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Onésimo Murube slams the ball into the net to record his second goal of the game.

Onésimo Murube slams the ball into the net to record his second goal of the game.

Trailing 2-1 at half-time, Marcus Lövman’s team talk certainly had the desired effect as Brook Street stormed back in the second half to defeat Ball Busters FC 5-2, and ensured a top four finish in the process.

Brook Street had taken the lead in controversial circumstances as Buster’s Aniceto Mora was adjudged to have brought down Daniel Hasnaş in a tussle for the ball. Although the penalty award looked very soft, Paul O’Healihy made no mistake from the spot.

With a sense of injustice firing them up, the home side roared back and equalised within four minutes; Domingos Correia firing home after a fine solo effort.

Then, just two minutes later, the home fans were on their feet again, as Carlo Schermerhorn finished spectacularly to fire Busters into the lead against the run of play.

It was to prove a “game of two halves” however as Marcus’s team talk at the break kicked lacklustre Brook Street into life.

Just before the hour mark, Onésimo Murube finally broke free of his marker and finished clinically to level the scores.

But it took another twenty minutes or so of mounting pressure before Busters finally succumbed to the inevitable, and Eldvinas Šumlinskas pounced on a mistake amongst the home defence to fire Brook Street in front.

The big Lithuanian’s goal left the home side crestfallen, and first Attila Gyöngyösi with his first goal for the club, and then Onésimo Murube with his second of the game, piled on the agony in the last six minutes.

While the home side will be playing in Division IV next season, the win ensured that Brook Street will finish no lower than fourth and will avoid the play-offs.

Afterwards, Marcus admitted to having “had a Fergie” at half-time, but had confessed that no kettles or cups had been broken in the process.

“A few home-truths had to be said, and I did not hold back”, he admitted. “The first half performance was not good enough, and I simply let the players know that in no uncertain terms”.

He continued, “I told them that if they thought that their first half performance was good enough for this club, then I’d accept their transfer requests there and then”.

This certainly had the desired effect, however the coach was still irritated that it had to take a showdown with the players to get them to raise their game.

“I shouldn’t have to do that. The players are far better than that, and as professionals I expect nothing less than 100% from them in every game. What I got in the first half was nothing like that. They know that, and I’ll expect not to have to repeat this team talk again”.

Elsewhere, kaos c.f’s surprise defeat at Carbrain handed the league title to next weekend’s visitors to New Home Park, jabbathehut, who defeated Much Rucking 2-0 at home.

It was honours even in our match earlier in the season; Paul O’Healihy levelling an earlier Ciprià Andreu strike to ensure a share of the spoils, and next Saturday’s match is already looking like being a sell-out.

After very careful consideration, the decision has been taken to increase the capacity of New Home Park. The work is scheduled to be completed in time for the new season and will see the capacity increase by 10,600 to give the stadium a new total capacity of 59,500.

“We’ve been considering increasing the size of the stadium for some time”, admitted the Chairman this evening, “and we consider that the new capacity will give us the best return on the investment”.

He added, “The work is scheduled for completion in time for the new season and we look forward to a positive future in our enlarged stadium”.

FCBarchaloneBrook Street are delighted to announce that next week’s international friendly match will see the reserves travel to face their counterparts at Omani Second Level League (II.2) side FC.Barchalone.

The match will take place at Barchalone’s Nou camp stadium next Wednesday with a 16:40 GST (12:40 GMT) kick-off.

A spokesman for the club said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have got this friendly fixed up so quickly. We’ve been trying to arrange a friendly in Oman for a considerable time, so to have finally achieved it is a credit to everyone involved”.

The reserves will leave directly after Saturday’s league match, so will bring in the New Year in the Gulf.

Andy Harte slams home the golden goal to win our friendly with Bowrain Batta in Cambodia this morning.

Andy Harte slams home the golden goal to win our friendly with Bowrain Batta in Cambodia this morning.

The reserves’ festive trip to Cambodia proved to be a successful one, with an Andy Harte golden goal in extra-time securing a 2-1 win early this morning.

Kenny Corney’s strike on the half hour mark had been cancelled out by Sopea Neak midway through the second half and despite Brook Street dominating possession, they couldn’t convert that into regulation time goals.

“We played a very cautious defensive line-up, primarily to train our defenders, as did our hosts, so it was never going to be a high scoring game”, admitted Marcus afterwards.

“We passed the ball well however, and I feel over the piece, we deserved the win”, he added.

“It was a long way to come at this time of year, but I think we can take a lot of positives from the game”. He continued, “We’re already planning for next season’s campaign, and blooding the younger players in matches like this is all part of that process”.

He concluded, “Now we can head for home and continue our preparations for Saturday’s match with Ball Busters”.

Everyone at Brook Street Athletic Football Club would like to wish all our friends and fans a very Merry Christmas!

The club are delighted to announce that Cambodia Second League side Bowrain Batta have accepted our challenge, and our respective reserve sides will face each other at Batta Field, Batdambang, Cambodia on Boxing Day. Kick-off is at 11:15 local time (04:15 GMT).

Nemanja Janković blasts home our third goal of the match to secure all three points.

Nemanja Janković blasts home our third goal of the match to secure all three points.

Brook Street got back on the winning trail this afternoon as goals from Jake MacConnechy, Eldvinas Šumlinskas and Nemanja Janković gave us a 3-1 win over Much Rucking at New Home Park this afternoon.

In contrast to last week’s performance, Marcus was delighted with the effort the players had put in.

“We changed the line-up around slightly and played different tactics, and fortunately it paid off”, said the coach afterwards.

He continued, “We concentrated players around our right flank as we anticipated that would be where they would try to attack us, and so it proved. WE weren’t anticipating them playing such a pressing game, but we kept hold of the ball well and took our chances when they arose”.

When asked if Paul O’Healihy had been under instruction to “target” Rucking’s Felix Lindstedt early in the game, Marcus merely laughed and said, “What do you think?”

The coach’s demeanour was completely different to that witnessed by the assembled press after last weekend’s defeat, and his side’s performance today illustrated that the players had taken last week’s comments to heart.

Marcus all but confirmed this by saying, “The lads put in a lot of hard sessions on the training pitch this week, and it showed in the way we played today. Nemanja’s goal was one of the moves we’ve worked on so hard this week, and it’s good when you see it come off in a match situation”.

He added, “We had done our homework well on Rucking, and the players worked hard to produce this result, so everyone played their part in securing this victory”.

“Although the league title is realistically beyond us now, we have to keep the pressure up, if nothing else, to ensure we don’t slip into the play-off places”.

With next weekend’s fixture being against already relegated Ball Busters FC, it could end up with Brook Street being kingmakers on the final day of the season, when jabbathehut visit New Home Park.

“If results go as predicted next weekend, we will be the only side who can prevent jabba’s from lifting the league title”, admitted Marcus, who then added menacingly, “It’s not nice to see someone lift a league title at your own ground, so they’d be in for a real shock if they think we’d just stand aside and admire them”.

Emanuel Bohucký calmly slots home our opening goal against Sportstars from the spot.

Emanuel Bohucký calmly slots home our opening goal against Sportstars from the spot.

Second half goals from Emanuel Bohucký and Andy Hunter gave Brook Street’s second eleven a 2-0 win over Luxembourg side Superstars aus dem Norden at New Home Park this morning.

And although Bohucký was sent off for a second yellow card with two minutes remaining, Marcus declared himself satisfied with the performance.

“We played with a lot of conviction and created a number of chances despite the conditions. I couldn’t ask more of the players”.

He added, “It was a good team performance, and a few players are knocking on the first team door. If they keep progressing the way they are, it won’t be long before they get their chance to make the step up”.

Dario Zintu

Dario Zintu

Dario Zintu finally secured his desired exit from New Home Park last night, signing for Polish VII Liga side Snow Kids Drobin in a £396,000 deal.

While his departure from the side was not on the best of terms, we wish him well with his new club.

“Totally embarrassing” was Marcus Lövman’s assessment of his side’s 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Carbrain this afternoon. “We put nothing into the game and took exactly what we deserved from it”.

The clearly furious coach continued, “Any player who thinks that this level of performance is acceptable is sadly mistaken. I would rather field the reserves, even if they were to lose as long as I got 100% from them, instead of what we saw today. I am not afraid to drop senior players an they have been left in no doubt about that”.

He added, “What today has brought to my attention is that it is perhaps time to start rebuilding the side and if that means moving senior players on, then so be it. What I will not tolerate however, is another performance like today’s”.

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