Match Details
Season :
2018/2019
Date :
30th October 2018
Competition :
League Cup
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Tony Clarke
Linfield Scorers :
Quinn 19’, 31’, Waterworth 29’, 60', Millar 79'
Linfield Yellow Cards :
McGuinness, Fallon
Institute Yellow Cards :
McCrudden, S.Curry
Teams
Linfield Team :
Roy Carroll (GK), Niall Quinn, Mark Stafford (Caomhan McGuinness 61’), Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke, Jamie Mulgrew (C) (Stephen Fallon 67’), Andrew Mitchell, Kirk Millar, Joel Cooper, Michael O’Connor (Daniel Reynolds 74'), Andy Waterworth
Linfield Subs not used :
J Stewart, Garrett, Smith, Deane
Institute Team :
Ray Kelly (GK), Colm McLaughlin, Caoimhin Bonner, Dean Curry, Ronan Doherty, Michael McCrudden © (Caoimhin McCallion 75’), Callum Moorehead (Stephen Curry 63’), Aaron Jarvis, Gareth Brown, Ronan Wilson, Joe McCready (Jamie Dunne 51’)
Institute Subs not used :
Morrow, Scoltock, Harkin, Henderson
Report
Linfield cruised into the Quarter Finals of the Bet McLean League Cup with a dominant victory over Institute at Windsor Park tonight to set up a trip away to the winner of the Newry City – Portadown tie.

The Blues almost took the lead after three minutes after great work from Michael O’Connor to escape an Institute defender before squaring the ball across the face of goal for strike partner Andy Waterworth, whose low shot was superbly saved by the legs of Ray Kelly in goal.

David Healy’s men did get their noses in front on 19 minutes. It was a well-worked move with Joel Cooper’s shot blocked initially and Niall Quinn was following up after Institute failed to clear, volleying into the corner with a thunderous effort with the help of a slight deflection off defender Coaimhin Bonner.

Andy Waterworth threatened twice, firstly with a glancing header which he couldn’t quite get enough purchase on, before he just missed out on turning Andrew Mitchell’s low cross in as Institute managed to clear off the goal line. However, he didn’t have much longer to wait before getting on the scoresheet, following up after Michael O’Connor’s turn and shot struck the post to lash the ball into the roof of the net.

Niall Quinn added a third moments later in a rampant first half with his second of the goal. This was the goal of the night as Quinn dispatched a sweetly-struck free-kick into the net corner from 20 yards to give Linfield a three-goal lead.

Institute had little to cheer in the first half but they were still plugging away, with captain Michael McCrudden curling a fierce strike just wide of Roy Carroll’s post.

Half Time: Linfield 3 – 0 Institute

Linfield continued to play good football after the break and a flowing move almost resulted in a fourth goal for the Blues. O’Connor found Cooper with an intelligent flick as Linfield stormed forward at pace – Cooper slipped it to Waterworth who then had a shot well parried away by the keeper.

The Blues’ partnership of O’Connor and Waterworth continued to blossom and encourage as they combined once more for Linfield’s fourth of the night. Influential attacker O’Connor picked up the ball in space in the middle before slipping Waterworth in and he found the far corner, firing a left-footed finish across the goalkeeper for his second of the evening.

18 year-old central defender Caomhan McGuinness was handed a competitive Linfield debut when he replaced Mark Stafford on 61 minutes and the young defender certainly didn’t look out of place. Daniel Reynolds also made his debut and showed great eagerness.

Kirk Millar got in on the act 11 minutes from time and a fine goal it was. The winger beat the Institute offside trap before lobbing the onrushing goalkeeper with great aplomb to find the far corner from 35 yards.

Full Time: Linfield 5 – 0 Institute

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