Dario Zintu fires in our second goal in our 7-0 win over FC Chalbermatti this morning.

Athletic made it two Brook Street Cup wins out of two with a thumping 7-0 win over Swiss side FC Chalbermatti at New Home Park this morning.

Liran Tzur headed Athletic into the lead from an Igor Bulatov corner with twenty-four minutes played, and Dario Zintu doubled the lead in the thirty-third minute. This heralded the start of an amazing period of play that would see Athletic hit a further three goals in only five minutes.

Dario Zintu hit his second on thirty-four minutes, and Jake MacConnechy made it 4-0 two minutes later. Athletic took the foot off the pedal at this point, but in the thirty-eighth minute Maranaj Batusha was left unmarked and lashed the ball in when he was set up in front of the visiting keeper.

Trailing 5-0 at the break, the signs were ominous for the visitors in the second half, however the Brook Street players seemed happy to just knock the ball around and amazingly did not add to the scoreline until the last eight minutes of the match.

Oleg Zhigalov had earlier picked up a slight foot injury, but the knock did not impede the Russian in the eighty-second minute as he thundered home a miss-hit free kick.

Chalbermatti were desperately trying to hold out for the final whistle, but their defence was the architect of their own downfall with five minutes remaining as they lost the ball to Daniel Hasnaş who strode into the box before rounding Manu Epskamp to fire the ball into the empty net.

At full-time Arjen played down the win and growing hype about the side’s chances of finally winning the trophy by saying, “We’ve played both games so far at home where we’ve been strong in recent years”.

“Our next match is in Bulgaria where we’ve never won and we’ve still to go to Switzerland and Serbia. It’s far from cut and dried as far as this group is concerned, never mind winning the tournament outright, so any such talk is far too premature. We need to work much harder if we’re to do that”.

“We’ve given ourselves a very good foundation to build on, but that’s all it is”.

He continued, “We played well today and it was a good confidence boost for Dario to get two goals as he’s not been hitting the net of late. This was clearly preying on his mind, so hopefully now he’ll be able to kick on”.

Elsewhere in the group, Car Dusan bounced back from last week’s defeat at New Home Park by defeating FC Torpedo Dobrich 5-1 in Serbia.

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