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Linfield 3-0 Glentoran

Glenn Ferguson scores Linfield's first goal
Glenn Ferguson scores Linfield's first goal against Glentoran

Play was held up for seven minutes as trouble flared between rival fans during the Boxing Day derby between Linfield and Glentoran at Windsor Park.

With 20 minutes remaining, seats were ripped out and used as missiles and fireworks were also hurled between the Kop Stand and the North Stand.

Linfield were 3-0 up at that stage thanks to two goals from Glenn Ferguson and one from Damien Curran.

However, they finished the match a man down as Robert Garrett was sent-off.

The results moves the champions to within two points of leaders Glentoran and David Jeffrey's men have a game in hand on their east Belfast rivals.

Striker Ferguson pounced on a mistake to drill in the opener in the ninth minute and he made it 2-0 just before half-time with a deflected effort.

Glentoran, who have never won a Christmas derby at Windsor Park, were dead and buried when Damien Curran volleyed in on 61 minutes.

Curran netted with a fine left-foot effort from 25 yards.

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