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Eyüphan Toga fires in our fourth goal of the game and final goal of the season.

Eyüphan Toga fires in our fourth goal of the game and final goal of the season.

Two goals either side of half time saw Brook Street ease to a comfortable 4-0 win away to -*FC BARCELONA*- this afternoon, and finish the league campaign on a high.

Emanuel Bohucký hit a first half brace, one from the penalty spot, and second half strikes from Oleg Zhigalov and Eyüphan Toga saw the New Home Park side finish the season in fourth place, some six points clear of fifth place Vines Cross.

“Mission accomplished”, was Marcus Lövman’s assessment at full-time. “We gave the players the target of a top four finish, and that is exactly what they’ve achieved”.

However, he continued, “While we have secured our objective, I have a sense of disappointment and think ‘what could have been’.

“We dropped some rediculous points this season and should have attained much more than the twenty-six points we did. That said, we can’t do anything about it now, and we’ll start our preparations for next season”.

That preparation seems to be starting in earnest tonight with news that teenage wing-back Jamil Feghali has left the club to join Spanish Liga IX outfit zco for what has been described as a nominal fee.

“Jamil wasn’t progressing as we’d hoped”, admitted Marcus, “and with good home-grown players in the pipeline at the Academy, it didn’t make sense to keep him on the books. However, he leaves with our best wishes, and we wish him luck with his new club”.

In his short time with the club, he made three competitive appearances in this season’s Scottish Cup, scoring one goal in the process.

For the second successive week, the reserves were taken to extra-time, but this time they crashed to defeat, going down 3-1 this afternoon to Dharamsala Looneys in Montenegro.

Lloyd Stephen had pounced on a loose ball to open the scoring against the run of play in the twenty-eighth minute, and the visitors maintained their lead until thirteen minutes from time when Mirko Žiganto burst through to fire in the equaliser.

However, Brook Street had no reply to their hosts in extra time as goals from Milan Rakočević and Lorenzo Regine saw Looneys run out comfortable winners.

“I don’t think we’ve any grounds for complaint” admitted Marcus afterwards. “We didn’t play very well and Looneys adapted to the conditions far better than we did. Over the piece, they probably merited their win”.

On the injury to Andrew Oswald he added, “It’s not that bad and he should be ok for next week. He took a rap on the shins, but there doesn’t appear to be any other damage”.

He ended by saying, “I was hoping to give some of the younger players a run out in our final game of the season, but now I’m not sure if they’re ready”.

Ezequiel Alexandrinho is powerless to prevent Carbrain's Alexey Pivtorak from scoring the second goal.

Ezequiel Alexandrinho is powerless to prevent Carbrain’s Alexey Pivtorak from scoring the second goal.

Brook Street stuttered to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Carbrain FC at New home Park this afternoon. “We were second to everything”, admitted coach Marcus Lövman afterwards. “Carbrain were far more hungry for the win, and we got exactly what we deserved from the game”.

He continued, “Too many of our players thought that with at least fourth place secured, the season was over and that the job was done. They couldn’t be more wrong”

He then hinted of wholesale changes for the final match of the season next weekend by saying, “I’ve been patient with some players, but that patience is running thin. This club has to move forward and perhaps it is the time to give youth its chance”.

Finally, in a thinly veiled threat to his under-performing players he concluded, “I want players who will put in a proper shift for the club. They are paid good money, but there is no place for passengers. It may be that it is time for some players to move on”.

Whether this threat will have the desired result remains to be seen, however it may well be that some players’ days at the club may be numbered.

The reserves were made to fight all the way but ultimately prevailed in extra time, winning the friendly against The Iraqi Pirats 5-3.

Jake MacConnechy had netted a hat-trick in regulation time, but it took goals from Krsto Grubić and Andrew Cleary to see us through.

On the coach back to the airport, Marcus commented, “They forced the game from the first whistle, and I think we were a bit fortunate to take it to extra-time”.

“That said, we were thoroughly professional, and our fitness paid off in the extra half hour”. He continued, “Pirats deserve a lot of credit though. They had us on the ropes for a while and can consider themselves unlucky not to get a win”.

“My boys stuck to their task though, and kept playing away as we’d told them. That paid dividends for us in the end”.

After a season of long-haul friendlies, the club are pleased to announce that next week the reserves make the relatively short trip to Montenegro to face Third League side Dharamsala Looneys.

Dharamsala are currently sitting in fourth place in their league, but are currently on a four game unbeaten run.

“We look quite similar, so I think this will be a very interesting game”, said Marcus this afternoon. “I don’t think there will be much between us”.

The match is pencilled-in for next Wednesday at Dharamsala’s 43,840 capacity Kantina Duja Paškvalina, with an 1155 CET kick-off. This will be confirmed in the next few days.

Thanks once again go to demare for making the match possible.

Leoš Loos just fails to make contact with Fraser Carragher's cross against Airth Castle.

Leoš Loos just fails to make contact with Fraser Carragher’s cross against Airth Castle.

Brook Street were edged out 3-2 against Airth Castle Rovers at The Turret this afternoon. First half goals from Darren Urquhart and Moreno Lindenberg had us chasing the game.

Although after the break, we netted goals from Germán Olmos Ribas and Emanuel Bohucký, either side of Darren Urquhart’s second goal for the home side, we couldn’t find an equaliser and fell two points off the pace as a result.

“We simply can’t give sides a two-goal start and expect to take anything from the game”, bemoaned Marcus at full-time. “I thought we’d seen the last of this, but it’s made an unwelcome reappearance today”.

“Rovers are a very good side, so having a first half like that was handing the game to them on the plate. They were in command for much of the game, which is even more disappointing, and we probably took what we deserved out of the game”.

He continued, “Now we’re at the sharp end of the season, and we cannot afford to make slip-ups like todays. Ok, were safe from relegation, but we should be looking up the way, not down. That’s what annoys me the most about this performance”.

The club have announced this evening that the reserves will travel to Mosul, Iraq next week for a friendly against Iraq Division IV.14 leaders The Iraqi Pirats. The match takes place next Wednesday

Furthermore, in Week 15 of the season, we will travel to Dubai for a match against Sport NEC e Benfica of the UAE Fourth Division, more details of which will follow.

“We’re delighted to get two matches fixed up, with the one in Dubai coming totally out of the blue tonight”, said Kyle Fair.

“Both games are against sides doing well in their leagues, so they’ll give the reserves the kind of games Marcus has been looking for”.

The reserves continued their outstanding unbeaten run this season with a 4-1 home win over Angolan side Tarrachinha F.C. at New Home Park this morning.

Matt Cocker opened the scoring with a fine solo effort after a quarter of an hour and Garabed Palasyan doubled the lead with twenty-two minutes played.

Raul Alexandre Simões pulled a goal back three minutes later as the visitors tried to pull the game back, but two yellow cards for Carlos Bizarra put paid to that.

Andrew Cleary fired in our third goal in the sixty-eighth minute and Matt Cocker rounded off the scoring with his second of the game three minutes later.

Afterwards, Marcus said, “We were thoroughly professional this morning. The lads did everything asked of them and were well worthy of the win against a very good side”. He continued, “Sure the sending off was important, but I think we had a lot left in the tank to get the win”.

When asked about the injury to Phil Mullally, he said, “It’s not too bad. It looked a nasty one, but Phil’s a tough lad and I’m sure he’ll be back for next week.

Leoš Loos can't believe his luck as his shot hits the side netting.

Leoš Loos can’t believe his luck as his shot hits the side netting.

Brook Street and Vines Cross fought each other to a standstill in the mud at New Home Park this afternoon, both sides having to settle for a 0-0 draw.

“Both defences were well on top, and I think we lacked the guile to make the breakthrough”, admitted Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman at the post-match press conference.

“That said, we earned a good point”, he added, saying “Vines are a good side and I believe in a false position. It was a cast-iron certainty that there wouldn’t be much between the sides, and so it has panned out”.

He concluded, “It was important game for both sides, and I think the fear of losing had a lot to do with the way the match played out. The conditions certainly didn’t help, but I think we’re probably both happy with a point”.

Brook Street are delighted to confirm that our friendly match against Angolan Third Division side Tarrachinha F.C. will take place at New Home Park on Wednesday with a 10:30 kick-off.

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