Match Details
Season :
2019/2020
Date :
14th December 2019
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
Q Radio Arena
Referee :
Steven Gregg
Linfield Scorers :
Andy Waterworth 1', Shayne Lavery 90'
Linfield Yellow Card :
Lavery
Teams
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Chris Casement, Josh Robinson, Jimmy Callacher, Matthew Clarke, Stephen Fallon, Jamie Muilgrew ©, Jordan Stewart, Joel Cooper, Shayne Lavery (Matthew Shevlin 91’), Andy Waterworth
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore (GK), Ryan McGivern, Mark Haughey, Andrew Mitchell, Daniel Kearns, Bastien Hery
Report
League leaders Linfield will head into a hectic festive period with momentum behind them as they picked up another three points this afternoon. They had to be patient for the most part and could have scored more, but goals in the first and last minute from Waterworth and Lavery secured three points away to Warrenpoint.

The entire Irish League has been united in sorrow and grief following the very sad passing of Carrick Rangers defender Jerry Thompson earlier this week. Both Linfield and Warrenpoint Town stood impeccably for a minute’s silence prior to kick-off at Milltown in memory of the young Belfast man.

The Blues were without winger Kirk Millar who was serving the first game of a suspension following a straight red card against Cliftonville last week. In his absence, Jordan Stewart got the nod as he returned after injury and illness. Andy Waterworth also came into the team in place of Bastien Hery. David Healy was boosted by the returns from injury for Daniel Kearns and Mark Haughey, with the big defender named in the squad for the first time since May 2018.

Striker Waterworth made his mark within a minute – just 47 seconds into the game to be exact. Jordan Stewart flicked a high ball into the striker’s path and he produced a sublime finish, lobbing Warrenpoint goalkeeper Mark Byrne from around 20 yards out for his 12th goal of the season.

Many would have expected Linfield to kick on and notch a few more goals in the first half following the bright start but that didn’t prove to be the case. Stephen Fallon did threaten early on but his fierce strike from the edge of the box was blocked away for a corner. Warrenpoint Town faced another early blow when their talismanic striker Alan O’Sullivan was forced off through injury, but he was visibly injured from before the game even kicked-off.

Jordan Stewart fired one over from the edge of the box after making space for a shot, whilst Chris Casement’s dangerous cross flashed dangerously across goal. The best chance of the half for a second goal fell just before the break. Joel Cooper did brilliantly on a superb solo run to beat three men inside the box before firing in a low cross to the unmarked Jimmy Callacher at the back post, but his control let him down and the goalkeeper was able to deny what looked a certain goal.

Half Time: Warrenpoint Town 0 – 1 Linfield

Linfield came out looking to put the game to bed early in the second half. Another good chance was missed when Joel Cooper slipped it to the overlapping Jordan Stewart and his cross into the middle was headed over by Shayne Lavery from close range.

Waterworth was next to threaten when Jordan Stewart found the striker in the middle and his low shot was well saved by the outstretched Mark Byrne. Chris Casement also passed up a great chance when Cooper drilled another pinpoint cross to the back stick, Casement looked certain to score from close range but he fired into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Jordan Stewart whipped a free-kick just past the post from 25 yards out as a totally dominant Linfield kept searching for a second goal to seal it.

Warrenpoint Town started to up the ante late on in search of an equaliser but Linfield sealed the win in stoppage time. A long ball up from Rohan Ferguson set Shayne Lavery away and he displayed burning pace to get beyond the backline before slotting past the onrushing Mark Byrne, netting his first league goal since October.

Today’s win coupled with other results in the Danske Bank Premiership sees Linfield extend their lead at the top to two points with two games in hand – a promising position to be in ahead of three big matches over that crunch Christmas period.

Full Time: Warrenpoint Town 0 – 2 Linfield

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