Andy Harte rises unchallenged to head in what was to prove our winning goal.

Andy Harte rises unchallenged to head in what was to prove our winning goal.

Brook Street unexpectedly find themselves three points clear at the top of the league following their 3-2 win over Airth Castle Rovers at New Home Park this afternoon.

Athletic had been one up at the break thanks to Oleg Zhigalov’s twentieth minute strike, and increased their lead through Germán Olmos Ribas just after half-time and an Andy Harte header in fifty-six minutes.

However, Garabed Palasyan’s controversial ordering off for allegedly head butting an opponent with just under half an hour remaining saw the game swing the way of the visitors.

Hugo Mir pulled a goal back seven minutes after Palasyan’s dismissal and when David Fagerner slammed the ball into the net to make it 3-2 with nine minutes left, it was certainly “squeaky bum time” for the home support.

They need not have feared, as Brook Street simply pulled down the shutters and despite the Rovers’ cavalry charge ensured that the points would stay in Monifieth.

Despite the win, and the fact that it saw Brook Street go to the top of the league, the performance of referee Taago Mägi and Garabed Palasyan’s red card was all that Marcus Lövman wanted to discuss at the post-match press conference.

“Garabed’s red card was a simply outrageous decision”, the Brook Street coach said. “The referee was conned, plain and simple”, he continued. “Garabed did absolutely nothing. The guy came running up to him then went down holding his face. I don’t know who should be more embarrassed; the player for atrocious acting or the referee for falling for it”.

He added, “The referee claimed Garabed had head-butted their player, but he didn’t get within a metre Garabed before he took a dive. The ref knows he got it badly wrong, but he’s not got the guts to admit it”.

When asked what he had said to Hasso Pitka, the player involved, at full-time, he replied, “I just told him I would have died of embarrassment if I’d pulled a stunt like that. He must have some balls or absolutely no morals to hold his head up after that. As far as I’m concerned, ‘actors’ like him are a disgrace, and they should be forced out of the game”.

With their win over Airth, Brook Street were the main beneficiary of the 2-1 defeat of leaders Vines Cross by -*FC BARCELONA*-. Elsewhere, Mercy Rovers picked up their first three points of the season with an emphatic 6-0 demolition of bottom side Edinburgh-KSZO, and Carbrain’s poor start continues with a 3-2 away defeat to Kessler’s Eleven.