BLUES HIT SWIFTS FOR SIX
Leaders Linfield swept to a crushing 6-1 victory over Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.
The game got off a blistering start with three goals inside the opening quarter-of-an-hour. The visitors moved in front after just two minutes when Kirk Millar unleashed a superb curling finish into the top corner from the edge of the area.
However, the Swifts responded immediately and got back on level terms when Darragh McBrien burst through the middle to slip the ball past Chris Johns.
Linfield restored their advantage on ten minutes courtesy of Chris Shields terrific 25-yard drive which left Swifts keeper Michael Quinn helpless, with Jordan Stewart remarkably making it 3-1 just three minutes after that with a back post header from Jamie Mulgrew's right-sided cross.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the first half produced no further goals, but Linfield did extend their lead further still just 45 seconds after the interval when Matthew Clarke's corner was headed into the net at the far post by Trai Hume.
Linfield's fifth arrived in the 72nd minute after Michael Newberry met a Kyle McClean free-kick to send a downward header past Quinn.
Ahmed Salam completed the scoring deep into stoppage time when he got the final touch to another Clarke delivery.
Dungannon Swifts: Quinn, Coyle, McKendry, Knowles, Oisin Smyth, Campbell, Gallagher, McBrien, Devlin, Glenny, McGee subs Nelson (not used), McAleer (replaced Campbell 65), McCready (replaced Gallagher 65), Odhran Smyth (replaced Devlin 81), Francis (not used), Convie (replaced Knowles 65), O’Kane (replaced Glenny 81)
Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Newberry, Shields, Millar, Hume, Stewart, M. Clarke, Mulgrew, A. Clarke, Palmer subs Walsh (not used), McClean (replaced Shields 46), Fallon (replaced Palmer 71), Donnelly (replaced Stewart 75), Quinn (replaced Millar 58), Salam (replaced A. Clarke 75), Montgomery (not used)