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Andy Hautala blasts home his third goal of the game to make the score 6-1.

Brook Street Athletic eased into the Scottish Cup Third Round draw courtesy of a comfortable 6-1 win away to Bellfield Dynamo this morning.

Andy Hautala hit a hattrick with our other goals coming from Marcus Lövman (2) and Bruno Le Ber who scored his first goal for the club.

The home side were playing a defensive 4-5-1 formation, but Andy Hautala managed to find space for himself to unleash a thundering drive after twenty minutes with which the keeper stood no chance.

If the Brook Street players and fans thought they were well on their way to the Third Round, they were in for a shock just four minutes later.

Bellfield’s Argentinean forward Catalino Pesce had threatened earlier, so it was no real surprise that he was the man to net the equaliser, rising high to bullet a header past Emilio Juarez.

This served as a real wake-up call for the New Home Park side and just before the half hour mark they nosed back in front again. Recent signing Bruno Le Ber cut in from the left before curling the sweetest of shots past the flailing arms of Santiago Masot in the home goal, the youngster clearly delighted with his first goal for the club.

Then within sixty seconds it was 3-1; Marcus Lövman volleying home an Igor Bulatov cross from the right to score his second cup goal of the season.

Kyle Fair had the opportunity to increase the lead from the penalty spot with sixty-five minutes played, however Santiago Masot guessed correctly to push the ball away. This however was only a reprieve for the home team for three minutes later Andy Hautala fired in his second of the afternoon from point-blank range.

Bellfield were on their heels and things were about to get worse as Marcus Lövman coolly rounded the Masot to knock the ball into the empty net with seventy-five minutes played, a finish that would have pleased a striker.

However, it was a striker who netted the sixth and final goal for Brook Street with eleven minutes left, Andy Hautala thundering home his third goal of the game.

“We played very well again and were well worthy of our win”, said Arjen afterwards. “We controlled the game and deserve our place in the Third Round”.

“Their goal acted as a real wake-up call for us, and credit to the players, they reacted positively. There wasn’t a failure in the team”.

Brook Street’s reward is a trip over the Tay to Fife to face Division IV side FC Kurwa. Kick-off next Wednesday is at 10:30.

Onesimo Murube fires home what proves to be the winning goal against Ginger Warriors.

Athletic kicked-off the new season with an excellent 4-3 away win over Ginger Warriors this afternoon. Goals from Onesimo Murube (2), Dan Zieleznik and a Paul O’Healihy penalty ensured that the New Home Park side would mark their return to Division III with a win.

“The lads were utterly superb out there today”, said Arjen afterwards adding, “We were pegged bag time after time but even when Warriors got back to 3-3 the boys didn’t let that knock them off their stride and they ultimately got the win we deserved”.

He continued, “On paper, we should’ve struggled, but my players were giants out there and were well worthy of the win. If I’m being honest, I would have been happy with a draw today, but the lads proved just how determined they are and that never-say-die attitude will serve us well this season”.

Brook Street got off to the perfect start, Dan Zieleznik leading by example and slamming home the opening goal of the campaign after only three minutes.

With twenty-five minutes on the clock, Brook Street’s defence were caught napping at a cross in from the left and Warriors’ Javier Edmundo Goicoechea rose high to power home a header to equalise.

The home fans hadn’t taken their seats again when their cheers turned to jeers. Straight from the kick-off, Dan Zieleznik raced up the field and went down in the box under the challenge of a Warriors’ defender. There didn’t appear to be anything in the challenge, but the referee pointed straight to the spot. The award seemed harsh, however Paul O’Healihy didn’t waste any time in drilling the ball past the home keeper to restore Brook Street’s lead.

Brook Street were clearly on the ascendancy and with thirty-four minutes played increased their lead. Some fabulous play in midfield tore the Warriors defence apart allowing Onesimo Murube to race through and fire the ball into the net leaving the keeper grasping thin air.

Ninna Cuoco reduced the lead two minutes later, finishing off a chance that it would have been harder to miss, and the same player was to ask real questions of the mindset of the Brook Street players twelve minutes after the break when, having been left unmarked, slammed home the equaliser.

The Brook Street players however rose to the challenge, and with a quarter of an hour left, Onesimo Murube completely outwitted his marker before racing through and scoring what was to prove the winning goal.

In fact, in the remaining minutes it was Brook Street who were in control but they couldn’t add to their lead.

More performances like this should see Athletic safe by the end of the season.

Athletic made heavy weather of the early stages of their Scottish Cup First Round tie with Aberdfeerer this morning before eventually cruising to a 7-0 win. Dan Zieleznik, Onesimo Murube and Paul O’Healihy all netted braces, with our other goal coming from Marcus Lövman.

“Getting match time under the players’ belts was much more important than the quality of the performance itself”, said Arjen afterwards. “It’s good to be in the draw for the second round, but for me it is more important that the players are match-sharp for Saturday’s league opener with Ginger Warriors”.

He continued, “We will have to hit the ground running at the weekend as we are in the toughest of divisions, so it was important that the first-team got a run-out today”.

He concluded, “On the whole, I’m happy with the performance and I feel a couple of players stood out. There were no failures today, but I’m perhaps a little concerned by the number of cards we picked up. It wasn’t a dirty game yet the referee saw fit to flourish cards like confetti, which I think is disappointing. I just hope this doesn’t affect us in the league campaign”.

It took Dan Zieleznik twenty-four minutes to finally break the deadlock, but within the space of the following four minutes the game was effectively over, Marcus Lövman and Onesimo Murube having added to the lead.

Following this flourish of goalmouth activity the game settled down again, and it took until four minutes from the break before Dan Zieleznik stung the fingers of the home keeper with a rasping drive.

Vitor Leocadio came within a whisker of adding to the lead two minutes into the second half, but only managed to rattle the frame of the goal.

Paul O’Healihy finally made the score 4-0 midway through the second half, and in the best move of the game, hit his second and Brook Street’s fifth with seventy-seven minutes showing on the clock.

Five minutes later, Onesimo Murube pounced on a mistake to net his second goal and with four minutes left Dan Zieleznik wrapped up the scoring with his second.

Athletic’s reward for their win is a trip to face Bellfield Dynamo next Wednseday.

Brook Street Athletic’s league campaign will start with a visit to fellow promoted side Ginger Warriors on Saturday. The first team to visit New Home Park will be liverbenitez on 2 April.

The full list of fixtures are:

26 Mar – Ginger Warriors (a)
02 Apr – liverbenitez (h)
09 Apr – dmc allstars (a)
16 Apr – Lead Balloons (h)
23 Apr – Chopper Athletic (a)
30 Apr – Wilburhampton Wanderers (h)
07 May – Invisible Touch (a)
14 May – Invisible Touch (h)
21 May – Wilburhampton Wanderers (a)
28 May – Chopper Athletic (h)
04 Jun – Lead Balloons (a)
11 Jun – dmc allstars (h)
18 Jun – liverbenitez (a)
25 Jun – Ginger Warriors (h)

Athletic and The Playboys served up a low-key end of season friendly in Kazakhstan this afternoon. Although Brook Street’s reserves recorded a 2-0 win, there was little to choose from between the teams.

Al Caird had a chance to open the scoring after twenty-one minutes, but his lob bounced off the top of the crossbar with The Playboys’ keeper stranded, while only the home team’s Nikolay Raevskiy will know how he contrived to miss a wide-open goal.

Athletic had a number of good chances, but it took until the seventy-ninth minute before Marcus Lövman finally broke the deadlock, placing the ball well beyond the reach of the keeper.

Vitor Leocadio doubled the lead with seven minutes left, firing home a spectacular volley to give the scoreline a more accurate appearance.

“A typical end-of-season friendly” was how Arjen assessed the match. “I don’t think either side really exerted themselves out there today, but it was still pleasing to round off the season with a win”.

He continued, “Now we can go into the close-season full of confidence for next season, and be fully prepared for our Cup first round tie next Wednesday”.

That tie will see Brook Street travel to face Aberdfeerer in Aberdeen, with a 10:30 kick-off.

Oleg Zhigalov chips the ball past the Guinzas' keeper to score his first goal for Brook Street.

The reserves’ latest trip to southern Africa yesterday proved to be considerably more successful than their one to Cape Town earlier in the season, with a 7-1 victory being recorded against Ladrões de Galinha in Maputo.

The Mozambique side opened brightly and Abramo Moana opened the scoring for them with eleven minutes played, having easily got away from Jake MacConnechy. The lead however only lasted for twelve minutes before Andy Hautala clinically finished off an excellent move to level the scores.

Athletic were in the ascendency, but Guinzas were fast to break and almost went back in front with twenty-five minutes played through the impressive Moana. Only a point-blank block by Emilio Juarez kept the scores level.

With thirty-five minutes on the clock, and following some slick play on the left, a fine cross by Oleg Zhigalov was rifled into the net by the onrushing Nemanja Jankovic to put Athletic into the lead. Straight from kick-off, Jake MacConnechy regained possession and set off for goal, before being up-ended just short of the box. The resulting free-kick was fired in by Andy Hautala and only needed the slightest of touches from Jake MacConnechy to re-direct it past the home keeper who remained rooted to the spot.

Some fantastic one-touch football in forty-nine minutes released Al Caird who duly dispatched the ball into the net, and two minutes later the score was 1-5. In a reverse of the earlier move, Nemanja Jankovic turned provider and played a superb ball through the heart of the Guinzas defence straight to Oleg Zhigalov who calmly chipped the ball past the onrushing keeper and into the net to score his first goal for Brook Street Athletic.

With fifty-three minutes played, Andy Hautala pounced on a mistake in the home defence to get his second goal of the game, and Brook Street’s third in a devastating four minute spell.

A superb move saw Vitor Leocadio leave his marker for dead and free Andy Hautala who slammed the ball home to complete his hattrick with sixty-four minutes gone. Athletic were now content to sit back and knock the ball around with great confidence as the clock ran down.

“We were quite superb today”, said Arjen afterwards. “Our build-up was excellent and the finishing was at times breathtaking. Very few sides could have lived with us today”.

He continued, “Everyone played their part, but I must give a special mention to Andy for his hattrick, and to Oleg on scoring his first goal for the club”.

“Andy is a superb finisher and he took his goals very well, while Oleg’s chipped goal was quite sublime. I suppose you could put that down to youthful precociousness, but it required composure beyond his years to execute it as well as he did”.

Jake MacConnechy picked up a knock late in the game, but should be fit for next week’s friendly which, it has just been announced will be in Kazakhstan against The Playboys next Wednesday.

Fons Consheim shoots Athletic into a 2-0 lead but two late goals for the home side spoilt the party.

Anyone who left Victoria Park early this afternoon could be forgiven for thinking that Brook Street had completed the league campaign with a win against runners-up FC MUNRO.

With four minutes remaining, Athletic were strolling to victory courtesy of first half strikes from Jose Eransus and Fons Consheim, however within the space of sixty breathtaking seconds, the home side netted twice to secure the most improbable of draws.

“We completely switched off in the last few minutes which was unforgivable, and we’ve paid a very heavy price”, was Arjen’s assessment afterwards.

He continued, “Up until the final three minutes, we’d never been under any pressure and I think the players suspected they had to just see out the final few minutes and that MUNRO were a spent force. This couldn’t have been further from the truth”.

“We were sitting further and further back which just invites trouble, and I was urging the back line to push out. The opening goal was a wake-up call for us, but it also knocked the players off their stride and we got caught by a sucker punch a few seconds later”.

The dropped points saw Brook Street drop to thirtieth position in the ranking table, and while the club will still automatically promote to Division III, our new league is now certain to be a much more difficult proposition than it could otherwise have been.

Just how costly the slip up could be will not be confirmed until after the Qualification matches are played next weekend, however unofficial sources indicate that Brook Street Athletic will be plying their trade in Division III.6 next season. If this proves to be correct, it couldn’t get much harder for the New Home Park side.

Al Caird was tormentor-in-chief by hitting a hattrick as Brook Street swept aside Hlaalu Guards by eight goals to nil at New Home Park this morning. Kyle Fair hit a brace, while our other goals came from Vitor Leocadio, Laurent Etcheverry and Nemanja Jankovic.

“We bossed the game from start to finish and got the reward for our hard work”, said Caird afterwards. “It’s good to get another hattrick, but I would rather swap it for a slot in the first team”, he added.

He continued, “It was a really good team performance, and we got goals from different areas of the park which was a bonus”.

His boss agreed saying, “We generated and executed a lot of chances today, and our midfield was excellent. The three inner midfielders took the game by the scruff of the neck and totally dominated”.

“We got the ball out wide a lot and that paid dividends, with both our wingers getting on the scoresheet as well as firing over dangerous crosses to the forwards”.

The game also marked the debut for the club of recent signing Bruno Le Ber. The youngster had a quiet game, but the coach was heartened by his performance.

“Bruno’s had a few days to get to know everyone, and although we played him a bit wider than he’s been used to playing, he acquitted himself well”.

Everyone came through the match unscathed, so Arjen will have a fully fit squad to select from for Saturday’s final match of the season against FC MUNRO.

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