Breheny Brace seals Saints victory

A goal in each half from striker Andy Breheny was enough to give Willington Quay Saints all three points as they comfortably saw off a young West Allotment A side to make it two wins in a row.

Manager Pete Donkin brought Ryan Ferrier and Stu Duffield back into the starting 11 in place of Kane Chirnside and the injured Matty Adams, who could be out for several weeks with a hamstring injury.

Starting their first home game of 2015, Saints were first on the attack and when Ferrier was not closed down 25 yards from goal he did not hesitate to fire a shot away, but his effort sailed harmlessly wide of the Celtic goal.

In an unsettled start to the game Quay were forced into an early change as left wing back Andy Macbeth suffered an injury and was replaced by Michael Turner.

Twenty minutes in Allotment missed a glorious chance to opening the scoring. A slack pass from Saints’ Kyle Austin left Celtic striker Ben Jackson with a clear run on goal but keeper Carl Henderson came flying off his line to save with his feet to spare Austin’s blushes and deny the visitors the opening goal.

That proved to be a big moment in the match as ten minutes later Breheny gave saints the lead. A long ball found Glen Johnson in space and the big forward turned his man before firing a great ball across the face of goal where Breheny was waiting to poke the ball home from five yards to grab his fifth of the season.

Just before half-time Ferrier and Johnson tried their luck from long range but both attempts went well over the bar, and minutes later the referee’s whistle brought an end to a turgid half for the neutral but a decent one for Saints.

The second half started with Saints looking comfortable as the Allotment side seemed to be missing their top scorer and biggest threat Rudi Muteba, who was suspended after being sent off against Quay just before Christmas.

The game was sealed on the hour as Breheny doubled his goal tally for the day with another tidy finish.

Man of the match Stephen King was the architect as he played one-twos with Johnson and then Duffield before sending over a sublime cross that Breheny side footed home from eight yards to double the lead.

Liam Taylor replaced Micky Young just after the goal and he almost set up a third as he beat his marker before curling a wonderful cross into the area that Breheny met with a volley that went just past the post as he went so close to grabbing his first ever Saints hat-trick.

Taylor then had a go himself firing a stinging drive from just outside the box that Celtic’s keeper did well to hold onto as Johnson waited for any rebound that might of come his way.

Anthony Bruce replaced the tiring Ferrier with ten minutes remaining as Allotment’s attack huffed and puffed with a few long range efforts and corners, but Quay saw out the rest of the game with ease as they recorded back to back clean sheets for the first time in nearly six years.

A second win in a row for Saints and a double over West Allotment. Not the best game to watch but they did more than enough to deserve the victory and will hope to make it three in a row away to the league’s bottom side Wideopen on Saturday.

Willington Quay Saints: C Henderson, S Duffield, Macbeth (Turner 15), M Henderson, D Johnson, K Austin, King, Young (Taylor 65), Ferrier (Bruce 80), Breheny, G Johnson.