Linfield hit league summit after dispatching Mallards at Windsor Park

Linfield's Aaron Burns celebrates scoring against Ballinamallard
Linfield's Aaron Burns celebrates scoring against Ballinamallard

LINFIELD 3 BALLINAMALLARD 0

Linfield eased to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with a 3-0 victory over Ballinamallard United.

Second half goals from Aaron Burns (2) and Andy Waterworth settled this clash at Windsor Park.

Burns headed home in the 49th to break the deadlock.

The midfielder doubled his and Linfield’s tally five minutes from the end before Waterworth added a third in stoppage time.

The win to sees the Blues go one point clear at the summit.

The goals were rare highlights during a disappointing game played in freezing conditions.

Burns blazed over in the 30th minute, while at the other end Ryan Campbell fired just wide of the post for the Mallards on 35 minutes.

The home fans finally had something to cheer four minutes after the break when Burns forced home Kirk Millar’s corner, the ball bobbling into the net from seven yards.

Burns settled the game with his second goal in the 85th minute, the winger ghosting in to finish off Niall Quinn’s free-kick.

Mark Stafford was denied by Ross Glendinning in the 93rd minute, just before Linfield made it 3-0.

Waterworth completed the scoring with virtually the last kick of the game, the striker racing clear before coolly slotting past McCusker.

LINFIELD: Ro. Glendinning, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Lowry, Millar (Sproule 75), Burns (Clucas 87), Morrow (Carvill 87), Mulgrew, Re. Glendinning, Quinn.

Subs not used: Tuffey, Matt. Clarke.

BALLINAMALLARD: McCusker, McMenamin, Stafford, Kee, Martin, Hutchinson (Foy 64), McCartney, Currie (Lafferty 70), Campbell, Crilly, McLoughlin (Dykes 70).

Subs not used: Murphy, Feeney.

Referee: Ian McNabb (Belfast)