Linfield return to league action with the visit of Warrenpoint Town FC to Windsor Park on matchday 24 of the NIFL Danske Bank Premiership (3pm ko). This season the Blues have taken four points from the two games already played between the teams winning at Warrenpoint (5-0) and sharing the points (1-1) at Windsor.
There was much to celebrate for the 750 travelling Linfield supporters who attended Tuesday night's CAS semi-final victory (2-1) over Ballymena United in a tight game at the Showgrounds. The Blues were however good value for the win which was sealed with a couple of close range strikes from Andy Waterworth. Andy was once again at his predatory best to both take his goal tally up to 22 for the season and 146 in 250 appearances in a Linfield shirt. The much anticipated CAS Final with Crusaders will now be played back at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Tuesday 5th February (all ticket).
Visitors Warrenpoint Town have enjoyed a relatively good season which sees them sitting in eighth place in the table with a healthy six point buffer above the relegation zone. In their last league outing they had a season best result with a well deserved 3-1 victory at Glenavon. On the scoresheet with a debut goal was recent signing Joe Duffy who comes to the 'Point' with a CV which includes spells at Shelbourne, Wexford, Drogheda, and Longford Town.
Linfield are certainly riding on the crest of a wave, sitting in pole postion in the table and progressing into the first two cup finals of the season. David will be aiming to ensure that his team can keep the momentum that has been built up over recent weeks going with another match winning performance. Warrenpoint though showed quite clearly in their last visit to Windsor that they are a team that can dig in and grind out a positive result.
After taking three points at Glenavon and then winning in the Irish Cup at Institute, Warrenpoint manager Stephen McDonnell will be hoping to go further and implement another match winning game plan away from the home comforts of the Q Radio Milltown Arena. The match on Saturday could well prove to be a cagey affair which will probably not open up until the first goal of the game is scored. This is another big weekend in the NIFL for the Blues as they strive to at least hold on to or even bolster their lead at the top of the table! COYB!