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Garabed Palasyan pounces on Maranaj Batusha’s saved header to slot home his first goal for the club.

In front of a bumper 7,321 crowd at New Home Park this morning, the reserves of Brook Street and Syria Eagles served up a real cracker of a match.

The home side had the first chance to open the scoring when Kenny Corney found himself alone in the box, but the youngster blazed his shot high and wide. However it was Eagles through who made the breakthrough in the twenty-fourth minute through a fine finish by midfielder Clemens Wojner.

The young Brook Street side, which featured 17 year old Darren Slayter who signed up from the Academy last night, weren’t fazed however, and they slowly edged their way back into the match.

With thirty-five minutes on the clock, Brook Street earned a corner which Abel Soffia swung over. Maranaj Batusha powered a header goalwards but Bradley Imray in the Eagles’ goal managed to block. The ball however broke to Garabed Palasyan who made no mistake from close range.

Brook Street took the lead from another Abel Soffia cross five minutes before the break; Andy Hunter powering the header home.

Eagles equalised in somewhat fortunate circumstances in sixty-five minutes, Kambiz Akbari’s free-kick deflecting off the wall and trundling into the empty net with Zee Alexandrino totally wrong-footed.

The rest of the match seemed to become bogged down in midfield with both sides cancelling each other out, and so it remained in extra-time.

With scores tied at 2-2 after the additional half hour, this one had to be settled on penalties, and it was at this point that Eagles showed their class, netting all of theirs while Eagles keeper Bradley Imray saved two to give the visitors the win.

“I feel really sorry for the lads”, said Marcus. “They’ve put in a hell of a lot of effort and it’s never nice to lose on penalties, even in friendly matches”.

He continued, “We fielded a really young and inexperienced side, so they did exceptionally well, and will benefit greatly from matches like this”.

Speaking of new addition Darren Slayter, Marcus said, “Darren got thrown in at the deep end, but we’ve got big hopes for him. He’s been playing in central defence at the Academy, but I think he’ll make a better defensive midfielder, hence his inclusion in the middle of the park today”.

He continued, “Darren did very well, all things considered, and he will certainly benefit from training with the seniors”.

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The club are delighted to announce that next Wednesday, the reserves will travel to Cortés, Honduras to face Liga II side FC Estrella Fugaz in an international friendly match.

Kick-off at Arena Mundial is at 1815 local time (Thursday, 0015 GMT).

With six minutes remaining, Onésimo Murube slams home his sixth goal of the season to earn us a point.

Brook Street had to settle for a share of the spoils this evening, drawing 3-3 away to Schwarzenegger Allstarz. While the result kept our unbeaten run going, Marcus was less than happy with the outcome.

“Although the match was very finely balanced, I’m disappointed that we’re heading home with only a point”.

He elaborated saying, “We were sloppy at the back and wasteful up top. Following our excellent performance last weekend I’d hoped that we’d kick on and get a good result today. Instead, we showed our ugly side”.

“We need to ensure some consistency if we are to challenge for the title, but at the end of the day, a point away from home is better than nothing”.

The coach was however concerned with the injuries picked up by Nemanja Janković and José Eransus; Nemanja limped off five minutes before half-time while José managed to struggle through to full-time after picking up a knock ten minutes from time.

“We feared the worst, but it transpires that José is just a bit bruised and will be fine for next weekend”, said Marcus. “We’re not sure about Nemanja though”.

He added, “It looks like a muscle pull, but we’ll have to wait until he gets a scan to see the extent of the damage. Hopefully it won’t keep him on the sidelines too long”.

Roberto Oña Vivar opened the scoring in four minutes before Daniel Hasnaş levelled in the twelfth minute.

Fabian Pinzoni looked to have ensured that the home side would go into the break ahead when he scored three minutes from the break, however Andy Harte stunned the home crowd by levelling straight from kick-off.

Achim Köb fired Allstarz back into the lead back in front before the hour mark, and with time running out, Onésimo Murube salvaged a point for Brook Street six minutes from time.

Debutante Garabed Palasyan attempts to break through the Klinchers defence.

Brook Street’s reserve side had a very comfortable 8-0 win over Cambodian side Klinchers in this morning’s friendly at New Home Park.

Daniel Hasnaş opened the scoring after only three minutes with a speculative chip which sailed over the head of the visitors’ keeper, and Germán Olmos Ribas doubled the lead with less than a quarter of an hour played.

Anees Manzur upped the score to 3-0 nine minutes later, drifting in on the blind side to fire home a free kick routine straight off the training ground, and Maranaj Batusha made it four, killing off the game four minutes before the break.

Captain Fraser Carragher lead by example, powering home the fifth goal from point-blank range midway through the second half and substitute, Keiron MacElhone, hit his first goal for the seniors with ten minutes remaining.

The roof really caved-in for the visitors in the final three minutes; Emanuel Bohucký netting in the eighty-seventh minute and Germán Olmos Ribas wrapping up the scoring with his second goal of the game a minute later.

Marcus expressed his satisfaction at the result in the post-match press conference saying, “I think the result is probably a fair indication of just how dominant we were today”.

He continued, “We experimented with our formation, and I think we an be well pleased with the outome. The young lads continue to progress well, and Garabed had a good debut for the side. All in all, it was a good day for the team”.

Late last night Brook Street completed the signing of 17 year old Georgian winger Garabed Palasyan from Serbian side Newcastle Kuzmin in a deal worth £980,000.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Marcus said, “We’d been tracking Garabed all evening and got him for the asking price. It was maybe a bit more than I’d have liked to have paid, however this is a lad who we feel could be going places and is well worth the fee paid”.

With two new wingers signed in recent weeks, the coach was asked if this would see veterans Yann Schories and Igor Bulatov leaving the club, however he refuted this saying, “Both Yann and Igor are very much in my plans and neither will be moving on any time soon. I see the recent signings as being more for the long term, so in some respects they have been brought in to replace the older players, however at present I see them as being back-up to Yann, Igor and Nemanja”.

Turning specifically to the signing of Garabed he said, “He is a real talent, and I think that although we have paid a lot for him, we will see the dividend in the next few years”.

He added, “If he continues to progress as he has done so far, I can see this lad playing for his country one day”.

Garabed is due to arrive later today and will meet up with his new team mates at this afternoon’s training session.

Yann Schories half-volleys us into the lead right on the stroke of half-time.

Brook Street will go into the second half of the season just two points off top spot following this afternoon’s 3-1 home win over Schwarzenegger Allstarz this afternoon.

Yann Schories had opened the scoring right on the stroke of half time, half-volleying a long through ball, and Nemanja Janković added to it seven minutes after the break.

Although the visitors pulled a goal back through an Achim Köb tap-in five minutes late, José Eransus restored Brook Street’s two-goal advantage with seventy-two minutes on the clock and with it wrapped up the scoring.

Acknowledging that his side would go into the second half of the season two points behind leaders Much Rucking ITM, Marcus said, “Results have worked well for us, and it shows just how tight this league is. Everyone is capable of beating everyone else on their day, so it makes for a very interesting second half of the season”.

He continued, “The top four sides look to be opening a slight gap on the bottom four at the moment, however the title race is wide open”.

“We’re only two points off top, but with only eleven points separating top and bottom, the margins are extremely tight”.

Turning to this afternoon’s win he said, “The lads did very well this afternoon. Every one of them played for the shirt today, and it was particularly pleasing how we dominated the game”.

“We were a bit sloppy at the back for their goal, but other than that, I am very pleased with the performance”.

Igor Bulatov’s booking just before half time means that he will be suspended for next weekend’s return fixture.

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of our match against Syria eagles comes confirmation of two further friendly matches.

Next Wednesday, Brook Street will play host to Cambodia Second League side Klinchers, while late this afternoon it was confirmed that on 12 December we will travel to Amman to play a friendly with Jordan League Division II side juv89.

“We are delighted to have got these matches confirmed”, said Kyle Fair this afternoon. “We’ve been working hard to fix up friendlies, and to secure so many in such a short time is great news.

Our match with Klinchers next Wednesday will kick off as usual at 10:30.

The club are delighted to announce that Syrian League side Syria eagles will visit New Home Park for a friendly match on the 28th of this month.

A spokesman for the club said, “This is the first time we’ve faced a side of this calibre, so it is a massive step up for our players. Nonetheless, we are all eagerly awaiting this match against a team that took part in this season’s Hattrick Masters. We would particularly like to thank Sagitarius_7 for making the tie possible”.

The game itself will kick off at 10:30 GMT on 28 November.

Brook Street lost out narrowly in China this morning, going down 2-1 to Night Watch FC in an entertaining match.

The defeat however did not concern Marcus who told the official website afterwards, “This game was all about gaining experience. We played an unorthodox formation, but this will assist our training regime”.

He continued, “It’s nice to win midweek friendlies, however in my mind this isn’t the be all and end all. Gaining match time and playing formations to get the most out of our training are far more important to me”.

The coach then intimated that the fans are likely to see other unusual formations over the next few weeks.

“Playing a formation such as this in a league match would be suicidal, so friendlies give us a chance to maximise our training experience with nothing at stake”.

“We’ll win some and we’ll lose some, but at the end of the day, the team will benefit overall in the long run.

Fraser Carragher netted our consolation goal in this morning’s match.

José Eransus drives home the opening goal to send us on the road to victory.

After what seems to have been a very long week, Brook Street finally got down to playing their first league game under the charge of Marcus Lövman this afternoon.

Following our poor display against kaos c.f last weekend, the trip to Lothian to face Comenses could have been perceived as a potential banana skin given their own comprehensive dismantling of Carbrain on Saturday.

However, it was to prove a far more comfortable afternoon than anyone could have expected.

The home side had chosen to try to soak up any pressure and hit on the break, but had bizarrely surrendered midfield, and with José Eransus, Oleg Zhigalov and Paul O’Healihy in good form, this could quite easily have been seen as suicidal.

And so it was to prove. Brook Street were quite content to knock the ball about and seek out any weaknesses, but once they found them, they were ruthlessly exploited. José Eransus was having a field day and it was he who opened the scoring with eighteen minutes played.

Oleg Zhigalov made the most of the extra space offered him in thirty-four minutes to storm through the home defence, round the keeper and knock the ball home, and just three minutes later the game was over; Igor Bulatov punishing a mistake on the home side’s right.

With the match effectively over, the tempo dropped in the second half, but the best chance of the half fell to Attila Gyöngyösi who having rounded the keeper, could only watch agonizingly as his net-bound shot was cleared off the line.

Seldom will Brook Street have such a comfortable afternoon, as Marcus alluded to at the post-match press conference.

“I was confident we could secure the win before kick-off, but once I saw Comenses were playing without an inner midfield, I knew the win was almost assured”.

“This week has seemed to be an eternity, so it was good to get back to league football. We’ve been smarting since last weekend’s result, so it was important we got a good reaction here. I couldn’t have asked for any better reaction than I got from the players today”.

Asked about how it felt to be his own boss he said, “It was a bit strange at first not having Arjen in the dug-out, but after the game kicked-off I can’t say I really noticed as I was focussed on what was going on out on the pitch. He’d called earlier to wish us luck though, and I’m sure he will be just as happy as I am with the result”.