PHILIP Lowry helped himself to four goals as Linfield thumped Donegal Celtic at Windsor Park.
He opened the scoring on seven minutes with a glancing header from a Nathan Hanley free-kick before doubling his tally on 35 minutes with a flick from a Jame Mulgrew cross in off an upright.
The Blues were reduced to ten men on the stroke of half-time when Hanley was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Courtney following a tackle on Paul McVeigh.
Lowry resumed the scoring two minutes from the hour with a close range volley after Mulgrew had delivered another ball.
And he added his fourth just three minutes later with a header after Albert Watson had nodded a Mulgrew free-kick into his path.
The scoring was completed eight minutes from the end through David Armstrong from a Rory Patterson lay-off.
Linfield: Blayney, Armstrong, Lowry, Thompson, Hanley, Fordyce, Ervin, Mulgrew, Watson, McAllister, Casement subs Carvill (replaced Lowry 69), Patterson (replaced Thompson 74), Curran (replaced Fordyce 78), Douglas (not used), McCaul (not used)
Donegal Celtic: Robinson, Keegan, Harkness, McNamee, P. Bradley, McAlorum, Henderson, L. Bradley, Murray, McAllister, McVeigh subs O'Hara (replaced Keegan 83), Lambe (replaced McVeigh 68), Burns (not used), McKinney (not used), Atkinson (not used)
- Philip Lowry claims the match ball after his four goal haul (Picture: William Cherry/PressEye.com)