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Portadown 0-4 Linfield

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Linfield boost their Premiership title challenge with an emphatic 4-0 win over Portadown at Shamrock Park

Champions Linfield moved three points clear at the top of the Premiership after an emphatic win at Portadown.

Michael Gault scored on 21 minutes, shooting into the ground from the edge of the box after great work by Robert Garrett to keep the ball in play.

William Murphy stretched at the far post to get his foot to Damien Curran's free to make it two in the 35th minute.

Mark McAllister netted from close-range just before half-time before making it four near the end.

The former Dungannon Swifts front man got the telling touch to Curran's low free-kick into the danger area.

McAllister pounced again in the 86th minute after Peter Thompson's initial shot had been saved by Miskelly.

Before that late strike, McAllister had a shot saved by Miskelly while Linfield keeper Alan Blayney got down to gather a Matthew Tipton effort.

The result puts David Jeffrey's side three points ahead of second-placed Crusaers with the top two scheduled to meet on Saturday.

"The players worked hard and the quality of the football was superb," said Linfield manager David Jeffrey.

"But there was some great defending too and a couple of saves as well.

"We had a fantastic January, but the players are not robots.

"At Linfield the expectations of the players is phenomenal. At times they go off the boil but you keep believing in them and you know it will come right."


Tuesday 22 March

CARLING PREMIERSHIP

DUNGANNON SWIFTS 1
Ward 27
BALLYMENA UNITED 0

PORTADOWN 0
LINFIELD 4
Gault 21
Murphy 35
McAllister 45, 86

SETANTA CUP QUARTER-FINAL SECOND LEG

SHAMROCK ROVERS 4
Kilduff 42
Rice 47
Kavanagh 81, 89
LISBURN DISTILLERY 2
Liggett 14, 56



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see also
Linfield 2-0 Lisburn Distillery
19 Mar 11 |  Irish
Ballymena Utd 2-3 Glentoran
19 Mar 11 |  Irish
Portadown 2-1 Dungannon Swifts
19 Mar 11 |  Irish
Lis Distillery 0-3 Shamrock Rvs
14 Mar 11 |  Irish


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