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Yann Schories strike was the only highlight in a dismal display by Brook Street today.

What a difference a week makes! Brook Street have in the past been accused of putting in Jekyll and Hyde performances, and when compared to last Saturday’s game, today’s definitely comes into that category.

“There’s absolutely no understandable reasoning behind it”, admitted Eskild afterwards. “One week we are superb and show real battling qualities, the next we are absolutely shocking”.

He continued, “We got exactly what we deserved from the game and can have no complaints. We weren’t good enough at the back, as despite knowing that they’d attack on the wings, we didn’t close them down and paid the price. We didn’t create any real openings up front and our midfield just didn’t get to grips with the game”.

He concluded, “We’ve got to cut out this slackness and become more clinical otherwise this season will be a struggle. We won’t be making any knee-jerk signings though”.

On a poor afternoon for the New Home Park side, the only highlight was Yann Schories’ consolation strike with ten minutes left.

The coach knows that Brook Street will now have to pick themselves up in time for Wednesday’s Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie at barony celtic, however he said, “They will probably field a very strong side, possibly even their first team, but we will field the reserves as usual. The Cup is secondary to us”.

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Jake MacConnechy rifles home his first goal for the seniors on his debut against Ball Busters FC

Captain Al Caird led by example in today’s Scottish Cup third round tie against Ball Busters FC netting a hattrick in our 4-1 win. Brook Street’s other goal was scored by debutant Jake MacConnechy.

A pleased Eskild Bøgholm said afterwards, “We gave them a bit more possession than I would have preferred, however we were solid in the middle of the park and didn’t give them a lot of opportunities.

He added, “Al showed how clinical he can be in front of goal today and I was also pleased for Jake, scoring on his debut for the senior side. He tired in the second half as the pace of the game caught up with him, but on the whole I’m very pleased with his performance. Definitely one for the future…”

Brook Street now face another trip to the west in the next round as they have been drawn against barony celtic in the fourth round.

“We’ve had a quick look at them, and from first impressions I’d say they’re likely to field their first team. That however won’t change our game plan”, said the coach.

Jake MacConnechy has become the latest player to graduate from the Academy to the Brook Street senior side.

Speaking of the promotion, Eskild said, “Jeff [Duilach] alerted us of Jake as soon as he’d signed up and we’ve been keeping tabs on him since then”.

He continued, “Our original intention was to leave Jake with the youths until he turned 19, but as soon as Jeff said that he was ready to move up to the senior side, we didn’t hesitate in promoting him. We’re sure he’ll have a tremendous future with the club and will hopefully follow in Kyle Fair’s footsteps to become a regular in the first team”.

There is a possibility of Jake making his debut for the club in Wednesday’s Scottish Cup tie against Ball Busters FC however, on his promotion Jake said, “It’s all happened really fast: I was looking forward to this week’s league match with the Under-19’s, but now I find myself in the squad for the cup tie with the seniors. It’s hard to get your head round it!”

Vitor Leocadio opens the scoring against Screwy 11 in this morning's Scottish Cup tie.

Brook Street safely secured their passage into the third round of this season’s Carling Scottish Cup, courtesy of a 6-1 win against Screwy 11 today.

It took a while to break down the stubborn home defence, but after Vitor Leocadio opened the scoring just after the half hour mark, three goals in the following fourteen first half minutes, through Al MacHarold, Charlie Greusach and Al Caird killed off the home team’s challenge.

Although Screwy 11 pulled a goal back just before an hour’s play, Street were never in any danger of collapse and added two more, in eighty minutes through Al Caird and Al MacHarold to complete the scoring.

Eskild was happy with his sides’ performance, saying, “I feel we did well today and controlled the game from start to finish”.

He added, “It took us a while to break them down, but we knew that once we got the breakthrough goal, we’d score more”.

“Now I believe we are heading for the north east in the third round, so we’re fairly clocking up the miles”.

It wasn’t all good news for Brook Street though as Laurent Etcheverry picked up an injury that could see him miss this weekend’s league match.

“We’re hoping he’ll be ok for the match with FMG, but it’s certainly possible he’ll miss out”, said Eskild.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a better idea tomorrow”.

Immediately after the match, Eskild said, “It’s maybe a little disappointing that we couldn’t get the winner, given our possession, but if someone had offered me the draw before kick-off, I’d have taken it, so I’d have to say I’m pretty happy with the point”.

He continued, “We had a dismal record against them last season, so it’s good to finally get off the mark, especially away from home. We face a difficult season, so to get an unexpected point on the board early on gives us something to build on”.

The Street fans who travelled to the Tayside derby did so more in hope rather than expectation given their previous record against The Disorders, but their fears were allayed just after the half-hour mark when having broken up an attack, Brook Street stormed up the park allowing Jose Eransus fired home to open the scoring.

Two minutes after the break, and it could have been 2-0 to Brook Street when Kyle Fair broke through, however Giuseppe Sechi in the home goal pulled off a fine save. This proved crucial as five minutes later, Sergio Alba knocked in the equaliser.

Kostas Fournarakos had the chance to turn the game on it’s head two minutes after this, however he lacked composure and blazed his shot past the post when he should have done better.

The match descended into a midfield slog with both sides cancelling the other out, so it came as no surprise that there were no further chances.

Brook Street now go forward to face Screwy 11 in the Scottish Cup on Wednesday before facing FMGLive Addicts in the league on Saturday.

Other Results:
Spikey Thistle 4 – 2 FC Zippy
FMGLive Addicts 2 – 5 Lords 11
The Mighty Blues Noses 3 – 1 Tachyonstorm

Horia Patrascu has become the latest player to leave Brook Street, having been transferred to Italian Serie VI.470 side Talca today for a fee of £68,200.

Horia made his debut in the club’s second ever match, a 4-1 friendly win against Bolivian side Club Internacional Bahia and went on to make a total of 199 appearances for the club, (166 League; 1 Qualifier; 20 Scottish Cup and 62 friendlies, including Brook Street Cup).

Before he left New Home Park for the final time, Horia gave the official website an interview.

“Yes, it’s a real wrench to be leaving Brook Street”, said Horia. “I’ve been here for fourteen wonderful seasons and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here”.

“Eskild and I have been talking for a while about where we are heading. My chances of playing first team matches are going to be very limited as we have two excellent keepers, and I’m big enough to realise this. I weighed up my options and felt that it was the right time to move on”.

“Eskild was reluctant to let me go, but I persuaded him it was the right move for everyone. I’ve maybe got a couple of seasons left in me, but perhaps at a level lower than Brook Street are at”.

“It’s a fantastic club with superb fans and I’ve been here since almost the very beginning. They will forever have a place in my heart, and I will always be an ‘Irregular’.”

Of his departing keeper and friend, Eskild said, “Horia has been a model professional and above all a very good friend. He arrived here nine days after me and we’ve been great friends ever since”.

He continued, “To see him leave is like having your arm cut off. He’s almost been like a brother to me”.

“I couldn’t stand in his way though, and know that it would be unfair to do so. Horia is more than capable of playing for another couple of seasons and could go on to a successful coaching career afterwards. Unfortunately, that was never likely to be here if truth be told”.

“I personally, and I know everyone connected with the club will wish him the very best of luck with his new club”.

Eskild unleashes a real piledriver to make the score 5-0 against sporting lionz in the Cup today.

A trip west to face Division V.58 side Screwy 11 was Brook Street’s reward for disposing of sporting lionz in the first round of the Carling Scottish Cup this morning.

Although the Borderers were soundly beaten 6-0, it took four goals in the last quarter of an hour to give even a slight indication of Street’s dominance.

After the match, Eskild, who scored our fourth goal, said, “Although we completely dominated the match, we really weren’t sharp in front of goal and we wasted a number of chances”.

He continued, “Perhaps I’m being a little harsh on the lads as it was the first game of the season, and we did very well in the middle of the park to boss the game, but I think we could’ve and should’ve won by a much greater margin”.

“That sharpness will come though so I’m not concerned, and we can now concentrate on training for the league opener on Saturday with a win under our belts”.

It took Brook Street twenty minutes to finally make the breakthrough, Al Caird slotting home, and Al MacHarold could have mate it 2-0 four minutes later but having rounded the keeper, is shot was far too weak and a defender got back to clear it off the line.

However, the visiting fans had only three minutes to wait before that second goal went in, and it was well worth waiting for.

Tom MacKenzie was giving his marker a torrid time, and having turned him inside and out, played an inch perfect pass through to the onrushing Laurent Etcheverry who dispatched the ball into the home goal.

Despite completely dominating, Brook Street couldn’t add to their lead and it was 0-2 at half-time.

The MacKenzie-Etcheverry partnership was proving to be a good one, and it was from another of Tom’s crosses in seventy-four minutes that Laurent blasted home with a spectacular scissors kick.

Four minutes later, and it was the coach’s turn to find the net, thundering home a real piledriver.

With ten minutes left and not for the first time, Vitor Leocadio left his marker for dead and drove in a low tempting cross that Charlie Greusach was more than happy to finish off.

Al MacHarold had been, by his own admission, “particularly wasteful in front of goal”, but when Tom MacKenzie lofted a high cross into the box, Al’s presence was enough to cause chaos amongst the home defence, allowing the ‘big man’ to knock the bouncing ball into the net from close range.

Overall, Street will be happy with the win, but they’ll have to be much sharper in front of goal, especially in the league.

Brook Street completed their midweek friendly schedule yesterday, and although they lost 2-3 to Bahrain Series II.1 side AFC Tranquilo, the coach was far from disappointed.

Eskild said, “I feel we went toe-to-toe with a very strong side and did very well. OK, we lost the match, but there were a lot of positives to take from the game”.

The match, played in front of a new record crowd for a friendly at New Home Park of just short of 6,000, was played at a furious pace and within three minutes of the kick off the score was 1-1.

The visitors opened the scoring in the second minute through Italian midfielder Massimiliano Tarzia, but Laurent Étcheverry had us back on level terms following a superb solo run.

However, four minutes later the visitors were back in front through Lucio Aldeondo and with less than a quarter of an hour played, Tranquilo were 3-1 up. Confusion in the Brook Street rearguard let in Tony Brown, and the American striker didn’t think twice before rifling the ball past Horia Patrascu.

Street were definitely on the back foot, and only a fine stop by Horia Patrascu prevented Tranquilo from scoring a fourth.

Al Caird had the chance to reduce the deficit, but his attempted lob was poor and cleared the crossbar. Seven minutes before the break however, his coach showed there’s still life in the old dog yet, racing on to a super through ball and sliding it under the onrushing keeper to make the score 2-3.

After such a rip-roaring first half, it was almost inevitable that the second would be a damp squib, with a Tony Brown half-chance the only highlight”.

After such a successful flagchasing season for the club, it seemed appropriate that such good opposition should face Brook Street in the final match.

Next up for Brook Street is the Scottish Cup before Brook Street Cup 6 kicks off in week 7 of the new season.

Brook Street will be travelling to the Borders in the first round of the Scottish Cup after being drawn against sporting lionz at Hampden today.

The tie will be played at the 12,000 capacity sporting lionz Arena on Wednesday with a 10:30 BST kick-off.

Fans should note that this match is all ticket, and briefs are on sale for season ticket holders until Sunday lunchtime before going on general sale.

Kyle Fair celebrates his first goal of the afternoon with skipper Marcus Lövman.

Brook Street secured their Division III status with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Campsie City at New Home Park yesterday, with the goals coming from Kyle Fair (2), Andy Hautala and Charlie Greusach.

The fact that three of our goals came from graduates of our youth academy was not lost on coach Eskild Bøgholm.

“If ever the proof was needed that our Academy is producing talent worthy of competing at a high level, then this result provides it in a nutshell with Kyle and Charlie producing three of our four goals”.

He also revealed that Kyle Fair’s inclusion was a last-minute decision.

“Kyle passed a fitness test less than an hour before kick-off, and it was a gamble to play him. I don’t think anyone could have guessed how well it would pay off”.

Kyle himself said, “When the gaffer told me I was playing, I’ve got to admit it came as a bit of a surprise. At best, I thought I might get a place on the bench, but it panned out really well for me and the team”.

While Kyle Fair’s inclusion was a late one, Charlie Greusach had known he was to partner Andy Hautala up front since last weekend and made the most of his chance.

“I’ve maybe not had the opportunity to play in the first team as often as I’d have liked, but with Dan [Zieleznik] out injured, I’m certainly going out to make the most of it”.

With the game almost wrapped up by half-time, it was left to top scorer Andy Hautala to score his ninth goal of the season and apply the coup de grâce to City’s challenge.

Speaking at full-time, he said, “We got the early goal which knocked City off their stride then the two goals in six minutes finished them off. To be honest, the game was over by half-time, but it’s always good to get a goal. Now we can go into the season break knowing we’re playing Division III football next season”.