In their penultimate friendly of the season, Brook Street’s reserves proved to be far too strong for their Mongolian visitors, running out 8-1 winners against Supreme Genghis Khan at New Home Park this morning.

Lloyd Stephen bagged himself a hat-trick, with our other goals coming from Maranaj Batusha, Garabed Palasyan, Phil Mullally, Zsolt Baboss and Marcus Lövman.

Marcus was happy with the performance but this was tempered by Fraser Carragher’s injury after only seven minutes that will see him sidelined for at least four weeks.

“Fraser’s torn a ligament and he’s likely to be out for a while”, admitted the coach. “It’s still a bad one, but at least it’s not nearly as bad as we initially feared”.

Marcus continued, “It’s perhaps fortunate that we’re going into the close season, so he’ll at least have that in which to mend, but even so he’ll miss the start of next season that’s for sure”.

Fraser’s injury aside, it was a good day for the New Home Park side. “The lads put in a good shift, and there were some very good performances out there”, said Marcus. “Our midfield were excellent once again, there were good performances all over the park”.

The coach singled out Germán Olmos Ribas for special praise saying, “Germán was quite excellent out there again. He’s a real unsung hero in the side, and I will be expecting him to challenge for a consistent starting place in the first team next season”.

Marcus continued, “He’s been a fringe player up until now, but I am challenging him to become a regular starter in the first team from now on. He’s got the ability, so now it’s up to him”.

He concluded by saying, “The same goes for every player. No-one is here simply to make up the numbers. I want the reserves to keep the pressure on the first team players for their places. Competition is good for the team, as has clearly been demonstrated this season”.

The reserves conclude their programme next week although the venue and opposition are still to be confirmed.