Southern Breakers defeat Strathalbyn in soccer on Saturday

Shane Church is a reliable solid defender for Breakers and clears the ball away on Saturday.
Shane Church is a reliable solid defender for Breakers and clears the ball away on Saturday.

Breakers played Strathalbyn in the local derby with bragging rights on the line.

This game is always one that both teams lift for and desperately want to win to take the local bragging honours.

It was even more important as it was a battle between second and third on the table with Breakers only three points ahead of their local rivals.

It was played on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Strathalbyn, unfortunately the pitch was in terrible condition and this certainly didn't help for a highly skilled game.

Breakers seemed to start the game a bit flat and Strathalbyn seemed up for the fight.

Breakers seemed to start the game a bit flat and Strathalbyn seemed up for the fight

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When Breakers settled they then couldn't capitalise on multiple chances to score.

It looked like it was going to be a game of missed opportunities with so many clear cut chances going begging.

Houghton kept on putting in great corner kicks and crosses that were tantalising close, but the like of Truong, Peters, Kenagy and Verlato couldn't open the scoring.

The positive was of course Breakers were attacking and creating the chances and it took Coles coming out of his defensive role to show them how it was done, as he powered a header into the net from a Houghton corner.

So at half time Breakers went in with a 1-nil lead, knowing this wasn't going to be enough to stop the onslaught of the Strath attackers - Breakers had to continue scoring.

Soon after the break the reliable Houghton cracked a shot past the keeper to extend the lead.

Assistant coach Mogs entered the play and within minutes with his first touch showed the younger attackers some old tricks and cunningly headed over the approaching keeper.

Mogs was smart and it is the way he thinks and knows the game which is a huge bonus for the Breakers club. It is this knowledge which is very valuable.

Then it was Verlato’s turn to get on the score sheet with his first goal for Breakers with an assist from Cooper.

It was well deserved after his hard work all game.

Breakers continued on the attack and probably could have put a large score on the board, but looks like there will be some time spent in front of goals at training this week.

Strathalbyn fought back and managed to score, making the final score Breakers 4 to Strath 1.

Best players were captain Tom Kenagy leading by example in a solid midfield role, Anthony Verlato also worked hard in the midfield with a goal and an assist.

Then the solid defensive line of Lee Coles, Josh Peters, Shane Church and Hayden Wackerman all played well.

This Saturday’s game is against Murray Bridge at Breaker Park with an 11.30 kick-off.

It will be the last home game of the season before Breakers finish off with two tough away games against Old Ignations and Aldinga.

The club will strive to finish the season on a high and has in form at the right time of the season.

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