Carrick Rangers 0-4 Linfield

Linfield maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Premiership with a comfortable win over Carrick Rangers.

Mark McAllister converted the rebound from six yards in the 12th minute after Declan Browne denied Michael Carvill.

McAllister laid the ball off for Billy Joe Burns to fire in from 25 yards a minute later.

McAllister guided home a Burns cross from the left five minutes before half-time and Carvill curled a 20-yard effort into the top corner late on.

Philip Lowry played in Carvill to set up McAllister's first goal of the game.

After Burns put the Blues 2-0 ahead, Michael Gault saw his effort palmed over by Browne.

After half-time William Murphy saw his effort cleared off the line by Ryan Deans but Carvill controlled the ball and shot home off the underside of the bar to complete a convincing victory for the champions.