Linfield defeat leaders Cliftonville

Published Tuesday, 01 January 2013
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Cliftonville's lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership has been cut to six points after they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Linfield at Windsor Park on New Year's Day.

Linfield defeat leaders Cliftonville
Matthew Tipton celebrates after scoring twice for Linfield at Windsor Park (© Pacemaker)

Crusaders remain in second place after a late goal earned them a 1-0 victory over a 10 man Portadown side at Seaview.

Linfield are suddenly back in the title race, 10 points off the pace, after a superb display against Tommy Breslin's team.

Two goals in quick succession in the first half from Matthew Tipton put the Blues firmly in the driving seat.

But a well taken effort from Liam Boyce - his 21st goal of the season - gave the Reds fresh hope going into the second half.

However an unselfish piece of play from Mark McAllister, who had earlier been denied by Cliftonville 'keeper Conor Devin, set up a third goal for Linfield nine minutes into the second half.

McAllister had a chance to shoot but instead he slipped the ball to Michael Carvill who was left with a simple finish.

Blues goalkeeper Alan Blayney was forced into a couple of smart saves in the closing stages of the game but Linfield held on for a crucial three points.

At Seaview it took a late goal from Gareth McKeown for Crusaders to defeat Portadown, who had Keith O'Hara sent off for a second bookable offence in the 84th minute

McKeown struck the winner within 60 seconds as his right-footed effort flew into the net after he was set up by Paul Heatley.

A late equaliser from sub Shane Jennings earned Coleraine a share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw with Glentoran at the Showgrounds.

Marcus Kane had put the Glens ahead on the stroke of half time with a long range effort before Jennings fired home with a few minutes left.

Donegal Celtic have opened up a four point gap at the bottom of the table after beating Glenavon 1-0 while Lisburn Distillery lost 2-0 to Ballinamallard at Ballyskeagh.

Paul McVeigh hit the only goal of the game at Celtic Park in the 58th minute while two goals in the final quarter secure the Mallards victory over the Whites.

Shortly after Gary Liggett had missed a good chance at the other end Jay McCartney gave the visitors the lead in the 77th minute when he scored form close range.

Less than two minutes later McCartney turned provider when his cross was met by David Kee who headed home with the aid of the crossbar to pile more misery on Tim McCann's side.

IFA Premiership Results: Tuesday 1 January 2013

Coleraine 1-1 Glentoran
Coleraine: Shane Jennings (79)
Glentoran: Marcus Kane (45)

Crusaders 1-0 Portadown
Crusaders: Gareth McKeown (85)
Portadown: Keith O'Hara (S/O 84)

Donegal Celtic 1-0 Glenavon
Donegal Celtic: Paul McVeigh (68)

Linfield 3-1 Cliftonville
Linfield: Matthew Tipton (20, 23), Michael Carvill (54)
Cliftonville: Liam Boyce (34)

Lisburn Distillery 0-2 Ballinamallard United
Ballinamallard United: Jason McCartney (78), David Kee (79)

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Comments Comments
bartman in belfast wrote (756 days ago):
steve in belfast u talk about cville fans bringing paramilitary flags into games u talk about cville facing down the republican element at cfc games u talk about fifa fining reds for all of the above so obviously u will condemn linfield fans for using an irish league game to stage a protest about a flag issue at belfast city hall (half time at ballinamallard)and u will obviously urge linfield to face down protesting fans for issue that has nothing to do with irish league and will u urge IFA to condemn linfield fans on same matter
s magowan in belfast wrote (757 days ago):
Billy, what have the irish language and irish socialism got to do with irish league football?,lets keep this nonsense out of the game.
Steve in Belfast wrote (758 days ago):
billy, I didn't refer to the sunburst flag, yet you knew which one I meant... which begs the question how'd you know if it's not the flag of a paramilitary organisation? Quit the denial sunshine. The likes of you will have CFC fined by FIFA for such displays and you couldn't care less - causing offence is your game, not football. As for Che Guevara, I'm not sure what he's got to do with a Belfast football match, but given issues with racism in football, his is an image we could probably do without.
billy in belfast wrote (758 days ago):
steve the sunburst flag u refer to is used by irish language groups and the stary plough is an irish socialist flag, next you will be telling me the che guevara represents militarism
Boselecta in the Cupboard wrote (759 days ago):
Listen to yas. The sad fact is that there is small sections of fans in belfast club do support paramilitries. Though you bunch of losers arguing over who is worse just makes non bitter people laugh there heads off. Stay away from football, stay away from threads like this if your going to start them same old sectarian rangling instead of football talk and if you unfortunatley have kids then for everyones sake dont pass your venom onto them...eejits!
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