Linfield hit three against Carrick Rangers
Newly-promoted Carrick were hosting their first top-flight match at Taylor’s Avenue in 20 years and they put up a brave fight until the 65th minute when Lowry broke the deadlock, losing his marker to head home from a corner.
Within the blink of an eye the Blues had doubled their advantage as Burns gleefully steered home past Gers stopper Brian Neeson.
Millar made it 3-0 with 12 minutes to go, volleying home from a left-wing cross.
Carrick Rangers: Neeson - Smyth, Doyle, Kelly, Traynor - Harmon (c), McNeill, Surgenor (Kane 19), McCloskey - Roy (Browne 75), Chines (Miskimmin 75). Subs not used: Arthur, Cherry.
Linfield: Glendinning - Ward, Hegarty (Quinn 71), Haughey, Clarke - Millar, Lowry, Mulgrew (Kee 76), Burns - Waterworth (c), Bates (Salley 86). Subs not used: Deane, TJ Murray.
Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan).