Late Linfield comeback secures victory

Published Saturday, 04 January 2014
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A dramatic last minute Linfield comeback saw the Blues come from two goals down to earn a 3-2 victory over Warrenpoint Town on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the Irish Premiership to six points.

Late Linfield comeback secures victory
Mark Haughey celebrates the winner for Linfield. (© Presseye)

The game at Milltown kicked off earlier than originally planned due to concerns about the floodlight capacity at the newly-refurbished ground, and it was the hosts who started the brighter with Stephen Hughes netting from the penalty spot in the 25th minute after Jonny Tuffey had brought down Daniel Hughes.

The Blues squandered a number of chances to equalise, and were made to pay when Liam Bagnall headed home from close range after being set up by Stephen Hughes.

Linfield pressed hard for a reply but had to wait until the 84th minute for Andrew Waterworth to head in their first of the afternoon.

A comeback still appeared unlikely, but Mark McAllister's low drive in the final minute of normal time made it 2-2, before Mark Haughey headed home in injury time to snatch the victory.

With Crusaders facing Dungannon Swifts on Monday and Cliftonville travelling to Glenavon on Tuesday, there were just three other games in the top flight on Saturday.

Ballymena United extended their unbeaten run in the league to five games with a 1-0 victory over Ballinamallard United at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

David Cushley scored the decisive goal in the 61st minute when he dispatched a low shot which crept in off the post.

It was a feast of superb goals in the game at The Oval, as Glentoran and Portadown shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

The opening goal came in the 32nd minute when Glentoran's Jordan Stewart steered an audacious backheel flick past Ports' stopper Billy Brennan, but Darren Murray hit back with a wonderful turn-and-shot into the top corner.

Chris Casement then got in on the spectacular goalscoring action with a 30-yard piledriver in the 73rd minute to put Portadown into the lead, but Jay Magee had the final say with a close-range finish in the second minute of added time after Brennan had saved Stewart's initial effort.

Finally Coleraine ended their nine-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over bottom side Ards.

Stephen Dooley, who was signed on a short-term deal while home for Christmas from his university studies in the United States, netted the opener after latching onto a pass from Eoin Bradley before steering the ball past Alan Blayney.

David Ogilby was sent off soon after for a rash challenge on Willie Faulkner, but Coleraine still had plenty left in the tank and Bradley scored from the spot after being brought down by Andy Hunter to wrap up a much-needed victory for the Bannsiders.

Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership Results:

Warrenpoint Town 2 - 3 Linfield
Warrenpoint: Stephen Hughes pen 25, Liam Bagnall 45
Linfield: Andrew Waterworth (84), Mark McAllister (89), Mark Haughey (90+1)

Ballymena United 1-0 Ballinamallard United
Ballymena: David Cushley (61)

Coleraine 2- 0 Ards
Coleraine: Stephen Dooley (55), Eoin Bradley (78) David Ogilby s/o (59)

Glentoran 2 - 2 Portadown
Glentoran Jordan Stewart (32) Jay Magee (90+2)
Portadown: Darren Murray (60), Chris Casement (73)

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Comments Comments
davy in belfast wrote (388 days ago):
Its nothing to do with the I.F.A money or refs favouring Linfield. Its about a tradition that goes back decades, about passion that is installed into a group of players who pull on the blue jersey., making them aware of exactly who they are representing.Its about pride, belief,hard work, and not forgetting they are representing the biggest football club on the island. Comebacks are part of Linfield's dna. Its what we do.
Tendwayi in Beal Feirste wrote (390 days ago):
Indeed Bagnall should have walked for the wreckless tackle after his yellow in the 1st half. Tactically we were devoid of ideas, I'm not sure what we do in training but it's not pass and move anyway. DJ has us playing the long ball at every opportunity. 3 goals from 3 set pieces, we can't score from open play against 'Point! Still, a win's a win and feels that bit better after we'd already accepted defeat on the 'terraces' (path).
Robert Mckenzie in S. Belfast wrote (391 days ago):
What an exciting match! Well done to both teams. It was a great advert for the much wrongly maligned Irish League. I am excited by the signing of Ivan Sproule. He should do well for us. His speed and that of uncle Andy should cause defenders nightmares and produce goals.We are in a good position, but it is still all to play for.
Darzo in Co Down wrote (391 days ago):
@ Andy - Dont talk about robbery to me 1 off your players should of been sent off in 1st half and wat a come back by the mighty LINFIELD! Wat u seen yesterday is the 2013/2014 champions haha!
larry in eastbelfast wrote (391 days ago):
I'm sure the support linfield brough to your ground yesterday maybe you will get a new pitch tt The biggest club in the land super linfield
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