Andrew Waterworth (90 6)

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Simon Kelly (19p)

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Andrew Waterworth heads home Linfield's 96th minute leveller (©INPHO/Brian Little)

WARRENPOINT THWARTED BY WATERWORTH'S LATE, LATE LEVELLER

An Andrew Waterworth goal in the dying seconds saw Linfield salvage something from Warrenpoint Town's visit to Windsor Park.

He struck in the sixth minute of stoppage time to power home from close range a Kirk Millar ball from the right to break the hearts of the visitors who had led for over 70 minutes.

Waterworth created the first effort of note after ten minutes but his close range effort was directed straight at Aaron McCarey.

It fell to the visitors to open the scoring, however, when Matthew Clarke conceded a spot-kick on 19 minutes which skipper Simon Kelly duly sent to the left of keeper Roy Carroll.

The Blues pushed forward in search of the equaliser but found McCarey in excellent form to deny Niall Quinn and then Michael O'Connor in quick succession.

And McCarey continued to thwart Linfield with Joel Cooper frustrated to see his low drive from outside the area stopped before being cleared off the line.

The pressure continued after the break with Kirk Millar turning a volley straight into the hands of the keeper while an O'Connor header from a Quinn cross met a similar fate.

Then, on 69 minutes, there was almost an equaliser for Linfield but Millar's delivery evaded Cooper by inches with Seanna Foster showing excellent positional play to block the chance.

O'Connor was next to come close with 11 minutes remaining with an acrobatic volley just inches over from a Quinn corner.

Yet Warrenpoint remained a threat, almost doubling their lead with two Alan O'Sullivan efforts within moments of each other, the first narrowly over with another deflected just inches wide.

As the game drifted into added time Linfield upped the pressure. O'Connor saw a low drive well saved, Jordan Stewart had a volley blocked by Anto Reilly, Waterworth directed a header over from close range before, in the 95th minute, he eventually found the net.

Linfield: Carroll, Stafford, Callacher, Waterworth, O'Connor, Cooper, Millar, Clarke, Mulgrew, Mitchell, Quinn subs Robinson, Stewart, Doyle, Fallon, Garrett, Reynolds, Deane

Warrenpoint Town: McCarey, Hughes, Moan, Reilly, Kelly, McGrandles, O'Sullivan, McCaffrey, M. Lynch, Watters, Norton subs Foster, Griffin, J. Lynch, Wallace, Donnelly, Halfpenny, Turker

Referee: Tim Marshall

Attendance: 1669

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