Andrew Cleary watches on as his extra-time shot enters the net to secure the win.

Andrew Cleary watches on as his extra-time shot enters the net to secure the win.

Brook Street were given a real scare in this morning’s Hattirck Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie with AthleticScotland, and it took an extra-time Andrew Cleary strike to send the New Home Park side into this afternoon’s Fifth Round draw.

The match had ended regulation time tied at 3-3, thanks to a last minute Germán Olmos Ribas equaliser which broke the hearts of the home support who were already celebrating victory.

Indeed, the home side had made all the running and were 2-0 up after just over half an hour thanks to goals from Barry Robshaw and Kerewin de Wilde. Fraser Carragher and Andrew Cleary then fired Brook Street level, before the grandly titled Hauke-Klaus Niemeyer-Wasserer netted to send the League IV side into the break in front.

And so the scoreline remained until the final minute when Germán Olmos Ribas struck to send the tie into extra-time.

It was hard for the home side to lift themselves following such a crushing blow, and things got even worse for them midway through the first period of extra-time as, a fine play on the left gave Andrew Cleary the kind of chance the just doesn’t miss, and the Scotland U-20 Internationalist made no mistake to fire Brook Street into the Fifth Round for the first time in four seasons.

“We got very, very lucky today”, admitted Marcus afterwards, “but then again we’ve been on the receiving end of results like this in the past, so I think we were due a break”.

The coach praised his side for their ‘never say die’ attitude saying, “Even at 2-0 down we kept playing away and to pull it back to 2-2 was an excellent effort”.

However with full-time approaching and trailing 3-2 he feared the worst.

“I’ve got to admit I thought we would be bowing out as usual in the Fourth Round when Germán popped up to produce an outstandingly composed finish to tie the game”. He continued, “We knew that losing the goal so late would have really affected them, so we went into extra-time, not only buoyed by the late, late goal, but by also knowing that they were on the back foot and reeling”.

“Sure enough, when Andrew netted what proved to be the winner, you could visibly see them deflate”.

Brook Street’s reward for reaching the Fifth Round is our first home tie in the Scottish Cup for four seasons, and sees us face fellow League III side Kobis.

The sides have met once before in the Scottish Cup, in the Fourth Round four seasons ago. Brook Street ran out 2-0 winners at Kobi Park that day with Oleg Zhigalov and Onésimo Murube scoring the goals.

Next weeks match takes place on Wednesday with a 10:30 kick-off.

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