BLUES HIT GLENAVON FOR SIX
A storming second half performance saw Linfield thump Glenavon at Mourneview Park.
Despite the eventual outcome the sides went in at the break having bagged a goal each in the first half.
Andrew Clarke opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute with a sweeping finish into the bottom corner after a set piece into the area wasn't cleared.
Glenavon levelled after 19 minutes. Conor Kerr crossed a ball into the box, followed by Conor McCloskey who then controlled it and send a well executed volley past Chris Johns into the net.
Sam Roscoe restored Linfield's lead seven minutes into the second half when he pounced on the loose ball from a corner to turn the ball home from close range before, five minutes after that, Eetu Vertainen added a third got enough of a touch to Clarke's low cross to divert the ball beyond Rory Brown.
It was 4-1 on 64 minutes courtesy of a Chris Shields spot-kick awarded after Daniel Finlayson had been brought down by Danny Wallace ... and Shields struck again with his second penalty of the game a quarter-of-an-hour later after another Clarke cross had been handled in the area.
New signing Max Haygarth then completed the scoring eight minutes from time with a low, curling finish into the bottom left corner.
Glenavon: Brown, Kerr, Birney, Fitzpatrick, Campbell, Baird, McCloskey, Prendergast, Wallace, Rogers, Garrett subs A. Doyle, Snoddy, Doran, Malone, Ward, Burns, Bradley
Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Newberry, Shields, McClean, Cooper, M. Clarke, Finlayson, Mulgrew, Vertainen, A. Clarke subs Walsh, Stewart, McKee, Devine, Haygarth, Pepper, Palmer