The reserves fought back from a goal down at the break to put Pyrathe Belge to the sword in the sword, running out 3-1 winners in this evening’s friendly match in Cameroon.

In a dull first half where defences were on top, it was the home side who made the breakthrough when Victor Sadiq fired home in the eighth minute.

That was as much excitement as the near 3,000 crowd witnessed in the first half, but the second half was only two minutes old when Brook Street got back on level terms, albeit in controversial circumstances.

Racing into the box, Andrew Cleary appeared to stumble and without hesitation the Belgian referee pointed straight to the spot. This seemed a very harsh decision as the culprit appeared to be a bump in the pitch and not one of the home defenders, but despite the vehement protests from the home players the referee refused to change his decision.

However despite the ongoing protests Fraser Carragher kept his cool and calmly slotted home the spot kick.

The second half seemed to be progressing in the same manner as the first until Brook Street won a corner in the sixty-eighth minute. Fraser Carragher swung the ball over, and Lloyd Stephen rose high to power the ball into the net.

Only a superb stop by the home keeper denied Lloyd a second goal five minutes later, but this was only a stay of execution, and with nine minutes left Phil Mullally finished off a sweeping move to make sure on the win.

“We recovered well from the early setback and I think we played with real composure”, said Marcus when he spoke to the Official Website afterwards.

He continued, “Defences were on top for much of the game which didn’t make it a great spectacle, but we’ve scored one from a set piece and another from a really good move, so I’m quite satisfied with that”.

When asked about the penalty incident he said, “Never a penalty in a million years. I asked Andrew what happened and he’s told me that he tripped in a hollow in the ground. Pyrathe were really hard done by with that decision and it clearly rattled them. Still, we’ve all been there and at least this wasn’t a league or cup game”.

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