After two points dropped against Cliftonville on Tuesday night, the trip to Stangmore Park couldn’t come quick enough for Linfield, as they aimed to get back on a winning track, after only one league win in five games in 2015.
For most of the first-half, it was all about Linfield’s build-up play, as they were unable to break through Dungannon’s defence.
In fact, it was Dungannon who had the only shots of the opening exchanges. They were easy saves for Glendenning, but they were still able to get a strike on goal.
Eventually, Linfield began to take control of the game and began to look like scoring. The best moment came when Stephen Lowry burst through, but his shot was well saved.
It was a game that was crying out for Ross Clarke, surprisingly named on the bench, to be introduced.
At half-time, he was coming on for Stephen Lowry.
The first time Linfield were able to get Clarke on the ball, saw him win a corner kick that resulted in Linfield’s first goal, when Aaron Burns fired home from inside the penalty area.
The ball didn’t hit the netting but it was clearly over the line. The lack of protest from Dungannon players backed that up.
Despite Linfield going deservedly in front, the game was far from won, with a poor clearance from Ross Glendenning presenting an opportunity for Jamie Douglas, who fired wide.
With twenty minutes to go, Andrew Waterworth kept a move alive by playing the ball left to Grant McCann, who crossed for Jimmy Callacher to head home.
Despite throwing away a 2-0 lead on Tuesday night, you knew a 2-0 lead would be ok for Linfield today.
To add icing to the cake, Andrew Waterworth headed home to make it 3-0.
Crusaders won today, so there was no ground made up in the table. Given the score at half-time, thankfully, there was none lost.
Up next, a double header against Portadown.