Jonathan Lafferty (70)


Johnny Lafferty celebrates grabbing the match winner (Picture: William Cherry/


A Johnny Lafferty goal saw Ballinamallard United defeat Linfield at Windsor Park to book a place in the last eight.

The 28-year-old struck 20 minutes from time with a close range volley after getting on the end of a cross from the right.

The Blues had started well with Ivan Sproule and Andy Waterworth going close early in proceedings before David Kee saw an effort tipped over by Alvin Rouse while, at the other end, Ryan Campbell was thwarted by Ross Glendinning whilst another effort went just wide.

After the break Waterworth's low effort was denied by Rouse - with the Mallards 'keeper getting the better of the league's leading scorer again not long after Lafferty had broken the deadlock. 

Linfield: Ro. Glendinning, Hegarty, Haughey, Waterworth, Lowry, Bates, Ward, Clarke, Kee, Sproule, Quinn subs Deane (not used), Millar (replaced Sproule 72), Mulgrew (not used), Re. Glendinning (replaced Hegarty 63), Salley (replaced Clarke 89)

Ballinamallard United: Rouse, Beacom, Friars, Feeney, McMenamin, Lafferty, Lecky, McCrudden, Martin, Campbell, McCartney subs McCusker (replaced McCartney 78), Phair (not used), Courtney (not used), Currie (not used), Klobusek (replaced Campbell 90+3)

Referee: Evan Boyce