Muhammad Noorani fires home from the tightest of angles to win this morning's friendly match.

Muhammad Noorani fires home from the tightest of angles to win this morning’s friendly match.

Cardiff Hitchhikers gave the reserves a real test in this morning’s friendly match at New Home Park and it wasn’t until the last fifteen minutes that the game turned around.

The visitors were quick into their stride and raced to a 2-0 lead with only sixteen minutes played. Matt Cocker pulled a goal back in the twenty-sixth minute and although Alex Clapperton hit the post eight minutes from the break, it was the Welshmen who scored next to restore their two-goal advantage ten minutes into the second half.

Only a poor finish by Joaquin Landacaranda after sixty-five minutes prevented Hitchhikers from increasing their lead, and this was to prove to be pivotal in the match.

With fourteen minutes to go, Matt Cocker broke through again to fire Brook Street right back into the game, but worse was to follow for the visitors for with six minutes remaining Sam Ferretto broke free to slam home the equaliser after fine build up play on the right.

Then, with less than two minutes to go the game was turned on its head when Muhammad Noorani fired Brook Street’s fourth goal.

“The players showed real character to dig out the result”, said Leoš Loos. “There’s always the danger that we could panic at going two goals down, but they maintained their composure, stuck to the game plan, and it’s paid off”, he added.

“Conditions weren’t the greatest, but both sides still managed to play some good football out there. We rode our luck at times, but we took our chances when they arose, so I’d have to say that I’m very happy with the outcome”, said the coach.

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