Irish Premiership: Linfield defeat Glens to go six clear at top

Jordan Stewart celebrates scoring against former club Glentoran in Monday night's game
Jordan Stewart celebrates scoring against former club Glentoran in Monday night's game

Linfield extended their lead at the Premiership summit thanks to a 4-2 victory over Belfast rivals Glentoran.

Jordan Stewart put the Blues in front from a penalty before Calum Birney's own goal made it 2-0 at the break.

Glentoran came out with a bang on the restart with Curtis Allen flicking in before Robbie McDaid equalised.

Chris Casement fired home to restore Linfield's lead and Joe Crowe was sent-off for the visitors before Michael O'Connor sealed victory for Linfield.

David Healy's side chalked up a ninth straight win as they saw off the spirited challenge of Glentoran, who came into the Windsor Park game on the back of two successive victories.

Stewart was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after six minutes as he went down under a challenge from Birney.

Blues striker Andrew Waterworth and Glentoran's Nathan Kerr battle for possession at Windsor Park
Blues striker Andrew Waterworth and Glentoran's Nathan Kerr battle for possession at Windsor Park

The hosts dominated the first half and took a deserved lead on 36 minutes when Stewart tucked away the spot-kick after Crowe's foul on Josh Robinson.

The advantage was doubled four minutes before the break when the unfortunate Birney deflected Kirk Millar's cross into his own net.

Gary Smyth has sparked new life into this Glentoran side since taking over as boss earlier this month and his half-time talk seemed to do the trick as the visitors came out roaring at the start of the second half.

Two goals came within three minutes, starting with striker Allen nipping in to get a touch on Chris Gallagher's cross to nudge the ball beyond keeper Gareth Deane.

It was quickly followed by the equaliser as McDaid banged home the rebound after Deane could only parry Darren Murray's header.

Robbie McDaid takes to the air after bringing Glentoran level in the Belfast derby
Robbie McDaid takes to the air after bringing Glentoran level in the Belfast derby

Linfield had not conceded a goal in over 11 hours of league football before the double strike but they gradually recovered and moved back in front on 74 minutes.

Blues substitute Daniel Kearns pulled the ball back for Casement to slot in and within seconds of the restart Crowe was dismissed for two yellow cards.

O'Connor ensured a comfortable conclusion to the game for the Blues with the susbstitute hammering home after keeper Dwayne Nelson blocked Stewart's shot.

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