Louis Rooney bagged a hat-trick on his Linfield debut (Picture: Brian Little/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Louis Rooney grabbed a hat-trick on his Linfield debut as David Healy's side swept into the next round of the BetMcLean League Cup.
Matthew Clarke opened the scoring for Linfield just after the half-hour mark with a header into the far corner from a Stephen Fallon cross.
Fallon turned provider again five minutes from the break with a cross which found Clarke down the left who, in turn, picked out Andrew Mitchell to double Linfield's lead.
It was 3-0 after an hour with Josh Robinson bagging his first Linfield goal with a 30-yard drive which deceived 'keeper Jonah Nicholl.
Rooney added to Linfield's advantage on 76 minutes after connecting with a cross from the right to glance a header into the far corner.
Then, on 84 minutes, he doubled his tally with a finish into the bottom corner after the Whites defence failed to clear their lines.
And he claimed the matchball soon after controlling another ball in from the right before beating Nicholl into the opposite corner.
Linfield: Deane, Robinson, C. Stewart, Haughey, Lowry, Millar, Burns, M. Clarke, Casement, Fallon, Mitchell subs Callagher (not used), Rooney (replaced C. Stewart 64), Quinn (not used), R. Clarke (replaced Millar 64), Strain (replaced Burns 64)
Lisburn Distillery: Nicholl, Corry, Moore, Reid, Wharry, Harris, Hislop, McCaw, Clarke, McMurtry, Ferguson subs Saunders (not used), Curley (not used), Simpson (replaced McCaw 65), Young (replaced Clarke 65), Beta (replaced Corry 77)
Referee: Jamie Robinson