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Richard Gabriel's wonder strike turns the game on its head as Brook Street take the lead.

Richard Gabriel’s wonder strike turns the game on its head as Brook Street take the lead.

Having given Bandits Utd a two-goal start, Brook Street stormed back to win this morning’s Diddy Cup tie at The Bloated Dome to progress to the Fifth Round where they will face Celtic Garfin.

While he was less than impressed by manner in which the two goals were conceded, Eike Alanne praised the attitude and desire to win shown by his players to come back and win the match so comfortably.

“We were very slack for the opening goal, and to concede it from a set-piece isn’t good at all. Then, having seen that Maragnano was clearly going to be the target man, we switched off as the ball came across and he got his second. We’ve got to concentrate far better and either mark the target man closer, or even better, stop the cross coming in at all”.

“That said”, he continued “we showed real character to come back but as soon as Liam [Christie] got our first goal we finally got to grips with the game and there was no looking back. I think that once Bandits scored their second goal, they ceased to be an attacking force. That says everything about the attitude of my players and the way they controlled the game”.

Sam Ferretto tied the game with a typical poachers strike after the ball rebounded from the crossbar in the thirty-fifth minute and Richard Gabriel fired Brook Street into the lead just two minutes later.

Further goals from Lewis Espley, Adam Humphrey and Phil Mullally in the second half rounded of a memorable fightback and ensured that it would be Brook Street Athletic who entered the lunchtime draw for the Fifth Round.

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Much to the disgust of coach Eike Alanne, Brook Street returned home from the Highlands this afternoon without having kicked a ball after FC Bardos couldn’t raise a team.

“We’ve wasted a lot of time getting here only for the home side to not show up”, fumed the Brook Street boss. “Not only that but we’ve lost a day’s training and the fans that have made the trip have wasted their money. This shouldn’t be allowed to happen nowadays”.

The club were quick to announce that they would be refunding the fans who made the trip, and that they would be subsidising travel to the match against Bandits Utd next Wednesday; moves that were hailed by the supporters clubs.

“The club didn’t need to do that, but the fact they did is greatly appreciated”, said a spokesman from the Supporters Federation.

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