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Linfield extend lead after seeing off Portadown

Portadown's Chris Casement  scores against Linfield

Portadown's Chris Casement scores against Linfield

 

LINFIELD 3 PORTADOWN 2

An impressive 3-2 win over Portadown saw Linfield move four points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Goals from Andy Waterworth, Jamie Mulgrew and Mark McAllister helped the Blues record their 14th league win of the season.

Chris Casement had given the Ports a surprise second-minute lead, while Darren Murray bagged an injury time consolation for the Ports,

The win sees Linfield extend their lead to four points at the top - with Cliftonville now their nearest rivals.

Portadown took the lead in the second minute courtesy of Windsor old-boy Casement.

It came from a superb 30-yard free-kick, with the trajectory of the ball appearing to catch Jonny Tuffey out as he fizzed into the net.

Linfield levelled matters in the 14th minute with Waterworth’s predatory instincts paying dividend.

Ports keeper David Miskelly managed to get a punch onto Matthew Clarke’s curling corner, but the ball rebounded off the inrushing Waterworth and into the net.

The Blues forged ahead in the 19th minute with another slight touch of fortune, with Mulgrew’s cross from the left managing to evade everyone before bobbling into the far corner of the net.

It was 3-1 on 52 minutes with McAllister getting in on the act p the striker latching into a long ball from Mark Haughey before coolly lobbing the advancing Miskelly.

Darren Murray pulled one back in the second minute of stoppage time with a close-range finish, but it was all in vain as they fell to their sixth league defeat of the season.

LINFIELD: Tuffey, Haughey (McVey 83), Waterworth, Lowry, Carvill, BJ Burns, A. Burns, Ward, Clarke, Mulgrew, McAllister (Tipton 80).

Subs not used: Knowles, Glendinning, McCaul.

PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, O’Hara, Ramsey, Mackle (Rooney 78), Murray, Mouncey, McStay, O’Connor, Twigg, Barton.

Subs not used: Brennan, McMahon, McCafferty, Breen.

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus)

 

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