Irish Premier League
Linfield Scorers :
Jordan Stewart 21’, Shayne Lavery 25’, Joel Cooper 42’, Jimmy Callacher 50’, Andy Waterworth 75’
Linfield Team :
Chris Johns (GK), Conor Pepper (Matthew Clarke 64’), Michael Newberry, Jimmy Callacher, Niall Quinn, Jamie Mulgrew ©, Kyle McClean (Cammy Palmer 15’), Kirk Millar, Jordan Stewart, Joel Cooper, Shayne Lavery (Andy Waterworth 70’)
Linfield Subs not used :
Alex Moore (GK), Ryan McGivern, Navid Nasseri
Warrenpoint Town Team :
Andy Coleman (GK), Colm Deasy (Ben Mullen 41’), Dermot McVeigh, Adam Evans, Steven Ball, Stuart Hutchinson (Danny Wallace 54’), Kealan Dillon, Francis McCaffrey ©, Ryan Swan, Daniel Byrne (Luke Gallagher 24’), Alan O’Sullivan
Warrenpoint Town Subs not used :
Gabriel Sava (GK), Jake O'Connor, Kris Cowan, David Forsythe
Five goals, five different goal scorers, a clean sheet and most importantly, three points – it proved to be a good night’s work for Linfield as they cruised past Warrenpoint Town at Windsor Park.
The only negative was that The Blues were forced into an early substitution when Kyle McClean went down in agony off the ball, seemingly twisting his knee when turning. After the stoppage in play when Kyle received treatment and the substitution was made, Linfield grabbed the bull by the horns.
David Healy’s men threatened for the first when Jordan Stewart slipped it to Shayne Lavery who raced into the box and from a tight enough angle he almost found the bottom corner with a left-footed effort across the goalkeeper, but Andy Coleman produced a good stop to push it around the post.
There was very nearly a first Linfield goal for Michael Newberry, who made his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Cliftonville. The Geordie met Niall Quinn’s corner and got good connection on his header, only for Warrenpoint attacker Ryan Swan to clear off the line.
The Blues went close again as Joel Cooper slipped it to Shayne Lavery who turned with superb feet inside the box to wriggle free for a shot from a tight enough angle but Coleman made another good strong save.
The breakthrough came just a minute later, however. It was simple but high-tempo football. Joel Cooper slipped it to Shayne Lavery down the left channel and he used his sheer pace to beat a defender before storming on into the box and with the angle against him he fired the ball across for Jordan Stewart who just needed to touch it home for Linfield’s opener.
That set Linfield on their way and they added a second goal just four minutes later. Jordan Stewart nodded a bouncing ball over the head of a Warrenpoint defender for Shayne Lavery to crack a volley from just inside the box and the ball took a massive deflection before bizarrely nestling in the net via the inside of the post and a lot of backspin.
Linfield added a third before the break to put themselves in a comfortable position. Jordan Stewart fed the ball out left to the advanced Niall Quinn who whipped in a superb cross for Joel Cooper who produced a lovely cushioned finished into the far corner for his first goal since returning on loan from Oxford United.
Half Time: Linfield 3 – 0 Warrenpoint Town
The Blues added a fourth goal five minutes after the break as Jimmy Callacher got himself on the scoresheet. Again, massive credit goes to Shayne Lavery who did most of the work and was superb on the night. Niall Quinn’s corner was headed out by Ryan Swan but Shayne Lavery retrieved it with his back to goal and turned rapidly to leave his man for dead before firing a cross in for Jimmy Callacher who scored an easy header which was put on a plate for him.
Warrenpoint Town had a rare chance soon after to pull one back shortly after as Adam Evans broke through and lobbed the advancing Chris Johns, only to see his lob flash past the post. That was as good as it got for them in an attacking sense, with Chris Johns untested.
Linfield introduced Andy Waterworth from the bench and he returned to the scoresheet with a typical striker’s goal. Joel Cooper broke down the right and put a low ball in and Andy Waterworth helped it on to Jordan Stewart at the back post – his shot was blocked and then so was Niall Quinn’s before Stewart did got a shot in but Andy Waterworth appeared to touch it on its way for a poacher’s goal.
It was almost six, ten minutes from time when Jamie Mulgrew spread the ball out to Niall Quinn to his left and the wing-back pulled the ball back for Jordan Stewart who was arriving but his low shot was blocked on the line by Danny Wallace when it looked to be heading to the corner.
Full Time: Linfield 5 – 0 Warrenpoint Town
LinfieldFC.com Man of the Match: Shayne Lavery