Phil Mullally fires  Brook Street into an early lead against SUS Beckhausen 05 in this morning's friendly.

Phil Mullally fires Brook Street into an early lead against SUS Beckhausen 05 in this morning’s friendly.

Brook Street and their German visitors SUS Beckhausen 05 served up a real cracker at New Home Park this morning with the game going to spot kicks after the sides sharing eight goals. This was despite the home side playing from the sixty-fourth minute with ten men after Fraser Caragher received two yellow cards in quick succession. However, despite the disadvantage, it was Athletic who prevailed, winning the shoot-out 3-2.

Phil Mullally had got Brook Street off to the perfect start with a goal in the fourth minute, and Garabed Palasyan doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark.

That two-goal lead lasted only two minutes before Emil Fornalczyk pulled one back for the visitors, and Brook Street were forced into a substitution in the fortieth minute when Attila Gyöngyösi was forced off after a bad challenge.

In an unusual move, coach Leoš Loos came on to replace him in defence, and within a minute the visitors had levelled through Cuno Bartnicki.

Muhammad Noorani nosed Brook Street ahead in the sixty-fifth minute, but Beckhausen fired straight back through Konstantin Streisand and two minutes later Jonas Tetzlaff finished off a terrific move to edge the visitors in front for the first time.

Beckhausen’s lead lasted until nine minutes from time when Sam Ferretto powered Alex Clapperton’s cross into the net with a spectacular diving header.

With no scoring in extra-time, Alex Clapperton, Sam Ferretto and Muhammad Noorani were the players who kept their cool in the shoot-out to fire Brook Street to the win.

“We were pushed all the way”, admitted Leoš who added, “but that’s exactly what we want”.

He continued, “Beckhausen were excellent opponents for us and although the fans like to see us win emphatically, I would much rather we had more friendly games like this”.

Asked about the injury to Attila Gyöngyösi, Leoš said, “It’s nothing bad, so I’d expect him to be in place on Saturday. Taking him off was more of a precaution”.

He concluded saying, “We played some great football and knocked the ball about well”.

Then, with tough firmly in cheek he said, “The work-rate of the midfield and the front line was excellent, but oh dear… the defence after Attilla went off was terrible. That guy that came on was the worst full-back I’ve ever seen!”