Brook Street’s record-breaking Scottish cup run came to an end this morning as a goal nine minutes from time by Offside’s Daniel Pásztor saw the visitors go through 2-1.

Athletic opened the scoring through a fine Jake MacConnechy solo effort in the thirty-fifth minute, and but for the width of the post Abel Soffia would have doubled the lead within a minute.

The lead however lasted for just four minutes before Lars Mikalsen powered home a header from Juha-Pekka Sahlsten’s corner to tie the game.

Onésimo Murube looked to have been up-ended as he rounded Offside’s keeper Jorge Torres, but the referee waived away the home protests. To rub salt in the wounds, from the resulting breakaway, Daniel Pásztor fired in what was to prove to be the winning goal.

“It’s a real mix of pride and disappointment”, admitted Marcus afterwards, “pride with the way the lads played on the run, and disappointment that they didn’t progress, and in particular the manner in which we were knocked out”.

He continued, “We never seem to get the breaks these days. I’ve lost count how many times we’re hitting the post or bar, and we don’t seem to get any 50/50 decisions from the officials”.

“They say these things balance out over the season, but if this is the case then we’re due a huge slice of luck”.

Turning back to the match, Marcus said, “We’re dominating midfield, but we’re not doing anything with it. We’ve got to be more clinical and press home our advantage. I’ll be looking for an improvement on Saturday when we face Carbrain”.