Jake MacConnechy blasts Brook Street into the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup for the first time in the Club's history.

Brook Street’s reserve team re-wrote the history books this morning as their 5-4 extra-time win over Glasgow GUNNERS saw them reach the Fifth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time.

Germán Olmos Ribas opened the scoring six minutes before the break but two quick goals from the visitors saw them lead 2-1 at half-time.

Jake MacConnechy levelled the scores three minutes after the re-start, but GUNNERS went back in front on the hour mark.

Back came Brook Street, and Dario Zintu fired home the equaliser with seventy minutes played, but parity only lasted for nine minutes before Uallas McEachin put GUNNERS 4-3 up.

Brook Street weren’t finished though and Oleg Zhigalov crashed the ball home with seven minutes left to take the match into extra-time.

With the fear of losing to a golden goal, it was always going to take something special to break the deadlock in extra-time, and so it proved as, eleven minutes into the first period Jake MacConnechy picked the ball up out on the right wing. With the full-backs expecting him to play it through to the onrushing Dario Zintu, they backed off to cover the forward’s run. Jake made the most of this, running in and hooking the ball over the keeper to send the home fans wild.

An ecstatic Arjen Bogaert said, “I’m thrilled and delighted for the boys; they worked so hard and never gave up. They were tenacious and just wouldn’t give in, so I think they thoroughly deserve their place in the Fifth Round”.

He continued, “This match was a fantastic advert for the Cup, and was a real good old-fashioned cup tie; end-to-end and played at an unbelievable pace”.

“I’m thrilled too for the fans. They were fantastic from start to finish and truly were our twelfth man”.

Brook Street will face another Division III side in the shape of Conors Comrades in next week’s Fifth Round. The match takes place at New Home Park next Wednesday with a 1030 GMT kick-off.

“They look like a very strong side”, said Arjen, “although at this point it’s hard to say just how strong. They had a very big win today, but their opponent played 2-5-3 which is never a good idea, so we’ll have to study them to get the true picture”.

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