Match Details
Season :
2017/2018
Date :
4th November 2017
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
Ferney Park
Referee :
Ian McNabb
Linfield Scorers :
Haughey 10’, 52’, Millar 30’, Waterworth 44’,86’, J.Stewart 74’
Linfield Red Card :
Josh Robinson (45')
Ballinamallard United Yellow Cards :
McKenna, Armstrong, McCartney
Teams
Linfield Team :
Carroll (GK), Casement, Robinson, Haughey, M.Clarke, Millar, Mulgrew © (Lowry 58’), Garrett, J.Stewart (Brandon Adams 75’), Waterworth, Rooney (Mitchell 45’)
Linfield Subs not used :
Quinn, Burns
Ballinamallard United Team :
Brush (GK), McConnell (Burns 62’), Smyth, McLaughlin, McCartney, Armstrong, R Clarke (Brennan 62’), Leddy, McKenna, McGinty, McIlwaine (Martyn 73’)
Ballinamallard United Subs not used :
McCann, Owens
Report
Champions Linfield wrapped up a comprehensive victory in County Fermanagh this afternoon to return to winning ways and were further boosted by the return of inspirational skipper Jamie Mulgrew after three weeks out through injury.

Linfield’s determined start was rewarded after ten minutes when Mark Haughey stooped to head the Blues into an early lead from Matthew Clarke’s excellent cross from the left. It was Haughey’s third goal in his last four appearances against the Mallards.

Kirk Millar then doubled Linfield’s advantage on the half-hour mark for his fifth goal of the season, rising highest to produce a looping header over Richard Brush and into the net from Jordan Stewart’s deflected cross.

Ballinamallard goalkeeper Richard Brush stopped Linfield adding a third before the break with a good stop to deny Matthew Clarke after being slipped in by Jordan Stewart. The left side duo of Clarke and Stewart was causing the hosts problems all afternoon.

There was late drama in the half as Josh Robinson’s effort was knocked into the net by alert striker Andrew Waterworth on the follow-up to make it 3-0, before a series of bodies landed in the net which provoked an altercation, resulting in Josh Robinson receiving a red card, so mixed feelings as Linfield headed into the break with a healthy lead but a man down. It’s Waterworth’s ninth goal in his last 13 versus the Mallards.

Half Time: Ballinamallard United 0 Linfield 3

The Blues added a fourth goal seven minutes into the second half when Mark Haughey nodded home Kirk Millar’s corner at the near post for his second goal of the afternoon at Ferney Park.

Chris Casement almost got himself on the scoresheet in the bucketing rain but his header was cleared off the line by Jonathan Leddy to keep the score at 4-0.

Matthew Clarke then went close again before Jordan Stewart added a fifth goal for five-star Linfield on 74 minutes as he slotted home from Kirk Millar’s perfect cross to the back post, a neat finish by Jordan Stewart who is starting to hit form.

Roy Carroll had little to do but when called upon he produced the goods to deny Ciaran Martyn with a magnificent save to enhance his chances of a cherished clean sheet.

Being reduced to ten men had no hindrance to a determined Linfield out to prove a point and they added a sixth on 86 minutes when Andy Waterworth raced through on goal to lift the ball with class and composure over the onrushing Ballinamallard goalkeeper Richard Brush for his second of the afternoon.

It is a big win for Linfield and hopefully one that can prove to be a catalyst for a winning run with important fixtures coming up, including a tough trip to the Ballymena Showgrounds next Friday evening in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Full Time: Ballinamallard United 0 Linfield 6

LinfieldFC.com Man of the Match: Jordan Stewart

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