Gary Spence (18)
Christopher Middleton (45 1)


Chris Middleton scored in first half stoppage time for the Welders (Picture: Declan Roughan/


Two first half goals helped HW Welders to victory over Knockbreda in wet and windy conditions at Breda Park.

'Breda created the first effort of note with a well worked free kick but David McMaster fired wide.

After that the visitors gained control and on six minutes were awarded a penalty when the referee deemed a foul had occurred in the box. The spot kick was crashed against the bar by Michael McLellan and cleared.

From another McLellan effort on 18 minutes the visitors got a corner and, unchallenged from 6 yards, Spence bundled the ball into the net for the opening goal.

'Breda somehow held out until the dying seconds of the first half when a bad mistake inside their own box gifted the ball to Danny McKee who crossed for Christopher Middleton to head in the killer second goal at the far post.

This was a real blow to 'Breda who pressed hard in the second half but could not score. However, the Welders also struck the woodwork on several occasions in what was a free flowing entertaining encounter.

Knockbreda: McBride, Ferguson, Wray, McBurney, McCain, McMaster, Cooling, Johnston, McNeill, Wilson, Halliday subs Beggs (replaced Halliday 55), Gibson (not used), Cockcroft (replaced McMaster 49), King (replaced McBurney 46), McKay (not used)

HW Welders: Johnston, Dickson, Armstrong, Harris, McMurray, Spence, Deans, K. Devine, McKee, McLellan, Middleton subs Nixon (replaced Middleton 64), Boylan (replaced Spence 68), McMillan (replaced McLellan 68), S. Devine (not used), Bowers (not used)

Referee: Paul Burns

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