Cup king Peter keeps on scoring
Linfield 5-1 Carrick Rangers
Linfield manager David Jeffrey paid tribute to Peter Thompson after he made it 31 goals in 31 Irish Cup appearances to help the Blues ease past Carrick Rangers in Saturday’s sixth round tie.
Thompson opened the scoring ahead of Philip Lowry’s double and single strikes from Mark McAllister and Daryl Fordyce ensuring the holders would enjoy safe passage to the quarter-finals.
“Peter's goal was instinctive,” explained Jeffrey. “It was a fantastic turn and volley. I really didn't appreciate how good it was until I saw it on television.
“He has a quite phenomenal record in the Irish Cup. The funny thing is he probably missed the easiest chance of the match, which is uncharacteristic of him. But he's been a great player for this club over the years.”
Jeffrey was just as delighted by how his side made light work of their opponents to ensure there would be no repeat of Carrick’s famous 1976 Irish Cup final shock against the Blues.
“I thought we passed the ball very well and we scored five great goals, all of which seemed to have a different quality about them,” he added.
“The quality of our football was top class, our players deserve a lot of credit.”
The first goal arrived in the 21st minute when Carrick’s failure to clear a Michael Carvill corner led to Mark McAllister returning the ball to the danger area, where Thompson lay in wait to squeeze a volley past goalkeeper Paul Murphy from 10 yards out.
Linfield doubled their advantage in the 24th minute when McAllister drilled a low shot at goal and Murphy parried the ball straight into the path of Philip Lowry, who couldn't miss from close range.
Lowry claimed his second on the hour from another McAllister assist with Carrick offering little in the way of resistance.
Linfield added the fourth in the 64th minute when McAllister smashed the ball home from just inside the box after a superb cross by Jim Ervin and an accurate knock down from Thompson.
Substitute Daryl Fordyce made it 5-0 in the 77th minute when his marvellous 25 yard free-kick found the corner of the Carrick net ahead of Shane Dolan’s consolation.
Linfield will face either Coagh United or Newbuildings in the quarter-finals with the sides, who drew 1-1 on Saturday, set for a Hagan Park replay next Monday and Jeffrey admitted he was happy with the news.
“You always look for a home draw and that's what we've got,” he said.
“After that you maybe look for what some people call junior opposition and we've got that as well.
“There have been some big shocks already this year, so we won't be taking anything for granted.”
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