The Under 15 Southern Breakers State League team travelled to O'Sullivan's Beach to take on South Adelaide over the weekend.
The last time these two teams met, the Breakers came away with a 3-1 victory. The weather was worrying, but it had little affect, with the match being played on a brand new artificial turf pitch. It wasn't a good start for the Breakers, who conceded in the first minute.
The Panthers winger crossed the ball in from out wide and with the wind behind it, it curled into the top corner of the Breakers net, giving keeper Polson no chance to make a save. The Breakers defence were completely under the pump and the Panthers were unlucky not to go 2 up, but the visitors held strong.
Twenty minutes into the match the Breakers started to create some chances. Beaton took a corner kick and Peters attacked the ball hard to head home an equaliser. This didn't seem to deter the Panthers, who regained their lead before the break, when the Breakers failed to clear a corner kick and the ball was bundled over the line to make it 2-1 at half time.
The second half saw the Breakers gain the upper hand. Loizi was unlucky not to score after his shot ricocheted back off the upright. The Breakers were passing well and creating good scoring opportunities that went unrewarded.
With time running out, Beaton crossed a fantastic ball into the box in which Loizi flipped on for strike partner Peters to score his second cracking header of the match to make it 2 all.
In the dying minutes the Panthers were hanging on for a draw, with the Breakers pushing for the winning goal, but the home keeper pulled off some great saves to keep it 2-2.
Next week the Breakers play host to the second placed Sturt Lions from 11am at Breaker Park, Port Elliot.
The Breakers NDJSA U15 side also had a tough match, taking on McLaren Districts. Last time the sides met, Breaker were up 3-1 before the game was abandoned due to unsafe conditions. There was to be no such bad luck this time, with the game being played at the superbly presented Breakers Park.
In blustery conditions the Breakers started well , with strong pressure and relentless defence being exhibited, especially by Fletcher and Luke. Their constant thrusts into attack enabled their forwards to take full advantage and by half time Tom B had 4 goals as part of a 5-1 lead.
Unwilling to rest on their laurels, the second half saw the Breakers continually attack, with Leon, Tom B (5 goals for the match) and Finlay (3 goals) taking advantage of strong defensive and midfield work from the upbeat Breakers. All players performed very well in a satisfying and well deserved win at home.