Michael McCrudden (13)


Niall Quinn (27)
Andrew Waterworth (57)
Kirk Millar (66)
Andrew Waterworth (86)


Niall Quinn celebrates with his team-mates after levelling for Linfield (©INPHO/Lorcan Doherty)


Linfield returned to the top of the table after coming from behind to defeat Institute at the Brandywell.

'Stute moved in front after 13 minutes. Aaron Jarvis got past Stephen Fallon in his own half to release Joe McCready with a defence splitting pass. McCready's effort was knocked away by Roy Carroll but skipper Michael McCrudden pounced to tuck away the follow up.

Niall Quinn levelled for Linfield just before the half-hour mark with a successfully executed free-kick from just outside the area which flashed low past the wall and keeper Martin Gallagher.

That was how it stayed until the 57th minute. Jimmy Callacher appeared to flick a header onto Andrew Waterworth lurking at the back post who, in turn, beat the offside trap to touch home into the roof of the net.

Then, nine minutes later, Kirk Millar added a third for Linfield with a backpost header after rising to meet a Jordan Stewart delivery from the other side of the area.

Waterworth then completed the scoring with four minutes to go with a comfortable finish after being played through by Michael O'Connor.

Institute: Gallagher, McLaughlin, Bonner, D. Curry, Doherty, S. Curry, McCrudden, Jarvis, Brown, Wilson, McCready subs Dunne (replaced Brown 67), A. Harkin (not used), Moorehead (replaced S. Curry 67), Scoltock (not used), J. Morrow (not used), McIntyre (not used), Henderson (replaced McCready 76)

Linfield: Carroll, Robinson, Callacher, Waterworth, O'Connor, Stewart, Millar, Fallon, Mulgrew, Quinn, Casement subs Stafford (not used), Cooper (replaced Millar 76), Clarke (replaced Stewart 85), Doyle (not used), Garrett (replaced Fallon 82), Reynolds (not used), Deane (not used)

Referee: Andrew Davey

Attendance: 950

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