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Following today’s final round of group fixtures, the semi-final line-up for Brook Street Cup 9 is now known. While it was already cut and dried that Brook Street would travel to face Car Dusan in Serbia next week, the other semi still had to be decided.

However, winners of Editions 4 and 7, Hardy’s saw off Bergzilla FC in Romania to set up a home tie against Edition 6 winners sapho fc who beat Swiss side FC Chalbermatti 2-0 in Greece.

Brook Street and Car Dusan have only ever faced each other twice before, both in the group phase of Brook Street Cup 8, and each side have a win to their name: 4-2 to Brook Street at New Home Park, and 4-1 to Car Dusan at Stadion Car Dusan Silni.

Hardy’s and sapho fc have also played each other twice before, both however in semi-finals. The first was in Edition 4, which the Romanians won 3-1 on the way to lifting the Cup, while sapho fc gained revenge with a 5-0 victory in the semi-final of Edition 6 which they went on to win.

With no team holding the Indian sign over the other in either of the semi-finals, it’s difficult to see who will go through to the final, but both matches are certain to be highly entertaining.

May the best teams win!

Goal hero Andy Hunter challenges for the ball in his first start for the senior side.

Brook Street performed another classic smash and grab in Germany this evening, coming back late on to secure a 2-1 victory over BFC Büderich 05 that, with five minutes remaining even the most ardent of Brook Street fans would have thought unlikely.

Trailing to Nino Döner’s sixth minute strike, playing with an unusual and uncharacteristic line-up, and having been under the cosh for long spells, even grabbing a point in our final Group Phase match seemed a tall order until Igor Bulatov found himself clear in front of goal with four minutes remaining.

The Ukrainian doesn’t pass up opportunities such as this, and duly drilled the ball home to apparently earn Brook Street an unlikely and undeserved draw. However worse was yet to come for the home side just two minutes later.

Having signed up for the senior side at the weekend, Andy Hunter had made a quiet but accomplished start to his senior career leading the line, however like a true predator, he pounced on a mistake by Ernest Bürger to fire home his first senior goal with two minutes remaining.

BFC couldn’t believe what had happened in the space of two minutes, and although Nino Döner had a chance to level the scores in the final minute, he blazed the ball over and the match, which five minutes earlier looked to be in the bag, had been lost.

Even Arjen Bogaert couldn’t believe his eyes.

“In all my years of management, I’ve never seen a match finish like that before. I think I can only say I’m embarrassed that we’ve come away from here with the win tonight”.

He added, “We had absolutely no right to get a draw from this match, let alone the win, so I’m completely gobsmacked that we’ve pulled this one out of the fire. At least there was nothing really at stake”.

Striker Andy Hunter this evening became the latest player from the Academy to step up to the senior side.

The 18 year-old Aberdonian had been a regular scorer since signing on at the Academy, so it comes as no surprise that he has moved up to the seniors.

“Andy is a terrific home-grown talent, and although he is very raw, the lad shows undoubted promise”, said Arjen Bogaert at the signing. “He’s got lots to learn, but if he knuckles down, I have no doubt he will be an asset to the club in the seasons to come”.

Andy himself said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me, and one I fully intend to take”. He continued, “The Academy has taught me a lot, but I feel I am ready to step up”.

With Andy Hautala sidelined, Andy could be in line to make his debut in Germany on Tuesday, and although Arjen refused to be drawn admitted that he would “certainly be in the squad travelling”.

Liran Tzur powers home Paul O’Healihy’s corner to make the score 1-0.

Two goals from Liran Tzur and a Maranaj Batusha wonder-strike gave Athletic a deserved 3-2 win over Inverness United at New Home Park this afternoon. The win almost certainly ensured the club’s Division III status, given our run-in.

Brook Street were pegged back twice by the Highland side before Maranaj’s decisive strike as Arjen alluded to at the post-match press conference.

“We showed a real determination this afternoon”, said Arjen, “The three points belonged to us, and there was no way we were giving them up”.

He added, “The lads dug deep and although the scorers were somewhat unusual, it showed that we can score from anywhere on the park. The goals we scored this afternoon were worthy of winning any game, and the fact they were scored by defenders is simply outstanding”.

“We’ve got ourselves in a fantastic position, far beyond our wildest expectations. Now it’s up to us to finish the job”.

Athletic safely qualified for the semi-finals of the Brook Street Cup with a 3-2 win over Zwart-geel in Belgium this afternoon, however they were made to fight all the way, and but for the width of the post, the outcome could have been very different.

The win however came at a cost, and it now looks like Andy Hautala will miss half of Brook Street’s remaining fixtures following a nasty collision.

The home team had the first chance in the sixth minute, however Emilio Juárez in the Brook Street goal was alert to the chance and managed to block. This however resulted in a counter-attack which saw Oleg Zhigalov storm up the centre of the park before sweeping the ball home.

Oleg turned provider six minutes before the break when, from his corner kick, Liran Tzur powered a header home to double the lead. The home team were not going to lie down however and Stefanus Cerpentier reduced the gap a minute later with a fine finish.

Senne Vandenbergh almost tied the scores twelve minutes into the second half, but saw his curling shot rebound to safety off the post with Emilio rooted to the spot. This miss was to prove even more costly within the space of a minute as Germán Olmos Ribas fired home our third goal from the edge of the box.

Back came the Black-yellow’s and only the swift reactions of Emilio prevented Senne Vandenbergh from pulling a goal back within sixty seconds.

With eleven minutes left, and Brook Street trying to run the clock down, Zwart-geel pulled a goal back through Abélard Heymans. Despite intense pressure in the remaining minutes, the home side were unable to force home an equaliser, much to the relief of Arjen Bogaert at full-time.

“They had us really pinned down for the last ten minutes, but fortunately for us, our defence held firm”.

He continued, “We’ve got a good record against them, but today we really had to work for our win. We’ve qualified for the semi-finals again with a game to spare, and I believe we will be travelling to Serbia to face Car Dusan again. We are guaranteed a very difficult match there too”.

“It’s touch-and-go whether we’ll have Andy Hautala available for that one. He’s taken a sore one today, and I’m not too hopeful we’ll have him back in time. We’ve got plenty cover though, so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem”.

Elsewhere in the Group, BFC Büderich 05 saw off Seaview F.C. with a 3-1 win at Riverview Park.

Kyle Fair slams home our consolation goal with seven minutes left.

Brook Street were given a real lesson by Champions-elect Morgan United at New Home Park this afternoon, crashing to a 5-1 defeat that brought to an end our record twenty-four game home unbeaten league run.

“Today we saw the difference that exists between a Division II side and ourselves”, said a disappointed Arjen Bogaert at the post-match press conference. “United will be playing Division II football next season, and as that is where we want to be, we saw exactly how far away from that we are at present”.

Summing up, Arjen said, “Our aim this season remains consolidating our position in this league before starting to build for a promotion push over the next few seasons. A win next week will secure us, at worst, a play-off place with three matches remaining, so we’ve still got reason to be delighted with our performance this season”.

He added, “The next few seasons are likely to see a big change amongst the playing staff as we build for the next promotion push, so perhaps this season will be the last season that the current side are together. It will be good for this side go out on a high”.

Germán Olmos Ribas flashes home a header to make the score 3-0 in this morning’s match.

Athletic moved closer to the semi-finals of Edition 9 of the Brook Street Cup with a 6-0 win over Seaview at New Home Park this morning. Igor Bulatov hit a hat-trick while our other goals came from Liran Tzur, Germán Olmos Ribas and Kenny Corney.

“The gulf between the two sides was clear to those who attended the match”, said Arjen afterwards. “We totally dominated the match and didn’t really have to get out of second gear”.

He added, “We always had something in the tank, just in case it was needed, and could have upped the pace if required”.

It could have been a whole different match for hat-trick hero Igor Bulatov though, the Ukrainian being just seconds from being substituted after picking up a knock. Fortunately, he was given a chance to run it off, as within a minute he scored the first of his three goals”.

Arjen admitted, “We decided to give him five minutes to see if he could run it off”, but we seriously considered withdrawing him as a precaution”.

“Fortunately, he was fine though, which was just as well for us!” laughed the coach.

Brook Street now know that a win or draw against Zwart-geel in Belgium next week will almost certainly be enough to earn us a place in the semi-finals.

Moritz Klüss watches his shot hit the net to confirm the points would be heading back east.

Brook Street produced a fine battling performance to return home from Cumbernauld with an excellent 4-2 win over Carbrain, and more importantly three invaluable points closer to potential safety.

“We were outstanding today”, said Arjen at full-time. “The players stuck to the game-plan and despite being pegged back twice, they kept plugging away and got the win our play deserved”.

He continued, “We were thoroughly professional in the way we went about our business, and we showed just how good a side we are. We’re closer to achieving our pre-season aim of securing our Division III status, but we’re not going to let up now”.

Looking ahead to next week, he said, “We’ve got a huge match at New Home Park against morgan next Saturday. We’re not expected to take anything from that, but with nothing to lose, I certainly wouldn’t write us off”.

Both sides started brightly, but it was the visitors who made the breakthrough in the twenty-first minute when Onésimo Murube pounced on Nemanja Janković’s early cross to knock the ball home.

Athletic almost went two up six minutes later when Paul O’Healihy’s terrific free kick brought out a breathtaking stop by Carbrain’s keeper Nicola Magnoni. That save was made even more significant in the thirty-second minute when Carbrain’s Gonzalo Subelzú curled a superb equaliser from the edge of the box.

Athletic weren’t knocked off their stride despite this set-back and within seven minutes were back in front through Yann Schories. This lead was however lasted less time than the goal celebrations as Gonzalo Subelzú stormed right up the park to level the scores once again.

Against the odds, and the despite heavy rain, the second half kicked off at the same frantic pace as the first. Brook Street clearly had a game plan and were sticking rigidly to it. This was to bear fruit nine minutes after the break when Nemanja Janković calmly knocked the ball beyond Nicola Magnoni’s reach and Brook Street were in front for the third time in the match.

Moritz Klüss then scraped a layer of paint off the top of the crossbar a minute later with a rasping drive as the visitors looked to kill off the match.

While there was only a goal in it Carbrain were still a threat, and in the seventy-third minute they had a great chance to equalise, but Ben Melker delayed his shot and was crowded out by the home defence.

The decisive moment in the match however came with six minutes remaining, and it was unfortunate that it was to arise from a mistake by the otherwise outstanding Nicola Magnoni in the home goal.

Marcus Lövman had taken a poor corner from the right which had gone straight to Magnoni. The big Italian could only watch on helplessly as the ball slipped from his grasp and landed at the feet of Moritz Klüss eight yards out. The young German kept his cool to knock in Brook Street’s fourth goal and confirm the points would be heading back east.

Athletic will go into the return Brook Street Cup group matches with a 100% record following their 5-1 win over Seaview at Riverview Park this morning.

First half goals from Moritz Klüss, Jake MacConnechy and Daniel Hasnaş were added to in the second by Kenny Corney and an Oleg Zhigalov spot kick, either side of Seaview’s consolation goal by Greg McLennan.

“We’ve played better”, said Arjen, “but we’ve got the three points and that’s all that mattered. It was good to have a game where the pressure was off, and we got through it without picking up any knocks”.

He was however disappointed by the size of the crowd saying, “Although we’ve never faced each other before, it was disappointing that only 557 people turned up to watch the match, despite it being a derby. I hope there will be many more spectators at the return fixture next week”.

It was a relief for the coach however to get his players through the match unscathed. “We’ve got a hugely important game at the weekend, so it’s vital that I have all my players fit and available for selection”.

He concluded, “The players got a good run-out today, so even if they are not involved at the weekend, they’ll be ready for our return match with Seaview at New Home Park”.

Brook Street maintained their phenomenal unbeaten home league record and ended a five-game winless streak with an excellent 2-0 win over Schwarzenegger Allstarz at New Home Park this afternoon.

First half goals from Marcus Lövman and Maranaj Batusha did the damage, however this scarcely gets close to showing how dominant the New Home Park side were as the visitors were completely shut out, being denied a single shot on goal.

Indeed, three excellent stops from Eloi Fons in the Allstars goal prevented Brook Street from running away with the game, while the crossbar saved the visitors in the closing minutes of the game.
A delighted Arjen Bogaert said at full-time, “Over past the year, we’ve turned New Home Park into a fortress. We boss games here, and the fans turn it into a really intimidating place to come to”.

He continued, “We were truly outstanding today and fully merited the win. We were atrocious last week, but hopefully we’ve made it up to the fans this week”.

“Wins don’t come much better than this. Our goals maybe came from unusual sources, but it just shows that we can score goals from all over the pitch”.

Arjen continued, “It may seem a little strange looking over our shoulder when we’ve just gone second and have now put a little space between ourselves and the relegation spaces, but survival is our aim this season and we’re definitely not out of the woods yet. That said, more performances like that, and it won’t be long before we are”.

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