Sam Ferretto breaks clear during the match with Melmac Rangers in Cuba.

Sam Ferretto breaks clear during the match with Melmac Rangers in Cuba.

An extra-time Sam Ferretto goal saw the reserves run out 3-2 winners against Melmac Rangers in Cuba last night. Emanuel Bohucký had opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute but just a quarter of an hour later the game had turned on it’s head as first Jhonathan Noriega then Rubén Izaguirre netted to send the home side into the break 2-1 in front.

Rangers tried to press home their advantage, but Jim Barnstaple in the Brook Street goal refused to yield and pulled off a string of outstanding saves to keep them in the game.

As is so often the case however, failure to convert their chances came back to haunt Rangers and in the seventy-third minute Muhammad Noorani cracked home a fantastic cross-field pass to tie the game.

With no further scoring in regulation time, the match entered extra-time and it was then that Brook Street assumed complete control.

Phil Mullally had done all the hard stuff in the ninety-fourth minute, but managed to scuff his shot past the post with the goal at his mercy, much to his disgust.

But with just eight minutes to go, Sam Ferretto managed to get away from his marker and slammed Brad Flint’s cross from the left into the net to put Brook Street decisively back in front.

Indeed, the visitors could have had another goal a minute later from the penalty spot after a defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. However, the normally calm Emanuel Bohucký blasted the ball well wide.

“It was a really entertaining game for the neutrals that raced from end to end”, said Marcus at full-time. “We’re pleased with the result naturally, but I think we need to practice our shooting a bit more!” he added.

The coach singled out keeper Jim Barnstaple for praise saying, “Jim was outstanding there tonight. He refused to be beaten at a time that could have been decisive for Rangers had they scored”.

He also commented on Brad Flint’s crossing saying, “He set up two goals tonight with two outstanding crosses. It’s easy to forget he’s only seventeen”.

While the side were heading for home, next week’s midweek friendly opponents were announced this morning, and it will see Brook Street make their penultimate road trip to a new country, this time to Luanda, Angola to face Segundona side Águias da Caneira.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have fixed up both our weekend fixture here against Armageddon999 and next week’s trip to Angola so easily”, admitted Kyle Fair at the morning press briefing.

“We’ll only have a trip to Vietnam left to do, but we’re not certain that we’ll complete it this close season, especially if we can entice a Bajan side to come here”. He continued, “It’s a very nice predicament to be in”.

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