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JIMMY NAILS IT; Callacher the hero for Bluesirish league.

Byline: phil finnegan Cliftonville 0 Linfield 1

GET IN THERE Linfield's Jimmy Callacher scored the winner against Cliftonville yesterday CLIFTONVILLE had Linfield on the ropes yesterday but the champions emerged from the Blue corner for Jimmy Callacher to deliver the knockout blow.

Over the 90 minutes the Reds did plenty right while David Healy's men were workmanlike and reliant on Kirk Millar's dead-ball expertise.

When it came to the crunch though, one team looked like a work in progress and the other the finished article.

After a frenetic five minutes of meaty challenges and hoofed passes, Blues playmaker Bastien Hery decided it was time to start playing ball. Bad idea. Cliftonville captain Chris Curran hunted him down and played in Joe Gormley but the striker's pot-shot was deflected wide.

The work rate from both sides was high but the quality low as the midfield was choked off.

Cliftonville did look like they had the edge up top and Gormley was particularly lively early on.

PREMIERSHIP P Crusaders 6 Coleraine 6 Glentoran 6 Ballymena U 5 Cliftonville 6 Dungannon 6 Larne 5 Linfield 3 Glenavon 5 1Carrick R 5 Institute 6 Warrenpoint 5 With 15 minutes gone he turned past Jimmy Callacher and tried to feed Rory Donnelly but Blues keeper Rohan Ferguson was quick off his line to snaffle the ball.

The Reds were knocking on the door and it took a brilliant last-gasp challenge from Linfield right-back Chris Casement to take the ball off Conor McMenamin's toe after Donnelly and Gormley had combined to put the winger through on goal.

Just past the half hour McMenamin did manage to get a shot away at the end of a flowing move from the Reds but his effort bobbled wide.

Gormley had the best chance during the early stages of the second half as the ball broke to him on the edge of the box but he took too long to set himself and his weak shot drifted wide after Casement hunted him down.

David Healy's men (inset) were struggling to create anything from open play but in the 57th minute they made one of their many set-peices count. Millar whipped in a pinpoint corner from the left and Callacher thumped a header past keeper Brush.

The Reds had a couple of late shouts for a penalty but nothing clear cut and boss Paddy McLaughlin's anger at the final whistle was most likely a product of his team's failure to take what they deserved from the game.

TABLE W D LF A Pts 5 10 20 2 16 3 3 0 16 5 12 3 21 12 8 11 3 11 12 6 10 3 12 10 6 10 3 12 10 14 10 21 2 13 9 7 2 0 16 5 6 11 3 5 10 4 10 4 3 7 3 0 15 3 18 10 0 5 1 21 0 PREMIERSHIP TABLE PWD LF APTS Crusaders 6510202 16 Coleraine 6330165 12 Glentoran 6321128 11 BALLYMENAU 531 1126 10 Cliftonville 6 3 12 10 6 10 Dungannon 6 3 12 10 14 10 Larne 5212139 7 Linfield 320165 6 Glenavon 5113510 4 1CARRICKR 510437 3 Institute 6015318 1 Warrenpoint 5 0 0 5 1 21 0

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 8, 2019
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