Michael O'Connor scores past Aaron McCarey (©INPHO)
Friday, 07 September 2018
Linfield moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to a five-goal defeat of Warrenpoint Town at the Q Radio Arena.
The Blues needed just three minutes to go in front when home defender Simon Kelly was unfortunate in turning the ball into his own net whilst attempting to clear a Kirk Millar free-kick.
Daniel Kearns then added a second on 36 minutes with a header from close range to give the visitors a commanding lead going in at the break.
Two further goals in quick succession just before the hour put the game beyond doubt.
Michael O'Connor added a third on 53 minutes with a bundled finish over the line from a deep Andrew Mitchell cross.
Then, five minutes after that, Warrenpoint's evening went from bad to worse when keeper Aaron McCarey was dismissed for bringing down Joel Cooper and from the spot-kick that followed Mitchell confidently sent replacement keeper Berraat Turker the wrong way.
Waterworth completed the scoring right at the end, tapping the ball into the empty net after rounding Turker.
Warrenpoint Town: McCarey, Foster, Moan, Kelly, Griffin, McGrandles, McCaffrey, Kouogun, O'Connor, Norton, Wallace subs O'Sullivan (replaced O'Connor 61), J. Lynch (not used), M. Lynch (not used), Watters (not used), Donnelly (replaced Griffin 83), Halfpenny (not used), Turker (replaced McGrandles 58)
Linfield: Carroll, Robinson, Callacher, O'Connor, Cooper, Millar, Clarke, Kearns, Garrett, Mitchell, Casement subs Stafford (not used), Waterworth (replaced O'Connor 64), J. Stewart (replaced Cooper 79), Fallon (not used), Smith (not used), Quinn (replaced Kearns 75), Deane (not used)
Referee: Ross Dunlop