7th September 2018
Irish Premier League
Q Radio Arena at Milltown
Linfield Scorers :
Simon Kelly OG (3'), Daniel Kearns (36'), Michael O'Connor (53'), Andrew Mitchell (PEN 58'), Andy Waterworth (90')
Linfield Yellow Cards :
Josh Robinson, Kirk Millar
Warrenpoint Town Yellow Cards :
Stephen Moan, O’Connor, McCaffrey
Warrenpoint Town Red Card :
Aaron McCarey (56')
Linfield Team :
Roy Carroll (GK), Chris Casement, Josh Robinson, Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke, Robert Garrett, Andrew Mitchell, Joel Cooper (Jordan Stewart 79’), Daniel Kearns (Niall Quinn 75’), Kirk Millar, Michael O’Connor (Andy Waterworth 64’)
Linfield Subs not used :
Gareth Deane (GK), Mark Stafford, Stephen Fallon, Jonathan Smith
Linfield put in an excellent performance to move back to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership this evening with a convincing 5-0 win over Warrenpoint Town.
The Blues were helped by a great start at the Q Radio Arena under the floodlights, taking the lead after just three minutes. Back in the team again, Kirk Millar made his mark as Warrenpoint couldn’t deal with his free-kick, with Simon Kelly ultimately diverting it into his own net. 0-1.
Things very nearly got even better for David Healy’s men after 10 minutes when Michael O’Connor raced onto a loose ball before seeing a powerful low strike deflected just wide of the far post. Then, moments later, Warrenpoint escaped a Linfield barrage on goal. Firstly, Jimmy Callacher’s header from a corner was headed off the goal line by Seanna Foster, before follow-up shots from Mitchell and O’Connor were blocked.
Michael O’Connor went close again on 25 minutes when he got on the end of the well-worked free-kick. Andrew Mitchell dummied the free-kick for Joel Cooper who found O’Connor in a yard of space but the striker’s header was comfortable for Warrenpoint’s debutant goalkeeper McCarey – formerly of Wolves and Ross County.
The Blues added a second on 36 minutes when Andrew Mitchell’s deep free-kick to the back post was nodded down by Jimmy Callacher and Daniel Kearns converted for his second goal of the season. 0-2.
Warrenpoint ‘keeper McCarey – who was in the Republic of Ireland international squad as recently as March – showed his agility to deny the Blues a third before the break when Kirk Millar’s curling effort was plucked away from the top corner after Cooper’s cutback at a corner – a great effort and a stunning save.
Half Time: Warrenpoint Town 0 – 2 Linfield
Linfield put the game beyond doubt on 53 minutes when Michael O’Connor rose high to meet Kirk Millar’s recycled cross. His header came back off the woodwork but he made no mistake with the rebound, bundling home to make it 3-0 against a Warrenpoint team which featured his very own brother Ciaran O’Connor.
Just three minutes later things really went from bad to worse for the hosts. The lively Joel Cooper was brought down in the area by ‘Point goalkeeper McCarey. The referee pointed to the spot for a Linfield penalty while sending off the goalkeeper. The Point brought substitute goalkeeper Berratt Turker on for the penalty but Andrew Mitchell stepped up to send him the wrong way to make it 4-0.
Substitute Niall Quinn threatened a fifth for the Blues on 83 minutes with a free-kick approximately 25 yards out after fellow substitute Jordan Stewart had been caught late but his effort was well held by Turker.
Andy Waterworth rounded off the scoring on 90 minutes with a fifth as he latched onto a through ball, touching the ball around the onrushing goalkeeper, before sliding the ball low into the empty net for his seventh goal of the season to add to a very pleasing night for David Healy and his team.
Full Time: Warrenpoint Town 0 – 5 Linfield