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Premiership

PLENTY OF GOALS AS PREMIERSHIP RETURNS

24 Jan 2021
football
© Jonathan Porter/INPHO Linfield's Andrew Waterworth bagged four second half goals
Andrew Waterworth grabbed the headlines with four second half goals as the Danske Bank Premiership returned following a two week break.
 
Unfortunately only three of the six scheduled games survived the wintery conditions but those three games still managed to produce an impressive 14 goals between them.
 
The day began with a lunchtime kick-off in front of the Sky Sports cameras as Crusaders and Larne battled to an equal share of six goals at Seaview.
 
With just over half-an-hour gone Larne were two-up thanks to Ronan Hale's double, one a thunderous strike into the bottom left corner from around 30 yards and the other a close range finish after Martin Donnelly's initial effort had been tipped onto the woodwork.
 
The Crues pulled one back before half-time through Jamie McGonigle's curling left-foot finish into the top left corner from the edge of the box, and then levelled with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining courtesy of Chris Hegarty's header from Jarlath O'Rourke's free-kick.
 
Substitute Johnny McMurray restored Larne's lead on 79 minutes but, in the closing moments, Ben Kennedy made it 3-3 from the spot after referee Andrew Davey had spotted a handball in the area.
 
That outcome was perfect for champions Linfield who stretched their lead at the top to four points following a 6-0 second half demolition of Warrenpoint Town at Windsor Park.
 
Scoreless at the break, the aforementioned Waterworth kicked the scoring off four minutes into the second half, squeezing the ball home after Jordan Stewart had done well to get past Daniel Wallace to create the opening.
 
Stewart doubled Linfield's lead on 68 minutes with a composed finish past the onrushing Gabriel Sava from Millar's perfectly played pass before, four minutes after that, Nasseri made it 3-0 with a curling finish into the top corner from another Millar delivery.
 
Waterworth then resumed scoring duties with a further three goals in the last ten minutes or so.
 
He extended Linfield's lead on 80 from the rebound after Millar's initial cross was cleared off the line, added a fifth with a header from Nasseri's cross to the back post before completing the scoring with his fourth goal in stoppage time after breaking clear to run onto a through ball and confidently finishing past Sava.
 
Meanwhile, at The Showgrounds, Coleraine moved into fifth spot with a two-goal defeat of Dungannon Swifts.
 
The Bannsiders moved in front on eight minutes after Jamie Glackin crossed for Aaron Jarvis to head past Sam Johnston.
 
That was how it stayed until the 77th minute when Eoin Bradley hit the target in spectacular fashion with a perfectly executed half-volley which dipped into the corner of Johnston's goal.