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Oscar MacVarish fires in what proved to be our consolation goal in this afternoon's 4-1 defeat.

Oscar MacVarish fires in what proved to be our consolation goal in this afternoon’s 4-1 defeat.

With league positions settled, Brook Street took the opportunity to take it easy against jabbathehut this afternoon, ahead of our Division III play-off next weekend.

Although it resulted in a 1-4 home defeat, of much more concern to Marcus was the injury sustained to keeper Ville Yrjölä who had to be replaced in the first half following a nasty collision.

“Ville could be touch and go for next weekend”, admitted Marcus afterwards, adding, “We’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the week, but at the moment it’s not looking good for him”.

“Today’s result is irrelevant. What was important was that we got through the match without incurring any injuries, but unfortunately that’s not been the case. Now we have to prepare for the play-off potentially without a back-up keeper, which is probably the worst scenario we could be facing. However, we’ve just got to get on with it”.

Brook Street will now face Division IV.44 champs Pathetic Athletic in next weekend’s play-off.

“It’s a real tough one for us”, said Marcus. “probably one of the hardest we could’ve got to be honest, but we’re used to tough games and we’ll certainly be up for the challenge”.

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It was announced this evening that the reserves will face Cypriot opposition next Wednesday in the shape of Tifonas Katrina FC. The game will be played at New Home Park with a 10:30 BST kick-off.

The reserves have recorded a sensational 11-0 win over their Billionaires counterparts in Seoul, South Korea during the early hours of this morning.

First half goals from Oleg Zhigalov (2), Fraser Carragher, Yann Schories and Jake MacConnechy were added to in the second by Rab Henderson, Yann and Jake with their second goals of the game, Andy Hunter, Garabed Palasyan and Maranaj Batusha.

While delighted with the performance and result, Marcus said afterwards, “The thing that pleases me the most is that our goals came from all over the park. We were a real threat going forward, and I can’t fault the lads’ effort”.

“It gives me a bit of a selection headache for Saturday”, he added, “but it’s a good one to have. Everyone knows that there are places up fro grabs, so they’re rising to the challenge. That’s exactly what I want from them”.

The coach was also pleased that his players had come through the match unscathed saying, “It’s important that we have everyone available for the final game and for the play-off. Only Emanuel [Bohucký] is struggling to be fit for the weekend, but he’ll be given every chance”.

Two-goal Oleg Zhigalov may not be risked in the final league game against jabbathehut however, as the Russian is only a booking away from missing out on the play-off match.

“A bad day at the office”, was how Marcus Lövman assessed our 5-1 defeat away to Vines Cross this afternoon. “We were taken apart in the second half and that simply isn’t good enough, especially against ten men”.

He added, “Too many of our players had an off day today. Maybe they thought that the hard work was all done, but that is far from the case. Every point we win at this stage of the season is important as it determines who we’ll meet in the play-off”.

In a warning to his players, he concluded by saying, “We’d better up our game for the play-off or we’ll find ourselves back in the fourth division”.

Brook Street had started the match brightly, and could have been two up in the first twenty minutes, but from then on the home side came more and more into the game. Kevin Heintze gave the home side the lead in the twenty-seventh minute, and although Paul O’Healihy curled a superb free-kick equaliser in the thirty-fourth minute, parity lasted less than a minute before Nawwaf Abdulbary Al-Saleh fired the home side back in front.

Nuccio Genco increased Vines’ lead in the sixty-sixth minute before earlier goalscorer Kevin Heintze received a straight red for an off the ball incident with Emanuel Bohucký which saw the Brook Street player helped off the pitch.

Against ten men, Brook Street should have seized the initiative, however it was the home side who paradoxically received the boost, going on to score two further unanswered goals through Sérgio Algarvio and George Ionită. It was clearly this capitulation which annoyed Marcus so much.

Rab Henderson makes it a debut to remember as he slams home his second goal.

Rab Henderson makes it a debut to remember as he slams home his second goal.

Teenage striker Rab Henderson made a sensational first appearance for the senior side last night following his promotion from the Academy last, netting twice in our 5-1 win over Berber Gunners in Morocco.

Commenting afterwards, Marcus said, “Rab showed just how much of a talented player he is. His first goal was that of a typical goalmouth predator, while his second was simply breathtaking. He tired and faded out of the game late on, but his stamina will build and I think we’ve got ourselves a real talent”.

He continued, “We’ve been keeping an eye on him ever since he burst onto the scene at the Academy and he was quickly earmarked as a player who we would promote. He’s not long turned 17 and he’s only a small lad, but he’s still got a lot of growing and developing to do. Once he fills out, he’ll be quite a handful for any defender”.

While Rab was gaining the plaudits for his debut performance, it was another former Academy player who grabbed the goal headlines; Jake MacConnechy hitting a second half hat-trick to complete the scoring.

On his goals Jake said, “It was one of those nights when everything you tried came off. It was a great team performance though and young Rab played a blinder”.

He added, “Rab’s a real talent, but he seems to have his head screwed on. I was tasked with talking him through the game, but to be honest he didn’t need much guiding. He was just about out on his feet late on, but he kept going, and that took real character. He’ll do very well in the game, of that you can be sure”.

He continued, “We had five Scots in the starting line-up tonight which is a testament to the Gaffer’s philosophy of bringing players through the ranks. That is the way forward for the club”.

Oscar MacVarish fires the ball home to start our fight-back.

Oscar MacVarish fires the ball home to start our fight-back.

Trailing 0-2 to league leaders Carbrain FC at New Home Park, two goals in the final eight minutes rescued an unlikely point for Brook Street this afternoon, and combined with results elsewhere, consigned jabbathehut and kaos c.f to Division IV next season.

The point put us seven points clear of second-bottom jabbathehut with two games remaining, and while we are not out of the woods yet, a play-off position at worst has now been secured and we are at least in sole control of our destiny in the qualifier.

A delighted Marcus said, “I don’t think anyone could have foreseen that result today as nothing seemed to be going our way. We left it late, but we’ve secured the all-important point, so I’m certainly complaining”.

The match was played in front of a new record crowd at the stadium, and Marcus was quick to praise the fans.

“The supporters really got behind the team, especially after we pulled the first goal back, and that really lifted the players at a crucial time. I can’t emphasise just how important that backing was in achieving this result”.

He added, “Now the pressure is off, the players can enjoy the final two matches a bit more than would otherwise have been the case”.

The league leaders had taken the lead in the fourteenth minute through Piotr Grykałowski and doubled the lead eleven minutes later when Tadeu Leiras whipped in a low drive in off the far post.

Brook Street pressed to get back into the game in the second half without joy, and had keeper Ezequiel Alexandrino to thank for keeping us in the game when he tipped a Ben Melker drive over the bar midway through the half.

Abel Soffia had failed to capitalise on a mix-up in the home defence with eleven minutes to go, but Oscar MacVarish finally made the breakthrough three minutes later.

Oscar snatched at a chance with two minutes remaining and blazed the ball over, and as many spectators thought that our last chance had been lost, the Carbrain defence pressed the self-destruct button. Maranaj Batusha was in the right place at the right time to pick up the loose ball before firing it home to complete what had seemed to be the most unlikely of comebacks.

A trip to Bouarfa in north-eastern Morocco awaits the reserves next week as the club are delighted to announce that Ligue III side Berber Gunners have accepted our challenge.

The match will take place at Gunners’ 50,000 capacity Tachraft Park on Wednesday evening with a 18:50 WET kick-off (19:50 BST).

The reserves lost narrowly in Paraguay last night, going down to an extra-time golden goal from F.C. Johnie Walker’s Gerd Worm. The sides had tied 4-4 at full-time with three of the home side’s goals coming from the Belgian striker.

Worm opened the scoring in the ninth minute, slamming the ball home after a fine solo run, but the lead was short-lived as first Brook Street, who had earlier hit the bar, thundered back.

Goals from first, Kenny Corney, then Garabed Palasyan edged us in front, but Gerd Worm equalised just before the half-hour mark, and the sides went into the break deadlocked at 2-2.

After the break, the pace of the game didn’t drop as play raged from end to end.

Eldvinas Šumlinskas, making a rare appearance in the reserves, cracked home a free-kick to fire us into the lead twelve minutes after the break, and Emanuel Bohucký’s cannonball of a drive in sixty-six minutes edged us further ahead.

American weren’t giving up the fight and got right back into the game straight from kick-off, Kasimir Zaaijer netting after some good build-up play.

They had their tails up now and scored the equaliser when that man Worm chipped the ball home in the seventy-sixth minute to complete his hat-trick.

The game settled down somewhat after this with play becoming bogged down in midfield, as both sides seemed content to go to extra-time.

And so the scene was set for Gerd Worm to win the tie with the best goal of the night.

“It was an outstanding match for the neutrals and I’m astonished by how many people were here tonight”, said Marcus at the press conference.

“We’ve had a real workout tonight and although we ultimately lost the match, there are a lot of positives to take from it”.

He continued, “We’re starting to see our younger players shine now and their stamina grows each week. Some such as Emanuel [Bohucký], are already on the fringe of the first team, and that is good for the club”.

“Matches like tonight’s help us immensely in developing our players and it’s good to see them start to fulfil their potential. We’ll always have reversals like tonight’s scoreline when fielding our young players, but that goes with the territory. We’ve got solid foundations to build on and move the club forward. That’s what matters most”.

Onésimo Murube side-foots the ball home to open the scoring and send us on the road to victory against kaos this afternoon.

Onésimo Murube side-foots the ball home to send us on the road to victory against kaos this afternoon.

Brook Street moved closer to securing a play-off place with an excellent 4-2 win away to kaos c.f this afternoon. The win effectively puts us within three points of avoiding automatic relegation.

When interviewed on the pitch at full-time, a clearly delighted Marcus said, “The lads were magnificent today. Our gameplan worked perfectly and we’ve got an invaluable win as a result”.

He continued, “On paper we shouldn’t have taken anything from the game, but yet again this group of players have proved our doubters wrong and secured the victory. A couple of them are bruised, but that won’t take the shine off what is an excellent performance”.

He concluded by saying, “We’ve got some very tough games coming up, but we’ve played ourselves into a great position and now we’ve got to kick on and secure that play-off place”.

Brook Street opened the scoring in the thirty-sixth minute through Onésimo Murube when he knocked home Nemanja Janković’s early cross, and we were two up just before the break when Jake MacConnechy finished off a fine move.

The home side pulled a goal back six minutes after the break through Tas Sztarenki, but Onésimo restored our two-goal advantage three minutes later.

With the game raging from end to end, back came kaos, and substitute Jeremiah Cael finished off a fine move with eleven minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish. However Brook Street were not to be denied, and Daniel Hasnaş put the game beyond doubt with eight minutes left, thundering the ball into the net with an excellent volley.

Daniel Hasnaş knocks home his, and our, second goal of the match.

Daniel Hasnaş knocks home his, and our, second goal of the match.

The reserves lifted our second ever Brook Street Cup with an emphatic 6-2 win over Zwart-geel at New Home Park this morning.

Brook Street effectively killed the match off in the first half, with two Daniel Hasnaş goals and a Fraser Carragher strike had Brook Street three up just after the half-hour mark. Although Atilio Pérez pulled a goal back for the visitors two minutes before the break, Emanuel Bohucký restored our three-goal advantage straight from the re-start to give us a 4-1 lead at half-time.

Kenny Corney made it 5-1 five minutes after the break, and Fraser Carragher got his second of the game three minutes later as it looked increasingly like it could turn into a rout.

Brook Street clearly took the foot off the gas at this point and although Loïc Vandeurzen, who had come on a minute earlier, slammed home the Belgian side’s second goal just after the hour mark, there was never any danger of a comeback.

“The lads were excellent out there this morning, and went about their business in a thoroughly professional manner”, beamed Marcus at full-time.

He continued, “We’ve played very well throughout the competition, and I think we’ve been worth our win. The lads are getting into a real winning mentality, which is good for the club”.

Admitting that there was something of a feel-good factor forming at the club, he said, “We’ve been through the mill a bit this season, but there looks like light at the end of the tunnel, and the general mood around the club seems to be lifting”.

That general improvement in mood became all to clear when he was asked about whether Athletic would be the first to break the hoodoo of the Brook Street Cup and become the first to successfully defend the trophy when he laughed and said, “Let’s not get too carried away here… we’ve got the league title to win first!”

While there was some doubt as to whether this would be the last edition of the Cup to be run, the knock-out format seems to have worked out well, and it has been confirmed this afternoon that Brook Street Cup 11 will take place the season after next.

A spokesman for the club said, “The old format had probably seen its day, so changing to a knockout format could have been a last throw of the dice for the tournament”.

He continued, “It seems to have worked very well however, and I am therefore delighted to confirm that the knockout format will be retained when the Cup returns the season after next for Edition 11”.

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