Linfield ease to points against Glenavon

Paul Smyth celebrates scoring a goal for Linfield against Glenavon. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Linfield 3 - 0 Glenavon

Linfield remain in touch with Crusaders in the Irish Premiership race, thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Glenavon at Windsor Park.

The points were all but sealed in the first half as Linfield scored three times to ensure their final home game in the league this season would end with a win.

A solid start was finally rewarded on 28 minutes when the Blues won a penalty.

A poor back pass by James Singleton was snapped up by Andy Waterworth who was felled by keeper Johnny Tuffey and referee Steven Taylor pointed to the spot and booked the Glenavon stopper.

Aaron Burns swept the ball home for 1-0 and, four minutes later, that lead was doubled when Niall Quinn's cross was headed powerfully into the corner of the net by Mark Haughey.

An excellent first half was complete when Paul Smyth made it 3-0 on 44 minutes from Waterworth's pass.

Glenavon battled hard in the second half, but it was Linfield who had the better chances to add to their tally - with the best of these a Waterworth effort cleared off the line in the last attack of the game.