Sam Ferretto rifles the ball into the net following a free kick routine straight from the training ground.

Sam Ferretto rifles the ball into the net following a free kick routine straight from the training ground.

The reserves’ managed to lurch into the Hattrick Scottish Cup Third Round this morning with a 4-3 win over the G team, but their performance has been likened to watching a drunk trying to exit a bar at closing time.

They made very heavy weather of it and although they were never behind, the New Home Park side were never fully in control before staggering over the finishing line.

“That was easily our worst performance for several seasons”, complained Brook Street coach Leoš Loos afterwards. “We were totally disjointed and we could barely string two passes together. I don’t know what was wrong with the players today, but they’ll have to play a whole lot better in the next round or our participation in this season’s Scottish Cup will end next week”.

He continued, “Our front line got us out of jail today, but time and again our defending shot us in the foot. It simply isn’t good enough and I may have to look at bringing players in”.

The coach’s exasperation at his defenders was clear to see, for this isn’t the first time sloppy defending has put games on the line. Clearly his patience is running out however.

Sam Ferretto fired Brook Street into the lead in the thirty-fourth minute, but the lead only lasted four minutes before Erlantz Ormaetxea levelled for the home side.

Muhammad Noorani struck in the forty-first minute to restore the advantage, but Ivano Ladu waltzed through the Brook Street central defence to slam in the equaliser right on half-time.

Goals from Sam Ferretto and Alex Clapperton looked to have sealed the deal, but back came the home side and Martín Murillo fired in a spot kick to make for a very uncomfortable last thirteen minutes.

Later, the Third Round Draw paired Brook Street with The Fighting Irish Celts, the tie taking place at Celts’ 80,000 capacity ‘Wish You Were Here’ ground.

“This is a huge game”, enthused Leoš afterwards. “This is the first time we’ve faced a side that has won the Scottish Cup, and although they are rebuilding their side at the moment, we’re going to face our toughest game for many seasons”.