Irish Premiership: Linfield 3-0 Warrenpoint Town

Linfield celebrate Ross Clarke's opening goal against Warrenpoint
Linfield were 3-0 up inside the opening 20 minutes

Second-placed Linfield scored three goals inside the opening 20 minutes as they secured an important win over one-from-bottom Warrenpoint Town.

Ross Clarke came in from the right wing to direct a left-foot shot into the far corner to score in the seventh minute.

Linfield bagged their second within a minute as Jamie Mulgrew played the ball into the box where Sammy Morrow lobbed visiting keeper Jonathan Parr.

Mulgrew made it 3-0 in the 19th minute with a shot from outside the area.

It was only Linfield's third win in their last eight league matches and keeps them six points behind Premiership leaders Crusaders with seven matches left.

After last week's Irish Cup quarter-final defeat at Portadown, Blues boss Warren Feeney made four changes with keeper Jonathan Tuffey, Aaron Burns, Michael Clarke and Sammy Morrow coming in.

Linfield quickly took a firm grip on the contest with Ross Clarke snapping up the opener and Morrow adding the second within a minute.

Clarke cut in from close to the bye-line and found the far corner with a fine left-foot finish.

Warrenpoint had barely tie to recover from that setback when former Hibs star Morrow made it 2-0 in the eighth minute.

Mulgrew dinked a ball over the Town defence and Morrow stretched to lob over keeper Jonathan Parr.

It was skipper Mulgrew himself who got the third with a fine shot from well outside the penalty area.

Skipper Jamie Mulgrew strikes Linfield's third goal against Warrenpoint
Skipper Jamie Mulgrew strikes Linfield's third goal against Warrenpoint
Jonathan Boyle of Warrenpoint competes against Linfield's Stephen Lowry
Jonathan Boyle of Warrenpoint competes against Linfield's Stephen Lowry

Linfield manager Warren Feeney: "The amount of negativity about this club lately has been embarrassing.

"Expectations here are massive, but some people need a reality check.

"We scored three fantastic goals and I am glad most of the fans applauded us off."

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