Match Details
Season :
2015/2016
Date :
6th February 2016
Competition :
Irish Cup
Venue :
Windsor Park
Referee :
Steven Taylor
Linfield Scorers :
Andrew Waterworth (11', 28', 63', 66'), Aaron Burns (47', 76'), Stephen Fallon (87').
Armagh City Yellow Card :
Philip Donnelly
Teams
Linfield Team :
Ross Glendinning (GK), Stafford (Ward 57'), Callacher, Waterworth (C) (Fallon 67'), Millar, Burns, M.Clarke, Kee, Mulgrew, Reece Glendinning, Smyth (Bates 45').
Linfield Subs not used :
Niall Quinn, Ross Gaynor
Armagh City Team :
Connolly (GK), McAnallen (Grimley 73'), R.McGerrigan (Mallon 73'), Lennon, Noonan, Kelly, P.Lavery, Bell, S.Lavery, Donnelly, S.McGerrigan (Carvill 59').
Armagh City Subs not used :
Campbell, Morgan.
Report
Linfield welcomed Championship 1 outfit Armagh City to Windsor Park this afternoon in an Irish Cup 6th round tie, hoping for another win to progress to the quarter finals during a run of good form. David Healy made two changes to the side that defeated Dungannon Swifts 6-0 in Tuesday night’s rearranged league fixture with David Kee and Aaron Burns coming into the side in place of Sean Ward and Ross Gaynor.

Linfield started brightly and were inches from taking the lead after six minutes. Reece Glendinning picked out David Kee in the middle who smartly backheeled the ball around Armagh’s Dara Noonan to set Waterworth clear on goal but his effort rolled narrowly wide of John Connolly’s post.

Five minutes later Linfield did take the lead after good build-up play. Matthew Clarke played a neat one-two with Paul Smyth to create time and space for Clarke to pick out Waterworth in the box, who with the help of the post netted his 25th goal of the season in the 11th minute.

On 15 minutes Armagh almost found an equaliser. Striker Stefan Lavery picked up possession on the edge of the box, looked up and tried his luck but his effort hit the outside of the post and out for a goal kick.

Waterworth doubled Linfield’s advantage on 28 minutes with his second of the match. Mulgrew supplied the pass and Waterworth took his time before coolly slotting the ball into the corner past Armagh keeper Connolly with his left foot.

It was almost 3-0 to Linfield shortly before half time. Kirk Millar’s deep cross dropped into the path of Paul Smyth who was arriving into the box. Smyth caught it well on the half-volley but it was brilliantly tipped around the post by John Connolly in gaol.

Half Time: Linfield 2 – 0 Armagh City

Linfield added a third two minutes after the half time-break. A pass ricocheted off Jamie Mulgrew into the path of Kirk Millar who was in space in the box. Millar ran to the byline before pulling the ball across the box for Aaron Burns to fire home his second goal of the week.

The Blues added a fourth on 63 minutes through another Kirk Millar assist. Millar found space once more down the right before pulling the box across for Andrew Waterworth to complete his hatrick with a neat finish at the near post.

Three minutes later Waterworth got his fourth to put Linfield 5-0 up. Reece Glendinning’s diagonal ball was headed across the area by Aaron Burns and Waterworth ruthlessly put his laces through the ball, giving Connolly no chance to take his goal tally to 28 for the season.

January signing Stephen Fallon replaced Andrew Waterworth and immediately caused problems for the Armagh defenders. Mulgrew picked Fallon out and he took the ball into the box before supplying the pass for Kee on the penalty spot but Kee’s effort smashed the crossbar.

It was six nil on 76 minutes. Guy Bates found himself in the clear and unselfishly teed up Aaron Burns who gladly tapped into the empty net for his second goal of the game.

The Blues made it seven, three minutes from time. Kirk Millar, who had an excellent afternoon, once again supplied the pass for Stephen Fallon to lob the ball over John Connolly for his first Linfield goal.

Full Time: Linfield 7 – 0 Armagh City

LinfieldFC.com Man of the Match: Andrew Waterworth

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