HE is now the hottest property in the Danske Bank Irish League.
And when Matthewn Tipton was substituted towards the end of the match he got a raucous standing ovation from the Windsor Park faithful for his hat trick against Coleraine.
The whole stadium was on their feet to salute the striker who has bagged six goal in his last three games.
And what a treat for manager David Jeffrey.
The day after he celebrated 16 years at the Linfield helm, his players didn’t let him down with a 5-2 win over Coleraine.
Tipton scored two goals in the first half along with a penalty from spot kick expert Mark McCaul to give Linfield a 3-0 lead at half time.
Coleraine pulled one back on the 49th minute before McAllister made it 4-1 to Coleraine.
The visitors were starting to come into the game and when Harkin slotted home on the 67th minute it looked as though if Coleraine could get another goal, it would lead to a cracking last 20 minutes.
However, it was not to be and hot shot Tipton popped up on the 86th minute to make it 5-2 before the manager took him and receive his deserved adulation from the Blues fans.
It keeps Linfield in third place and the winning streak continues.
Second placed Crusaders travelled to Mourneview Park for a tricky encounter with Glenavon.
And after 14 minutes, Crusaders came unstuck when Glenavon took the lead with a Haughey goal.
McCutcheon equalised on 31 minutes before Glenavon took the lead three minutes later through Martyn.
However, Crusaders, who are well known for their never-say-die attitude under manager Stephen Baxter equalised just four minutes before the half time break through Heatley.
And on 65 minutes Deccy Caldwell gave the Shore Road men the lead to keep Baxter’s men still in contention with table toppers Cliftonville.
However, the Reds have two games in hand over Crusaders and don’t play until Monday night when they host Glentoran at Solitude.
In the other games, it took 78 minutes before Dungannon could break down the Lisburn Distillery defence at Stangmore park thanks to a Friars goal.
And a single Twigg goal on 50 minutes was all that separated Portadown from Donegal Celtic at Mournview Park
On Friday night, Co Antrim Shield winners Ballymena Utd beat Ballinamallard 3-1.
RESULTS IN DANSKE BANK IRISH PREMIER LEAGUE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2013:
DUNGANNON 1 (Friars 78) v LISBURN DISTILLERY 0
GLENAVON 2 (Haughey 14, Martyn 34) v CRUSADERS 3 (McCutcheon 31, Heatley 41, Caddell 65)
LINFIELD 5 (Tipton 8, 41, 86,McCaul pen 9, McAllister 53) v COLERAINE 2 (Allen 49, Harkin 67)
PORTADOWN 1 (Twigg 50) v DONEGAL CELTIC 0