Published Saturday, 08 March 2014
Linfield's Andrew Waterworth scores his second goal against Portadown. (© Pacemaker)
The Blues, who claimed the County Antrim Shield in midweek, went ahead in the opening minute when Andrew Waterworth was quickest to the rebound after Phillip Lowry's initial shot came back off the post.
Portadown drew level two minutes before half time when Sean Mackle curled the ball into the top corner from just inside the area, but Waterworth made sure of the three points for David Jeffrey's side with a close-range header after another Lowry shot had come back off the woodwork.
The result keeps the Blues ahead of defending league champions Cliftonville, but the Reds maintained their own title challenge with an emphatic 5-0 demolition of Ballinamallard.
Liam Boyce was the star of the show for Tommy Breslin's side, rifling home a low drive in the 29th minute for the games opening goal before adding a second soon after and completing his hat-trick in the 39th minute with a low finish past Alvin Rouse in the Mallards' goal.
Having secured the match ball Boyce turned provider in the 57th minute when his through-ball found strike partner Joe Gormley, before Chris Curran completed the route with a well-taken goal against his former club.
Elsewhere on Saturday Glenavon fought back from 2-0 down to seal a 3-2 victory over Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park to tighten their grip on a top-six spot ahead of the league split.
The Lurgan Blues fell behind to two quick-fire goals from Jamie Glackin, who followed up a third-minute tap-in with a neat finish to give his side the advantage.
However Glenavon were back in the contest in the 32nd minute when Mark Patton found the top corner, and just two minutes later it was all-square when Shane McCabe netted with a 20-yard thunderbolt.
Reece Marshall completed the comeback with a rasping shot into the roof of the net midway through the second half to seal a victory which sees Gary Hamilton's side move four points ahead of seventh-placed Ballymena United.
Finally on Saturday Ards were 2-0 winners away to Warrenpoint town in the battle of the League's bottom two sides.
Mark Burns opened the scoring for the visitors with a firm header from a corner in the 46th minute, and William Faulkner completed the scoring for Niall Currie's side when Town keeper Jonathan Parr could only push Andy Mitchell's header into the striker's path.
Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership results:
Cliftonville 5-0 Ballinamallard United
Glenavon 3-2 Dungannon Swifts
Portadown 1-2 Linfield
Warrenpoint Town 0-2 Ards
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