Jordan Stewart (35)
Joshua Robinson (54)

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Jordan Stewart celebrates opening the scoring (©INPHO/Brian Little)

BLUES REDISCOVER WINNING TOUCH

Linfield returned to winning ways with a two-goal defeat of Ards at Windsor Park.

David McAllister almost handed Ards the early advantage when, after two minutes, he made the most of a misplaced Josh Robinson pass to go one on one with Roy Carroll only for the 'keeper to come out on top.

His opposite number, Aaron Hogg, did well on 20 minutes to deny Andrew Waterworth after he had been played through by Jordan Stewart before play switched to the other end when Carroll again denied the visitors to save from Guillaume Keke.

But the deadlock was broken ten minutes from the break when the ball fell kindly for Stewart from Matthew Clarke's left-sided cross to rifle an effort past Hogg into the net from eight yards.

Then, on 54 minutes, Robinson made it 2-0 to the Blues after he connected with Clarke's corner to head into the bottom left corner.

Despite trailing, Ards didn't give up and were only denied late in the game after Carroll was forced into a double save to keep out McAllister and then Gareth Tommons.

Linfield: Carroll, Robinson, Haughey, Waterworth, Lowry, J. Stewart, M. Clarke, Casement, Rooney, Garrett, Mitchell subs C. Stewart (replaced Waterworth 56), Burns (replaced Rooney 56), Fallon (replaced Mitchell 71), Quinn (not used), R. Clarke (not used)

Ards: Hogg, Byers, Elebert, Taylor, Ruddy, Tommons, Cherry, Frazer, McAllister, Mitchell, Keke subs Hanley (replaced Cherry 80), Kelly (not used), McArthur (replaced Frazer 67), McAleenan (not used), McLellan (replaced Mitchell 73)

Referee: Raymond Hetherington

Attendance: 2119

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