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Garabed Palasyan in action against McStonehenge this morning.

Garabed Palasyan in action against McStonehenge this morning.

Brook Street made their now customary Scottish Cup Third Round exit this morning, crashing to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of League IV side Mc Stonehenge.

What annoyed the coach more than the defeat itself was the manner of it.

“They fielded a very strong side, so we were probably up against it from the start, however we didn’t trouble their goal at all, and that isn’t good enough”, he fumed. “We simply lacked the guile to find a way through, and I expected more from my players. We were outplayed as well as outthought and that is particularly disappointing, but I thought we could have competed more, despite being up against a good side”.

First half strikes from Gergely Kapus, Edwin Gonzalez and Thanos Potiroulis left Brook Street with a mountain to climb after the break, but Ionut Cucu delivered the coup de grâce just after the hour mark.

“Good luck to Mc Stonehenge in the Fourth Round though”, Marcus added. “They looked a very good team and could well get through a couple more rounds”.

However, it’s back to International Friendlies for Brook Street next week, but before that the coach will have to pick up his beleaguered players ahead of Saturday’s league visit of Kessler’s Eleven.

ScotCupBrook Street head for the Western Isles on Scottish Cup duty tomorrow, looking to put Saturday’s disappointing league result behind them.

“It’s an early opportunity to kick on and get that result out of our system”, said Marcus this morning. “It certainly won’t be an easy game, and facing a side on their own windswept pitch poses its own problems, but we’re all looking forward to the match”.

He continued, “They seem to be investing heavily in their team at the moment, and a number of new players have come in. In light of this, we’re not sure what team we’ll face, but we must be prepared for all eventualities”.

“They’ve had a win and a draw in the league so far, but they had a big win at home at the weekend so they’re bound to be on a high. Given our result they might fancy their chances, especially on their own ground, so that’s something we’ve got to be wary of”, he added.

Abel Soffia comes back into contention following suspension, but Phil Mullally misses out following his injury last week. However, Marcus revealed there is encouraging news regarding the midfielder.

“Phil has responded really well to treatment and the doctor reckons he could be back as early as next week”, the coach said. “This is a big bonus for us as we expected him to be missing for a good deal longer”.

The match kicks off at McStonehenge Arena at 10:30 BST tomorrow.

Andy Harte rises unchallenged to head home our consolation goal.

Andy Harte rises unchallenged to head home our consolation goal.

Brook Street suffered their biggest home league defeat in six seasons this afternoon, which left us second bottom of the division ahead of Real Forfar on goal difference and still without any points on the board.

Home fans were streaming out of the ground long before the final whistle and the performance was greeted by boo’s and cat-calls at full-time by those willing to endure the full ninety minutes.

When faced with the criticism, the coach shrugged it off saying, “The fans pay their money, and have every right to be critical. If I’d paid to get in today, I’d certainly have left before full-time”.

He added, “Criticism is part and parcel of the job. Everyone is happy to take the plaudits when things go right, so on the flip side you’ve got to take the flak when it arises. We’re hurting just as much as the fans, I can assure you”.

“We were not nearly good enough this afternoon, plain and simple”, he admitted. “We tried to change our gameplan, but Carbrain were streets ahead of us and completely took us apart. We were a shambles”, he added.

He continued, “We couldn’t create any openings for our front players, and if we can’t get the ball to them, then we’re obviously going to be in trouble. It’s telling that our goal came from a defender”.

“Now we’ve got a real six-pointer next weekend when Kessler’s come here. We’ll have a ‘clear-the-air’ meeting first thing on Monday and analyse the video of the game, but we can’t dwell on today’s result. Today’s result was horrendous, but we’ve got to move forward, and I’ll be expecting a positive response from the players next weekend”.

Action from the last meeting between the sides at New Home Park

Action from the last meeting between the sides at New Home Park.

Brook Street welcome reining Division III.9 Champions Carbrain FC to New Home Park tomorrow for what will be the thirteenth meeting between the sides. We have a slight edge with six wins and two draws, but the Cumbernauld side are no strangers leaving New Home Park with at least a point.

“Our overall record against them is fairly good, but at New Home Park there’s been nothing between the sides”, admitted Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman when he spoke to This Is Brook Street this morning.

“They had a good home win last Saturday over Kessler’s and another win in the Cup on Wednesday, so they’ll be coming here full of confidence”, he added.

“They were really unlucky to lose out in the League II play-off, and if anyone thought they might suffer a hangover from this, then they couldn’t have been much more wrong”.

The coach continued, “They appear to have picked up where they left off last season, and have now gone almost a whole season unbeaten in the League. That’s an excellent record, but one that we would dearly love to bring to an end tomorrow”.

The coach will be without the services of Abel Soffia who serves a suspension for his red card on Wednesday, and Phil Mullally who was injured in the same game. With no problems reported, Carbrain will be at full strength for the encounter which kicks off at 16:30 BST.

Previous Meetings

22/03/2014 Brook Street Athletic 0 – 3 Carbrain FC
04/01/2014 Carbrain FC 1 – 4 Brook Street Athletic
07/12/2013 Brook Street Athletic 3 – 1 Carbrain FC
07/09/2013 Carbrain FC 0 – 3 Brook Street Athletic
20/07/2013 Brook Street Athletic 0 – 1 Carbrain FC
15/06/2013 Carbrain FC 2 – 3 Brook Street Athletic
13/04/2013 Brook Street Athletic 2 – 2 Carbrain FC
09/02/2013 Carbrain FC 3 – 2 Brook Street Athletic
15/12/2012 Carbrain FC 5 – 0 Brook Street Athletic
27/10/2012 Brook Street Athletic 3 – 1 Carbrain FC
11/08/2012 Carbrain FC 2 – 4 Brook Street Athletic
21/07/2012 Brook Street Athletic 2 – 2 Carbrain FC

ScotCupIn the draw for the Scottish Cup Third Round this afternoon, Brook Street were given another away tie, this time against League IV side Mc Stonehenge.

“I’ve got to admit, I’d never heard of them prior to the draw”, admitted Marcus this afternoon. “We believe they may be from Lewis, but we’re awaiting confirmation”.

He continued, “They won their Division last season, but it looks like they took a bit of a thumping in their first game in League IV last Saturday”. Marcus had already noted that, on paper, they appeared to have a strong side saying, “We’ll have them watched on Saturday to try to see exactly how they play”.

Marcus finished by saying, “It’s another step into the unknown for us, but we’ve been there before and we know they’ll be up for the match”.

Andrew Cleary fires in our decisive third goal.

Andrew Cleary fires in our decisive third goal.

Brook Street were given a real fright in this morning’s Scottish Cup Second Round tie against Glasgow Academicals. Trailing 1-0 at the break, it took until the seventieth minute for the scores to be tied, thanks to an Andy Harte strike, then two goals in quick succession from Jake MacConnechy and Andrew Cleary had Brook Street looking towards the Third Round draw prematurely.

Abel Soffia saw red following an altercation off the ball, and Accies immediately put used their numerical superiority to fire themselves right back into the match and set up a grandstand finish. However, Brook Street used their experience to kill the game and run down the clock for the final few minutes.

The New Home Park side may have prevailed and gone through to this afternoon’s Third Round draw, but it has come at a price. Phil Mullally picked up a bad injury and looks set to be out for about three weeks, while Abel Soffia will obviously be ruled out for Saturday’s league encounter with Carbrain following his ordering off.

The coach too was quick to shoulder the blame for the poor performance saying, “I misread the game and got my tactics wrong today and we’ve almost paid the price”.

He added, “That said, there was another price paid today though: I’ve got a player out for at least three weeks with a bad injury, and another who is now suspended because he needs to wind his neck in. Abel Soffia will be disciplined internally and I shall say no more on that”.

The coach however was pleased by the way his side rallied in the second half. “We told them at half-time to keep playing the way we were and the breakthrough would come”.

He continued, “We stuck to the gameplan, and fortunately Jake and Andrew got the goals to give us some leeway. It was a bit of a nervous time after we went down to ten men and they hit their second, but we showed composure and saw the time out”.

GlasAcciesIt’s back to Scottish Cup action for Brook Street tomorrow and a trip west to face Glasgow Academicals at the Shawlands Superdome.

Once again Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman has a full squad to choose from, but is unlikely to vary the starting line-up much from that which faced The Gothenburg Greats in the previous round.

“There’s always the temptation to switch formations and try out new things in these matches”, he admitted, “but I don’t think we’ll be going in for wholesale changes from last week’s line-up”.

He continued, “The league is of course our first priority, but it’s good to get a few Cup games under our belts at the start of the season”.

“We’ll threat Accies with the utmost respect”, Marcus added. “They had another good win at the weekend, and are top of their Division. I think they’re on something like a five-match winning streak, so they’re certainly no mugs”.

He concluded, “This tie is a potential banana skin for us, so we’ve got to be on our guard if we’re going to reach the Third Round”.

Following Accies 3-0 win over Mill River Grizzlies at the weekend, indications are that the match which kicks-off at 1030 BST is likely to be a sell-out.

Eyüphan Toga's strike two minutes after the break ties the game.

Eyüphan Toga’s strike two minutes after the break ties the game.

Brook Street stumbled to an opening day 2-1 defeat against Airth Castle Rovers at The Turret this afternoon. Although Eyüphan Toga cancelled out Pino Ulmi’s first half opener two minutes after the re-start, Moreno Lindenberg powered a header home in the sixty-fifth minute to ultimately secure the tie.

“We didn’t do nearly enough to win the game, and it’s particularly disappointing that we conceded the winning goal from a set-piece”, complained Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman after the match.

“Airth wanted the win more, and deserved to win. We didn’t create nearly enough chances and we’ve paid the price”, he added.

“We’ve a difficult start to the season, so it’s vital we pick up points early on”, admitted Marcus.

“We play last season’s League Champions, Carbrain FC, next weekend and it’s now become a whole lot more important that we take something from the game now. We cannot afford to become detached at the foot of the table”.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Carbrain and new boys, EK Tuggers, while it was honours even between Vines Cross and -*FC BARCELONA*-.

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 in our last encounter.

The new league campaign kicks off tomorrow with Brook Street making the relatively short trip to the central belt to face Airth Castle Rovers.

Neither side has been involved in the transfer market during the close season so it’s shaping up to be two familiar line-ups that face each other at The Turret tomorrow afternoon.

“The two sides are fairly evenly matched”, admitted Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman this morning. “Although we’ve got a pretty good record against them, the matches are usually close and I see no reason why this game should be any different”.

“The players have done some hard training over the close season and everyone at the club is raring to go”, he added. “We’re hoping to have a lot of fans heading down, so everyone is looking to give them plenty to cheer about. It’s important to get a good start to the league campaign, and I feel we have prepared well. Now it’s time to put that into practice”.

The Brook Street coach has a full squad to select from and his Rovers counterpart Şenez Aksel only has winger Moreno Lindenberg bruised from injury picked up in Rovers’ close-season friendly against les girondins de Bidou. The Swiss however came through Wednesday’s Cup win over Warrender FC without any adverse effects and is expected to line up tomorrow.

Previous Meetings

15 Mar 2014 Airth Castle Rovers 3 – 2 Brook Street Athletic
11 Jan 2014 Brook Street Athletic 3 – 2 Airth Castle Rovers
26 Oct 2014 Airth Castle Rovers 1 – 5 Brook Street Athletic
19 Oct 2014 Brook Street Athletic 3 – 2 Airth Castle Rovers

Andrew Cleary beats the home keeper to the ball to clip in our second goal.

Andrew Cleary beats the home keeper to the ball to clip in our second goal.

Brook Street romped into the Scottish Cup Second Round and an away tie at Glasgow Academicals with a comprehensive 10-0 demolition of The Gothenburg Greats in Aberdeen this morning.

There were doubles for Andrew Cleary, Matt Cocker and Fraser Carragher in a match that the Monifieth side dominated from start to finish.

Muhammad Noorani opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Andrew Cleary fired in the first of his brace fourteen minutes later. Two goals in the space of three minutes from Andrew Oswald (35) and Matt Cocker (38) doubled our lead, and Andrew Cleary doubled his tally four minutes before half time to see us go in 5-0 up at the break as the home fans headed for the exits.

Two quickfire goals from Matt Cocker and Fraser Carragher in fifty-one and fifty-two minutes saw us romp further ahead before Jake MacConnechy fired in number eight five minutes later.

However, it was Phil Mullally who scored the goal of the game, blasting home with a superb scissors kick with just over an hour played.

When Fraser Carragher fired us into double figures with twenty-five minutes remaining thoughts started to turn towards a possible new record win. But it was not to be as the visitors visibly slowed the tempo of the game and were content to just knock the ball around and run the clock down.

Speaking to the press afterwards Marcus Lövman said, “We were utterly ruthless in front of goal this morning and showed that killer instinct that has at times been missing from our play recently”.

He continued, “We were on fire out there today and have really hit the ground running. It was also important that we got a good win under our belts today, and that’s exactly how it’s panned out. We can now turn our attention to Saturday’s league opener with confidence high”.

GlasAcciesThe draw for the Second Round took place this afternoon and saw us given an away tie against League 5 side Glasgow Academicals.

While we were disposing of The Gothenburg Greats, Accies were seeing off fellow League 5 side Academical ReUnited by 4-1 at home, so Brook Street will be aware of the potential banana skin that awaits them, especially on the Glasgow side’s own pitch.

On the draw Marcus said, “I’m happy enough with that, although I think the Chairman would have preferred to draw a side with a bigger stadium!”

“We’ll obviously go into the match as strong favourites, but we’ll not be taking anything for granted and will prepare accordingly”.

The sides have never previously met, and the match at Accies’ 12,000 capacity Shawlands Superdome kicks off at 10:30 BST next Wednesday.

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