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
IRISH CUP - LAST 32     Saturday 06 January 2018   KNOCKBREDA 0 - 2 INSTITUTE Breda started with 3 new signings, Mick O'Hanlon, Kyle Mackie and Fra Rice and the opening few minutes were fairly even and uneventful. However Breda went behind to a very soft goal on 8 minutes when a speculative chip into their box saw their defenders slow to react allowing a visiting forward to hit the ball low into the net from 10 yards. The away team were dominating play with home keeper Ferguson making a great diving save from a long range shot on 28 minutes. The visitors were given a massive boost when the referee gave a horrendous penalty award on 40 minutes for a perceived foul in the box. It is  no exaggeration to say that the referee was about the only person present who thought the  ( great ) tackle was a foul with both sets of spectators totally bemused by it. Leading 2-0 at half time the visitors held on comfortably in the 2nd half and could have scored 1 or 2 more. It is a pity that the main talking point after the game was the penalty decision. Hopefully the referee will realise how badly wrong his decision was. Next up for Breda a home league game v Loughgall FC on Saturday 13 /01/18 kick off 2pm. 
NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP   Saturday 13/01/18     KNOCKBREDA 1 - 2 LOUGHGALL At a wet and windy Breda Park , the new look Breda started well , giving debuts to keeper Jason Craughwell and centre forward Chris Watts.On 3 minutes a cross from wide right by Kyle Mackie was met by  Ryan Newberry who scuffed his shot past the post. The home team survived a scare on 10 minutes when an inswinging corner was caught on the wind and came off the bar to safety. Loughgall then had a goal disallowed on 25 minutes for a questionable offside with Breda having an attack cleared shortly after in an entertaining opening. That decision was one of several dubious ones by the officials. On 28 minutes Newberry collected the ball in midfield playing a great ball wide right to Mackie whose cross was headed wide by centre forward Chris Watts.Mackie was causing the visitors problems and another cross by him on 35 minutes again found Watts in the box but he headed wide. The visitors took the lead on 41 minutes with a rapid break as Breda lost the ball deep in the visitor's half with Peter Campbell finishing well from the edge of the box.  Breda started the 2nd half well with a good run and effort by O'Hanlon well saved on 46 minutes. Breda however fell further behind on 51 minutes when they were again caught out by a swift counter attack with a cross from the left finished well by Nataniel Ferris at the far post. Breda had a great chance to score on 77 minutes when sub Lewis Irwin was played in with his shot again well saved by Buchanan in the visitor's goal. Irwin  did however score in the 90th minute with a fine first time finish in the box from a low cross but with very little added time played Loughgall held on for a well deserved win. Has to be said that , for the third week running , the main talking point after the game was yet another decision by a referee , on this occasion not to award Breda a penalty kick for a foul on Conell Young, with all in the ground, except the officials, agreeing on the matter. Just not good enough. Next up for Breda an away league game v Institute on Tuesday 16/01/18 , kick off 8pm at Limavady FC followed by a home league game v Newry City on Saturday 20/01/18  kick off 2pm.
NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP   Saturday 20/01/18     KNOCKBREDA 0-1 NEWRY CITY  With a strong low sun hampering players , match officials  and spectators, the opening exchanges were competitive and somewhat scrappy. In line with that the visitors took the lead on 30 minutes when,following a corner  , the ball came off the crossbar, into a muddy 6 yard box and with Breda failing to clear , the ball was smashed into their net , from 2 yards , by the visitor's number 9 Mark McCabe. Breda came close to an equaliser on 40 minutes with a fine effort from just outside the box by Kyle Mackie which went narrowly past the post. Just after the restart Breda again came close when , after a good passing move , Nathan McVeigh , curled a great effort just over from 18 yards. Home keeper Jason Craughwell kept Breda in the game on 75 minutes with a great save low down from a close range shot. Breda sub Curtis Dempster came closest to squaring things up in the last 10 minutes  when he first of all took the ball round the keeper but , from a wide position , his shot was blocked by a defender  and the visitor's luckily also escaped when the same player was one on one with the keeper and his effort went just over. Nothing much between the two teams with the visitors holding out to take all 3 points.
 NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP    Saturday 27/01/18      BALLYCLARE COMRADES 2 - 3 KNOCKBREDA To the delight of players, management & supporters , Breda's search for points ended today as they deservedly came away with all 3. Young Conell Young was the victim of a very poor tackle on 2 minutes which , as he continued to do throughout the game , the referee did not either see or chose to ignore. On 10 minutes Breda keeper Jason Craughwell made a great save to deny the home team. In the opening period Breda had been vulnerable to crosses into their box and from one from a free kick went behind with a fine header into the corner of the net. Against a strong wind Breda struggled to get out of their own half but , on 20 minutes Paddy Cafolla played in Curtis Dempster but his shot from 12 yards was well saved. The game turned on 27 minutes with a goal from nothing - and what a goal! The ball was headed on to Breda centre forward Chris Watts who chested the ball down and from 25 yards hit an unstoppable volley high into the net. Both teams had chances before the break but turned round all square. With the wind at their backs Breda pushed forward and took the lead on 70 minutes when a long throw into the Comrades box by Daniel Culbert was met by the home keeper with the ball going through his hands and into the net. On 85 minutes Breda extended their lead when , following a passing move between Cafolla and Watts the latter was fouled in the box. Ryan Newberry duly rifled the spot kick into the net. Ex Breda player , Matty Parker  , reduced the lead on 89 minutes with a great low drive from 25 yards but Breda held on to celebrate a great 3 points. Great to see all the players and management at the end with big smiles on their faces. Onwards and upwards !! Breda's last league game before the split is on Tuesday 30/01/18 away to Insitute FC kick off 8pm at Limavady Showgrounds.
NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP  Saturday 10/02/18   LARNE 8 - 0 KNOCKBREDA Nothing much to say really.  First half very good , solid team display. 1-0 at halftime. Second half not so.   We move on ! Next up home league game v Dergview , Saturday 17/02/18.   ** PLEASE NOTE KICK OFF TIME IS 3PM **
NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP   Saturday 17/02/18     KNOCKBREDA 1 - 4 DERGVIEW In an important game for both teams , early nerves were obvious with little to choose between the teams for 25 minutes. The visitors took the lead on 28 minutes with a well worked goal from a free kick but Breda then self destructed with poor defending on 30 minutes and 35 minutes to go in 3-0 down at halftime. Breda dominated the 2nd half missing several chances before a Newberry penalty on 76 minutes reduced the arrears but the visitors restored their 3 goal cushion near the end.
 NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP   Saturday 24/02/18 LURGAN CELTIC 1 - 1 KNOCKBREDA Breda started  brightly with Cafolla playing Newberry in on goal with the striker hitting his shot against the keeper when he should have scored. The game quickly became dour and scrappy although a poor decision by the referee denied Breda the lead when a foul was given against the home keeper who clearly spilled the ball for a tap in from a free kick. Breda nearly took the lead on 70 minutes when a header from Fra Rice hit the post but went behind on 78 minutes with a home penalty. This seemed to stir Breda who startted to attack with more urgency and created good chances which they did not take.  
NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP    KNOCKBREDA 7 - 0 LURGAN CELTIC   Saturday 07/04/18   Breda started well, dominating possession  and created 3 good chances in the opening minutes but could not take any. That trend continued and eventually , in the last 6 minutes of the half , Breda scored 3 quickfire goals to ease anxiety. The scorers were midfielder Patrick Cafolla with 2 sandwiched by a rare goal from fullback Daniel Culbert. In the opening few minutes of the 2nd half Breda missed chances for further goals including one by Cafolla to seal his hatrick. Further goals arrived starting with an unfortunate og , from a corner kick on 55 minutes , and with the visitors reduced to 10 men with Aaron Rodgers sent off for dissent, Breda scored further goals on 73 , 75 , 77 and 81 minutes through Lloyd Anderson 2, Karl Hamill and Brendan Bennett. Big 3 points for Breda in their fight to stay in this League. Next up for Breda a home league game v PSNI on Saturday 14/04/18 , kick off 3pm.
NIFL  CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday 14/04/18 KNOCKBREDA 2 - 2 PSNI With plenty to play for both teams started nervously in windy conditions and neither could keep possession of the ball for long. The visitors did have an early shout for a penalty declined after a strong run into the box by centre forward Adamczyk. It was Breda , however , who took the lead on 25 minutes when a long throw into the visitor's box by Culbert was met, from 8 yards out , by Lloyd Anderson whose header went high into the net with PSNI keeper Williamson stranded. The lead was fairly short lived when Breda failed to deal with a cross into their box from a freekick. The ball fell to Ashton McDermott who finished well from 6 yards with a well hit low volley. With Breda's forwards continuing to cause problems for the visitors , it was experienced centre forward Michael Halliday who created Breda's 2nd goal just on the halftime whistle. His strength and control led to his pass in the box to the feet of Brenan Bennett who turned past a defender and fired low into the net. The 2nd half was also very tight but Breda had chances to extend their lead before the visitors levelled on 85 minutes with a well taken haeded goal from 6 yards by Lucas Adamczyk. 
NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP    Saturday 21/04/18   PSNI 1 - 0 KNOCKBREDA Breda travelled to Newforge looking to pick up points in their penultimate league game to ease pressure. They could and should have won this following early dominance starting on 4 minutes when a long ball through through middle saw Brendan Bennett scuff a shot past the post from 12 yards. Breda had a penalty shout declined on 7 minutes when the same player was brought down in the box. Bennett was prominent in Breda's attacks and on 27 minutes shot past the post again following good work by Lloyd Anderson. Breda failed to take further chances in the 2nd half and lost to a home goal on 80 minutes when Breda failed to clear a corner and the ball was fired home from the edge of their box. Next up for Breda a must win final home league game v Limavady on Saturday 28/04/18 kickoff 3pm.
 NIFL CHAMPIONSHIP   Saturday 28/04/18   KNOCKBREDA 6 - 1 LIMAVADY Breda knew exactly where they stood for this final league game of the season with their Championship status on the line. There was a massive response from the players as they took control from the start and following good work by Ryan Newberry , Brendan Bennett shot low into the net after 5 minutes. Breda were temporarily rocked on 11 minutes when the visitors scored when Logue volleyed in a cracking shot from 25 yards. Breda's pressure paid off on 27 minutes when they retook the lead when Jamie Patterson bundled the ball in following a corner. With one eye on events in Castlederg Breda started the 2nd half well and on 48 minutes extended their lead after good work in the box by Michael Halliday found Michael O'hanlon who sidefooted into the net from 10 yards. On 54 minutes Breda sealed the win when O'Hanlon was brought down in the box with Newberry firng in from the penalty.  5 minutes later O'Hanlon scored his second following good work by Paddy Cafolla. Breda kept their best goal for last when good play by Lloyd Anderson and Bennett saw the latter's fine cross powerfully headed into the net by Halliday whose overall performance was an inspiration to his ( much) younger team mates. After a topsy turvy season Breda will play in the Championship again next season so congratulations to all the players,  management and coaches.