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In a surprise move this evening, Brook Street paid German Liga VI side Geggo Euthers £1.224M to secure the services of Chilean teenage winger Abel Soffia.

“I’m absolutely delighted to get Abel”, said a very happy Arjen Bogaert after the news broke. “We’ve got ourselves the best Under-20 winger in Chile, and I’m amazed he’s never been capped by his country. We’ll certainly make sure he’s on their radar although he’s not got long left at the Under-20 level”.

He continued, “Abel is due here in the early hours and will meet up with the rest of the team at training tomorrow”.

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Brook Street’s reserves recorded a 6-0 win in a bad tempered match against smetena in Slovenia this evening in which both teams had a man ordered off.

Germán Olmos Ribas opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a real howitzer, and following a fine build-up, he doubled his tally and Brook Street’s lead with only twelve minutes played.

Brook Street had to wait another twenty-five minutes for our next goal, and then two came along at once.

Vítor Leocádio nutmegged the keeper to put us three up with thirty-seven minutes played, then Andy Harte pounced a minute later to take advantage of a mix-up between the home keeper and his defenders. From close in, he was never going to make any mistake.

As if things were not bad enough for smetena at this point, the red mist descended on their German winger Werner Mattusch and he was ordered off following a scuffle in the centre circle.

Kenny Corney knocked in our fifth goal two minutes after the break and Vítor Leocádio rattled the rigging with an excellent free kick to complete the scoring after sixty-four minutes.

The game was over as a contest and normally would have just petered out to full time, but the game finished with unsavoury scenes, which saw Brook Street’s Fraser Carragher ordered off and Andy Harte booked, and smetana’s Markos Gerasimou and Javier Peñafiel pick up injuries. Gerasimou in particular looks likely to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“It is unfortunate that the boys have picked up injuries, however our players’ conduct was unacceptable”, said an angry Arjen Bogaert at full-time. “The club will be disciplining them”.

On the match itself, he said, “We played some decent football, scored some good goals, and Zee recorded another clean sheet. You can’t get better than that, but as far as I’m concerned, the shine was taken off the win by what happened just before the final whistle”.

José Eransus knocks home our opening goal against Carbrain FC this afternoon.

Brook Street got back to winning ways, and maintained our unbeaten record against Carbrain FC, with an excellent 3-1 win at New Home Park this afternoon.

Two second half strikes within a minute from Jake MacConnechy and Nemanja Janković added to José Eransus’s first half goal had the game wrapped up in the sixty-sixth minute, and although Aniol Cabezón pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes remaining, this was no more than a consolation.

Ironically, it was the visitors who had the first chance to take the lead in the eleventh minute however Xavier Benet was unable to make a decent contact with the ball and the opportunity was lost.

This was compounded just nine minutes later when José Eransus rifled the ball home from an acute angle, but things could have been much worse for the visitors had Nicola Magnoni in the Carbrain goal not turned over Oleg Zhigalov’s net-bound shot in the twenty-eighth minute.

The New Home Park coaching staff had certainly done their homework on the visitors and had instructed the players to attack down the left flank, and this paid dividends in the sixty-fifth and sixth minutes with Jake and Nemanja both found the net via this route.

It was thought that the two goals had effectively killed off the game, but when Aniol Cabezón found the net with fifteen minutes to play, this gave the visitors some hope and it took a goal-line clearance a minute later to preserve Brook Street’s two-goal lead after the ball had rattled the crossbar.

This however was to be the nearest Carbrain got to a fightback, and Brook Street collected the three points that takes them back up into second place.

A delighted Arjen Bogaert commented briefly at full-time saying, “We rode our luck at times, but I think we were worth our win.We’ve had a good record against Carbrain, and I was confident that this would continue today”.

He continued, “We did our homework well on them and we’ve got our reward”.

Yann Schories fires in the only goal of the game in this morning’s friendly match against Škofja Loka United FC.

The reserves opened their international friendlies for this season with a narrow 1-0 win over Slovenian 5 Liga side Škofja Loka United FC at New Home Park this morning.

Yann Schories’s strike just before the half-hour mark was all that separated the sides thanks to the efforts of the two keepers.

Just before Brook Street opened the scoring, Rudolf Čurlík made a spectacular block to deny Germán Olmos Ribas at point-blank range, and with only ten minutes left he was alert to the danger again and made an outstanding save to turn over Fraser Carragher’s goalbound strike.

Not to be outdone, Brook Street’s Ezequiel Alexandrino made a great block with six minutes left to preserve our lead.

“It was certainly a game for the keepers”, said Arjen afterwards. “Both had excellent games and can justifiably be pleased with their efforts.

He continued, “From our point of view, Zee continues to improve each week. His point-blank stop today shows just how good a keeper he has the potential to become”.

Next week the reserves will travel to Kranj, Slovenia to face another 5 Liga side, smetana.

Onésimo Murube fires in our consolation goal against Much Rucking.

Brook Street crashed to their first league defeat this afternoon, going down 2-1 to Much Rucking in the Marsh in a bruising encounter at Mile Deep Stadium.

Both sides finished the match with ten men; Rucking’s Márk Pelle having received his marching orders for a second bookable offence with seven minutes remaining, a tackle which saw Athletic’s Andy Harte helped off with all our substitutes committed.

The home side were leading 2-0 at this point, however within three minutes, Onésimo Murube had reduced the lead but despite an onslaught in the dying minutes, Brook Street couldn’t force home the equaliser.

“We can’t afford to give teams a two-goal start and expect to take anything from the game”, said a frustrated Arjen Bogaert after the match.

He continued, “We’ve worked very hard to get where we are in this division, but we cannot afford to be complacent if we are to maintain this level”.

“We’ve now got a very big game against Carbrain next weekend, and the players know exactly what is required”.

Brook Street’s participation in this season’s Scottish Cup ended this morning as the reserves crashed 4-0 to Gowky Giants’ first team.

While it was disappointing to bow out at only the Third Round, it was perhaps not too surprising as Arjen noted at full-time.

“With the exception of Eldvinas Šumlinskas and Vítor Leocádio, we had a very young and inexperienced side out there today. In fact five of them were only teenagers, so it cannot really be seen as a surprise that we lost to a side playing their first team”.

He continued, “Yes, of course we could have fielded our first team but if we had, eleven of our squad would not receive training this week. That’s simply not beneficial to the squad, which is more important to us than progressing a round further in a competition that we have zero chance of winning”.

He concluded, “Our young players will have benefited from the experience far more than those of our opponents, and this will serve us much better in the future”.

New signing Ezequiel Alexandrino made his debut for the club an put in a very accomplished performance.

Of it, Arjen said, “Zee pulled off a couple of outstanding saves and he could not be faulted for any of the goals we conceded, so he can be justifiably pleased with his display. I think we’ve got ourselves a bargain!”

So now it’s back to international friendly matches for the reserves starting next week.

Brook Street and Emilio Juárez finally parted company this morning as he signed for Spanish side RacingMadrid in a deal worth just under £400,000.

“Emilio has long wanted to go into coaching, and this move will most likely see him achieve his aim”, said Arjen as the news broke.

“It was a very good move for him to make at this point in his career, and we would never have stood in his way”.

He continued, “Knowing early on that he’d definitely be moving also allowed us to secure his replacement, and the funds from Emilio’s transfer will offset our outlay.

In his time with Brook Street, Emilio played a total of eighty first-team matches for the club: fifty-five league matches; two play-offs; and twenty-three Scottish Cup ties.

We wish him the very best of luck with his new club.

After evading his marker, Onésimo Murube knocks in his fourth and Brook Street’s fifth goal.

Brook Street gave the new boys a lesson in finishing at New Home Park this afternoon as four goals from Onésimo Murube helped Athletic to an emphatic 5-0 home win over Ball Busters.

Daniel Hasnaş hit our other goal, and although the win takes us to the top of the Division on goal difference, no-one at the club is getting carried away with this.

“Yes it’s of course nice to be top of the league, but there’s a lot of football to be played between now and the season’s end”, said Arjen. “Being top at this point of the season means nothing, and let’s not forget, we’re only a defeat off the bottom of the league”.

The coach however was full of praise for his side’s performance saying, “We were outstanding today”. He continued, “It would be easy to single out Onésimo’s performance, and although he was undoubtedly superb, this was a great team performance. Paul O’Healihy had a hand in four of the goals for example, and at the other end, our defence kept another clean sheet”.

He added, “There are so many positives to be taken from the match, and we’ve also set out our stall with this result, but there’s no way we will be placing any significance in the fact that we’ve gone top of the league. That is an added bonus, nothing less”.

Brook Street have this morning moved to sign 18-year old Mozambiquan keeper Ezequiel Alexandrino from Série II.3 side African Queen FC in a deal worth £578,000.

The arrival of Ezequiel will now almost certainly pave the way for the long-anticipated departure of Emilio Juárez who is looking to enter coaching.

“It’s probably the worst kept secret at the club that Emilio is looking to take up coaching”, said Arjen, “but in Ezequiel, I think we’ve got ourselves an outstanding young keeper who could be huge for us”.

He continued, “Ezequiel won’t arrive until Sunday, but I anticipate him being in goal for us in Wednesday’s Cup tie.

Igor Bulatov fires in his second, and Brook Street’s seventh goal of the game against dunfermline.

Igor Bulatov hit a hat-trick and Andy Hunter two goals as Brook Street strolled to a 9-0 Scottish Cup win in Dunfermline this morning. The Fife side were never in the match and from the fifth minute when Emanuel Bohucký hit the opener, there was only ever going to be one winner.

“We put in a very good shift, and the lads can be justly pleased with the outcome”, said Arjen at full-time.

He continued, “We dominated the match as anticipated, but we still had to put in the effort to ensure the victory”.
Five up at half-time through Bohucký, Andy Hunter’s brace, along with goals from Dario Zintu and Kenny Corney, Brook Street were cruising, and when Igor Bulatov slammed home a penalty two minutes after the break, then an outstanding free-kick a minute and a half later, the game was dead and buried.

Daniel Hasnaş, who had come on for Dario Zintu got in on the scoring act just before the hour mark, before Igor completed his hat-trick in the seventieth minute to round off another comprehensive victory for the Angus men.
The Third Round draw took place this afternoon and saw us paired with Division IV.42 side Gowky Giants. Despite Brook Street spending two seasons in Division IV.42, this will be the first meeting of the sides, as Giants did not promote until the season before last.

The match takes place at Giants’ El Gigante ground and kicks-off at 1030 BST next Wednesday.