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Champions!


Brook Street Athletic will now, at worst, face a Division III Qualifier in a fortnight’s time having finally clinched the Division IV.37 title by defeating montford afc 7-0 at New Home Park this afternoon.

Marcus Lovman capitalised on a slip by montford keeper Edmund Trzaskalski to slam home the opener after nine minutes. Two minutes later, Maranaj Batusha made it 2-0, and within sixteen minutes, the young Italian had his first ever hattrick.

Paul O’Healihy added to montford’s despair with twenty-eight minutes on the clock to make the half-time score 5-0.

Brook Street were happy to knock the ball about in the second half but added a further two goals through Paul O’Healihy and Dan Zieleznik

Although the final destination of the league title has not been in doubt for a number of weeks now, there could be no hiding the delight on Arjen Bogaert’s face at full-time.

“I am absolutely thrilled that we’ve secured the title”, he said as the full-time whistle blew. “I have got to pay credit to the players who have been utterly superb this season, and to our supporters… you can clearly see what this title means to them. I’m delighted for them”.

While the celebrations were in full swing amongst the Brook Street fans, the ecstatic mood of the home support contrasted sharply with that of the small band of hardy montford fans who trudged dejectedly from the ground in silence, their side’s relegation back to the bottom tier of Scottish Hattrick football having been confirmed by the defeat.

Later at the post-match press conference, Arjen who was asked how this title ranked with his three titles with Amatøhrene in Norway said, “No contest. I never won a Division IV title in Norway”.

He continued, “We have a fantastic team here, and everyone has played their part in this Championship; from the Chairman down to the young apprentices who clean the boots. We are like one big family, that’s what I love about this club”.

“The Chairman and the Board also deserve a huge amount of credit, as they took a bold decision to keep the playing squad intact following our relegation, despite having a huge wage bill, whilst making funds available for me to bring in new players. This title is just as much theirs”.

He did however warn, “We may have won the title, but we’re only halfway to Division III. We’ve got to ensure we have a good result next weekend to ensure a favourable promotion ranking. Our destiny is in our own hands”.

With characteristic humility, the coach concluded his interview by saying, “I know personally, as do my players and all the Brook Street fans in the stands today, how bad relegation feels, and I would like to wish everyone connected with montford afc all the best of luck for next season”.

Athletic’s reserve side slumped to a 0-2 defeat against Zernoff FC in Chisinau this afternoon, the Moldovan side’s goals coming a minute before half-time and seven minutes from the end.

Although the defeat in itself was disappointing, it was the performance of the team and their inability to create any openings for the forwards that Arjen thought was of more concern.

“Zernoff are a very good side playing at a much higher level than us, so it’s no real surprise that they dominated the match and got the win. What bothered me more was the fact that we couldn’t create a single chance in the ninety minutes”.

He continued, “Too many of our passes went awry and they bossed the midfield. We’ve got to sharpen up, and it may be that we’ll have to concentrate on this in training”.

He did however add, “It was an invaluable exercise for us though, and a real bonus to play against a side so highly ranked in their country. We now see where we’ve got to sharpen up, and it will help us in our preparations for next season”.

Brook Street's two-goal hero Paul O'Healihy attempts to break through.

A point next week from our home match against montford will almost certainly be enough to secure at least a Division III play-off place. Only a catastrophic and unprecedented defeat from FC MUNRO on the last day of the season could deprive the Monifieth club of the title, and coach Arjen Bogaert is not about to let that happen.

Following today’s 5-0 win over Dimsdale Gamers, he said that the result had propelled Brook Street Athletic to “within ninety minutes of the title and with it, at worst, the Division III Qualifiers”.

He continued, “We are all very aware of our position and what’s at stake, but this club’s playing squad are supremely professional, and I am confident there will be a party at New Home Park at full-time next Saturday”.

While this will be music to the ears of the Brook Street fans, the coach cautioned, “We are almost over the finishing line, however we must ensure we take maximum points from our remaining two games, otherwise we could find ourselves in a very difficult league next season. To let things slip at this late stage would be unforgivable”.

To give themselves the opportunity to win the title next week, Athletic had to defeat Dimsdale Gamers II this afternoon. Although the performance was far from their best, Brook Street’s 5-0 win was as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

Athletic are notoriously slow starters, but it only took until the eleventh minute before Paul O’Healihy broke the deadlock. If however those in the away stands thought that the floodgates would open, then they were in for a disappointment. In fact, it took until the seventieth minute before Dan Zieleznik doubled the lead.

Paul O’Healihy got his second two minutes later, and Kyle Fair’s strike after eighty-three minutes along with Igor Bulatov’s with two minutes remaining gave the scoreline a more accurate appearance.

“It was just one of those days”, said O’Healihy after the match. “It took a while for us to break them down, whereas on other days we’d have finished them off before half-time”.

Dan Zieleznik races through the centre of the Zernoff defence to fire home our second goal.

Athletic and Zernoff FC served up a highly entertaining friendly match in front of over 5300 spectators at New Home Park this morning, the home side winning by the odd goal in three.

Both keepers had superb saves and the spectators witnessed some outstanding play from both sides, with both goal frames being rattled as play raced from end to end.

Brook Street opened the scoring through Dan Zieleznik in the thirty-seventh minute, however Zernoff levelled just three minutes later through Asdrubal Varregosa.

To typify the nature of the game, parity lasted less than sixty seconds as straight from kick-off, Dan Zieleznik raced through before driving the ball past Ionel Jeverdan in the visitors’ goal.

Both sides had chances in the second half, but defences were being well marshalled and when anyone broke through, rash finishing the woodwork or the keepers came to the rescue.

Speaking afterwards, a very pleased Arjen said, “This has been a fantastic workout for the boys, and both teams rose to the occasion. It’s probably the best friendly match I’ve been involved in, and I’m sure the spectators all enjoyed the spectacle too”.

On Dan Zieleznik’s two goals, he said “Dan has reacted like a true professional since being dropped for the past couple of league games. His two goals today just emphasise to the Andy [Hautala] and Onesimo [Murube] that if they want to keep their starting places, they have to be at the top of their game”.

He continued, “Dan is giving me a selection headache for Saturday, but it’s a very welcome headache”.

Athletic will travel to Chisinau next week to play the return leg, while in a fortnight’s time, the club this afternoon confirmed that an un-named Japanese side will be visiting New Home Park.

Marcus Lovman knocks the ball over Igor Negovanovic in the Conmans goal to complete our 4-0 win.

Two goals from José Eransus along with singles from Onésimo Murube and Marcus Lövman gave Brook Street a comfortable 4-0 win over Conmans Munters at New Home Park yesterday, in a match they dominated from start to finish.

Onésimo Murube opened the scoring after twenty minutes, finishing off a move coming in from the right. Within a minute it was 2-0, José Eransus firing home following a fine solo run.

Brook Street’s fans had to wait until ten minutes after the break before José Eransus increased the lead to 3-0, firing home from an acute angle. Athletic visibly lowered the tempo of the match at this point, but the home team were in complete control of the match.

Conmans were on damage limitation by this stage, but they could do nothing to prevent Marcus Lövman from finishing off a terrific move through the middle nine minutes from the end.

The win took Athletic to within two wins of the title, however Arjen played this down saying, “We take each game as it comes. We’re all aware of our position but we are not going to allow this to distract us. We know that we have to keep winning our games, and that is exactly what we plan to do”.

Meanwhile, the club confirmed this afternoon that our friendly this week will see Moldovan Divizia II side Zernoff FC visit New Home Park in the first leg of a double-header; we will travel to Chişinău the following week.

Jose Eransus's second minute goal was enough to win the match against coracora15 last night.

A goal after two minutes by Athletic’s Jose Eransus was all that separated the sides in our match with coracora15 in Panama last night.

Brook Street created a number of chances throughout the game, but were unable to take any of them to kill off their spirited opponents, although they themselves were limited to just one chance; Vicente Toledo’s viciously curling free-kick with seven minutes remaining which just cleared the crossbar.

The game also saw the debut of new Russian signing Oleg Zhigalov, the 18-year old Muscovite having put pen to paper only hours before to conclude his £795,000 move north from London side Aldhous Athletic.

The midfielder had a quiet game, but acquitted himself well alongside Jose Eransus and Jake MacConnechy in the middle of the park.

Of the new signing, Arjen said, “We were a bit light for cover in midfield and with no obvious candidates in the Academy, I’d identified this as the position we most needed to bring in a new player for”.

He continued, “Oleg is also an outstanding prospect, and definitely one for the future. He made a very encouraging debut, despite having never trained with the team before, so I am very pleased to have enticed him away from the bright lights of London”.

Oleg himself said, “I am delighted to have joined a club like Brook Street Athletic. I was only a short time in London, but hopefully I will stay here much longer. The club look to be heading for promotion to Division III and I want to be a part of it”.

He added, “The other players have made me very welcome and I am looking forward to working with them”.

Andy Hautala chips home his opening goal against Flisk Wanderers this afternoon.

Brook Street Athletic took another step towards the league title with an excellent 6-1 away win over Flisk Wanderers this afternoon.

Arjen Bogaert sprung a surprise on everyone in the stadium by dropping recent captain Dan Zieleznik, bringing in Andy Hautala in his place, however within the fifteen minutes, the Englishman had netted twice to silence any sceptics.

Onesimo Murube almost added to the score with thirty-two minutes played, but a minute later Igor Bulatov’s strike made the half-time score 3-0.

The Spaniard was not to be denied though, and on the hour mark he drilled the ball under Hector Partner in the Wanderers goal to net the fourth goal. Nine minutes later and he tucked in a low cross by Bulatov at the near post to make the score 5-0.

Five minutes later and it was 6-0, Kyle Fair firing home from close in.

Pete Henderson connected with a Pere Pallares knockdown with nine minutes left to score the consolation goal for the home side, much to the disgust of Athletic’s keeper, Ville Yrjölä who was going for his third straight clean sheet.

The coach however was delighted with the performance saying, “I think Andy [Hautala] and Onesimo [Murube] linked up fantastically well, and the fact they got four goals between them bears testament to this”.

He continued, “With four games left, we’re still five points clear of FC MUNRO but have now got eight points of a lead on Flisk. No disrespect, but I think this now makes it a straight fight between ourselves and FC MUNRO for the title”.

Meanwhile, the club announced the departure of Alfie MacAusland and Greg Folster from the club. Alfie moved to German Liga X side VFL-Bochum in a £7333 deal, while Greg will be plying his trade for Macabi Tanami in Israeli Liga VII following his £32667 transfer. We wish them both all the very best with their new clubs.

Has Greg Folster, scorer of Brook Street's first goal, played his last match for the club?

Brook Street’s reserves comfortably saw off their Cypriot visitors in torrential rain at New Home Park this morning, the final score being 6-0. Five first half goals did the damage but despite having the lion’s share of possession, only added a further one in the second.

Greg Folster opened the scoring with twelve minutes on the clock before Laurent Étcheverry doubled the lead four minutes later with a fine solo effort.

Within nine minutes of the second goal, Al Caird had netted twice to put Athletic on easy street and Andy Hautala added a fifth with only half an hour played.

Brook Street clearly took the foot off the pedal after this, and coasted to half-time with a five-goal lead.

Given their dominance in the first half, it would have been anticipated that Athletic would have quickly added to the score in the second, however it took until midway through the second before Vitor Leocadio added the sixth goal.

Although this marked the final goal, coach Arjen Bogaert was far from disappointed.

“Let’s not forget we’ve scored six goals and kept a clean sheet at the back. What more can you ask for?”

He continued, “The conditions were far from good, but the lads worked their socks off and have got a good win to their credit”.

The match could have seen the final appearance in a Brook Street shirt for Alfie MacAusland and Greg Folster, both of whom were transfer-listed tonight.

Confirming this, the coach said, “I think it’s fair to say both the boys are unlikely to get into the first team here, and as such we had talks with them and concluded that it would be better for all parties if they moved on”.

He added, “They’re both nice lads, so personally, I hope they get good moves”.

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