On a busy Sunday for the club, our three adult teams were all in action. Our A team hosted Shountrade while our B team made the long trip to Mountcollins. Meanwhile, our Ladies crossed the Cork border to face Charleville in their third league game of the season.
Breska Rovers A 4-3 Shountrade
The Junior A team made it four wins from four in league action, eventually accounting for Shountrade in a wide open game in Clarina.
Niall Quane opened the scoring after 90 seconds, slotting home after the ball rebounded off the crossbar. The visitors responded in the third minute to make it 1-1. Kevin Foster was next to find the net, firing home at the second attempt after the on-rushing keeper denied his right footed strike. He showed composure to pass the ball into the gaping goal from outside the area to regain the lead, all within 7 first half minutes.
It was 3-1 before the game was 20 minutes old. Foster cleverly meandered down the left wing and from a near impossible angle, rifled home, via the crossbar, from the end line.
Shountrade found a way back into the game and had another goal shortly afterwards.
Shountrade would level the game at 3-3 in the 80th minute. Thankfully, there wasn’t too much panic and midfielder TJ O’Connor found the winner in the 86th minute, to put Breska top of the table after four rounds of games.
Team: James Purcell (capt); Nathan Sheehan (David Fitzgerald 73 mins), Sean Healy, Conor McCarthy, Nigel Mann; Josh Fitzgerald, TJ O’Connor, Robert O’Grady (Ian O’Leary 61 mins), Ethan Keyes; Kevin Foster, Niall Quane.
Mountcollins 3-4 Breska Rovers B
Our B team returned to winning ways after a disappointing few weeks thanks to a hard-fought victory over Mountcollins on Sunday afternoon. While Leonard Coughlan may be the hero with a hat-trick, it was a determined display from all involved on an extremely challenging conditions.
Tom Clancy opened the scoring with a header in the opening minutes, after some good work from striker Keith Punch. The lead was quickly doubled with Josh Adams’ free-kick was headed into the top corner by Coughlan. The would add a third header before the half-hour as Breska appeared ruthless, and were doing so much right.
However, the hosts, who are also a newly formed team, pulled two quick-fire goals back to leave it 2-3 at the break.
A bright opening to the half saw us re-establish our two-goal lead, as Leonard Coughlan scrambled home, for his 7th goal of the season.
Mountcollins were thrown a lifeline with around 30 minutes to go, making it 3-4 from the penalty spot. From here, it was a battle, as the soft pitch made for a poor spectacle. However, Ivan Coughlan, Adams, Tommy Collery and Dara Punch all guarded Seamus Lyons’ goal late on. Tom Clancy missed a sitter late on, hitting the bar from close range, before Collery deflected a Mountcollins shot onto his own bar.
Thankfully, we held on to secure our second win from four outings, and leave us in midtable early in the season.
Breska Rovers: Seamus Lyons; Dara Punch, Josh Adams, Ivan Coughlan, Tommy Collery; Orin Garvey (Sean Gormley 46mins), Jack Moroney (capt), Ross Kenny, Tom Clancy (Josh Moloney (86 mins); Keith Punch, Leonard Coughlan
Subs: Cathal O’Connor, Dylan Kelly, Declan Normoyle.
Ladies Premier Division:
Charleville 3-2 Breska Rovers
Goals from Pauline Vijandran and Melissa Kavanagh weren’t enough to secure the ladies first point of the season away to Charleville.