Muhammad Noorani scores the second of his goals to make the score 4-0.

Muhammad Noorani scores the second of his goals to make the score 4-0.

Two goals each from Lope Cabrio and Muhammad Noorani along with strikes from Abel Soffia, Eike Alanne and a Emanuel Bohucký penalty earned Brook Street a 7-0 win over Highlands and Islands United at New Home Park this afternoon.

The win keeps the Monifieth side three points clear at the top of the league with only five games remaining, although coach Leoš Loos admitted he’s now keeping a closer eye on title challengers, The Tiny Spacemen.

“We’re now at ‘the sharp end of the season’, and depending upon how results pan out next weekend, the championship could conceivably become a two-horse race between ourselves and the Spacemen”.

When asked about whether he felt the pressure growing, he replied, “We’re always under pressure to win. Yes, we know that our goal-difference advantage has been whittled away over the past few weeks, but we also know that all we have to do is keep winning and that puts all the pressure on the other sides in the Division”.

He continued, “We’re three points clear at the top, so as long as we match the results of our nearest challenger, then there nothing they can do about it and the pressure is all on them. The lead is ours to lose”.

Turning back to today’s game he said, “We were competent and professional; nothing more. We knew what we had to do and we set about achieving it. I feel we let them off the hook when they went down to ten men, and we should have won by a greater margin, but at the end of the day, it’s another three points and one game less left to play”.

Asked about the injury to Abel Soffia, the coach said, “He’s got stud marks across his knee and we took him off as a precaution, however he should be ok for next week”.

He concluded, “We’re going into some very tough fixtures over the last few weeks of the season, so it’s important we have all our full squad available”.