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Daniel Hasnaş slams home the opening goal of the game against Ideal Dreamland this morning.

Three goals from on-form Daniel Hasnaş helped Brook Street to a comfortable 6-0 friendly win over Ideal Dreamland at New Home Park this morning. With the home team only leading 1-0 at the break, whatever Arjen said at half-time certainly had the desired effect.

When asked what he had said at the break he laughed and said, “I didn’t give them the hairdryer treatment if that’s what you’re implying!”

“No, all I said was keep doing what you are doing and the goals will come. We were well on top and only some poor finishing and a great save from their keeper denied us a bigger lead”.

“Things came right in the second half though and we got the winning margin that our dominance merited”.

Daniel Hasnaş opened the scoring nine minutes into the game with a superb half-volley and Vítor Leocádio could have added a second after twenty-eight minutes. However his shot was wayward and rattled the upright.

On the half hour mark he was denied again, this time by a superb save by Huaidi in the Dreamland goal. It wasn’t all one way traffic though and in the resulting counter-attack, Lipeng had a great chance but blazed wildly past the post when he should have done much better.

Daniel Hasnaş doubled the lead two minutes into the second half, firing home from an acute angle, and Vítor Leocádio finally got his name on the scoresheet just on the hour mark.

The Portuguese winger was having a good match and got his second of the game four minutes later following a fine solo run.

Brook Street were in top gear now and Yann Schories made it 5-0 in the seventieth minute, at which point the tempo of the match dropped considerably.

However the home side weren’t finished yet, and Daniel Hasnaş completed his hat-trick heading home a cross from Vítor Leocádio on the right.

It was a good workout for the players, and with only one friendly left before the start of Brook Street Cup 8, the benefits to the reserves are clear to see.

“The team is firing on all cylinders now”, said Arjen, “and we’re hopeful of getting another good friendly match next week before we face Car Dusan in our opening Brook Street Cup match the following week”.

Onésimo Murube fires home our equalising goal a minute after we went behind.

Athletic stormed back to the top of the league this evening with a 7-1 demolition of Jimmy’s Wiggles at New Home Park.

It was the visitors however who stunned the home side by opening the scoring, against the run of play, nine minutes into the match. This only served to irritate the home players, who spent the remaining eighty-one minutes besieging the Jimmy’s goal and pummelling the visitors into submission.

The visitors lead however lasted less than a minute as, straight from kick-off, the ball was fed through to Onésimo Murube who having embarrassed Artur Paździerz, his marker, slammed the ball into the net.

Three minutes later and Athletic were in front. Having picked the ball up deep, José Eransus scampered down the left evading a number of tackles before cutting in and cracking home the goal that completed the fightback.

Athletic were now into their stride and with twenty-four minutes played, Onésimo Murube powered home a header to net our third goal.

Ten minutes later and it was 4-1, Andy Hautala on target this time as Athletic turned the screw, however ten minutes after the break the Englishman had to leave the fray following a nasty collision. Daniel Hasnaş was his replacement.

Just prior to this Paul O’Healihy had rattled the bar from a free kick, and on the hour mark Onésimo Murube also chipped the paintwork.

Igor Bulatov replaced Yann Schories in the seventy-fifth minute, and it was from a cross by the Ukrainian that Athletic finally made it 5-1. Having swept past two defenders he whipped the ball over to Kyle Fair who rose to head home.

A minute later, Igor himself got in close to fire in our sixth goal before Paul O’Healihy wrapped up the scoring with three minutes left to make it a magnificent seven.

“I got the reaction to conceding the goal that I wanted. It only served to annoy our players and we ended up with an excellent win”, commented Arjen after the match.

When asked about Andy’s injury he said, “He’s away to hospital to be checked over as it was a bad head knock, but hopefully he’s fine. They might keep him in overnight just to be sure.

The club are delighted to announce that Chinese Taipei League Division IV side Ideal Dreamland have accepted our invitation to play a friendly match at New Home Park next Wendesday. Kick off will be at 10:30 GMT.

Brook Street’s five first half goal blitz all but saw off Stanford Football Club in this morning’s friendly match at New Home Park, and although Athletic only managed to add a further one goal in the second half, Arjen was more than happy with the outcome.

“We dominated the match and everything we did in the first half lead to a goal. We eased up a bit in the second half, but with the game won we could afford to”.

It wasn’t all good news for Athletic though, as Dario Zintu picked up an injury that will rule him out for at least a fortnight.

“It’s a nasty one”, admitted Arjen, “but it’s just one of those things. Hopefully, he’ll be back sooner, but I’m not holding my breath”.

Brook Street got off to the perfect start this morning as, only six minutes into the game, Daniel Hasnaş executed the most delicate of lobs from just outside the box that evaded the Stanford keeper’s outstretched hand and nestled in the net.

The home fans however had to wait until the twenty-first minute for the second goal, but it was worth the wait as Dario Zintu cut in from the left before curling the ball into the far corner of the Stanford net.

With twenty-six minutes on the clock, the home team went three up as Liran Tzur rose high to power home Igor Bulatov’s well placed corner; clearly a move straight off the training ground.

Then, just two minutes later Bruno Le Ber got in on the act breaking through on the right before driving the ball home. Not to be left out, Laurent Étcheverry made it a hat-trick for the defenders in the thirty-second minute to complete the first half scoring.

Two minutes after the break, Dario Zintu flashed a volley wide of the post, however this was only delaying the inevitable and the unmarked Vítor Leocádio duly dispatched the ball past the helpless Stanford keeper with fifty-three minutes played.

A minute later, Vítor almost made it 7-0 but for a reflex save by the keeper, before the game became fragmented due to the number of substitutions.

Overall, it was a good workout for the reserves, but Dario will certainly be missed in the next couple of weeks.

Yann Schiories beats Glenury keeper Kevin MacCorkill to the ball to make the score 2-0.

Athletic safely negotiated a potentially tricky trip to face Glenury Untied this afternoon, winning 2-0 through a Paul O’Healihy penalty and a Yann Schories strike.

Speaking after the match Arjen said, “We were well worthy of our win this afternoon. We dominated the match from start to finish and managed to break down their defensive line-up”.

He continued, “We made lots of chances, and although it is a little disappointing that we only converted two of them, getting the win was far more important. It was an excellent team performance however and I am very satisfied with the result”.

Brook Street got off to a flying start and quickly had their hosts under pressure when with only eight minutes played, José Eransus carved his way through the Glenury defence only to be denied by the lightning reflexes of home keeper Kevin MacCorkill.

With eighteen minutes on the clock, a Glenury defender was adjudged to have pulled back Andy Hautala, giving Athletic the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot. However, the excellent Kevin MacCorkill threw himself to the right to turn Paul O’Healihy’s spot kick away.

A minute later, MacCorkill yet again came to Glenury’s rescue, diving low to hold Nemanja Janković’s drive close to his near post, and in the twenty-fifth minute he denied Paul O’Healihy with a superb tip-over.

Just after the half-hour mark, Athletic finally took the lead amid controversy. With the home full-backs claiming Andy Hautala had gone down ‘easily’, Paul O’Healihy kept his cool to send MacCorkill the wrong way.

Athletic had the single goal lead at the break, but it took until the seventy-fifth minute before they made the points safe. Having just come on to replace Vítor Leocádio, and with his first touch of the ball, Yann Schories clipped the ball under the advancing Kevin MacCorkill to make it 2-0.

Despite the win however, Athletic dropped to second place on goal difference behind fellow Taysiders, Handball Rovers, however we remain the only side in the division not to have conceded a goal.

The Club announced this evening that South African Series IV side Stanford Football Club will visit New Home Park on Wednesday for the reserves’ first friendly match of the season.

The Cape Town side have made an excellent start to their season with maximum points, and currently sit in second position in Series IV.19 on goal difference.

Kick-off on Wednesday morning is at 10:30.

It’s back to league action tomorrow as Athletic look to continue their excellent start to the league campaign away to Glenury Untied, and Arjen will be looking for at least a repeat of last season’s result.

Speaking to the press tonight, he said, “We drew 1-1 up there last season, so I don’t see why we couldn’t do at least that tomorrow”.

He continued, “They’ve had a bad start to the season, losing both of their matches and currently occupying second bottom place, however I see this as a false position, and they are a much better side than their position would suggest”.

“We will therefore be on our guard as, sooner or later, they’re going to pick up points. We’ve got to make sure it’s not against us”.

He continued, “A draw would not however be a bad result, and if the other matches go as I suspect, we would still be clear at the top. I totally expect wins for speccy’s and Whiskaz, but the other game could be tight. Handball have got off to a good start, but Jimmy’s have never lost this fixture. If I’m being honest, I would be surprised if Jimmy’s didn’t pick up the points”.

Turning back to our own game he said, “Glenury always play 5-3-2 so we know what to expect. We’ve pinpointed weaknesses that we’ll aim to exploit. They’ve got a couple of players out injured, but I don’t think they would have feature in the starting line-up anyway. We’re injury and suspension free, but I will not make my final selection until the last moment.

The reserves bowed out of the Scottish Cup this morning, losing 5-1 to the Lindsay’s Lovelies first team in Fife. Liran Tzur scored our consolation goal, however while Arjen was disappointed with the outcome, the side’s effort left him full of hope for the season ahead.

“It’s always disappointing to be knocked out of a cup, but when you consider that Lindsay’s were playing their first team while we were playing our second, I feel we did ok”.

He continued, “It’s always tempting in situations like this, where you are 99.9% certain the opposition will field their first team, to play ours, however there’s always the risk that you’ll pick up injuries. As it happens, this is exactly what has happened today and two of their players have picked up knocks that will keep them out of their league match on Saturday”.

“The league is our, and always has been, our priority, so I would and never will risk our first team at this stage of the cup. We’ll go into our match on Saturday out of the Scottish Cup, but with a full strength team; Lindsay’s will go into theirs down two players. I don’t feel that’s a price worth paying”.

“I think the scoreline flattered our hosts though, and although they had the lions share of possession, man for man, I don’t think there was a lot between us. With that in mind, I think there are considerable grounds for optimism given that this was our reserve team on the field today”.

He concluded, “The experience gained by our players today will help them step up to the first team as and when required with the minimum of disruption. I will be able to call upon my whole squad with confidence this season which is something I could not possibly do if I just played my first team all the time”.

Brook Street’s fans can now look forward to three weeks of international friendly matches before the eighth edition of the Brook Street Cup starts next month.

Onésimo Murube fires home the opening goal of the game to set us on the road to victory this afternoon.

Athletic stormed into pole position in Division IV.42 this afternoon thanks to a 7-0 win over Tigers of Hull City at New Home Park combined with a late Glen McMail goal for Berceloona against Handball Rovers.

From the moment Onésimo Murube’s opening goal hit the net in the twelfth minute, the result was never in any doubt.

Athletic dominated the match from start to finish and when Eldvinas Šumlinskas doubled the lead in the twenty-first minute, the only question being asked in the press box was, “How big would the winning margin be?”

It was 3-0 just after the half-hour mark when Vítor Leocádio finished off a great run with an unstoppable shot, and the roof really started to cave-in for the visitors within three minutes as José Eransus rose to power a header home.

Athletic visibly slowed the pace for the last ten minutes of the half with the game well and truly won, but whatever Arjen said at half time certainly had the team fired up when they came back out after the break.

Swift accurate passing is becoming a hallmark of Brook Street Athletic, and despite playing five at the back, the Tigers defence were being pulled about all over the place. With sixty-two minutes on the clock, Onésimo Murube fired home his second of the afternoon after the visitors’ defence had been ripped to shreds.

Paul O’Healihy had the chance to increase Brook Street’s lead from a free-kick, but despite getting the ball around the wall and inside the post, stand-in keeper Patrik Gäng managed to throw himself to his left and hold the ball before it crossed the line.

This was only a short reprieve though as with seventeen minutes left to play, Kyle Fair unleashed a real thunderbolt to give Gäng absolutely no chance.

Athletic were just toying with Tigers now and in the seventy-sixth minute a free-kick straight off the training ground resulted in substitute Yann Schories firing home the seventh and final goal.

“We’ve really thrown down the gauntlet now”, said Arjen at the post-match media conference. “I see speccy’s saints have had a very good, if narrow, win away to Glenury Untied. If we can emulate that next week, I honestly think we’ll be the team to catch”.

Turning back to today’s match he said, “I suspected Tigers would play five at the back with three in midfield and try to hit us on the break, but if you don’t give them the ball, they can’t counter you. That was our aim today, and it paid dividends”.

Ominously for the other sides in the Division, he concluded by saying, “In my opinion, we are a better side this season than we were last, and having been well ahead of the third placed team last season, and already having won away against the team that has come down from Division III, we will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season”.

Athletic welcome Tigers of Hull City for their first visit to New Home Park tomorrow. Tigers head east as league leaders following their opening day victory over fellow promoted side Berceloona, however they will be looking to bounce back from their Cup reverse in midweek

Meanwhile Brook Street will be aiming to build upon their own opening day success against speccy’s saints and thumping win in the cup against St Johnstone B with another three points.

Looking forward to the match, Arjen said, “We made an excellent start to the league campaign last weekend, and I am looking for the players to kick on and build on this. I can’t see many teams going to saints’ and coming back with maximum points, so we’ve put ourselves firmly in the driving seat. What we need now is for the team to go on a run like they did last season. If we do that, we’ll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season”.

Turning specifically to tomorrow’s game against Tigers he said, “I expect them to come here and sit in, trying to hit us on the break. Anything else would be suicide for them”.

“It’ll be up to us to make the running and try to break them down, but I know I have the players capable of doing this. We will of course treat them with the utmost respect and there is no way that we will underestimate them, however I fully expect my players to be too good for them”.

Although Marcus Lövman is carrying a slight knock he should be fit for tomorrow, giving the coach a full squad available for selection.

Striker Philip Lust misses the match for the visitors through suspension while full-back Yunus Emre Düzgün and keeper Zeev Mizrachi are unavailable through injury.

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