LINFIELD cruised into the Third Round of the League Cup with a 2-0 victory over Championship side Knockbreda, in a largely unremarkable match.
The Blues progressed to the next round past a stubborn ‘Breda side thanks to goals from Matthew Tipton and Mark McAllister.
It was Knockbreda who had the first chance of the match when Eddie Williamson tried his luck from 20 yards in the second minute. Williamson’s rasping effort forced Johnny Tuffey to make a smart parried save with the ball destined for the top left corner.
The deadlock was broken on the half hour mark when former Oldham Athletic striker Matthew Tipton headed home a superb James Knowles cross from the edge of the penalty box. The well worked goal was a rare moment of in game that won’t live long in the memory.
Linfield dominated play in the second half, but Hugh Sinclair’s stubborn side refused to roll over for the Blues. David Jeffrey’s men had to wait until the 69th minute for their second goal. It arrived when Aaron Burns put a dangerous ball in from the left which was bundled home at the back post by Mark McAllister.
While it was far from a memorable night for Linfield, it did secure their first domestic win of the season.