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BSC10Wednesday’s Brook Street Cup Final will take place at New Home Park it was confirmed earlier today. We would have been happy to play the Final at a neutral ground however, as Kyle Fair announced earlier this evening, the management of Zwart-geel indicated that they were happy to play the final here despite it giving Brook Street ‘home’ advantage.

“We have been in dialogue with our Belgian friends, and I am pleased to announce that the management of Zwart-geel have notified us that they are happy to play the Final of Brook Street Cup 10 at New Home Park. As such, the match will go ahead here on Wednesday with a 10:30 BST kick-off”.

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Oleg Zhigalov rises high to head home our equaliser. Ultimately it was to prove to be a consolation goal.

Oleg Zhigalov rises high to head home our equaliser. Ultimately it was to prove to be a consolation goal.

Brook Street’s three game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt this afternoon as the side went down by three goals to one in Glasgow.

Xacobe León Rodrigo opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute, and although Oleg Zhigalov’s twenty-fifth minute strike saw the sides go into the break level, second half strikes from Sepp Köslich and Florencjusz Wilczewski ensured that the points would be staying in the west.

“We’re all really disappointed”, admitted Marcus at the post-match press conference. “We didn’t take the chances when they arose, and we’ve paid the price”.

The defeat saw us drop back to sixth place, but with defeats elsewhere for jabbathehut and kaos c.f meant that we remain three and four points respectively ahead of those clubs.

With Brook Street travelling to face kaos next weekend, the importance of the fixture cannot be doubted, as Marcus alluded to after this afternoon’s match.

“With only four games left, time is running out and everyone is fighting for their lives. A win for us would send us a lot of the way towards securing the relative safety of the play-off places, but defeat would throw us right back into the mix”.

He continued, “There’s absolutely no margin for error and we’ll be going all-out to secure our place in this division”.

Andy Hunter blasts home the equalising goal against OS Maninkerque this afternoon.

Andy Hunter blasts home the equalising goal against OS Maninkerque this afternoon.

Goals from Andy Hunter, Daniel Hasnaş and Andy Harte powered the reserves to a 3-1 win over OS Maninkerque in France this afternoon, and into a Brook Street Cup final against Belgian side Zwart-geel next week.

“We really bossed the game today and showed great patience”, said Marcus after the game. “We knocked the ball about well, and created plenty of chances, while keeping things tight at the back. I can’t ask more than that”.

The player/coach will be limited to simply ‘coach’ for the next two weeks or so after he sustained a bad knock.

“It’s one of those things”, he admitted, “you go in for a 50-50 and you end up being helped off the pitch. It’s all part of the game”.

He continued, “The doc says I’ll be out for a couple of weeks, but it would not surprise me if it was longer”.

Turning back to the game, Marcus said, “OS were trying to hit us on the counter, so when they took the lead, that kicked us into action”.

“From the moment Andy Hunter hit the equaliser however, our tails were up and I knew there was only going to be one winner”.

Brook Street will now face Belgian side Zwart-geel in the final next week, although it is undecided at present whether the match will go ahead at New Home Park or if it will be played at a neutral venue.

A spokesman said, “Normally, the final is played at New Home Park, but as we would technically have home advantage we have offered to play the tie at a neutral venue. We’ll wait and see what the Zwart-geel management say before confirming any arrangements”.

The sides have met on three previous occasions, with Brook Street winning all three, however Marcus admitted that we can’t afford to take the match lightly.

“Yes, we’ve got a very good record against them, but the winning margin has reduced every time we’ve played. They are having a very good season, so it all adds up to being a very good final”.

Onésimo Murube slams the ball home to net his second and Brook Street's fourth goal.

Onésimo Murube slams the ball home to net his second and Brook Street’s fourth goal.

At half-time with the home side trailing to Carl Zandt’s twenty-ninth minute strike, the New Home Park PA system blared out David Bowie’s “Heroes”.

The line “We can beat them, forever and ever” must have struck a chord in the home dressing room, for Brook Street’s own “Heroes” came out for the second half like a team possessed and set about dismantling the visitors.

Brook Street got back on level terms when Onésimo Murube slammed the ball home just four minutes after the break following a counter-attack on the right.

With fifty-three minutes on the clock, Brook Street were in front; Paul O’Healihy burying the ball in the visitors net following a fine solo run, and three minutes Paul unleashed a free kick from a ridiculous distance which flew into the net to put us two goals ahead.

This made it clear there was only going to be one winner, and Onésimo Murube twisted the knife further sixty-seven minutes into the game when he knocked home our fourth goal.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors, and it is testament to the way Brook Street played the game that in the remaining twenty-three minutes, the visitors only managed one attack on goal.

Speaking to the press at full-time, a beaming Marcus Lövman said, “My lads were superb today. They dug in and battled back from our early setback. Our second half performance was simply magnificent”.

When asked what he had said at the break, Marcus said, “All I said was ‘stick to the game plan and we’ll get our reward’. We certainly got that, and it’s nothing less than we deserved”.

He continued, “Earlier in the season we got a bloody nose at their ground. We’ve now got our own back on them”.

The win lifted Brook Street up to fifth place and now within striking distance of sooside athletico in fourth, who we face in Glasgow next weekend.

Brook Street this evening parted company with forward Federico Amado who has signed for Brazilian side Coca Cola Esporte Clube.

“Federico hadn’t settled and had expressed a desire to head back to South America”, admitted Kyle Fair as he released the news.

“While we’re disappointed to see him go, there is no point in having an unhappy player in the ranks. We wish him the very best of luck with his new team”.

In his time with the club he played in ten matches, scoring five goals.

1752091A trip to France awaits Athletic next week when we face Olympique Sportive Maninkerque in the Brook Street Cup Semi-Finals.

An interested spectator at Maninkerque’s 4-3 win over Knights Alliance FC yesterday afternoon was Marcus Lövman who said afterwards, “Both sides were very strong, so regardless of who won, we always knew we would be in for a very tough game next week”.

“As it happens, it’s Maninkerque we’ll be facing, and they looked very impressive in the game this afternoon. However we’ll go into the match looking to secure a place in the final. We’ll have to be at our very best though, that can’t be denied”.

Three goals from Onésimo Murube fired us to a 3-2 win over FC Schachtscheisser in Germany tonight, and into the Brook Street Cup semi-finals.

The home side had twice been in the lead, but Brook Street’s players fought back and typically clinical finishing from Onésimo saw us through.

“We were probably fortunate to get away with that one”, admitted Marcus after the game. “Onésimo definitely got us out of jail, and now we can look forward to a trip to either France or Portugal next week”.

Jake MacConnechy unleashes an unstoppable shot to blast us into the lead with ten minutes remaining.

Jake MacConnechy unleashes an unstoppable shot to blast us into the lead with ten minutes remaining.

A Jake MacConnechy thunderbolt ten minutes from time was enough to separate the sides and ensured that Brook Street would be heading back up the A92 with all three points this evening.

The win was our first at Mile Deep Stadium, and could ultimately prove to be priceless as it took us out of the relegation places for the first time since the opening week of the season.

“We’ve performed the classic smash and grab, let’s be completely honest about this”, admitted a delighted Marcus at full-time.

“They tried to press the game, so it was always going to take something special to break the deadlock. Jake’s goal certainly comes into that category”, he continued.

“The other results went our way today, so we’re now right back in the fight to stay up”.

The coach however refused to acknowledge that his own presence in the defence has steadied the ship. Despite the side keeping a clean sheet in the last two games and what the fans are now openly stating, Marcus said, “It’s not about one person; it’s always been and will always be a team effort at this club”.

He cannot deny however that two wins on the bounce have the side right back in the thick of it.

Fraser Carragher fires the ball home to round off the scoring.

Fraser Carragher fires the ball home to round off the scoring.

Goals from Onésimo Murube, Andy Hunter and Fraser Carragher eased Athletic to a 3-0 Brook Street Cup win over BFC Büderich 05 at New Home Park this morning, and set up a Second Round trip to Germany to face FC Schachtscheisser.

While Marcus admitted that it hadn’t been a cavalier performance, he was satisfied with the outcome.

“We were thoroughly professional throughout, and we took our goals well. It’s also pleasing to get another clean sheet at the other end, and I think our midfield pressed up well and put in another good shift”.

He continued, “Now we’ve got a trip to Germany ahead of us in the quarter-finals, which should be stern test for our lads and a very good game”.

Elsewhere, the holders curse struck again as Car Dusan crashed out, losing 2-0 to Zwart-geel in Belgium. There were also wins for Bergzilla FC, sapho fc, OS Maninkerque and FC Schachtsheisser, while Malcolm Mania and Knights Alliance received byes.

Daniel Hasnaş slides the ball home to open the scoring and send us on the road to our first league victory of the season.

Daniel Hasnaş slides the ball home to send us on the road to our first league victory of the season.

What a difference a week makes… Last week, the fans were calling for Marcus’s head, today they were singing his praises as the coach played a tactical masterstroke to lead Brook Street to our first league win of the season.

The coach had named himself in defence while Daniel Hasnaş returned to lead the line with Onésimo Murube dropping to the bench, and it was Daniel who was to prove the matchwinner, scoring both our goals.

In contrast to last week, Marcus was back in place to face the media at the post-match press conference, and his delight with the performance was clear for all to see.

“That was a huge win for us”, he admitted. “We needed that sort of performance to bounce back after the kicking we got last weekend, and I’m delighted for the players”.

Commenting on the changes in personnel he said, “I felt that Daniel would give us far more options given the conditions, and so it proved. However, it was a very good all-round team performance on a pitch that wasn’t conducive to playing good football. I couldn’t ask any more of the lads; they were superb”.

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