Paul O’Healihy carves a way through the home defence before slamming home the equaliser.

Brook Street did not require any Jedi mind tricks to take something from our opening league match at Jabba’s Lair this afternoon, but Paul O’Healihy’s ‘solo’ effort on the hour mark ensured that the New Home Park side would earn a share of the spoils.

The home side had taken the lead in the twenty-sixth minute through Ciprià Andreu, but Brook Street were giving as good as they got, and only a point-blank save by Enmanuel Tornero prevented Onésimo Murube from equalising with thirty-three minutes played.

Jacob-Jan Landheer could have put his side two up in fifty-nine minutes but blazed wildly over, and this was to prove costly just a minute later when Paul O’Healihy managed to conjure himself an unlikely opening before blasting home.

Brook Street were in the ascendancy and only a breathtaking save from Enmanuel Tornero in the seventieth minute prevented Paul O’Healihy’s wicked free-kick from finding the rigging.

This proved to be the final goal opportunity as the game became bogged down in midfield, however Arjen was far from disappointed with his side’s display.

“I thought the lads were outstanding today. We had the bulk of the chances and, but for an outstanding display by their keeper, we’d be heading home with maximum points”.

He continued, “This was however a very good point for us. We’ve more than matched a team that played in Division II last season, and to secure a point away from home is no bad thing”.

He added, “We had a number of excellent performances out there today, and our midfield in particular were outstanding. They harried their opposite numbers all day, and Paul’s goal was simply fantastic”.

He concluded, “We’ve hit the ground running again, and I believe we will be a very difficult side to beat this season”.

When asked about his rich vein of form, Paul O’Healihy laughed and said, “The gaffer has told me to play a more advanced role than I have in the past, and it appears to be paying dividends”.

He continued, “The lads playing up top are pulling defenders about all over the place and I’ve been fortunate enough to pick up on their knock-downs”.

“We’re much more tactically aware nowadays too”, he said, “and that shows in the fact we now apply different tactics for each match. This also makes it more difficult for our opponents to second-guess how we will play”.

He concluded, “It’s no surprise that we now pick up a lot of points that on paper we have no right to”.

Man of the Match: Onésimo Murube

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