Aaron Burns extends Linfield's lead (Picture: William Cherry/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Linfield cruised to a comfortable five-goal defeat of Championship visitors Larne to safely progress in the Northern Ireland League Cup.
Andrew Waterworth edged Linfield into the lead on 14 minutes with a shot under the body of the 'keeper after getting on the end of an Aaron Burns defence splitting ball.
It was 2-0 on 20 minutes following a bit of pinball in the Larne box before Aaron Burns emerged to get the final touch.
Waterworth then doubled his tally just after the half-hour mark after he got on the end of a Chris Casement pass from the right to stroke the ball past Joel Madison.
And Matthew Clarke added a fourth moments from the break when he cut in from the left, was allowed too much space and duly punished the visitors with a left-foot strike.
Darren Stuart might have pulled one back for Larne on 58 minutes only to be thwarted by Roy Carroll saving with his legs while, at the other end, Waterworth was denied his hat-trick after Madison stretched to his right to keep the ball out.
The scoring was completed six minutes from time through Stephen Fallon's header from a Ross Gaynor cross from the left.
Linfield: Carroll, Stafford, Clingan, Callacher, Waterworth, Burns, M. Clarke, Casement, Fallon, Mulgrew, Gaynor subs Lowry (replaced Mulgrew 58), Bright (replaced Burns 60), Millar (not used), Carson (not used), Frazer (replaced Stafford 67)
Larne: Madison, McKenna, Thompson, Rodgers, Arthur, Irvine, McIlveen, Kane, Smith, Stuart, McCabe subs Dorrian (not used), McManus (replaced Stuart 85), Ruddock (not used), Mawhinney (replaced McCabe 88), McWilliams (not used)
Referee: Peter McGrath