Muhammad Noorani scores our decisive second goal against giggs nantes.

Muhammad Noorani scores our decisive second goal against giggs nantes.

Brook Street fought back after conceding a controversial penalty to win 2-1 in this morning’s friendly against French side giggs nantes at New Home Park.

The home side had started brightly and could have been well ahead inside the first half hour, but for poor finishing and an excellent save by Oscar Lucena in the nantes goal. However it was the visitors who opened the scoring with the controversial penalty just after the half hour mark.

None of the nantes players had claimed for an infringement, and none of the Brook Street players seemed to know why the award had been made, but nantes’ Fathi Berrekhissa kept his cool amid the continuing protests to calmly slot the ball home.

Brook Street were left with a sense of injustice, but responded in the perfect manner, storming up the park straight from the re-start and equalising through a terrific curled shot from the edge of the box by Garabed Palasyan.

The nantes coach had apparently given his players a roasting at half time, but it seemed to have the opposite of the desired effect, as Muhammad Noorani scored what was to prove to be the winner with fifty-two minutes played.

Brook Street went on to dominate the half and only the post prevented Krsto Grubić from adding to the lead before the end.

“We dominated the match for long spells and showed character to roll up our sleeves and get back on level terms following the strange penalty award”, said Leoš Loos at full-time.

“We could have been knocked off our stride by that decision, but the players reacted in the best way possible and deserve credit for that”.

He continued, “We went on to win the match, but I’m disappointed that a refereeing decision will be the main talking point rather than the way we played”.

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