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Brook Street stormed to their biggest league win of the season at New Home Park this afternoon in which they dispatched FC Barcelona 4-0 with goals from Paul O’Healihy, Andy Harte and a second half brace from Oscar MacVarish.

Clearly delighted with the result, coach Marcus Lövman said “The lads were absolutely superb out there today. There’s been a fair amount of upheaval around the club this week, but they didn’t let that distract them from the job in hand and they’ve put in what I consider to be their best performance of the season today”.

The coach was however disappointed by the crowd of only just over 40,000 who turned up today.

“I would have thought the fixture would have attracted a much bigger crowd than this, so obviously we’re disappointed with it. All we can do is keep putting in performances like today’s and hopefully the word will get round again that we’re worth seeing”.

Turning back to the match he added, “I thought we were denied another stonewall penalty today, but fortunately it wasn’t costly for us. We hit them with two fast goals just before the break and that sealed the game for us. Oscar’s two goals in the second half were the icing on the cake”.

The win will see Brook Street go into the second half of the season in fourth place, just three points off the lead.

“We’re also just three points off second bottom, so there’s no room for complacency”, cautioned Marcus. “We’re also now top scorers in the division, but up until now our defence has been conceding too many goals and that is something which been letting us down”.

“We went along way to improving our goal difference today, and the clean sheet was a real bonus. We played the formation a little differently today and the lads totally nullified our visitors’ attack. More of that in the second half of the season will see us safe for sure”.

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In a surprise move this evening, Brook Street sold striker Andy Hunter to Czech Liga VII side FC Kujavy for a fee in the region of £34,000.

Speaking of the move Marcus said “Andy hasn’t progressed as we had hoped so it was felt that it was best for all parties if he moved on”.

He continued, “It’s always disappointing when this happens, but it’s part and parcel of the game. Regardless, we wish him well in the Czech Republic”.

2023051The club are delighted to announce that new Saudi Arabian side Al-lioli visit New Home Park on Wednesday for our first home international friendly match of the season.

The side from Tabuk in the north west of the country are currently on a two-game unbeaten run and sit in second place in Saudi Fourth Division 9 on goal difference.

Kick-off on Wednesday is at the usual time of 1030 BST.

As part of the restructuring of the side, Brook Street this evening parted company with long-serving defender Eldvinas Šumlinskas who has joined German Liga VI side FC Annastraße in a £107,000 deal.

“Eldvinas has been an outstanding servant of this club and will undoubtedly be missed”, admitted Marcus who added. “It was one of the hardest decisions of my career to let him go, but both of us know it is the right decision”.

He continued, “I know that he will do very well with his new club. He’s one of the finest professionals I’ve had the privilege to work with, and I can genuinely say that I am sorry to see him go”.

“We all wish him the best of luck with his new club”.

First half goals from Rab Henderson and Phil Mullally were added to after the break by two goals from Matt Cocker as the reserves ran out 4-0 winners over IFK Tórshavn in the Faroes this afternoon.

“We played a very young side, and they’ve come up trumps”, said Marcus at full-time. He continued, “The youngsters seized the initiative and this bodes well for the future”.

“As we re-build the team youth is going to get its chance and it’s important that they gain the experience from matches such as this”. He added, “We’ll have erratic results, but that’s only to be expected. The important thing is that they get match time”.

Abel Soffia slams home our equaliser, but parity would last less than a minute.

Abel Soffia slams home our equaliser, but parity would last less than a minute.

The Brook Street players were locked in the dressing room for over an hour following this afternoon’s 1-2 home defeat by Vines Cross as coach Marcus Lövman vented his fury at this latest home reversal.

The players were left in no doubt that performances such as today’s are completely unacceptable. Speaking later Marcus said, “I have told the players that if they think that today’s performance was worthy of a pay packet then they are sadly mistaken. More performances like that in the second half of the season will see us back in Division IV and I told them that the high earners will be the first to be axed if savings have to be made”.

He continued, “I laid it on the line to them. If they don’t get their act together, they could well find themselves looking for new employers. Today’s performance was not worthy of the shirt they were wearing, and if they thought it was then they could just go now”.

The coach’s fury was plain to see, and rightly so. “Yet again we dominated midfield yet did nothing with it” he fumed. “Even when we generated chances, the ball ended up in the crowd”,

He concluded by saying, “Normally the players would have Sunday off, but rest assured they’ll be in tomorrow”.

Torshavn IFKThe reserves will hit the road again next week making the comparatively short trip north to the Faroe Islands to face IFK Tórshavn in their latest international friendly.

“Although IFK are a new team they are going very well in their league”, said Marcus. “Hopefully it’ll be a good game and there will be a decent turnout of spectators.

The match at IFK’s Stjørna Sandur ground kicks off at 1545 BST on Wednesday.

Rab Henderson coolly slots the ball home to score our fifth goal of this afternoon's game.

Rab Henderson coolly slots the ball home to score our fifth goal of this afternoon’s game.

In their first friendly outing of the season, the reserves recorded a fine 6-0 win against The Clogs Carriers in Lebanon this evening.

The match was effectively over by half-time as Brook Street had raced to a 4-0 lead courtesy of goals from Emanuel Bohucký (2), Andy Hunter and Zsolt Baboss, and these were added to in the second by Rab Henderson and Garabed Palasyan.

“The lads were impressive for sure”, admitted Marcus who added, “They’ve had to wait their chance during our extended cup run, but they played with passion; a real desire to win”.

The coach continued, “That is exactly what we want; we want competition in every position. They all know that if they are good enough then they’ll get their chance in the first team, and this is driving them on”.

“We saw evidence of that here today, and it bodes well for the future of our club”.

Maranaj Batusha fires us into the lead with a superb strike from the right.

Maranaj Batusha fires us into the lead with a superb strike from the right.

Brook Street got back to winning ways this afternoon with a terrific 3-2 away win against Carbrain FC.

The home side had taken the lead through Tadeu Leiras in the eighteenth minute, but two goals in the space of a minute from Jake MacConnechy and Maranaj Batusha around five minutes before half-time put us ahead at the break.

Czech striker Leoš Loos was making his debut for Brook Street and it was from his knock-down that Onésimo Murube fired in our third goal.

Tadeu Leiras pulled a goal back for the home side in the sixty-fourth minute, but it was ultimately to prove only a consolation, and indeed Brook Street could have added to their lead in seventy-one minutes but for some splendid goalkeeping from Nicola Magnoni who got a fingertip to Leoš Loos’ shot.

Obviously delighted with the result, Marcus said at full-time, “The lads were magnificent out there this afternoon; a real team effort. We took more of our chances, which is something we’ve been working on, so that was particularly pleasing”.

He continued, “It was a hard game for us, but after two successive defeats it was the perfect one for us to get back on track. We’ve taken that opportunity, and we can now go into two successive home league matches with renewed confidence’

Asked on how he rated Leoš Loos’ debut, the coach said, *I thought Leoš was outstanding. He’s not even trained with the rest of the team, but he still managed to link up well with the rest of the team. That’s a real sign of quality, and I’m even more convinced we’ve signed a truly outstanding player.

Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of 24 year-old Czech striker Leoš Loos who has joined us from Dutch Divisie VI side Green-White United for a fee of just over £2 million.

Speaking of the new signing, Marcus said “Leoš is a big lad and is a proven goalscorer. We faced a bit of competition for his signature, so I’m absolutely delighted to have him here”.

He continued, “I think we’ve been a bit light up front since Daniel Hasnaş left, and we’ve needed an experienced striker to partner Onésimo. Leoš will certainly do that, and I think that we now have a very potent front line”.

Marcus confirmed that the new signing will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s match at Carbrain saying, “When you’ve got a player like him in your squad, you don’t leave him in the stand. He’s been playing regularly, so there’s no problem with his fitness and his inclusion is an easy decision to make”.

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