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SchoriesBrook Street this evening have parted company with long-serving winger Yann Schories who has signed for Polish side Oleśniczka CF in a £210,000 deal.

“It’s a bit of a wrench to let Yann go” said Marcus, “but it would be wrong to keep him here as a back-up player”. He continued, “Yann’s still got a lot of football in him, and I’m sure he’ll do very well with his new club. We all wish him the very best of luck”.

In his twelve seasons at New Home Park, Yann played in a total of 218 matches.

ScotCupLogoBrook Street will travel to the north-east in the First Round of the Scottish Cup after we were paired with The Gothenburg Greats.

“We’ve got our usual ‘bot’ side in the First Round, said Marcus, “so we’ll maybe try something a bit different tactically or formation-wise”.

He added, “It’s more important that we get everyone through the game unscathed. The last thing we want is someone picking up an injury or even suspension before the league season kicks off”.

The match will be played at Gothenburg’s 12,000 capacity Nya Ullevi Stadion next Wednesday with a 10:30 BST kick-off.

Rab Henderson clips home Garabed Palasyan's low cross to complete our 3-0 win over Al Wuffi FC.

Rab Henderson clips home Garabed Palasyan’s low cross to complete our 3-0 win over Al Wuffi FC.

A second half Rab Henderson goal added to Emanuel Bohucký’s two first half set pieces saw Athletic run out 3-0 winners against Al Wuffi at New Home Park this morning.

The Kuwaitis were playing an ultra-defensive 5-5-0 formation and it took Brook Street until the twenty-first minute to make the breakthrough, albeit from the penalty spot with Emanuel sending the keeper the wrong way.

Oleg Zhigalov had rattled the frame of the goal in the twenty-fifth minute, but five minutes later Emanuel made it 2-0 from a free kick that beat the keeper all ends up.

When faced with the opportunity the complete a hat-trick of set pieces after we were awarded another penalty, Emanuel blazed it wildly past the post much to his own disgust.

Brook Street continued to totally dominate in the second half but some fine goalkeeping and poor finishing kept the score unchanged. Rab Henderson finally made it 3-0 with eleven minutes remaining when he turned in a Garabed Palasyan cross.

Emanuel got another chance to complete his hat-trick when we were awarded rather a soft penalty nine minutes from time, but his touch had clearly deserted him and he struck the ball far too close to the keeper who saved easily.

“Typical end of season fare” was how Marcus assessed the performance. “We were a bit leggy and not really firing on all cylinders, but that’s only to be expected. It’s been a hard season and it’s showing”.

Adding, “Al Wuffi played it ultra-defensive which stifles the game, but overall I think we did quite well”. He then joked, “Emanuel will be getting extra penalty practice as part of his preparations for the new season”.

Onésimo Murube powers home a header to make the score 4-0 in this afternoon's League 3 Play-Off against FC Team.

Onésimo Murube powers home a header to make the score 4-0 in this afternoon’s League 3 Play-Off against FC Team.

Brook Street will play in League 3 again next season after seeing off the pretenders of FC Team with an excellent display of attacking football that simply swept the League 4 outfit aside and secured a 5-0 win at New Home Park this afternoon.

The home side took a quarter of an hour to get up to speed, but from then on it was simply a rearguard action for the visitors.

With seventeen minutes played, Brook Street were awarded a penalty when Onésimo Murube was up-ended in the box, giving referee Dave Schmidbauer one of the easiest decisions of the afternoon. Jake MacConnechy made no mistake and we were on the road to safety.

Ten minutes later and it was almost 2-0, but for a breathtaking save by Team keeper Giocondo Fallea denied Onésimo Murube. The duel between these two players was to become a feature of the game, but ultimately it was the Spaniard who would prevail.

Fallea however was left helpless nine minutes before the break as Onésimo burst through the visitors’ defence and planted the ball into the net to put us 2-0 up.

This gave us breathing space, and we could now pick off Team at will.

Maranaj Batusha fired in our third goal seven minutes after the break and everything was going our way, but we were to receive a setback three minutes later when Jake MacConnechy was ordered off for a second bookable offence.

Going down to ten men however didn’t seem to hinder the New Home Park side at all, and indeed they increased their lead further in the sixty-eighth minute when Onésimo Murube powered a header home.

Brook Street still weren’t finished however, and with fourteen minutes still to play, Andy Harte rounded the keeper to score our final goal, and wipe out any threat of a grandstand finish by the visitors.

At full time Marcus joined the players on the pitch to take the accolade of the fans.

“The lads were outstanding today. We took the game by the scruff of the neck early on and as soon as we got the first goal, the writing was on the wall”, shouted a clearly delighted Marcus above the din of the cheering fans.

“Now we can look to start building for the new campaign, but tonight we celebrate!” he concluded before joining the players.

Elsewhere, Carbrain won their qualifier but FC BARCELONA lost the League 2 play-off to leave the league unchanged other than the teams promoting from League 4.

The club have confirmed this morning that the reserves will round off the season with another friendly at New Home Park next Wednesday when Kuwait Division IV side Al Wuffi FC visit.

“The match was fixed up very quickly this morning”, admitted Media Director Kyle Fair, “and the speed of it took us a bit by surprise. We were expecting to have to wait until later in the day or even into tomorrow before we got a match arranged, so to have it tied up by 08:10 this morning a real relief”.

The side from Hawalli finished in second place in their league, two pints behind winners 11 Diamonds and seem to be training defence in their friendlies.

“Breaking them down will give our midfield and front line a real test”, said Kyle.

The match kicks off at 10:30 BST on Wednesday morning.

A Fraser Carragher strike five minutes before the break was enough to give Brook Street’s reserves a 1-0 win over a very strong Siagon Raiders side at New Home Park this morning.

“The lads did exceptionally well against what was a very good side”, said Marcus. “We should probably have won by more, but it was a pleasing performance and we played some good football”.

He continued, “Young Lloyd Stephen came on at half-time and put in a very good performance. If he keeps that up, he’ll have a great future in the game”.

The coach was also relieved that the players had come through the match unscathed.

“With a huge game coming up at the weekend, it was important to get everyone through without picking up any knocks. We’ve managed that, and with the exception Ville and myself, we’ve got a full squad to choose from”.

He finished by saying, “Now we’ll start preparing in full for the play-off”.

Nemanja and Yann congratulate Paul O'Healihy following the Irishman's penalty opener for Brook Street.

Nemanja and Yann congratulate Paul O’Healihy following the Irishman’s penalty opener for Brook Street.

On a day of high drama and excitement, Brook Street managed to avoid defeat at the hands of Much Rucking In The Marsh to set up a play-off match against FC Team at New Home Park next weekend. The result however saw the Fife side relegated to League IV.39.

Nothing is ever straightforward when Brook Street are concerned, and so it was this afternoon as the fans were kept on the edge of their seats as a 2-0 lead was thrown away which made for an extremely nervy last twenty-five minutes.

The relief of the home fans was clear for all to see at full-time, however it was a different story in the away end as the final whistle was greeted by stunned silence.

They had travelled in large numbers and had come within a whisker of pulling off the great escape, but it was not to be and now they will have to face life in League IV next season.

Paul O’Healihy had opened the scoring in the eighth minute in controversial circumstances, the referee having adjudged a Rucking defender to have hauled Onésimo Murube back in the box. Paul was a model of composure however, slamming the ball into the net.

Half an hour in and Brook Street had breathing space; Germán Olmos Ribas deftly back-heeling the ball home after a melee in the Rucking six-yard box.

However the two-goal advantage wasn’t to last long as Rucking’s Genman striker Guenter Stainl pulled a goal back two minutes later.

Brook Street went into the break with the 2-1 advantage, but this was cancelled out in the sixty-sixth minute when coach Giorgio Giannantonio headed home the equaliser.

From then on the game became bogged down in a midfield stalemate which suited Brook Street and sealed Much Rucking’s fate.

On the pitch at full time, Marcus said “Conceding the goal so soon after going 2-0 up was a real turning point. We were hanging on for a bit, but they had to chase the game, and that’s something that we were never going to allow”.

He continued saying, “The fans were our twelfth man for sure. The backing we received was outstanding, and the fact that we’ve got a play-off here next weekend is as much down to them as the players.

That play-off will see us hosting FC Team, the team from the Borders having won Division IV.55.

“We naturally don’t know much about them as we’ve never faced each other before” admitted Marcus, “but we’ll study them over the week and form our gameplan from that”.

793416Brook Street Athletic are delighted to announce that Trinidad and Tobago Division II side Siagon Raiders will visit New Home Park next week for an international friendly.

The side from Tobago are on a nine game unbeaten run, but remarkably are resigned to another season in Division II.4 as Jokeymen FC have already wrapped up the title.

“We’re delighted to get the opportunity to face a team of this calibre”, said Media Manager Kyle Fair, “regardless of how it came about. We would especially like to thank Naquadah for arranging this fixture”

Matt Cocker stoops to power home a diving header to wrap up the scoring this morning.

Matt Cocker stoops to power home a diving header to wrap up the scoring this morning.

Four goals in each half gave Brook Street an 8-0 win in this morning’s friendly match at New Home Park against Mozambican visitors F.C Genghis Khan.

Both Onésimo Murube and Matt Cocker hit braces with our other goals coming from an Emanuel Bohucký penalty, Phil Mullally, Yann Schories and Kenny Corney.

“We were very clinical out there today and I think the scoreline accurately reflected our dominance”, claimed Marcus at full-time.

The coach expressed his pleasure at the performances of a number of players but singled out Matt Cocker who yet again found the way to the net.

“Matt showed exactly what he can do today, and his second goal was outstanding. The lad’s got a big future ahead of him if he plays his cards right”.

The coach however was relieved to get his players through the match unscathed given the side’s injury list.

“Fortunately we didn’t pick up any more injuries, so that was a relief and it sets us up nicely for the weekend”. He added, “It’s always a risk of picking up knocks in these matches, but fortunately we’ve got away without any”.

“We’re already down a couple of players and we certainly didn’t need any more ahead of Saturday’s game. We can now start preparing for the match with a fair idea of the starting line-up”.

Jake MacConnechy watches on as his 73rd minute strike powers into the net.

Jake MacConnechy watches on as his 73rd minute
strike powers into the net.

Brook Street go into the final week of the season knowing exactly what is required of them; our 2-2 draw away to sooside this afternoon means that a draw next week with Much Rucking is all that is required to secure us a play-off place whilst sending the Fife side down.

“It’s pretty much cut and dried”, claimed Marcus at the post-match press conference. “As long as we avoid defeat, we’ll be in the play-offs”.

The coach however bemoaned his team’s profligacy in front of goal, which included a missed penalty.

“We threw away two points today, and fortunately given Much Rucking’s result, it’s not adversely affected us. However we cannot and must not be so wasteful in front of goal. We’re playing a very risky game if we do”.

He added, “We know exactly what we have to do next weekend. We’ll be looking to score, but we’ve got to keep things tight at the back. Much Rucking don’t score many goals, but they don’t concede many either so it’s bound to be a tight game. We’ve just got to hold our nerve both on and off the park”.

Brook Street became the first and only side to take points off sooside in Glasgow this season and we opened the scoring five minutes before the break when Nemanja Janković pounced to capitalise on the havoc created in the home side’s penalty box by Jake MacConnechy’s free-kick.

Three minutes into the second half, Jake passed-up a gilt-edged chance to put Brook Street two up from the penalty spot by blazing his spot kick well wide.

This miss was to prove costly as the home side levelled midway through the half though Tommi Hekkala, however Jake redeemed himself in seventy-three minutes when he converted Abel Soffia’s pass from the left to edge us back in front.

But the lead was short-lived, all of three minutes to be precise before Xacobe León Rodrigo knocked in the equaliser to ensure a share of the spoils.

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