Matt Cocker curls a beauty to make the score 2-2 and mark the start of the fightback.

Matt Cocker curls a beauty to make the score 2-2 and mark the start of the fightback.

Trailing 1-2 at the break, Brook Street fought back to defeat Toon of the South 4-2 and set up a Saltire Cup Third Round tie at Turret Park next Wednesday against Division III side Team Europe at Gleneagles.

Sam Ferretto had put Brook Street in front in the tenth minute, outjumping his marker at a corner to power his header past South keeper Leonel Moreira Carvalho.

However the game was turned on its head around the half-hour mark with two South goals in a minute. Coen Solleveld broke through and fired home to level in twenty-nine minutes and within sixty seconds the visitors were in front, Paweł Dziob finishing off a fine move down the middle.

Zsolt Baboss had the chance to level the match in the fifty-fourth minute, but put the ball over the bar and will no doubt feel he should have done better.

However, with Brook Street dominating in the middle of the park, the breakthrough came with sixty-five minutes played. The ball broke to Matt Cocker at the edge of the box and with the deftest of touches, curled the ball just inside the post and into the net.

Midway through the half, Muhammad Noorani had the chance to put Brook Street back in front but lacked composure and blazed the ball past the post. This was only a reprieve for the visitors though.

Twelve minutes from time, with no apparent danger posed, Sam Ferretto picked up the ball on the right wing. Moving inside he made towards the South goal, dodged one tackle and blasted the ball into the rigging.

Then, a minute later, with the South defence still some disarray and recriminations ongoing, Fraser Carragher broke through on the right again and fired home to complete a memorable fightback and send Brook Street into the Third Round.

Speaking at full-time, Leoš Loos said, “We showed real character and composure when it mattered. Yes, I’m annoyed at losing two soft goals, but we put that right at half-time and our second half display was excellent”.

He continued, “We have done well against Division III clubs so far this season and it shows we’re moving in the right direction. We’ve just got to keep this good form going”.

Looking forward to next week’s tie he said, “I don’t know anything about them to be honest, but the game is being played at Turret Park a ground we know well. We’ll watch them on Saturday, but by all accounts they’re doing well in their league and will pose a significant challenge for our players”.

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