Jimmy Callacher's double helped Linfield to victory (@INPHO/Brian Little)
Tuesday, 06 February 2018
Jimmy Callacher hit two goals as Linfield battled from behind to defeat Warrenpoint Town at Milltown.
Alan Davidson opened the scoring for 'Point after 19 minutes. Lorcan Forde held off a number of challenges to lay the ball off for Davidson to scramble home from three yards.
Linfield levelled four minutes later, however, when Kirk Millar's corner from the left was nodded past Jonathan Parr from close range by Callacher.
Andrew Waterworth might have edged Linfield in front after half-an-hour but he couldn't find the target from Niall Quinn's free-kick which had been nodded across the face of goal.
He came even closer early in the second half when another Quinn delivery took a deflection off a defender before Waterworth headed against the bar.
At the other end Forde almost restored 'Point's lead only for his effort from the right edge of the area to hit a post.
Linfield gained the upper hand with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when, following a scramble in front of goal, Callacher got the final touch to double his tally.
Then, with five minutes left, Mark Haughey made it 3-1 with a header past Parr after a corner fizzed across the face of goal.
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Warrenpoint Town: Parr, O'Hara, Moan, Dane, Mackle, M. Murray, Roohi, Forde, Davidson, T.J. Murray, Reilly subs Foster (replaced Mackle 71), McKenna (not used), Wallace (not used), McGrandles (replaced T.J. Murray 63), Türker (not used)
Linfield: Deane, Stafford, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Lowry, J. Stewart, Millar, Mooney, Mulgrew, Quinn subs Crowe (not used), Robinson (not used), Byrne (replaced Rooney 87), Mitchell (replaced Callacher 90+1), Strain (replaced Stewart 87)
Referee: Tony Clarke
|Mark Haughey||90 +3||85|
|Jimmy Callacher||90 +1||25,75|
|Andrew Mitchell||90 +1|