Belfast Telegraph

Club focus: Knockbreda

By Keith Bailie

Knockbreda's trip to Wilgar Park on Saturday afternoon proved to be an eventful affair.

Knockbreda beat Dundela 2-1 with Carl McComb scoring two second half goals against his old team, in what proved to be an ill-tempered match. McComb, along with defender Kyle Owens, recently left Dundela to join Breda in the January transfer window.

After the game Knockbreda, released a statement asking their players to refrain from commentating on a melee, which took place after the full-time whistle.

The statement read: “The Chairman of Knockbreda Football Club would ask all our players and supporters of the club to refrain from making any comments on social media about the incidents following yesterday's game at Wilgar Park against Dundela.

“The match officials witnessed the after-match incidents and they know who is responsible. It will be up to the league to decide what action is required upon receipt of the the referee's match report.

“Dundela FC officials may also need time and space to reflect on yesterday's events and on what action they will take.”

Knockbreda manager Raymond Bell did not want to comment on the after-match incidents, preferring to focus on an impressive win for his side.

Bell said: “I'm delighted with the win because it's the first time in the club's history that we have ever beaten Dundela at Wilgar Park. Even though Dundela are at the bottom of the table they're still a difficult team to beat and they were certainly up for the game.

“They were 1-0 up and playing well, but thankfully Carl McComb scored twice and we claimed the win. It was a big win for us and I'm very proud of our players' performance.”

Breda have landed a number of new signings in the January transfer window, including striker McComb. The former Glentoran man hit a hat-trick for the Duns in last season's Steel & Sons Cup final.

Bell said: “Carl is an intelligent player. He's an old fashioned fox-in-the-box type striker, who knows he doesn't always have to blast the ball to score a goal. He's also got a great work ethic, which is an important part of his game. He's scored three goals in two games for us, but I've also been impressed with how hard he has worked off the ball.

“He's a smart young lad who is currently on placement down in Dublin before returning to Belfast next summer for the final year of his degree. I'm currently trying to find a club for him to train with in Dublin during the week. He's been training on his own, but you really need to be involved in football, training on a regular basis to maintain your match sharpness.

“We're also pleased with Josh Cahoon, who joined us from Ards. His work-rate against Dundela was tremendous. I've worked with Josh since his days in the youth team at Linfield and I know what he's capable of and how he ticks.

"Kyle Owens is another big signing for us. I've been a long-time admirer of Kyle's. He's a dominant centre-back and a real leader. Ross Davison is another talented player who has joined the club. Before Christmas we were struggling for numbers due to injuries, so it was important for us to bring in a few new faces.”

Saturday's win moved Knockbreda into fifth, but manager Raymond Bell believes it's impossible to say whether his club can challenge for promotion this season.

“We will just take every game as it comes with the aim of finishing as high up the table as we possibly can. If we're in the top five in March then we will reassess our targets and push on from there, but for now we're not getting ahead of ourselves. There is so much football left to be played that I think it's impossible to make a call on whether a top-two finish is possible or not.”

Name: Knockbreda

Divison: Belfast Telegraph Championship One

Ground: Breda Park

Manager: Raymond Bell

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