Goal scorers Jake MacConnechy and Nemanja Janković celebrate our second goal of the game.

Goal scorers Jake MacConnechy and Nemanja Janković celebrate our second goal of the game.

Brook Street stuttered to defeat in their opening match of the new league campaign, going down by the odd goal in seven to EK Tuggers at MacArthur Park yesterday.

All the first half goalmouth action came in the last five minutes. The home side had opened through Slovakian striker Béla Páger, but two quick replies from Nemanja Janković and Jake MacConnechy saw Brook Street go into the break in front.

That lead remained intact until midway through the half when Moritz Bräu scored via a wicked deflection to make it 2-2, however things went from bad to worse for Brook Street when first Páger then Alfred Tornero scored to give Tuggers a 4-2 lead.

Brook Street fought back though and set up a grandstand finish when Jake hit his second of the game with five minutes remaining, but it was not to be and Tuggers held on to get the win.

“We fell apart a bit after the equaliser”, admitted Marcus afterwards, “and we just couldn’t get back into the game”.

He added, “There was absolutely nothing between the teams, but they took their chances when they arose, and that made all the difference”.

“Now we’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again in the Cup on Wednesday. After that, we’ve got a really tough game against Sparta Bragg next weekend, so there’s no point in dwelling on today’s result”.

Elsewhere, next week’s visitors, Sparta Bragg had a thumping 5-0 win over Kessler’s Eleven, while the other two matches were drawn, Vines Cross and Airth Castle sharing two goals, while Arnelle SC and Vodkavkas finished goal-less.

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