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”.

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