Oscar MacVarish fires the ball home to start our fight-back.

Oscar MacVarish fires the ball home to start our fight-back.

Trailing 0-2 to league leaders Carbrain FC at New Home Park, two goals in the final eight minutes rescued an unlikely point for Brook Street this afternoon, and combined with results elsewhere, consigned jabbathehut and kaos c.f to Division IV next season.

The point put us seven points clear of second-bottom jabbathehut with two games remaining, and while we are not out of the woods yet, a play-off position at worst has now been secured and we are at least in sole control of our destiny in the qualifier.

A delighted Marcus said, “I don’t think anyone could have foreseen that result today as nothing seemed to be going our way. We left it late, but we’ve secured the all-important point, so I’m certainly complaining”.

The match was played in front of a new record crowd at the stadium, and Marcus was quick to praise the fans.

“The supporters really got behind the team, especially after we pulled the first goal back, and that really lifted the players at a crucial time. I can’t emphasise just how important that backing was in achieving this result”.

He added, “Now the pressure is off, the players can enjoy the final two matches a bit more than would otherwise have been the case”.

The league leaders had taken the lead in the fourteenth minute through Piotr Grykałowski and doubled the lead eleven minutes later when Tadeu Leiras whipped in a low drive in off the far post.

Brook Street pressed to get back into the game in the second half without joy, and had keeper Ezequiel Alexandrino to thank for keeping us in the game when he tipped a Ben Melker drive over the bar midway through the half.

Abel Soffia had failed to capitalise on a mix-up in the home defence with eleven minutes to go, but Oscar MacVarish finally made the breakthrough three minutes later.

Oscar snatched at a chance with two minutes remaining and blazed the ball over, and as many spectators thought that our last chance had been lost, the Carbrain defence pressed the self-destruct button. Maranaj Batusha was in the right place at the right time to pick up the loose ball before firing it home to complete what had seemed to be the most unlikely of comebacks.

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