Irish Premier League
Linfield Scorers :
Andy Waterworth 7’, Joel Cooper 28’, Kirk Millar 25’, 41’
Dungannon Swifts Scorer :
Daniel Hughes 60'
Dungannon Swifts Yellow Card :
Linfield Team :
Rohan Ferguson (GK), Niall Quinn, Jimmy Callacher, Mark Stafford, Matthew Clarke, Andrew Mitchell , Stephen Fallon, Jamie Mulgrew ©, Kirk Millar (Charlie Allen 85’), Joel Cooper (Matthew Shevlin 78’), Andy Waterworth (Daniel Reynolds 85’)
Linfield Subs not used :
Gareth Deane (GK), Ross Larkin, Ryan McGivern, Trai Hume
Dungannon Swifts Team :
Niall Morgan (GK), Caolin Coyle (Oisin Smyth 45’), Callum Byers, Dylan King, Seanan Clucas © Alan Teggart, Kris Lowe, Michael Carvill, Mark Patton (Ben Gallagher 60’), Sean Noble (Daniel Hughes 56’), Rhyss Campbell
Dungannon Swifts Subs not used :
Conner Byrne, Ross Redman, Craig Taylor, Adam Harwood
For the second time this week, Linfield were once again visiting Stangmore Park to face Dungannon Swifts, only this time in the League, The outcome was the same, another emphatic win for an impressive Linfield.
The deadlock was broken just a minute later. The outstanding Joel Cooper did all the work, beating Caolin Coyle and Callum Byers down the left and leaving them for dead, before sliding the ball across goal for the greatful Andy Waterworth to tap home.
Dungannon passed up a huge chance to equalise a few minutes later when Kris Lowe set Sean Noble through on goal but he was denied by a good save by Rohan Ferguson who made himself big in the Linfield goal. For Dungannon, it was one they’d live to regret as Linfield moved up the gears.
The second goal arrived on 24 minutes and what a sumptuous finish it was. Andy Waterworth slipped in Kirk Millar and he produced a wonderful finish, reminiscent to his memorable goal against Sutjeska in Montenegro this summer. From the tightest of angles, Millar somehow chipped the ball over the head of goalkeeper Niall Morgan and into the net.
Ruthless Linfield made it three on 27 minutes. Matthew Clarke won the ball back superbly in midfield before slipping it out left to Joel Cooper and he thundered in a fierce strike into the far corner from the edge of the box.
The linesman’s flag denied David Healy’s men a fourth before the break. It was very similar to their first goal, with Cooper sliding the ball across the face of goal for Waterworth to tap home, only this time he was adjudged to have been offside.
The fourth goal would come a short time later, however. Kirk Millar stormed through on goal, only to see his shot brilliantly saved. Caolin Coyle produced a brilliant goal-line clearance to deny Waterworth’s follow-up shot but the ball was fired back into the box and Kirk Millar headed in, with his effort going in off the underside of the crossbar.
Half Time: Dungannon Swifts 0 – 4 Linfield
Linfield went in search of more goals as Mark Stafford went close twice within minutes of the restart. Niall Quinn’s corners were excellent and Stafford was very unlucky, seeing one header well saved by the feet of Morgan and the other flew just wide of the far post.
The Swifts, to their credit, didn’t surrender and pulled a goal back on the hour-mark. Former Linfield man Michael Carvill got a cross in from the right and found Daniel Hughes who finished well with a shot past Ferguson.
The goal lifted Dungannon and the remainder of the game was much more of a contest with Linfield limited to few chances on goal but they will be happy with their afternoon’s work. An important win on the road thanks to a blistering first half display.
Full Time: Dungannon Swifts 1 – 4 Linfield