Andrew Waterworth (31)
Chris Casement (58)
Joel Cooper (65)


Joel Cooper celebrates scoring Linfield's third goal (©INPHO/Presseye/Brian Little)


Linfield swept to a three-goal defeat of Institute following an impressive Friday night performance at Windsor Park to make it two wins from two league outings.

Institute keeper Martin Gallagher was called into action early in the game to save well from a Josh Robinson deflected effort.

Further half chances followed for the Blues with Jimmy Callacher and Niall Quinn both seeing efforts go over the bar while Chris Casement hooked the ball a little too high after a goalmouth scramble.

'Stute created their first real effort of note on 29 minutes through Michael McCrudden but he could only fire wide from Aaron Harkin's free-kick.

Linfield broke the deadlock soon after, however, when Andy Waterworth connected with a low cross from Casement to make no mistake from 12 yards ... and he might have doubled his tally a couple of minutes later with a deflected volley just past the left upright.

And Linfield came within a whisker of going in at the break two-up when, in first half stoppage time, Casement saw his goalbound free-kick turned onto the post by Gallagher.

But he wasn't to be denied just before the hour when, from a Joel Cooper square ball, he slid a shot past Gallagher.

Then, seven minutes later, Cooper got on the scoresheet himself with a glancing header after Niall Quinn delivered a curling left-foot cross.

Further chances followed for the Blues through Daniel Kearns and Benny Möller Nielsen as David Healy's side swept to a second successive win.

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Linfield: Carroll, Robinson, Callacher, Waterworth, Cooper, Millar, Clarke, Kearns, Mitchell, Quinn, Casement subs Deane (not used), Stafford (not used), Möller Nielsen (replaced Mitchell 78), O'Connor (replaced Waterworth 70), J. Stewart (replaced Millar 70), Fallon (not used), Smith (not used)

Institute: Gallagher, R. Morrow, McLaughlin, Bonner, D. Curry, Doherty, Dunne, A. Harkin, McCrudden, Moorehead, J. Morrow subs S. Curry (replaced J. Morrow 63), Scoltock (not used), Jarvis (not used), Brown (not used), McIntyre (replaced Moorehead 63), Wilson (not used), Henderson (replaced A. Harkin 72)

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Attendance: 1901

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