The reserves were made to fight all the way but ultimately prevailed in extra time, winning the friendly against The Iraqi Pirats 5-3.

Jake MacConnechy had netted a hat-trick in regulation time, but it took goals from Krsto Grubić and Andrew Cleary to see us through.

On the coach back to the airport, Marcus commented, “They forced the game from the first whistle, and I think we were a bit fortunate to take it to extra-time”.

“That said, we were thoroughly professional, and our fitness paid off in the extra half hour”. He continued, “Pirats deserve a lot of credit though. They had us on the ropes for a while and can consider themselves unlucky not to get a win”.

“My boys stuck to their task though, and kept playing away as we’d told them. That paid dividends for us in the end”.