Knockbreda Football Club
Breda Park,  31-35 Upper Braniel Road, Belfast, BT5 7TX
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Match Reports
KNOCKBREDA FC
Breda Park,  31-35 Upper Braniel Road, Belfast, BT5 7TX
CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE 1       Saturday 12/08/17     PSNI 0 - 0 KNOCKBREDA New season and a new looking Breda team , under manager Jeff Montgomery , travelled to Newforge Lane for a repeat of last season's opening game. Breda  centre forward Michael Halliday's aerial ability was a real threat, bringing into play Breda's attacking players. Defensively Breda's back four and keeper  were  very solid supported by the tireless work of Nathan McVeigh and captain Willie McBurney in midfield, with wide men Newberry and Cockcroft a pacey threat at times.  Murray also worked hard up front with Halliday and Kieran will only improve as he gets sharper. Breda had a real chance to take the lead on 35 minutes when a Cockcroft long throw was headed down by Halliday  with Kieran Murray just failing to get a decisive touch from close range. 3 minutes later Murray got free in the box but pulled his shot past the post. Halliday then came close with a header over the bar on 42 minutes. The 2nd half began with chances for both teams. On 46 minutes Breda's McBurney shot over the bar and one minute later Paul Cainduff denied the home team with a fine diving save from a header. Murray was causing problems for the home defence and his run into the box and cross saw McBurney's effort saved by the keeper. Murray fired over the bar on 69 minutes when well placed following a headed flick on from Halliday who came very close on 77 minutes with a header just past the post. Near the end the home team almost took all 3 points when a close range shot rattled the post. Overall Breda could and should have taken all 3 points but , easily , could have lost all 3 near the end , so 1 point taken and many positives from the game with a very determined and solid performance all round by a new look Breda. Goals will come for this team so we look forward to the season ahead. Next up a home game for Breda  v Ballyclare Comrades - Saturday 19/08/17 - kick off 3pm.       
CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE 1    SATURDAY 19/08/17        KNOCKBREDA 1 - 2 BALLYCLARE COMRADES On a very  windy day Breda's first home league game brought an unexpected event with 4 players sent off. Breda started well dominating play but , on 13 minutes, went behind when a defensive mistake , followed by a foul , allowed the visitors to take the lead with a converted penalty. Breda deservedly equalised on 50 minutes with a great free kick from Ciaran Murray high into the net past the diving keeper. The visitors were then reduced to 10 following an off the ball incident but Breda's lack of discipline meant they could not capitalise on that when they also , shortly after that, had Nathan Mcveigh dismissed for a tackle deemed to be worthy of a red. On 70 minutes the visitors took the lead direct from a fine free kick and Breda's chances diminished with further dismissals of Willie McBurney and Jamie Patterson both for 2nd yellow cards. Breda though had good shouts for 2 penalties turned down near the end.
 CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE 1   SATURDAY 26/08/17       H&W WELDERS 0 - 3 KNOCKBREDA Breda made a number of changes for the short trip to Tillysburn due to suspensions and the introduction of newly signed loanees from Glentoran, Pat Cafolla and Karl Hamill who both had fine debuts. Young Lewis Irwin also made his first competitive start on the right attacking side and caused problems with his pace. On 7 minutes he broke clear down the right and his cross was headed wide by Michael Halliday. The home team almost went ahead on 11 minutes when a long high clearance from their own half was goalbound. Breda keeper , David Ferguson , suddenly realising the danger did very well to get back to his line and claw the ball to safety. Breda continued to create openings and on 30 minutes took the lead with a well struck penalty by Ciaran Murray following a foul in the box which led to the dismissal of a home defender.That goal gave Breda confidence and they continued to dominate with a very solid defensive base of the back four with Conor  Doran and Karl Hamill particularly catching the eye.   It was no surprise when Breda added a 2nd goal on 52 minutes when Halliday controlled the ball in the 6 yard box . As Michael turned he lost his footing but was able to prod the ball forward past the keeper. On 89 minutes sub Jason Walls made it 3-0 with a low near post finish from a Newberry corner. Next up for Breda ,  testing trips to Ballymena United on Tuesday 29/08/17, kick off 7.45pm, for a League Cup game followed on Saturay 02/09/17 by another away league game v Loughgall 3pm kickoff.
NIFL LEAGUE CUP - 2ND ROUND BALLYMENA UTD 3 - O KNOCKBREDA     TUES 29/08/17 Breda travelled to The Showgrounds as big underdogs for this clash against a strong home side and got off to a dreadful start when, within the firty minute a lapse of concentration allowed a home forward to finish  well from inside the box. To their credit Breda recovered very well from that with some good passing moves with centre forward Michael Moore very much involved. On 14 minutes a knock down to him saw him shoot just wide from the edge of the box. On 30 minutes another Moore effort was well saved by the home keeper with Ryan Harvey denied from the rebound when his goalbound shot was again saved by the home keeper. On 34 minutes Breda should have equalised when a great corner from Ryan Newberry found Daniel Culbert alone in the 6 yard box, with his header flying just over. On 43 minutes a great cross from the right by Breda's Lewis Irwin led to Ryan Newberry shooting just past. The home team went 2 up on 62 minutes with a well taken goal and after a Breda sending off on 75 minutes the home team scored a 3rd and final goal on 81 minutes. The sending off , a straight red , was a rather bizarre incident involving Ryan Arthurs and a linesman with the former challenging for the ball at the touchline with a home player  who nudged him while protecting the ball. Ryan's momentum caused contact with the linesman which seemed purely accidental. To the amazement of most in the ground, not least the player concerned ,  the referee , after consulting the official involved produced a straight red.
CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE 1 SAT 02/09/17      LOUGHGALL 0 - 1 KNOCKBREDA On the back of tough midweek games for both teams Breda were on their travels again for the third away game in 8 days. Breda started well with  Michael Halliday leading the attack and causing problems with his control and aerial ability. On 13 minutes a corner was met by him and headed past the post. Following a good move  Breda took the lead on 27 minutes. A pass from Ryan Harvey found Ciaran Murray on the left wing  and his trickery created the space for a cross into the box met by Halliday whose shot looped into the net. 2 minutes later a throw out from Breda's keeper , David Ferguson found full back Karl Hamill who powered forward deep into the opposition half before slipping a through ball just failing to find Halliday. On 33 minutes Halliday again flicked a header on to Harvey who shot wide from outside the box. Arguably Breda's best move came on 41 minutes with Halliday again flicking the ball on to Murray whose deep cross from the left was met by Lewis Irwin from the bye line across the face of the goal with Harvey just failing to get a good connection with the goal gaping. The 2nd half was completely different for Breda who,  having dominated  the first  and failing to capitalise, faced a very determined assault from the home team who had the lion's share of possession with stand in manager Seamus Heath making early second half changes , replacing young players Irwin and Cafolla for experience to stem the tide. Breda were resolute in defence with keeper Ferguson making a great save at the end to safeguard all 3 points. Breda still to concede a goal in 3 away league games - a credit to ALL the boys. Next up a home league game v Limavady Utd  on Saturday 09/09/17 - kick off 3pm. 
CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE 1 Saturday 09/09/17  KNOCKBREDA 2 - 1 LIMAVADY UTD   Having played 3 away games in 8 days , Breda returned to Breda Park for a league game against newly promoted Limavady Utd with the home team looking to build on a good start to the season.                                                 Breda started the better with much of the opening 10 minutes spent camped in the visitor's half without any real chances created although an out of sorts Ciaran Murray did fire over the bar , from the edge of the box after 6 minutes. With their first real attack , the visitors won a corner on 10 minutes with a ball to the far post headed back across goal leading to a speculative overhead kick over the bar. The visitors then came more into the game with both teams guilty of giving the ball away too easily leading to a 0-0 at half time. Breda again started the 2nd half well with an early chance for full back Karl Hamill with a shot from close range saved by the keeper's foot and then Ryan Harvey hit the crossbar from 3 yards out. It was the visitors, however,  who took the lead on 63 minutes with Breda's keeper claiming his first assist of the season ( only joking Fergie !)when a back pass to him  saw his clearance fall to Limavady's Hugh Carlin 25 yards from goal and his shot was deflected into the net. Breda responded well to that setback and  less than 2 minutes later were level when a long throw into the visitor's box was flicked on with young Lewis Irwin hitting a side foot shot into the opposite corner of the net. Breda pushed full back Hamill up top after this and their continued pressure paid off on 85 minutes when the ball dropped to him about 12 yards out and his shot on the half volley flew into the top of the net to give Breda the 3 points and 9 from 9 in their last 3 league games. Next up a massive game for Breda who host Lurgan Celtic on Saturday 16/09/17 kick off 3pm. Everyone is very welcome - come along , have a bit of craic with the game and in the clubhouse and support the boys.
NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP   Saturday 16/09/17     KNOCKBREDA 4 - 2 LURGAN CELTIC With both teams towards the top of  the table there was an extra incentive for the points at a very wet Breda Park. The visitors spurned a great chance to take the lead after 2 minutes but then Breda settled well and dominated the first half with the Celtic keeper making some good saves. The visitors did however carry a threat , particularly through their experienced centre forward Warner Mullan who , in the main , was very well marshalled by Breda's centre backs with a particularly composed display by young Karl Hamill.   Breda took the lead on 36 minutes when Ciaran Murray played a great ball to Ryan Harvey who shot low into the net from 12 yards. Another great move on 41 minutes saw Breda break from a visitors corner with a run from Ryan Newberry, a constant thorn in the visitor's side,who passed to Murray whose cross was met first time in the box by Lewis Irwin , rattling the crossbar and bouncing down to be cleared.2 minutes into the 2nd half Breda thought they had extended their lead when a driven shot by Murray was spilled by the keeper with Harvey heading the rebound into the net. The goal was however ruled out for offside. The visitors then came more into the game and it was no surprise when they equalised through Warner Mullan on 52 minutes. Breda however responded well and regained the lead on 56 minutes when the ball dropped to Mark Cooling just inside the box and he sent a thunderous shot high into the net. On 72 minutes Harvey was played in and his shot was blocked but Murray , following up , finished well from outside the box. Breda completed their scoring on 86 minutes with a great finish by substitute Conall Young. The youngster , on loan from Glenavon ,received a great cross field pass from Murray and with brilliant chest control which beat his marker he then passed the ball into the net. The visitors scored a 2nd goal in added time when a shot by Conor McAnallan was deflected and looped high into the net. An excellent  team performance from Breda , with particular mention to a towering midfield display by Nathan McVeigh and to a great attacking display by Ciaran Murray. This result and others pushed Breda to the league summit - a moment to savour ! Next up for Breda a County Antrim Shield tie v Cliftonville at Solitude on Tuesday 19/09/17 kick off 7.45pm followed by an away league game v Portadown on Saturday 23/09/17 kick off 3pm.
COUNTY ANTRIM SHIELD ( LAST 16)   TUESDAY 19/09/17      CLIFTONVILLE 6 - 0 KNOCKBREDA On a fine night for football and on a high after topping their League on Saturday last, Breda travelled to Solitude hoping to test the home side. Breda started well coming close on 6 minutes when a cross/shot from Stephen Cockcroft from the left side of the box , was blocked into the path of Ciaran Murray whose shot was also blocked with a follow up shot from Paddy Cafolla being turned behind for a corner. On 11 minutes following a well worked freekick Conall Young  was played in to the bye line with his cross collected by Reds  and former Breda keeper Bam Neeson. However after that things took a distinct downward turn with the home team settling to play some incisive stuff with great pace and movement and Jay and Rory Donnelly to the fore.Coupled with some questionable defending by Breda at times, they shot the home team into a 4-0 lead with goals on 13, 16, 20 and 25 minutes , to leave Breda reeling. In fairness and to the credit of management and players,  Breda steadied the ship after that with some personnel and positional changes.The home team also made changes and scored further goals on 60 and 68 minutes. Unfortunately  Conall Young sustained a nasty looking leg injury during the second half and all at the club wish him a full and speedy recovery. On the night the Reds would have thumped any Championship team so Breda now put that behind them and move on to a league game away to Portadown on Saturday 23/09/17 , kick off 3pm.
NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP    Saturday 23/09/17     PORTADOWN 0-1 KNOCKBREDA And so it goes on ! Breda stretched their run of consecutive league wins to 5 following this brilliant result at the home of the pre- season favourites.With obvious pressure on the home team , Breda started well and had early efforts and a number of free kicks around the opposition box. On 8 minutes a shot from outside the box by Ryan Newberry landed at the feet of centre back Karl Hamill who took a touch and fired high into the net from 8 yards. On 16 minutes a Breda free kick from wide left saw a great curling ball by Stephen Cockcroft met by Ciaran Murray with the home keeper saving his effort. The home team were struggling to break down Breda's defensive shape with the back four superbly marshalled by Ryan Arthurs assisted by towering central midfield displays by Nathan McVeigh and Mark Cooling. They did however put a good move together on 42 minutes leading to a headed effort just over the bar. The home team made early 2nd half changes which resulted in more attacking pressure on Bread who weathered the storm and started to create chances to seal the game with the craft and guile of centre forward Ciaran Murray to the fore and the pace of Stephen Cockcroft, Ryan Newberry and Lewis Irwin a constant threat. Bread saw out the game for a fantastic result and 3 points to keep them top of the league. Next up for Breda, a home league game v Dergview , on Saturday 30/09/17 , kick off 3pm. Everyone one welcome to cheer on the league leaders !  
 NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP   Saturday 30/09/17    KNOCKBREDA 0 - 0 DERGVIEW Looking to extend their winning run, Breda started well with a penalty appeal for handball turned down on 3 minutes following a good passing move. They also came close on 15 minutes with a good low effort by Mark Cooling just past the post. The visitors then got started to come into the game with dangerous pacy breaks from a solid  defensive shape. On 48 minutes Breda's  Karl Hamill had a headed chance from 6 yards cleared off the line and with the home team continuing to attack a great pass from Cooling over the full back saw Lewis Irwin race clear into the box but firing just over on 56 minutes. On a dangerous break 5 minutes later the visitors nearly snatched the lead with a shot narrowly past the post with keeper David Ferguson also then making a fine save from a rasping drive. Breda continued to press with  Cockcroft and Murray also coming close. In a chaotic last few seconds following  sustained attack Breda's Ciaran Murray fired a shot just past the post so points shared.  Best wishes go to Breda's Nathan McVeigh for a full & speedy recovery from his injury sustained today in a typical 100% committed tackle . Next up for Breda a huge home league game v Institute on Saturday 07/10/17 kick off 3pm. C'MON BREDA !!