LINFIELD were embarrassed 4-1 by Hearts at Windsor Park in their final warmup before they face Celtic in their Champions League glamour tie on Friday.
The capital club boasted Aaron Hughes and Kyle Lafferty in their ranks at their national stadium. The former Rangers striker was close to opening the scoring yet made a poor attempt to finish.
As Celtic scored 9 in Dublin, Belfast proved less fruitful for Linfield as they faced Ian Cathro’s side. The Belfast side started brightly and were ahead in the eleven minutes as Jamie Mulgrew hit home from 14-yards out.
However, Hearts’ dominance and quality shone through and they got their just rewards as youngster Harry Cochrane’s shot from 20 yards out deflected past the flaying arms of Roy Carroll. The 16-year-old’s first goal for the club.
Jamie Walker put the Edinburgh side ahead with a fine header after a Don Cowie corner after 36 minutes. Esmael Goncalves made it three in the sixty seventh minute after a superb show of strength to run and into the box and finish at an acute angle.
The show of dominance was summed up by the fourth goal coming from substitute Cole Stockton,who latched onto a stray ball to score.
Linfield and David Healy must surely be dreading Celtic’s arrival at Windsor Park on Friday after this showing.
Meanwhile, Rangers’ U20’s were beaten 2-1 at the Rangers Training Centre by junior side Tynecastle FC. In a team boasting Harry Forrester, Michael O’Halloran and Myles Beerman, the youthful side were given a red face as the East of Scotland league side won thanks to Ryan Malcolm and Euan Greig.