Breska Rovers A 4-1 Shannonside

Despite being short of a number of regulars due to injury, suspension and other commitments, Breska Rovers extended their unbeaten record to eight league games with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Shannonside. The game was in its infancy when Ian O’Leary released Tom Clancy who was taken down by the visiting goalkeeper for a penalty. Captain James Purcell slotted the penalty for an early 1-0 lead. Ethan Keyes quickly doubled the advantage, as O’Leary switched the ball to the winger who made no mistake and finished low to the net. This all coming in the opening six minutes.

A response did come, as Shannonside made it 2-1 late in the half. The introduction of Josh Adams gave Breska something different, and he linked up well through the second half with O’Leary. Defensively, Conor McCarthy and Declan Normoyle looked assured while David Fitzgerald was as reliable as ever at right back. It was perhaps TJ O’Connor’s tireless work that made this victory somewhat routine, regulalry stifling the opposition and releasing wingers Rob O’Grady and Keyes. The third goal came from Keyes, and again O’Leary was the provider. O’Leary released the teenager who cooly slotted into the corner for a 3-1 advantage.

Once more, O’Leary provided an assist for our fourth goal. Beating the offside trap, he took the ball away from the keeper and allowed Adams the simple task of finishing to an empty net.

Purcell and his defence finished strongly meaning they’ve now conceded just six goals in eight division one games.

Team: James Purcell (C); David Fitzgerald, Declan Normoyle, Conor McCarthy, Ross Griffin; Rob O’Grady, Ger Mullins, TJ O’Connor, Ethan Keyes; Tom Clancy, Ian O’Leary

Subs: Josh Adams (for Clancy), Ross Kenny (for Mullins), Seamus Lyons (for Fitzgerald)

Athea United 1-1 Breska Rovers B

Having lost four consecutive games in all competitions, you would have been forgiven for thinking our young B team would have been up against it away to third placed Athea United. Athea had won 3-2 in Clarina just a few weeks ago but this time, mistakes were reduced allowing for a second away draw of the season. The deadlock was broken on 15 minutes, when Josh Moloney headed home. Tom Clancy switched the ball from left to right, with Keith Punch the recipient. He crossed wonderfully for Moloney who powered a header home.

The remainder of the half was extremely even, but the home side leveled on 42 minutes when they centered for a tap in at the back post.

The second half was more open with chances for Dylan Kelly and Moloney, while Clancy brought a good save from the home keeper. At the other end, Seamie Lyons pulled off a string of fine saves, while his back four defended extremely well throughout. Overall, a draw appeared fair, with both sides having chances to take all three points.

Josh Moloney (assist Keith Punch)

Team: Seamus Lyons; Dara Punch, Josh Adams, Ivan Coughlan, Tommy Collery; Keith Punch (C), Jack Moroney, Leonard Coughlan, Tom Clancy; Dylan Kelly, Josh Moloney

Subs used: Dave Moore (for Collery), Orin Garvey (for Clancy)
Subs: Dan Hayes, Cathal O’Connor, Michael Keating

Breska Rovers 0-8 Charleville

Our ladies side were short a number of players and the challenge from Charleville proved too strong.

Limerick Desmond u12s 

Hard luck to the Limerick Desmond u12s who were defeated by South Tipperary 3-1 in the Subway Championship. Club players Alex Smith & Max White played on the Interleague team while Rory Foley, Mark Sheehan, the latter getting Desmonds only goal of the game played on the Development team.

Underage Registration for Short season

Thanks to all who signed up last Saturday for registration for the short season. We have 11 underage teams this season, u6 boys & Girls, u7 Boys, u8 Boys, u9 Boys, u10 Girls, u11 Boys, u12 Girls, 2 u12 Boys teams, u14 boys, u16 boys. Training will be posted on the facebook page in the coming weeks and sent to parents from each manager, New players always welcome as managers will have registration forms at training.