Danske Bank Premiership title race goes on as Larne beat Linfield

Linfield's wait for a 55th league title goes on as Larne turned party poopers at Windsor Park today.

Saturday, 15th May 2021, 5:05 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th May 2021, 5:06 pm

The Blues only needed to avoid defeat against Tiernan Lynch's men to secure the Danske Bank Premiership, but they slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

After a goalless first half the hosts upped the pressure after the restart with Conor Mitchell producing a brilliant save to deny Shayne Lavery.

That proved vital as Ronan Hale was quickest to react to fire home the loose ball after Chris Johns could only parry Mark Randall's initial effort.

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Ronan Hale wheels away in celebration after putting Larne ahead against Linfield

It looked as though Linfield had rescued things when Niall Quinn drew the sides level with four minutes to go.

But in the 90th minute former Blues defender Josh Robinson popped up to poke the ball home from close range to earn the visitors all three points and put any title celebrations on ice.

Second placed Coleraine, who beat Crusaders 1-0 in the lunchtime kick-off, are now five points behind David Healy's men with two games to go.

The sides are due to meet at The Showgrounds in the next league fixture on May 25.

Glentoran's faint title hopes were ended by Cliftonville as goals from Rory Hale and Michael McCrudden earned the Reds all three points at The Oval.

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