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Jake MacConnechy fires home our consolation goal.

In his own words, Arjen said Athletic were “simply outclassed” by Schwarzenegger Allstarz this afternoon, crashing to a 4-1 away defeat which sees us go into the second half of the season in fourth place.

“It was one-way traffic right through the game and we simply couldn’t break out. We got a consolation goal late on, but that was from the only chance we created in the whole ninety minutes, and if I was th Allztarz coach, I’d be furious that we’d conceded a goal in a match that we could easily have won 8-0”.

He continued, “We just couldn’t live with them, and it just showed the gap between teams like us, and established sides in the division. We’ve started very well, especially as we’ve played more games away from home, but we’re far from safe. Ok, we’re only two points off second place, but we’re also only three points off a relegation place; the margins are that tight”.

He added, “From our perspective, we got off lightly today, albeit we weren’t at full strength, but we all know we’ve got to put more points on the board in the second half of the season to secure our Division III status”.

Arjen concluded, “I think it’s safe to say that morgan united will win the league, that goes without saying, and it looks like West Brisbane are adrift at the bottom; but there’s one automatic relegation space still to be avoided. There’s a hell of a lot of football to be played, but I think another four or five points will be enough for us”.

Elsewhere, morgan swept aside second placed Carbrain 5-1, kaos c.f edged past Inverness 1-0, and Much Rucking took the points by defeating West Brisbane 2-0.

Brook Street’s reserves kicked-off their defence of the Brook Street Cup with a 4-0 win over BFC Büderich 05 at New Home Park this morning.

Moritz Klüss gave Brook Street the lead just before the half-hour mark with an outstanding volley, however this remained the only goal of the first half.

It took until five minutes after the break for the home side to increase the lead through a fine Dario Zintu effort, however it took a double from Liran Tzur in sixty-eight and eighty-eight minutes ensured the holders would get their defence off to a winning start.

“We’ve definitely played better”, said Arjen at full-time, “however, getting the win on the board was more important”.

He joked, “No team has successfully defended the Brook Street Cup, so it stands to reason the odds will be against us!”

The coach had one concern at full-time however, and that was the well-being of Daniel Hasnaş who had to be helped off in the seventy-first minute with a bad concussion.

“Daniel’s been taken off to hospital and will be kept in overnight as a precaution. We want to make sure he is totally fine, so after he comes out, he’ll be doing specialist training on his own for a few days before going back into full training. Needless to say, he won’t be available for the weekend”.

Elsewhere in the group, near-neighbours Seaview F.C. had a bad start to their first campaign with a 5-0 defeat to Zwart-geel. Brook Street face the ‘Black and Golds’ next week.

Andy Hautala runs to celebrate opening the scoring in our 2-2 draw with Carbrain.

Ten-man Brook Street battled back to earn a well-deserved point against Carbrain in a controversial match at New Home Park this afternoon.

With only five minutes remaining, Nemanja Janković coolly clipped the ball past the Carbrain keeper to ensure a share of the spoils despite playing for over fifty minutes a man down.

Brook Street had taken the lead in the twenty-fifth minute through Andy Hautala, but the visitors pegged the scores back from the penalty spot after Eldvinas Šumlinskas had been wrongly accused of head-butting Alexey Pivtorak; Nicolas Boulet sending Ville Yrjölä the wrong way six minutes before the break.

Things would get even worse for the home side right on the hour mark when Boulet completed a fine solo run by firing the ball home to put Carbrain 2-1 up.

Trailing with time running out, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Brook Street, but then up stepped Nemanja to ultimately secure what had seemed like an unlikely point.

Despite justice being done, Arjen was less than impressed with the performance of the officials, and at the post-match press conference, he launched a blistering attack at them, which will no doubt earn him a rap on the knuckles from the ‘Blazeratti’.

“The referee was completely conned for the red card, and he should be ashamed of himself for giving it”.

He continued, “I said at the time Eldvinas didn’t go near him, Eldvinas said the same as he was coming off, and I’ve just watched the video and this backs him up; the guy took a dive, Eldvinas leans over him to remonstrate and as the guy starts to get up then goes down again making out he’s been smacked in the face. There’s a good metre between the heads when he’s ‘butted’. Outrageous action from the player and diabolical decision from the referee”.

Adding, “We’ve no mechanism for appeal so we’re now going to be without Eldvinas next week”, which clearly infuriated the coach further.

Four goals in a blistering five first half minute period from Emanuel Bohucký, Marcus Lövman, Moritz Klüss and Andy Hautala saw Brook Street’s reserve side see off their counterparts from JAMESLADEN FC.

The game had been killed stone-dead by the time the first quarter hour was up, and it’s perhaps only to be expected that the players eased up considerably, as Arjen alluded to at full-time.

“We had totally knocked the stuffing out of them by the time the fourth goal went in, and their players were clearly shell-shocked. There was nothing to be gained from humiliating a side – it is a ‘friendly match’ after all – and we concentrated on knocking the ball around and trying a few things out”.

It wasn’t however all good news for the home side as had to be helped off and now looks to be facing an extended period on the sidelines.

“It’s not looking good for Kenny”, said Arjen. “He could be out for as much as a quarter of the season, which is desperately bad for the lad. We are of course hopeful he’ll be back before then, but we’ve got to prepare for a worst-case scenario”.

Kenny apart, Arjen’s side has a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday’s match with Carbrain where we will be hoping to end a two-game losing streak.

Ville Yrjölä spectacularly turns the ball round the post to keep us in the match.

Brook Street were comprehensively taken a part by morgan united at Strawberry Fields this afternoon, and the 5-0 defeat highlighted exactly how far the New Home Park side have to progress to challenge for the league title, as Arjen admitted at full-time.

“We had hoped to hold out for as long as possible and maybe sneak a goal, but we only held out for four minutes, and from then on the die was cast”.

He continued, “We only created one good chance throughout the match, while they seemed to be attacking at will”.

“We received a real lesson here today, and we must learn from this if we are to progress from simply looking to survive in this Division, or to win promotion from it”.

He concluded by saying, “It’s not all doom and gloom however, as it shouldn’t be forgotten that we have nine points in the bag, which is a very creditable amount. Today’s result however is a wake-up call to us, and if we didn’t know before, we certainly know now that we will have to toughen up in order to finish as high as we can”.

The club have announced this morning that for next weeks friendly match, the reserves will face Moroccan opposition in the form of Ligue III side JAMESLADEN FC.

The match will take place at New Home Park on Wednesday with a 1030 BST kick-off.

The side from Casablanca are currently in fifth place in Ligue III.7 with five points from their four games, having finished up as runners-up last season.

“They’ll give our boys a real workout”, said Arjen this morning, “which is exactly what we need. Their players seem to be more like the standard ours would have to face in the league here, so we will be able to assess exactly what level our players are currently at”.

Despite being under considerable pressure, Onésimo Murube coolly lobs the Sedra keeper to open the scoring.

Brook Street’s reserves got back to winning ways this morning, edging out their counterparts from Bosnian side FK Sedra by the odd goal in seven in a highly entertaining match at New Home Park.

Onésimo Murube fired us into the lead in the nineteenth minute when he deftly lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box, however Sedra roared right back five minutes later when Dirk Verstrappen swept home the ball from a corner.

Andy Hautala fired in from an acute angle just before the half-hour mark to restore our advantage, and Emanuel Bohucký increased the lead with thirty-one minutes played.

Brook Street were threatening to run away with the match with thirty-seven minutes on the clock when Andy Hautala netted our fourth goal after a fine solo run. However, the visitors retaliated immediately and reduced the deficit, Pierre-Yves Vanginderdeuren making the half-time score 4-2.

After such an all-action first half, it could have been expected that the second would fall somewhat short, however Sedra really stepped up a gear after the break and had the home side pinned back for long periods.

Indeed, had it not been for some poor finishing, the Brook Street defence could have been put under considerably more pressure. However they were torn apart with twelve minutes remaining as Sedad Bajric got the visitors back to 4-3, and only Emilio’s nerves of steel prevented Aleksa Jankovic from levelling the scores.

“It was a terrific match for the spectators who turned up in such horrendous weather”, said Arjen. “It probably wasn’t so good from my point of view however as we once again had a lot of possession without creating much”.

“Ok”, he admitted, “I’m perhaps being a bit harsh as we have scored four goals, but we’ve conceded three and it could have been more. We must tighten up at the back or we could end up on the wrong end of a scoreline”.

He finished by saying, “Perhaps we have been too cavalier going forward, and we may have to play more defensively in future. We’ll look at that further in training”.

Paul O’Healihy has a shot blocked as Athletic go in search of the equaliser.

Brook Street crashed to their first league defeat of the season in Inverness this afternoon, Primo Scardino’s third minute strike being enough to separate the sides.

And his side’s second defeat in three days left Arjen Bogaert angry and frustrated, particularly as it has transpired that had we won, tonight we would have been sitting top of the league.

“Every point this season is a prisoner to us”, he said, “so we can’t afford to be throwing away points as we have done today”.

He added, “We gave away a soft goal early on and that gave them something to defend. Despite having the lion’s share of the ball, we couldn’t do anything with it. We simply have to be more lethal in front of goal”.

He concluded, “Next week we have an extremely important game against the league leaders. We cannot afford to be so lax on Saturday, otherwise we will pay a heavy price”.

The club are pleased to announce that Bosnian Fourth League side FK Sedra will visit New Home Park next Wednesday for our first friendly match of the season. Kick-off is at 1030 BST.

The reserves crashed out of the Scottish Cup this morning, losing 6-2 away to a very strong Wasps United side.

While obviously disappointed to be out of the Cup and ending our record-breaking unbeaten run, the result was not unexpected by Arjen who said afterwards, “It wasn’t too much of a surprise. We knew the lads were going to be really up against it this morning as Wasps field more or less their first team in the Cup, and it is a very good first team”.

He continued, “With this in mind, it was always going to be an uphill task for our reserves, so it isn’t really a shock that we’ve gone out”.

Tiao Montana had given the home side the lead in twenty-eight minutes and Jano Potskhorala doubled the lead three minutes later.

The adage that you are at your weakest just after you’ve scored was certainly true seven minutes before the break when Potskhorala hit his second of the game; an instant counter to Mortiz Klüss having reduced the lead a minute earlier.

Sylvain Vaxelaire fired in Wasps’ fourth goal in the sixty-fifth minute and although Liran Tzur pulled back another goal with seven minutes to go, Vaxelaire restored the three-goal advantage within sixty seconds before going on to complete his hat-trick two minutes later.

Arjen concluded by saying, “We were given a real lesson here today and we’ll have to take that and use the experience gained in our league campaign.

“I’ll now be looking to get a couple of friendlies fixed up before the Brook Street Cup starts at the end of the month”.

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