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Waterworth's character was difference for Linfield: Healy

 

By Steven Beacom

Linfield manager David Healy hailed the character of goalscoring hero Andy Waterworth after his match-winning strike against Glentoran at Windsor Park.

Waterworth had missed a second-half penalty in the Big Two County Antrim Shield quarter-final but in extra-time delivered the decisive moment to earn the Blues a 2-1 victory.

Andrew Mitchell had netted from the spot early on with the impressive John Herron levelling the tie for the Glens prior to Waterworth coming up trumps.

"Fair play to Andy. He had a few chances and missed a penalty but kept going and got his reward," said Healy. "It showed the character he has because he hasn't been starting recently and has been lacking a bit of match sharpness."

Glens boss Ronnie McFall felt the weekend exertions when his team finished the 2-1 loss to Glenavon with eight men took their toll. He said: "I thought for long periods we were the better side. When it went into extra-time the legs started to go."

Linfield will be joined in Saturday's semi-final draw by Crusaders, Ballymena United and Larne, who defeated Ards 3-1. Holders Crusaders overcame Cliftonville 4-3 after extra-time while Ballymena won 3-0 versus Ballyclare.

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