoubrey, Montgomery.

Referee: Ross Dunlop