Knockbreda Football Club
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Breda Park, 31-35 Upper Braniel Road, Belfast, BT5 7TX
Breda Park, 31-35 Upper Braniel Road, Belfast, BT5 7TX
Under 20 Management/Coaching Team Manager: Corey Wilson Coach: Johnny Savage
Knockbreda Reserves defeat Crusaders by two goals to claim the George Wilson Cup at Seaview. The East Belfast side bounced back from defeat in last year’s final against H&W Welders U20 to end the season on a high in the final game of the entire 2018/2019 season. It was the Championship Development League side who took the lead on 41 minutes through David Fearon who popped up at the back post to fire home the opening goal. A nasty looking injury to Knockbreda’s Robert McNulty resulted in the defender being stretchered off as the young Crusaders side looked for a way back into the game. Josh McGreevy had an effort which flashed across the front of Piaras Toolan’s goal on 58 minutes, before three minutes later Tom Mathieson let fly with a long range effort which flew narrowly over. Knockbreda held firm defensively, and it was Mathieson who nearly sent the game to extra time when he forced a fine save from Toolan from close range with two minutes left of normal time. It was Martin Briggs’ side that clinched the cup in stoppage time when man of the match David Fearon broke away to fire a stinging shot at goalkeeper Ryan Scutt, the Crusaders stopper could only palm the ball into the path of Lee McGreevy who sparked wild scenes of celebration by tapping home his side’s second and final goal. Crusaders Reserves: Scutt, Patterson, Doherty, Waite, McCreery, Calderwood, Mathieson, Sullivan, Holland, Kanwei, McGreevy subs Patton, McAuley, Owens (replaced Sullivan 74), Burns (replaced Doherty 88), Soh (replaced Holland 68). Knockbreda Reserves: Toolan, Carvill, McNulty, Orr, McKinley, McDermott, Rice, McGreevy, Short, Cafolla, Fearon subs Magill, Shannon (replaced McNulty 57), McKenna. Referee: Glenn Buchanan
Sat 7 Dec 2019 Bangor Reserves 2 - 3 Knockbreda Reserves A fantastic win for our under 20s development team who produced an exceptional performance away to a strong Bangor side, especially with only having 11 players available due to injury and sickness. Breda took an early lead within a minute of the game when Ethan Nolan was slipped in after a high press and he expertly finished it off. Bangor then got back level when their player hit an excellent low shot from outside the box and it creeped in off the post. Before half time, Breda returned back to the lead when once again Ethan Nolan was released in behind the opposition via a superb through ball by Captain Peter McDermott, Ethan didn’t disappoint with the finish. The start of the second half saw Bangor come out motivated to get back into the game and they got their reward by equalising early on to make it 2-2. However, soon after Breda once again got themselves back ahead when Lee McGreevy made a terrific run through the middle from his own half and then assisted Ethan Nolan who completed his hat trick after a good finish once again. Breda saw the game out to the end to secure all 3 points. Well done to all 11 players who gave it their all and played amazing! Thanks to Bangor for the game and good luck for the rest of the season.