The reserves ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against Steaua Jordan in a bruising encounter at New Home Park this morning. It may have been billed as a friendly, but it was played at breakneck speed and with no quarter asked for or given.

The visitors ended the match with three players injured, while Brook Street’s Krsto Grubić picked up a slight knock. However the match was far from dirty with only one booking as Brook Street coach, Marcus Lövman pointed out.

“It was played more like a cup tie to be honest. There were full-blooded challenges and no shortage of skill. We got the breaks and I think our experience showed, but I think the fans enjoyed the game”.

Three goals in four first half minutes effectively killed the tie as a contest, but rather than the game dying as a spectacle, the pace continued at the same relentless rate.

Nemanja Janković opened the scoring with a tremendous curling free kick with twenty-seven minutes on the clock and within sixty seconds it was 2-0 as Zsolt Baboss slid the ball home from point-blank range.

Phil Mullally piled on the agony for the visitors with Brook Street’s third goal just after the half-hour mark, and any lingering thoughts of a Steaua fightback were extinguished five minutes before the break when Zsolt got his head to a cross and powered the ball home.

After such a blood and thunder first half, the second was almost sedate in comparison, with Andrew Cleary’s seventy-six minute counter being the only highlight as the heat and exertions of the first half took their toll.

Overall, there was much for the fans in the 3,865 crowd to get enthused about and some very good performances for the coach to contemplate prior to selecting his squad for Saturday’s league game.

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