28th September 2019
Irish Premier League
Linfield Scorers :
Shayne Lavery (3’, 11’, 13’), Bastien Hery (24’), Joel Cooper (55’), Jimmy Callacher (63’), Andy Waterworth (84’)
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Niall Quinn, Mark Stafford, Jimmy Callacher (C), Matthew Clarke, Kirk Millar, Bastien Hery (Andy Waterworth 65’), Stephen Fallon, Jamie Mulgrew (C), Joel Cooper (Matthew Shevlin 74’), Shayne Lavery (Daniel Reynolds 68’)
Linfield Subs not used :
Gareth Deane (GK), Ross Larkin, Ryan McGivern, Andrew Mitchell
Glenavon Team :
Jonny Tuffey (GK), Paddy Burns, Andrew Doyle (Eoin Wearen 68’), James Singleton, Aaron Harmon, Jack O’Mahony, Rhys Marshall, Robert Garrett, Conor McCloskey (Caolan Marron 26’), Andrew Hall, Andrew Mitchell (Stephen Murray 55’)
Glenavon Subs not used :
James Taylor (GK), Daniel Larmour, Kyle Beggs, Jordan Jenkins
Linfield produced an exhibition of free-flowing entertaining football of high quality as they stormed past Glenavon at Windsor Park this afternoon, with Shayne Lavery taking home the match ball.
David Healy’s men made the dream start and ironically it was two former Glenavon men who combined to break the deadlock. Joel Cooper burst past the fullback at speed before sliding the ball across for Lavery to open the scoring after three minutes, poking the ball beyond Tuffey from eight yards.
Niall Quinn was filling in at right back which was testament to his reliability and he saw an opportunity to add to his goal on Monday night at Carrick, venturing forward and seeing a chance to shoot from distance but he hammered his low shot wide.
Joel Cooper threatened to add a second when he got a head to Kirk Millar’s pinpoint cross, only for Tuffey to produce a great save and when the winger beat the ‘keeper with a follow-up, he was denied by the crossbar.
Shayne Lavery bagged his and Linfield’s second after just eleven minutes. It was another well-worked goal, this time a slick counter-attack as Bastien Hery broke forward from midfield before slipping it out to Kirk Millar who found Lavery with a cutback inside the box and the striker finished well into the far corner.
Remarkably, Lavery completed his hat-trick after just 13 minutes as Linfield went three up. Hery’s shot was deflected into Lavery’s path but he still had work to do, shifting the ball onto his left foot before firing the ball into the far corner from just inside the box.
Stephen Fallon almost added a fourth when he burst into a pocket of space before curling a shot goalward which had to be excellently saved by Tuffey who pushed it over the crossbar.
The fourth goal wasn’t long coming, however. French dynamo Bastien Hery grabbed his first Linfield goal. It came from another slick move, starting with Matthew Clarke who slipped in ball infield for Bastien who took advantage of a pocket of space, poking the ball into the corner from the edge of the box.
Glenavon’s only chance of a first half which Linfield totally dominated and showed no let up came following a slack piece of defending as Andrew Mitchell nipped in before having a shot from close-range well saved by Rohan Ferguson.
Half Time: Linfield 4 – 0 Glenavon
Glenavon came out with a point to prove in the second half for the couple of hundred fans who’d followed them and went close through youngster Jack O’Mahony who tried his luck from the edge of the box but Ferguson pushed the effort over the crossbar.
Linfield showed no signs of taking the foot off the gas, however, and added a fifth goal ten minutes into the second half. The impressive Stephen Fallon made space in the middle before feeding the ball to Joel Cooper who ventured into the box before firing the ball past Tuffey for a deserved goal.
Lavery almost netted his fourth goal of the afternoon when he rose well to meet Kirk Millar’s corner but his header was hooked off the line by Robert Garrett. But the sixth goal came soon after with Joel Cooper turning provider, floating a great cross to the back post for Jimmy Callacher to nod home his second goal of the season.
Stephen Fallon almost added a seventh and it would have been the pick of the bunch. He picked up the ball outside the Glenavon box before turning a hitting a scorching strike towards goal, only to see it crash back off the upright.
The seventh goal arrived in the 84th minute. Kirk Millar got beyond Paddy Burns who lost his footing in the corner and winger Millar produced a typical pinpoint cross into the middle for second half substitute Andy Waterworth to nod home his fifth goal of the season to round off a great afternoon for Linfield.
Full Time: Linfield 7 – 0 Glenavon
LinfieldFC.com Man of the Match: Shayne Lavery