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Eldvinas Šumlinskas fires in our first goal against Jimmy's Wiggles today. Within a few minutes, we'd be three up.

With three goals in the first five minutes, Brook Street had today’s match all tied up before some of the latecomers amongst the crowd had even taken their seats. Although the home side managed to pull a goal back just after the break, Athletic were already four goals up and never in any danger of losing their stranglehold of the game.

At full-time, Arjen said, “We killed this game off almost as soon as it had started, and to be honest, we didn’t have to get out of second grear.”

He continued, “The most pleasing point was that our goals came from all over the park. We dominated from start to finish, and got our reward”.

The win sees Athletic go into next weekend’s top of the table clash with speccy’s saints in pole position, and with this in mind, Arjen threw down the gauntlet by saying, “We’ve got our noses in front, and we fully intend to keep them there”.

Dario Zintu, despite being out-numbered by home defenders, slams home our opening goal in Nicaragua.

Brook Street’s reserves executed the classic “smash and grab” in Managua last night, defeating their counterparts from Nicaraguan Primera División side AC Oriental 3-1 in a match that the home side held the bulk of possession.

“The lads were outstanding this afternoon”, said Arjen at full-time. “They soaked up all the pressure and were utterly clinical with the chances they created. I can’t ask for more than this”.

“AC had two Nicaraguan Under-20’s in their line-up, so the fact we’ve done so well is down completely to the lads. Their work ethic today was second to none and they fully deserved their win”.

Dario Zintu opened the scoring with twenty minutes on the clock, and four minutes later, after the home keeper had spilt Daniel Hasnaş’s header, Bruno Le Ber slammed the ball home to double our lead.

AC reduced the lead just before the break through Nicaraguan Under-20 midfielder Rafa Derbez, but Vítor Leocádio restored our two-goal advantage with only eleven minutes left to give us the 3-1 win.

Managua will be Brook Street’s next port of call after Nicaraguan Primera División side AC Oriental accepted our challenge today.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our players to get the chance to play against a side that is ranked fourth in their country”, said Arjen this afternoon.

“They have two members of the Nicaraguan U-20 team, so the quality we will be up against is clear for all to see”, he continued.

“It will be a stern test for our players, but one we’re all greatly looking forward to”.

Andy Hautala fires us into the lead for the first time in the game. From then on, we wouldn't look back.

A far better second half performance earned us a 5-2 win over Kildrum FC at New Home Park this afternoon. The Cumbernauld side had twice shocked Brook Street by taking the lead in the first half, however a “rocket” from the coach at the break saw us go on to dominate the second half scoring and secure maximum points.

Goals from Onésimo Murube twice pegged back the Division’s newcomers in the first half, but two strikes from Andy Hautala either side of one by Eldvinas Šumlinskas in the second, went unanswered to earn the win.

“We didn’t show up in the first half, and were fortunate to go in on level terms at half-time”, admitted Arjen afterwards. “We were far better in the second half, and although we did not play to our potential, we proved to be too good”.

He continued, “We have go to play at our best in every match if we are to secure promotion from this league. Our performance today was unacceptable and against another team could have cost us three points. The players are now well aware of this”.

Yann Schories scores our consolation goal in this morning's Scottish Cup Fifth Round tie with Conors Crusaders.

Brook Street were left to rue missed chances as they bowed out of this season’s William Hill Scottish Cup, losing 3-1 to Conors Comrades in front of a capacity crowd at New Home Park.

Although the visitors were only 1-0 up at the break through Sandy Fielden’s thirty-fifth minute strike, goals from Ethan Galt in seventy-one, and Jose Manuel Spencer in eighty-five minutes wrapped the game up for the Division III side.

Yann Schories netted our consolation goal with four minutes left, however it was the chances that we missed earlier in the game that cost us, according to Arjen at full-time.

“A little more composure in front of goal could have seen the complexion of the match change. We squandered our few chances, and ultimately were picked off on the break”.

He continued, “Comrades were a very good side today, so there’s no disgrace in going out to them. The players will have learnt much more from our Cup matches this season, and hopefully we can now put this to good use and kick on in the league”.

Nemanja Janković finishes off a superb move to make the points safe against Glenury this afternoon.

Goals from Onésimo Murube after thirteen minutes, and Nemanja Janković six minutes from time, were enough to give us a 2-0 away win over Glenury Untied this afternoon.

The win kept us in pole in what already appears to be shaping up to be a two-horse title race between ourselves and speccy’s saints.

At full-time, Arjen said, “Games against Glenury tend to be low scoring because of the way their defence try to stifle the match, so it’s particularly pleasing that we got two goals and kept a clean sheet”.

He continued, “We have an excellent record against them, and it was good that we kept that going”.

“speccy’s saints are pushing us hard, so it’s important that we have no slip-ups. They’ve had a phenomenal win against Handball this afternoon, while our match had the potential to be a banana-skin for us. It’s good that we have safely negotiated it”.

He concluded, “Now we can turn our attention to Wednesday’s Cup tie, in which we have nothing to either prove or lose. We can go out and enjoy the occasion with no pressure on us whatsoever”.

Jake MacConnechy blasts Brook Street into the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup for the first time in the Club's history.

Brook Street’s reserve team re-wrote the history books this morning as their 5-4 extra-time win over Glasgow GUNNERS saw them reach the Fifth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time.

Germán Olmos Ribas opened the scoring six minutes before the break but two quick goals from the visitors saw them lead 2-1 at half-time.

Jake MacConnechy levelled the scores three minutes after the re-start, but GUNNERS went back in front on the hour mark.

Back came Brook Street, and Dario Zintu fired home the equaliser with seventy minutes played, but parity only lasted for nine minutes before Uallas McEachin put GUNNERS 4-3 up.

Brook Street weren’t finished though and Oleg Zhigalov crashed the ball home with seven minutes left to take the match into extra-time.

With the fear of losing to a golden goal, it was always going to take something special to break the deadlock in extra-time, and so it proved as, eleven minutes into the first period Jake MacConnechy picked the ball up out on the right wing. With the full-backs expecting him to play it through to the onrushing Dario Zintu, they backed off to cover the forward’s run. Jake made the most of this, running in and hooking the ball over the keeper to send the home fans wild.

An ecstatic Arjen Bogaert said, “I’m thrilled and delighted for the boys; they worked so hard and never gave up. They were tenacious and just wouldn’t give in, so I think they thoroughly deserve their place in the Fifth Round”.

He continued, “This match was a fantastic advert for the Cup, and was a real good old-fashioned cup tie; end-to-end and played at an unbelievable pace”.

“I’m thrilled too for the fans. They were fantastic from start to finish and truly were our twelfth man”.

Brook Street will face another Division III side in the shape of Conors Comrades in next week’s Fifth Round. The match takes place at New Home Park next Wednesday with a 1030 GMT kick-off.

“They look like a very strong side”, said Arjen, “although at this point it’s hard to say just how strong. They had a very big win today, but their opponent played 2-5-3 which is never a good idea, so we’ll have to study them to get the true picture”.

José Eransus cetebrates his second goal of the afternoon. He would go on to celebrate his hattrick goal in the second half.

It was “Men against Bhoys” at New Home Park this afternoon as Brook Street produced a master-class performance to sweep aside the Division’s bottom side.

Seldom, if ever, could Brook Street have dominated as league match as they did today without the opposition being a “bot”. From the first goal hitting the net in the fifth minute, the writing was on the wall for the visitors, and four goals in each half utterly destroyed them.

There were hat-tricks for Paul O’Healihy and José Eransus, with our other goals coming from Kyle Fair and Nemanja Janković as Brook Street ran riot.

Arjen Bogaert highlighted Brook Street’s dominance at full-time when he said, “We’ve certainly had harder days than this. We bossed the game from the first whistle to the last, and left them far behind”.

The however coach had sympathy and advice for his opposite number however, saying, “This is a very tough league for a team to come up to. Unless you get a good start, you can quickly become detached and become real “whipping boys”. You’ve really got to get up to speed fast, or you’re going to struggle”.

It wasn’t all good news for Brook Street though as Maranaj Batusha had to be helped off after twisting an ankle, while Onésimo Murube also picked up a knock.

“Maranaj will be re-assessed in the morning, but at the moment it looks as if he might be out for a week”, admitted Arjen. “It’s hard to say if there is any other damage until the swelling goes down, but it’s safe to say he won’t be doing any dancing tonight!”

He continued, “We took Onésimo off as a precaution. He’s got a slight knock, but will be ok for next weekend’s match”.

Daniel Hasnaş runs to celebrate with strike partner Dario Zintu after scoring our second goal.

It was Brook Street’s reserve side who reigned supreme as they strolled into the Hattrick William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round with a 6-2 win over Gers Supreme this morning.

Athletic were two up within the fourth minute of the match, and from then on, were never in any danger of losing the tie despite a small rally by the home side before half time.

“We took it easy, but we were thoroughly professional throughout”, said Arjen at full-time. “Our first half goals all but finished the match, but all credit to our opponents who pulled two goals back to make a bit of a game of it. However there was no way we were going to let them in again and our two second half goals finished them off”.

He continued, “The only thing that is troubling me, are the number of needless cards we’re picking up at the moment. That was another four this morning, and we’ll have to cut these out otherwise suspensions could cost us dearly”.

Brook Street were handed a home tie against Division III side Glasgow GUNNERS in the Fourth Round draw, which took place at lunchtime. The match takes place next Wednesday with kick-off at 1030 GMT.

After our previous web host unexpectedly pulled the plug on the server on Friday, and after a lot of hard work by our team, Brook Street Athletic are back online with a new host and a new website.

Our new url is http://www.brookstreetathleticfc.co.uk/

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