Andrew Cleary fires in our decisive third goal.

Andrew Cleary fires in our decisive third goal.

Brook Street were given a real fright in this morning’s Scottish Cup Second Round tie against Glasgow Academicals. Trailing 1-0 at the break, it took until the seventieth minute for the scores to be tied, thanks to an Andy Harte strike, then two goals in quick succession from Jake MacConnechy and Andrew Cleary had Brook Street looking towards the Third Round draw prematurely.

Abel Soffia saw red following an altercation off the ball, and Accies immediately put used their numerical superiority to fire themselves right back into the match and set up a grandstand finish. However, Brook Street used their experience to kill the game and run down the clock for the final few minutes.

The New Home Park side may have prevailed and gone through to this afternoon’s Third Round draw, but it has come at a price. Phil Mullally picked up a bad injury and looks set to be out for about three weeks, while Abel Soffia will obviously be ruled out for Saturday’s league encounter with Carbrain following his ordering off.

The coach too was quick to shoulder the blame for the poor performance saying, “I misread the game and got my tactics wrong today and we’ve almost paid the price”.

He added, “That said, there was another price paid today though: I’ve got a player out for at least three weeks with a bad injury, and another who is now suspended because he needs to wind his neck in. Abel Soffia will be disciplined internally and I shall say no more on that”.

The coach however was pleased by the way his side rallied in the second half. “We told them at half-time to keep playing the way we were and the breakthrough would come”.

He continued, “We stuck to the gameplan, and fortunately Jake and Andrew got the goals to give us some leeway. It was a bit of a nervous time after we went down to ten men and they hit their second, but we showed composure and saw the time out”.