Matt Cocker fires in our golden goal winner against Imperial Knights from the tightest of angles.

Matt Cocker fires in our golden goal winner against Imperial Knights from the tightest of angles.

The reserves may have maintained their unbeaten run in friendlies this season thanks to Matt Cocker’s golden goal, but it has come at a significant cost as keeper Ville Yrjölä had to be helped from the field and now faces a significant length of time on the sidelines.

“Ville’s not looking too good at all, and he may even miss the start of the new season”, admitted Marcus afterwards.

He continued, “We’ve got no cover for Ezequiel now so it could be that we’ll have to go in search of a temporary replacement in the transfer markets. That’s not going to be cheap, so we’ll have to be careful”.

On the match itself, Marcus said, “We showed some real battling qualities given the conditions under foot, and the lads dug deep and didn’t let their heads go down when they went behind twice”.

“I can’t fault them for effort, although some of the finishing could be sharper. That said, it was a good win in the circumstances, and the winner was a super strike”.

Knights opened the scoring in thirty-five minutes through Chus Kokoh but the lead lasted only four minutes before Rab Henderson levelled after a fine move.

Josiah Izedonmwen put Knights back in front six minutes after the break, but back came Athletic, and this time it was Kenny Corney who tied the scores.

With no further scoring, the game went into extra time but within two minutes the match was over, Matt Cocker firing home from an acute angle to secure the win for Brook Street.

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