Andrew Cleary pounces to smash the loose ball home and wrap up the scoring.

Andrew Cleary pounces to smash the loose ball home and wrap up the scoring.

Two goals in each half saw Brook Street comfortably win 4-0 against AIM FC this morning to go through to the Scottish Cup Third Round. There, we’ll have an away trip to face League IV side Glenfiddich Marbles.

Brook Street took the lead in controversial circumstances just after half an hour, having been awarded a penalty when Andrew Cleary was apparently tripped in the box. It appears he’d slipped and the award was harsh, but the referee was unmoved by the home side’s protests and the decision stood. Fraser Carragher stepped up to calmly slot the ball home.

AIM were rattled by this, and with six minutes of the half remaining found themselves another goal down, Leoš Loos firing home after a fine through ball.

The home side were clearly feeling hard done by, which for the first goal they were certainly justified, but there were no complaints ten minutes after the restart when Germán Olmos Ribas fired home after a terrific move down the left wing.

Even by this point, it was clear that the result was decided, but Brook Street weren’t quite finished and rounded off the scoring in the seventy-first minute when Andrew Cleary knocked the ball home after a mix-up in the home defence.

It wasn’t all good news for Brook Street however as Muhammad Noorani had to be helped from the field following a nasty collision and now faces a period on the sidelines.

“Muhammad looks like he’ll be out for a week or two”, admitted Marcus afterwards. “It’s a real blow for him, there’s no two doubts about it, but hopefully he’ll make a speedy recovery. We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes”, he added.

On the penalty decision he said, “I’ve asked Andrew about it and he admitted he slipped. He told the referee this, but the referee being the referee knew best and awarded the penalty”.

He continued, “The decision was very harsh, and wrong. We’ve been on the other end of decisions like this, so I completely sympathise with AIM FC regarding this. The only saving grace was that this wasn’t the only goal of the game. It did however have a profound effect upon it though”.

Turning back to his own side’s performance he said, “We were probably efficient without being spectacular”. He added, “We took our chances when they arose, but we got a big break with the opener”.