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Athletic will face Venezuelan opposition in the shape of División V.96 side Guaribe SC for this week’s friendly match. The match will be played at New Home Park on Wednesday with a 10:30 kick-off.

Paul O'Healihy fires home our opening goal from the penalty spot in our 5-0 win over Conmans Munters

Athletic opened up a two point in the race for the championship with a 5-0 win away to third place side Conmans Munters.

The home team had been destroyed by a first half four-goal burst, and although Onesimo Murube’s second goal of the afternoon was the only one in the second half, there was never any danger of the home side making a comeback.

Paul O’Healihy opened the scoring from the penalty spot in twenty-six minutes after a contentious award.

“Personally, I think it looked pretty soft”, said the Irishman afterwards, “but we’ve had plenty like this given against us, so I’m not complaining”.

Onesimo Murube made it 2-0 nine minutes later, and despite dominating the game, Brook Street were unable to add to their lead until two goals in a minute just before half-time, from Yann Schories and Eldvinas Sumlinskas, gave the score-line a more accurate appearance.

Athletic continued to completely dominate the second half, but only Onesimo Murube managed to find the net; his fifth goal in two league games since signing. This however didn’t worry coach Arjen Bogaert though.

“Were we playing another team, it may have been of concern, however this is Munters’ record league defeat, so it shows just how good a performance it was”.

He continued, “If we continue with performances like this, we should be there or thereabouts come the end of the season”.

Onesimo Murube fires home his third goal in the 9-1 rout of Dimsdale Gamers II this afternoon.

Athletic stormed to the top of Division IV.37 with a superb display that resulted in a 9-1 mauling for Dimsdale Gamers II at New Home Park this afternoon.

Tormentor-in-chief was new signing Onesimo Murube who netted a hattrick on his league debut, while Yann Schories weighed in with a brace.

Speaking afterwards, a clearly delighted Onesimo said, “I really enjoyed my first full game for Brook Street. The lads have really helped me this week, and the fans were brilliant. Everyone has made me very welcome, and I’m really happy to get off to such a good start and start re-paying everyone”.

He continued, “We’ve now hit first place, and it’s up to us to build on this and ensure we stay in first place until the end of the season”.

His coach was equally delighted saying, “Onesimo has already paid back a huge part of his transfer fee, and has become an instant hit with the fans”.

He continued, “For and 18 year-old, he has shown great maturity and composure to net an excellent hattrick in his first full game for the club, and already shows signs of being a superb signing for the club”.

He added, “Don’t get me wrong, although Onesimo is taking all the plaudits, this was a first-rate team performance. All our players fully deserve credit for this”.

Brook Street’s win sees them hit top spot for the first time this season , ahead of Gazza’s Lads, who we face next week, courtesy of our significantly better goal difference.

Onesimo Murube had a good debut for Brook Street, despite having only signed last night

Brook Street Athletic have bowed out of this season’s Scottish Cup, having lost 0-1 away to WKD Ladies FC in this morning’s Tayside derby.

Daniele Corvucci’s sixty-third minute strike was enough to settle the tie, but Athletic will be ruing a number of chances that were squandered, in particular Kyle Fair’s gilt-edged chance to level with seven minutes remaining.

“It was a very tight game and once they scored, they shut up shop”, said Arjen afterwards. He continued, “We still managed to create chances though, but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing meant that we didn’t take any of them”.

He added, “I’m not going to make the usual statement about, ‘now we will be able to concentrate on the league’ as I’m really disappointed that we’ve been knocked out of the cup at an early stage”.

New signing Onesimo Murube made his debut for the club, coming on at half-time for Al Caird and put in a solid performance as the coach highlighted.

“It’s very difficult to come into a new team less than a day after signing and get up to speed quickly, but Onesimo is a quality player, and I feel that he really didn’t look out of place”.

“He didn’t get any breaks in the game, but his link-up play was very good, and I’m sure he’ll do well for us”.

Dan Zieleznik hits home the second of his goals in our 4-0 win against montford afc yesterday.

Athletic got their championship challenge right back on track with an excellent 4-0 win over montford afc yesterday with our goals coming from Dan Zieleznik (2), Marcus Lövman and substitute Fons Consheim.

“We were excellent today and played some very good football”, said Arjen after the match. “Daniel took his goals very well; Marcus proved how good a finisher for a defender he is and Fons is always capable of the spectacular, as he proved today”.

He continued, “We’ve put ourselves right back into the hunt, and as other results have panned out, we’re now gone second on goal difference. This is an excellent position to build on”.

Arjen did however say, “We’ve got to be more ruthless in front of goal though. We missed a penalty and hit the post today, and on another day, this could prove to be costly”.

It is proving however to be a very tight league with no less than five sides tying for first place, as the coach alluded to when he said, “We’ve got to start taking all our chances, although it was not an issue this afternoon”.

It wasn’t all good news for Athletic, as Eldvinas Sumlinskas picked up a knock that could see him miss next weekend’s fixture with Dimsdale Gamers II.

“That was unfortunate”, said Arjen, “but we’re hopeful he’ll make it for next Saturday.

Jake MacConnechy fires Brook Street into a 2-1 lead against Tongue United in the Scottish Cup yesterday.

Brook Street Athletic may now be in the third round of the Scottish Cup, but their performance in the third round tie with Tongue United was far from convincing.

Although the New Home Park side won the match 4-1, few players emerged from the match with pass marks as the coach admitted afterwards.

“While we were strong at the back and up front, our midfield toiled, although to be fair, our inner midfielders were all only nineteen and fresh from the Academy”.

He continued, “I feel that was an error on my part, and perhaps the younger players would benefit from having an ‘older head’ amongst them. That’s something I’ll have to look at again”.

“I’ve got to say however, our goals came from all areas of the pitch which can only be good”.

Athletic opened the scoring after only two minutes through Laurent Étcheverry, but the home side hit back four minutes later when Edgar Robardston slammed home the equaliser.

Jake MacConnechy restored the lead with a fine strike, however it was another forty-nine minutes before Al Caird made the scoreline 3-1.

A defensive lapse let Marcus Lövman make the score 4-1, but Athletic’s inability to boss a match is a trend that the coach is eager to end.

“We’ve got to impose our will on matches and turn our possession into chances and goals”, he said.

Andy Hautala fires home the opening goal against FC Munro yesterday.

Brook Street had to settle for a point in yesterday’s league opener against FC MUNRO at New Home Park; a result that left the coach fuming.

“We simply can’t afford to drop stupid points like this if we’re going to get out of this league at the first time of asking”. He added, “FC MUNRO are our nearest challengers on paper, but if we don’t do the business on the pitch, as I know we are more than capable of, then our stay is going to last more than one season”.

The coach however refused to discuss what appeared to be a bust-up with winger Igor Bulatov when the Ukrainian was substituted in the sixty-fifth minute.

“There is nothing to say”, was his only comment.

However, Arjen’s decision to replace Bulatov with Vitor Leocadio paid instant dividends as with his first touch of the ball, he knocked it past the FCM full-back before whipping over a low cross that Andy Hautala rifled into the net.

Brook Street couldn’t turn their possession advantage into chances though, and paid the price for this with twelve minutes remaining, as they failed to deal with a pass from the right that Gilles Romer was more than happy to turn into the net.

So it’s back to the drawing board for Brook Street ahead of next weekend’s trip to face montford afc, and this result has perhaps been a wake-up call for some who thought the team would stroll unopposed to the title.

Man of the Match: Jose Eransus

Daniel Zieleznik fires the ball past Delbert Wilson in the Corinthians goal to complete his hat-trick.

Brook Street kicked off their Scottish Cup campaign in imperious form this morning, sweeping aside Coatbridge Corinthians by 10-0.

Five goals either side of half-time did for the Division V side with Yann Schories scoring as early as the sixth minute. Athletic had to wait until the twentieth before Igor Bulatov doubled the lead, however it was only a matter of time before the floodgates opened and once Yann Schories had hit his second and Daniel Zieleznik his first after twenty-six and twenty-eight minutes respectively, you had to fear for the home side.

Athletic had dropped the tempo considerably, but were knocking the ball around confidently and added another goal nine minutes before the break, Igor Bulatov doubling his personal tally.

Any thoughts that Corinthians could stem the tide were dashed by two goals in three minutes just before the hour mark through Kyle Fair and Daniel Zieleznik’s second, but things were going to get much worse for the hosts.

Paul O’Healihy rifled home a superb free-kick to make the score 0-8 in sixty-four minutes, and another free-kick resulted in Eldvinas Sumlinskas getting in close to make it nine two minutes later.

Athletic weren’t finished though and with seventy minutes on the clock, Daniel Zieleznik raced onto a through ball before dispatching it past Wilson in the home goal to complete his hat-trick, and the scoring.

“We were absolutely superb today”, said Arjen afterwards. “I told the players before they went out that all the starting places for Saturday were up for grabs and to show me what they could do. To a man they have all risen to the challenge”.

He continued, “I cannot fault the effort put in by my players, and some of the play was quite excellent. We’ve got a real boost from this performance, and so have the fans. Everyone at the club was down following last season, but performances like this put the smiles back on everyone’s faces”.

“We can now go forward to Saturday’s league opener with renewed confidence and determination”, he said.

Athletic’s reward for their win today is a trip to the north coast to face Tongue United.

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