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CorneyAs anticipated, Kenny Corney this morning completed a £192,000 move to Iranian League Division 6 side seven group. Having failed to establish himself in the first team, coach Marcus Lövman said, “Kenny was moving down the pecking order instead of up, so it made sense to move him on”.

He continued, “We’ve brought in a few younger defenders, and there are a number coming through at the Academy, so if they all progress as we anticipate, Kenny’s opportunities would undoubtedly become even more limited. It didn’t make any sense in keeping him playing in the reserves and so we decided together that it would benefit all parties if he found a new club.

Of the move itself, Marcus said, “A bit of a bidding battle broke out so we’ve ended up with a much bigger fee than we had expected. Kenny’s got a new club and a fresh start, and we’ve got a big cheque for the Academy. Everyone’s a winner really”.

He finished by wishing Kenny good luck in Iran saying, “I’m sure Kenny will do well with seven group. They’re a young club and having won promotion in their first season, they’ll need to strengthen. Kenny fits the bill there and I’m sure he will be a hit. We all wish him the very best of luck with his new club”.

Kenny’s Brook Street record since promoting from the Academy was:

Appearances (Goals)

League

Cup

Friendlies

1 (0)

10 (0)

47 (18)

Playing to the cameras... Zsolt Baboss celebrates his strike which doubled our lead.

Playing to the cameras… Zsolt Baboss celebrates his strike which doubled our lead.

Brook Street made a winning start to the new league campaign with a 2-0 win over -*FC BARCELONA*- at New Home Park this afternoon, with goals coming from the unlikely sources of Andy Harte and Zsolt Baboss either side of half-time.

Indeed, the winning margin could have been greater had it not been for some wild finishing and inspired goalkeeping from Barca’s keeper Kristóf Fazekas.

“Leoš was really unlucky with his effort that rattled the bar”, admitted Marcus. “He slipped on the wet surface as he fired the ball in, and it raised the ball higher than it would have been otherwise. That was enough to lift it onto the bar and out”.

The coach however was pleased with the display despite the atrocious conditions.

“It made the game a bit of a lottery at times, but I feel we adapted to the conditions very well and got the win I think we deserved. It was good to see our goals coming from our defenders, and shows that we are a threat all over the park”.

When asked about the extent of the injury sustained by Zsolt Baboss, the coach said, “It’s not looking good to be honest, and initially it looks as if he’ll be sidelined for around two or three weeks”.

The coach also confirmed that the injury would not see Kenny Corney’s proposed transfer put on ice. “No, if we get the right offer, Kenny will still move on. Zsolt’s injury won’t change that”.

Elsewhere, there was a real baptism of fire for relegated Edinburgh-KSZO who were mauled 8-0 at home by Vines Cross. The other two new sides, Kessler’s Eleven and Mercy Rovers met at Kessler’s Villiers Park and it was the home side who came out on top there, running out 4-2 winners. In the final game, it looks like it might be another difficult season for Carbrain FC as they crashed to a 6-2 defeat away to Airth Castle Rovers.

Next week’s fixtures see us travel to Cumbernauld to face Carbrain; -*FC BARCELONA*- host Edinburgh-KSZO in the Borders derby; Kessler’s Eleven travel to face early leaders Vines Cross, and it’s the “Battle of the Rovers” as Mercy host Airth Castle.

Brian Burwick makes it a debut to remember; scoring his first goal for the seniors.

Brian Burwick makes it a debut to remember; scoring his first goal for the seniors.

A trip to Argyll awaits Brook Street in next week’s Hattrick Scottish Cup Second Round after this afternoon’s draw paired us with League 5 side Hebrides United.

Earlier, Brook Street had swept aside thedon in the First Round with Matt Cocker netting four of our eight goals. Germán Olmos Ribas netted twice with our other goals coming from Phil Mullally and, on his debut, Brian Burwick.

The edge was taken off the win however by Garabed Palasyan’s ordering off for two yellow cards.

“He was absolutely stupid for talking back”, said Marcus. “Yes, the referee made the wrong decision, but giving him an earful for it was only going to end one way”.

He continued, “I expect my captain to lead by example. This kind of example is not acceptable to me, and I’ve let Garabed know this in no uncertain terms”.

On the positive side, Marcus was full of praise for the goalscorers.

“Matt really stepped up to the plate this morning and put in an excellent performance; Germán was easily the best player on the park; and Brian [Burwick] getting a goal on his debut will do his confidence no harm at all”.

Looking forward to next week’s match, Marcus said, “They’ve just completed their second season since formation and seem to be playing 2-5-3 at the moment, so as far as that goes we’ll have a fairly good idea of what we’ll face”.

Before that though, we open the league campaign with a home match against -*FC BARCELONA*- on Saturday.

The reserves wrapped up their season with an emphatic 9-1 win over Palestinian side Peace Patrol FC in Gaza this afternoon. On his comeback from injury, Leoš Loos hit four and there were doubles for Emanuel Bohucký and Matt Cocker. Rab Henderson netted our other goal.

Also making a surprise debut at wing-back was Palestinian teenager Jamil Feghali who signed from Honduran side Calcio Storico Club late last night.

Marcus was pleased with the performance and result saying, “It took us a while to click into gear, but once we hit the opening goal there was no holding us back”.

On his new signing, he said, “Jamil did well all things considered. He’d never met the team beforehand, and his fitness needs worked on, but he’s one for the future and showed composure. I think he’ll do well with us”.

There won’t be much of a let-up for the players though as the first round of the Scottish Cup takes place in a week’s time and in the draw at lunchtime today, we were paired with Division 5 side, thedon.

“We’ll be massive favourites for the game”, admitted Marcus, “but we’re playing at their ground, so we shouldn’t underestimate them”.

Kick-off on Christmas Day is at 10:30.

The club are delighted to announce that the reserves will travel to Palestine next week for our final friendly match this season.

The match against Peace Patrol FC in Gaza will take place on Wednesday with kick-off scheduled for 17:15 EET (15:15 GMT).

Our thanks go to our friend Christophe for making this match possible.

In their penultimate friendly of the season, Brook Street’s reserves proved to be far too strong for their Mongolian visitors, running out 8-1 winners against Supreme Genghis Khan at New Home Park this morning.

Lloyd Stephen bagged himself a hat-trick, with our other goals coming from Maranaj Batusha, Garabed Palasyan, Phil Mullally, Zsolt Baboss and Marcus Lövman.

Marcus was happy with the performance but this was tempered by Fraser Carragher’s injury after only seven minutes that will see him sidelined for at least four weeks.

“Fraser’s torn a ligament and he’s likely to be out for a while”, admitted the coach. “It’s still a bad one, but at least it’s not nearly as bad as we initially feared”.

Marcus continued, “It’s perhaps fortunate that we’re going into the close season, so he’ll at least have that in which to mend, but even so he’ll miss the start of next season that’s for sure”.

Fraser’s injury aside, it was a good day for the New Home Park side. “The lads put in a good shift, and there were some very good performances out there”, said Marcus. “Our midfield were excellent once again, there were good performances all over the park”.

The coach singled out Germán Olmos Ribas for special praise saying, “Germán was quite excellent out there again. He’s a real unsung hero in the side, and I will be expecting him to challenge for a consistent starting place in the first team next season”.

Marcus continued, “He’s been a fringe player up until now, but I am challenging him to become a regular starter in the first team from now on. He’s got the ability, so now it’s up to him”.

He concluded by saying, “The same goes for every player. No-one is here simply to make up the numbers. I want the reserves to keep the pressure on the first team players for their places. Competition is good for the team, as has clearly been demonstrated this season”.

The reserves conclude their programme next week although the venue and opposition are still to be confirmed.

Oleg Zhigalov rises unchallenged to power in our equaliser this evening.

Oleg Zhigalov rises unchallenged to power in our equaliser this evening.

Brook Street brought the curtain down on the current league campaign with a fine 3-1 win over Carbrain FC in front of New Home Park’s first full house since the stadium capacity was increased two seasons ago.

“It was fantastic to see the stadium full”, admitted Marcus, “and it really gave the players a lift. It also shows we’re moving in the right direction and hopefully the additional fans will come back regularly next season and beyond”.

He continued, “We’ve finished in third place when many were tipping us for relegation, and were the second highest goal scorers in the league. That’s no mean feat in what is a very tight division”.

The game itself, Brook Street’s four hundred and twentieth competitive match since the club was formed, saw the visitors seize the early initiative by netting the opener in the nineteenth minute through Tadeu Leiras.

The lead didn’t last long though, and the home support were on their feet just two minutes later when Oleg Zhigalov powered home a header to tie the game.

With the game tied at half-time, Brook Street really upped their game in the second half, and within two minutes of the restart, Jake MacConnechy thundered the ball off the visitors’ crossbar.

Although Carbrain were still a significant threat coming forward they remained vulnerable at the back, and with Brook Street piling on the pressure, it was only inevitable that the visitors’ defence would buckle sooner or later. So it came as no real surprise when Onésimo Murube stormed through and fired home in the seventy-first minute to put Brook Street ahead.

Brook Street were pressing the game now, and with nine minutes left Oscar MacVarish forced an error from the Carbrain defenders which left their keeper stuck in no-man’s land. He never stood a chance as Oscar coolly rounded him and passed the ball into the empty net to kill off any lingering hopes of a comeback.

The win saw Brook Street finish the season with twenty-seven points, our highest ever haul in this division.

Matt Cocker attempts to break through against E.S.Sayada this morning.

Matt Cocker attempts to break through against E.S.Sayada this morning.

The reserves eased to a comfortable 5-0 win over their E.S.Sayada counterparts in this morning’s friendly match at New Home Park in front of an impressive 5,867 crowd.

First half goals from Fraser Carragher and Kenny Corney were added to after the break by strikes from Lloyd Stephen, Phil Mullally and Germán Olmos Ribas.

Marcus stated briefly at full-time that he was “pleased with the work rate that we put in”. He added, “We used the space well and our passing was first rate. Our play was intelligent and the results were there for everyone to see. What’s really pleasing though was that three of our goals came from home-grown players”.

Ahead of this morning’s kick-off the club has confirmed that next week’s friendly match will see us play host to Mongolian Lig III side Supreme Genghis Khan next Wednesday morning.

The side from Khentii aimag in the east of the country will finish the season no lower than fourth place in their division, despite suffering some heavy defeats over the past few weekends.

“They’re a real unknown quantity”, admitted Kyle Fair making the announcement. “We know they’ve got a lot of young players in their ranks, so there’s unpredictability for a start”.

He added, “Looking to the match itself, it will be played at New Home Park next Wednesday with kick-off at 10:30 GMT, and I think everyone will agree it’s a fantastic game to bring the curtain down on the season”.

Everyone at Brook Street Athletic would once again like to thank our friend, LM_– for making this match possible.

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