Irish Premier League
Linfield Scorers :
Andy Waterworth 48', 80', 85', 90', Jordan Stewart 67', Navid Nasseri 73'
Linfield Yellow Card :
Linfield Team :
Chris Johns (GK), Conor Pepper (Matthew Clarke 88’), Jimmy Callacher, Mark Haughey, Niall Quinn, Kyle McClean, Jamie Mulgrew © (Stephen Fallon 79’), Kirk Millar, Jordan Stewart, Navid Nasseri, Andy Waterworth
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore (GK), Mark Stafford, Ross Larkin
Warrenpoint Town Team :
Gabriel Sava (GK), Colm Deasy (Dermot McVeigh 10’), Danny Wallace, Steven Ball (Kris Cowan 73’), Kealan Dillon, Francis McCaffrey ©, Luke Gallagher, Ryan Swan, Stuart Hutchinson, Daniel Byrne, Adam Evans (Jake O’Connor 73’)
Warrenpoint Town Subs not used :
Alan O’Sullivan, Ben Mullen, Matthew Knox, Andy Coleman (GK)
Andy Waterworth was at his devastating best as he hit four in Linfield’s 6-0 league victory over Warrenpoint Town at Windsor Park this afternoon.
The first half was hardly a classic, with chances few and far between, other than one golden opportunity which should have seen Linfield break the deadlock. Navid Nasseri used his pace to burst down the left beyond his opponent before getting into the box and unselfishly squaring it to Kirk Millar who fired just wide from close range but should have found the net.
A sustained attack towards the end of the half saw Jordan Stewart’s goalward shot blocked and when Navid Nasseri couldn’t get a shot away on the rebound he slipped it wide right to Kirk Millar who clipped a cross in and Andy Waterworth headed just wide.
Mark Haughey had threatened to score what would have been a birthday goal early in the game. He got a good run onto Niall Quinn’s corner but the 30 yard-old’s header flashed wide of goal.
Warrenpoint’s limited attacks and opportunities saw Steven Ball overhit a cros which was dangerous as it dropped just wide of the upright, and Fra McCaffrey got in behind Niall Quinn to slide in and see a low shot saved by Johns.
Half Time: Linfield 0 – 0 Warrenpoint Town
The second half was better as Linfield went up the gears and a goal early in the half set them on their way. The deadlock was broken on 48 minutes after a bit of real quality from Jordan Stewart as the attacker made a run in behind and was slipped in by Conor Pepper. Stewart still had a man to beat before he could do anything, and he did that by lifting the ball over his opponent’s leg to get beyond the defender before pulling the ball across for Andy Waterworth who finished well, squeezing the ball between goalkeeper and post.
Linfield seemed to play with more venom after the first goal. The attacks were more frequent, more crisp and more fluid. There were signs that a second goal could soon be forthcoming as Jimmy Callacher headed straight at Gabriel Sava from Niall Quinn’s corner and Waterworth also drew a save with a neat turn and shot. Thankfully for Linfield, the second goal arrived on 67 minutes. Kirk Millar ventured down the right before Jordan Stewart attacked a pocket of space inside the box and when Millar picked him out with a low, crisp pass, Stewart took a touch and then produced a nice finish into the far corner.
Five minutes after that, Linfield added a third goal as they hit a ruthless streak. Kirk Millar was once again the provider for the goal, although his low cross appeared to be for the onrushing Kyle McClean who didn’t get much contact on his strike whilst under pressure, but it worked out well for Linfield as the ball rolled on for Navid Nasseri who was free at the back post area to curl a shot into the top right corner.
Talismanic striker Waterworth notched his second and Linfield’s fourth of the day and for the third time, Kirk Millar was the provider. The winger hammered a cross in and Warrenpoint goalkeeper Gabriel Sava palmed it out, but the was hit goalwards again and after a curious goal line clearance, Andy Waterworth hooked the ball into the net.
Andy Waterworth completed his hat-trick to make it 5-0 five minutes before the end. Navid Nasseri can take great credit for his contribution to the goal as he attacked down the left and delivered a pinpoint cross for Andy Waterworth to bury a diving header at the back post.
The scoring was rounded off in the 90th minute as Andy Waterworth netted his fourth and Linfield’s sixth. The striker was sent through by a great pass by substitute Stephen Fallon and the finish was superb with the outside of his right foot to take his tally for the season to eleven goals.
Full Time: Linfield 6 – 0 Warrenpoint Town
LinfieldFC.com Man of the Match: Andy Waterworth