The Southern Breakers started its season Post COVID-19 with some mixed results.
Southern Breakers A squad travelled to Margaret Bond Oval, in Glenunga, to take on Old Ignations in their first league match of the season. Coach Mogsy was quite confident with his young, vibrant team and they made a very positive start from the first whistle. Breakers passed the ball around very confidently and moved forward with purpose and soon found the ball in the back of the net. Unfortunately, the goal was deemed offside and was disallowed. Breakers were forced to make an early substitution with Jordan Sacaran tweaking a muscle. It didn't take too long, with some fantastic attacking play in the 16th minute of play, Sam Barth, hammered the ball in the top corner of the goalmouth with a brilliant strike from outside the box, giving the goalkeeper no chance of pulling of a save. Breakers were full of confidence, taking total control of the game, soon found themselves 2nil up, with another strike from outside the box by substitute Michael Weston who made an awesome impact once he was introduced to the game.
At half time, the team was very relaxed and confident of finishing off the opponent in the next half. Six minutes into the 2nd half, Breakers scored again. However, Jarrads strike was ruled offside and the score remained 2-0. To their credit, Iggies, stayed in the game and was rewarded a goal due to a lapse of concentration in defence. Spurred on by that goal, they scored again within 3 minutes to level the scores. Breakers were surprised by the resurgence of the opposition and with some panic defending, conceded the third goal.
Breakers then gallantly fought back, mounting significant pressure on Iggies goal and managed to score again but the goal was disallowed due to offside again. The last 5 minutes was nail biting, with a series of free kicks from just outside the box but Breakers failed to score the equaliser. Final score 3-2 to Old Ignations.
Although disappointed with the result, the Breakers coaching staff are still quite optimistic and remain positive for the upcoming match against Stirling at Breaker Park next Saturday.
Southern Breakers JSL Under 16 team played Modbury Vista and travelled to their furthest away game at Modbury.
Modbury looked right at home playing the ball around well on their brand new artificial turf pitch.
Both teams had early chances, but it was Modbury who scored first. The Breakers hit back soon after when Barnett put Loizi through one on one with the Keeper and made no mistake to make it 1-all.
It was end to end stuff with both teams creating good opportunities, but it was Loizi again getting behind the Modbury defence to score his second and put the Breakers in front.
Before the break Modbury had their turn to come from behind to equalize with a cracking goal from a long way out.
The second half saw Modbury take the lead again as the Breakers failed to clean the ball out of defence.
The Breakers were getting the upper hand and missed several good chances and with 10 minutes to go it was the hat-trick hero Loizi to score his third and the team's equalizer.
With time running out the Breakers were pushing hard for the winner and with the last play of the game the Modbury keeper was out of his box to clear the ball when Beaton latched onto the failed clearance to shoot at an empty net, but it just wasn't to be, the ball going agonisingly wide. The match ended 3-3. Next week the under 16 Breakers travel to Blackwood to take on Sturt Lions.
SOUTHERN BREAKERS 2020 SEASON KICK OFF
Southern Breakers travelled to Glenunga to take on Old Ignations in the 1st game of the season. The reserves squad initially had plenty of numbers but unfortunately with some late withdrawals coach Munro had to make some alterations to the line up.
The starting line was still a strong squad with Burgess unavailable for A grade & Truong regaining some match fitness were able to bolster the reserves team, also debutant Ling was playing in goals.
The game started with Breakers looking the stronger outfit but couldn't capitalise on their possession mainly due to making some simple errors due to blowing the cobwebs out after not playing a competitive game for so long.
It took a fast break out of defence with Coles knocking the ball to Sinclair who passed the ball in front of Truong who outpaced the defence a slotted the opening goal.
So the half time score at 1 nil with Breakers knowing they would have to work hard & lift their intensity to take home the points.
Old Ignations definitely didn't give up as after only 10 minutes in the 2nd half they had not only equalised but scored again to take the lead. Some substitutions were made with senior player Bald & the youth of O'Donnell introduced to the game.
With 10 min remaining Breakers got the much deserved equaliser when Truong fired in a corner kick that Coles was happy to belt in for his 1st goal of the season.
To Breakers credit they then lifted sensing the opposition was tiring & totally outplayed them in the dying minutes & they were rewarded in the final minute of the game when Warren weaved his magic & made a tantalising run out of defence cruising past defenders like they weren't there and he then crossed in the ball to Taylor who slotted the ball under the crossbar. Much to the relief of everyone the whistle blew so Breakers could start the season with a 3-2 win.
Best players were Lee Coles solid in defence as well as scoring, Kym Taylor working hard in midfield & also scoring & 1st gamer David Ling pulled off some great saves for his first run in goals.
This Saturday the reserves have a bye as unfortunately Stirling have pulled their reserves team out of the competition. So next game for the reserves squad is Saturday 11th July @ Breaker Park V Hahndorf.
Adelaide Blue Eagles v Southern Breakers JSL under 13's at the Marden Sports Complex
Halftime score 2-0. Final score 3-2.
Breakers started and finished the better team but were cruelly denied a win on their first outing.
Southern Breakers under 13's team we're eagerly looking forward to finally getting their long awaited season underway. However Breakers had to wait even longer than the scheduled 10:30 kick off as Football South Australia had failed to supply a referee and the start time was delayed.
This can possibly be put down to the FSA cutting referees match fees in half yet still charging full referee registration fees causing a referee shortage. Adelaide Blue Eagles supplied their junior youth teams coordinator to referee the match in order for the game to go ahead.
Less than five minutes into the game after some very good patient build up play defensive midfielder Lucas Byrnes found himself unmarked just outside the six yard box hitting it first time only to see the ball sail agonisingly inches over the crossbar.
Straight from the goal kick Breakers won the ball in defence and after a few intricate passing moves followed by swift forward movement Breakers team captain and centre forward Jackson Crane found himself in the Eagles 18 yard box this time taking a first touch to steady himself before smashing the ball into the back of the net.
Breakers who were already lined up in their own half for the restart before they realised to their bemusement that the goal had been disallowed.
There was no flag raised and no obvious fouls committed with the referee still near the halfway line when the ball hit the back of the net.
Somehow the home team ref and linesman found a way between them to disallow the goal. This was a turning point in the game and the breakers lost their concentration as minutes later against the run of play an individual error from Breakers gifted Eagles their first goal. Then undeservingly Eagles scored again due to unforced errors by the Breakers.
The ref stoped the game for a few minutes due to a Pidgeon on the pitch who refused to leave. This was only after the Breakers coaches request because they did not want any players traumatised if they harmed or crushed the Pidgeon. The ref ushered the Pidgeon away but did not add any extra time on his watch for this incident. After 32 minutes of play the ref blew his whistle for half time even though at this age level and competition they are supposed to play for 35 minutes each half plus stoppages.
The second half started much the same as the first with the breakers on the front foot and being the better attacking team. But still could not get the ball in the back of the net without the referees intervention and missed some very good goal scoring chances.
However that soon changed after Jay Dyer gave the ball to Thomas Anderson who ran down the left wing, Breakers players made good runs to open up the space for attacking midfielder Hamish Dolan to run into the area unmarked who then found right winger Jake Pawley free at the back post to slot home.
This was a slick passing to feet move with good first touches by all involved. Breakers had a few more chances before midfielder Eddy Yeoward scored with a precision shot from 15 yards out. Again this involved good movement and good first touches from Breakers in the build up.
With the score at 2-2 Breakers were looking the most likely team to go on and win. Their powerful central defensive partnership of Riley North and James Bland with fullbacks Kobi Hird and Aden Goodman on the flanks were all looking rock solid at the back whilst also holding a defensive high line to good effect.
Because of these defenders Breakers keeper Keat Hendriks did not see much action during the second half but when he did he utilised his powerful drop kicks to Breakers advantage. Breakers who had most of the possession throughout the game passing effectively out from defence through midfield to the attackers just could not find the winning goal.
Coming off the bench promising build up play from Edward Khali, Cormac Davis and Riley Osbourne looked effective but were unable to get the ball past the giant Eagles goalkeeper. Then against the run of play Adelaide Blue Eagles broke out of their own half on the counter attack and scored. Seconds later the ref blew his whistle only allowing 30 minutes of the second half to be played out. Cutting the second half short by 5 minutes.
Breakers will come away from today's match feeling hard done by but with a positive attitude with their heads held high knowing that although they didn't get 3 points they were the better team with lessons to be learned for the future.
One of the Breakers squad has never even played the sport before. A few of the experienced players only being 11 years old but getting into an under 13's team on merit and ability.
Last season only a few of the breakers had played at state league level and for the majority of the squad this was the highest level of competitive match that they have ever played in so all in all did extremely well and should be proud of their teams first performance.