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From the moment Daniel Hasnaş fired home to open the scoring in the sixth minute of our William Hill Scottish Cup Second Round tie against Giraffe Utd this morning, the question was always going to be “how many”. In the end, the reserves recorded our biggest ever win, rattling the home rigging on eleven occasions, the only blot on the copybook being Zak Conway’s consolation goal with five minutes to go.

Daniel led the scoring with four, and there were doubles for Igor Bulatov, Liran Tzur and Bruno Le Ber, and a single for Germán Olmos Ribas.

At the post-match press conference, Arjen heaped praise upon the players saying, “The boys were simply outstanding today. They showed a real desire to win today and scored some tremendous goals. They have now posed me some problems for Saturday however, as a number of them have played their way into my plans for our league match. It’s a very pleasing problem to have though!”

“We knocked the ball about very well, despite the heavy rain and very boggy pitch and showed just what class we have in our team. I cannot praise them highly enough”.

However, he declined to answer questions about which players he was looking at with a view of bringing into the first team, or dropping for that matter, saying, “We’ve still got a couple of days training to get through before I name my side for Saturday, and a lot can happen in that time. The side that takes the field on Saturday will be the one we consider to be our best line-up for the match”.

In the lunchtime draw for the Third Round, we have been give another away match, this time against Division IV.5 side Gers Supreme, with the match being played next Wednesday morning with a 10:30 am kick-off.

Arjen commented by saying, “Obviously we don’t know much about them yet, but it looks like they field their first team for Cup ties. We’ll have them watched in their match on Saturday and take it from there”.

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Onésimo Murube evades the Rovers defenders to fire Brook Street into the lead.

Athletic kicked off the new season with a 4-2 win over Handball Rovers at New Home Park in this afternoon’s Tayside derby.

While the scoreline would suggest a fairly close match, the reality was quite different. Athletic could have been one up after only nine minutes, however Nemanja Janković’s shot went narrowly wide.

The home side continued to dominate and finally made the breakthrough in the twenty-sixth minute when Onésimo Murube shrugged off the challenge of the Rovers’ defenders to fire home.

Onésimo almost doubled the lead two minutes later but was denied by a superb Mark Niblock save. This was to prove even more important six minutes later when Viktor Ocásek silenced the home crowd with the equalising goal.

José Eransus restored Athletic’s lead nine minutes after the break, but the lead remained precariously slender until Daniel Hasnaş, an eighty-five minute substitute for Onésimo Murube, slammed the ball home to secure the points with two minutes remaining.

The final minute saw a remarkable passage of play where Andy Hautala rifled home Brook Street’s fourth goal, before Björn Larsson, straight from the kick-off, went right up the park to pull a goal back.

This final goal infuriated Arjen Bogaert who said afterwards, “We totally switched off after our fourth goal and allowed Rovers to score. This is completely unacceptable as we should be vigilant at the back, especially right after scoring. The defenders’ concentration was sorely lacking and this will be addressed, you can be assured of that”.

On the positive front, regarding the goals we scored he said, “It was very pleasing that Simo, Daniel and Andy all hit the net today. They have all been working particularly hard in training and all got their rewards today”.

He concluded, “Ok, we got the three points and were exceptionally good going forward, but the defence was not up to scratch. They’ve got to concentrate for the whole ninety minutes and their performance for Rovers’ second goal was just not good enough”.

Onesimo Murube fires home his third goal of the match as Brook Street put eight past Wishaw.

Brook Street eased into the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a comfortable 8-0 win away to Wishaw this morning. Onésimo Murube hit a hat-trick; there were braces for Paul O’Healihy and Igor Bulatov, and José Eransus netted our other goal.

Although the New Home Park side clearly treated the game as a training match, Arjen was very satisfied with the outcome. “We were always in complete control of the match, and scored some fine goals. The players have had a good run-out ahead of Saturday’s league opener and more importantly, no-one has picked up any injuries”.

He continued, “We’re now ready for the match with Handball, and although the Cup is a welcome distraction, the League is our prime concern. I believe we’ll be going into the match in a better shape than we were in at this point last season, so hopefully we can kick on and get a good start to the league campaign”.

Brook Street’s reward for their First Round win is another away match, this time down to Lothian to face Division IV.20 side Giraffe Utd.

As anticipated, Athletic will kick off the new league campaign on 25 February with a home tie against last season’s runners-up, Handball Rovers. In Week 2, Athletic will be looking for a more favourable result than last time when we travel to face Whiskaz Wonderers.

Promoted side, Virtual Bhoys visit New Home Park on 12 March, before we visit Glenury Untied on the 17th.

The draw for the First Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup took place this morning at Hampden and gave us an away draw against, Division V side, Wishaw.

The tie takes place next Wednesday (21 February) with a 10:30am kick-off.

A golden goal from Daniel Hasnaş gave Brook Street a 2-1 win over Alading in Tai-pei early this morning.

Brook Street almost took the lead in the twenty-seventh minute when Oleg Zhigalov broke through, only to be denied by the outstretched hand of Javier Malo in the home goal. However it was the Taiwanese side took the lead a minute later when winger Sibin Xie hooked the ball home.

In the second half’s only chance fifteen minutes before the end, it was left to another winger, in this case Brook Street’s Yann Schories, to score the equaliser.

With no further scoring however, the match headed into extra-time when up stepped Daniel Hasnaş to grab the headlines with one of the coolest finishes you are likely to see.

“Daniel’s finish was sublime”, said Arjen afterwards. “It was a real pressure play, but he showed composure well beyond his years to put it away”.

He expressed his satisfaction at the result over-all saying, “This was a really good workout for the players before the Scottish Cup kicks off next week. Going to extra time means the boys have had to rely on reserves they would normally not need to call upon. They dug very, very deep and got their reward”.

Des de Landells fires the ball home to end Brook Street's play-off hopes.

Brook Street were consigned to at least another season in Division IV on Saturday, Des de Landells‘s thirteenth minute strike being enough to separate the teams and maintain Lead Balloons’ Division III status.

But for the width of the post, Athletic could have been two down at half time which would probably have killed the game, however with only a goal in it they still had a chance.

Onésimo Murube had Brook Street’s best chance of the game in the seventy-fifth minute and was just about to pull the trigger when he was tackled and the chance was lost.

The players were disappointed that the had not managed to put the home side under more pressure, but while naturally disappointed with the outcome, Arjen praised the players’ efforts saying, “I’m proud of the lads today. They’ve come here and played a very, very good team, and although we have lost narrowly, they can hold their heads up high”.

He continued, “The Play-off draw couldn’t have been more unkind to us, but we’ve all but matched the sixth placed team in the best league in the Division. That speaks volumes for the quality of the players we have at Brokk Street”.

“Although we’re all disappointed we’ll be playing in Division IV.42 again next season, we have the experience in this squad of players to give us the best possible chance to win back-to-back titles next season. If we can cut out costly errors, hopefully we can win the league and gain promotion without the need to go down the play-off route”.

Captain, Kyle Fair said, “The boys are pretty low in the dressing room at the moment. We put a lot of effort into the game but just couldn’t make the breakthrough. It seems a bit of an anti-climax to have our season end this way, and it’s not a nice feeling”.

Looking forward to next season, Kyle said, “A few of us know that it could be our last season next term, so it would be good to go out on a high and see the club back in Division III. We’ve come close this time, but carelessness during the season has cost us dearly when it came to the play-off fixture. We know we’ve got to cut these out”.

“We’ll dust ourselves down and be ready to go again with renewed determination for the new season”.

Ahead of this afternoon’s Division III Play-off, the club have announced that our pre-season friendly match will take place in Tai-pei, Taiwan as Brook Street will travel to face Third Division side Alading.

The match will take place at Alading Stadium on Wednesday morning with kick-off at 10:00 local time (02:00 GMT).

Two Dario Zintu strikes either side of one by Oleg Zhigalov gave Brook Street a comfortable 3-0 win against LOKO(aze) in Azerbaijan this afternoon, and but for some wayward finishing, the result could have been more emphatic.

“Dario and Oleg finished their chances well”, said Arjen, “but we should be more clinical in front of goal. Once again we passed up a number of chances, and we really can’t afford to keep doing that otherwise some day we will be punished for it”.

He continued, “That said however, the boys played well and it was a good win. They’ve played particularly well this season, and can be justifiably be proud of their efforts”.

Brook Street made a surprise raid on the transfer market yesterday afternoon to capture 18 year-old Slovakian midfielder Emanuel Bohucký in a £1.2M deal.

Speaking of his new signing, Arjen said, “Emanuel is definitely ‘one for the future’. People were clearly thinking ‘uh-oh Arjen’s lost it’ when I signed a player who will be out for four weeks, but we’re going into the close season, and Emanuel’s potential far outstrips him missing a couple of games”.

He continued, “I’m sure that had he been fully fit, he would have cost much more. Our first team midfielders are moving into the final phase of their careers, so we’ve got to prepare for the day when they are no longer available. I see Emanuel as being part of that. He’s only 18 and has lots to learn, but I’m sure he will prove to be a fine asset”.

Having only arrived at New Home Park this morning, Emanuel said, “It has been a real surprise to find myself here. Now I have to concentrate on getting fit and challenging for a starting place. I am really looking forward to playing for Brook Street”.

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