Goal hero Andy Hunter challenges for the ball in his first start for the senior side.

Brook Street performed another classic smash and grab in Germany this evening, coming back late on to secure a 2-1 victory over BFC Büderich 05 that, with five minutes remaining even the most ardent of Brook Street fans would have thought unlikely.

Trailing to Nino Döner’s sixth minute strike, playing with an unusual and uncharacteristic line-up, and having been under the cosh for long spells, even grabbing a point in our final Group Phase match seemed a tall order until Igor Bulatov found himself clear in front of goal with four minutes remaining.

The Ukrainian doesn’t pass up opportunities such as this, and duly drilled the ball home to apparently earn Brook Street an unlikely and undeserved draw. However worse was yet to come for the home side just two minutes later.

Having signed up for the senior side at the weekend, Andy Hunter had made a quiet but accomplished start to his senior career leading the line, however like a true predator, he pounced on a mistake by Ernest Bürger to fire home his first senior goal with two minutes remaining.

BFC couldn’t believe what had happened in the space of two minutes, and although Nino Döner had a chance to level the scores in the final minute, he blazed the ball over and the match, which five minutes earlier looked to be in the bag, had been lost.

Even Arjen Bogaert couldn’t believe his eyes.

“In all my years of management, I’ve never seen a match finish like that before. I think I can only say I’m embarrassed that we’ve come away from here with the win tonight”.

He added, “We had absolutely no right to get a draw from this match, let alone the win, so I’m completely gobsmacked that we’ve pulled this one out of the fire. At least there was nothing really at stake”.