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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 17 October 2020 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Windsor Park

Attendance: 365

Referee: Tony Clarke

Linfield home-team
5 FT 1
away-team Carrick Rangers
  •   Andrew Waterworth 4' 14' 73'
  •   Jimmy Callacher 57'
  •   Ryan McGivern 64'
  •   Caolan Loughran 26' (pen)
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Andrew Waterworth celebrates opening the scoring ©PressEye

WATERWORTH HAT-TRICK POWERS BLUES TO VICTORY

Andrew Waterworth laid claim to the match ball as champions Linfield kicked off their title defence with a sweeping victory over Carrick Rangers at Windsor Park.
 
It took Waterworth just four minutes to open the scoring when he connected with a Connor Pepper ball to poke a finish past Aaron Hogg into the bottom corner.
 
He then added a second on 14 minutes, again linking up with Pepper to direct a close range effort past the Carrick keeper.
 
Carrick pulled a goal back midway through the first half, however, when Alex Gawne was impeded by Chris Johns with Caolan Loughran stepping up the knock home the subsequent spot-kick.
 
Gawne might have levelled for Carrick soon after but his effort from outside the box ultimately went over the target while, at the other end, Hogg produced a superb close range stop to deny Jimmy Callacher.
 
The sides traded chances again either side of the break. Kyle McClean came close with a left-foot effort just before half-time. Then, early in the second half, Reece Neale saw a great delivery turned over by Johns.
 
Rangers were reduced to ten men on 56 minutes after skipper Mark Surgenor was dismissed for a challenge on Pepper and, from the free-kick awarded, Linfield extended their advantage when Callagher converted a Niall Quinn free-kick at the back post.
 
It was 4-1 on 64 minutes. Again Quinn provided the delivery which substitute Ryan McGivern headed home with literally his first touch of the game.
 
Waterworth then bagged his hat-trick on 73 with a guided header from Navid Nasseri's cross.

Linfield: Johns, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Stewart, Millar, Nasseri, McClean, Mulgrew, Pepper, Quinn subs Moore (not used), Larkin (not used), Shevlin (not used), Kearns (replaced Mulgrew 71), Doyle (not used), Hery (replaced Nasseri 71), McGivern (replaced Pepper 63)
 
Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Neale, Surgenor, Rodgers, Loughran, Chapman, Frazer, Kelly, Gawne, Gordon, Anderson subs McKinty (not used), Fearon (not used), Ferrin (not used), Smith (replaced Gawne 36), Colligan (not used), Glendinning (replaced Frazer 58), Gibson (replaced Kelly 60) 

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield   5 - 1 Carrick Rangers
  • GOAL

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Mulgrew

    Linfield

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Linfield

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Bastien Hery

    Linfield

    71'
  • GOAL

    Ryan McGivern

    Linfield

    64'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor Pepper

    Linfield

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan McGivern

    Linfield

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kelly

    Carrick Rangers

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Gibson

    Carrick Rangers

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Frazer

    Carrick Rangers

    58'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Reece Glendinning

    Carrick Rangers

    58'
  • GOAL

    Jimmy Callacher

    Linfield

    57'
  •  Red Card

    Mark Surgenor

    Carrick Rangers

    55'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Alex Gawne

    Carrick Rangers

    36'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Smith

    Carrick Rangers

    36'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Caolan Loughran

    Carrick Rangers

    26'
  • GOAL

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    14'
  • GOAL

    Andrew Waterworth

    Linfield

    4'

Linfield

  • Chris Johns
  • Mark Haughey
  • Andrew Waterworth 4' 14' 73'
  • Jimmy Callacher 57'
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Kirk Millar
  • Navid Nasseri red substitution 71'
  • Kyle McClean
  • Jamie Mulgrew red substitution 71'
  • Conor Pepper red substitution 63'
  • Niall Quinn

Substitutes

  • Alex Moore
  • Ross Larkin
  • Matthew Shevlin
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 71'
  • Brandon Doyle
  • Bastien Hery green substitution 71'
  • Ryan McGivern green substitution 63' 64'

Carrick Rangers

  • Aaron Hogg
  • Reece Neale
  • Mark Surgenor 55'
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Lee Chapman
  • Jonathan Frazer red substitution 58'
  • Daniel Kelly red substitution 60'
  • Alex Gawne red substitution 36'
  • Steven Gordon
  • Lloyd Anderson

Substitutes

  • Geoff McKinty
  • David Fearon
  • James Ferrin
  • Michael Smith green substitution 36'
  • Lee Colligan
  • Reece Glendinning green substitution 58'
  • Jordan Gibson green substitution 60'

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