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Linfield new boy Andy Waterworth is well worth watching tonight in Big Two battle

By Graham Luney

Andy Waterworth may come up against Glentoran for the first time tonight since his high profile switch to Linfield in the summer.

The 27-year-old missed the scoreless draw at Windsor Park between the two sides at the end of August.

I've a feeling that if Waterworth had been playing for the Blues that day they just might have edged it.

Waterworth demonstrated in last season's Irish Cup final, when he scored two goals for the Glens in the 3-1 win over Cliftonville, that he's at the peak of his powers.

The former Hamilton ace scored on his European debut for David Jeffrey's side but he also broke a bone in his leg, meaning he was a frustrated spectator while the Blues endured a torrid start to their league campaign.

But now Waterworth is fit and firing and boy, is he firing. I watched him at Mourneview Park on Saturday and not even the outstanding William Murphy could cope with his pace and power.

He rarely gave the Lurgan Blues defence a moments peace, sprinting down the channels with purpose and conviction, creating chances and burying a penalty with consummate ease.

Glentoran know exactly what they are missing. Waterworth won one title at the Glens but he could win many more with Linfield if he stays on the pitch and out of the treatment room.

Linfield are clicking into gear and if the classy operator from Crossgar stays healthy, I'd back the Blues to celebrate a 52nd league championship win.

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