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It’s derby day at New Home Park tomorrow as Brook Street and Real Forfar meet for the first time. Athletic are on a four-game unbeaten run while Real picked up their first win of the season last weekend to keep themselves very much in the mix at the foot of the table.

With a larger crowd than usual anticipated for the first Angus derby between the two sides, the scene is set for what will hopefully be a terrific game as Marcus agreed this morning.

“Derby matches are always special, but more recently we’ve been limited to Tayside derbies against sides from Dundee and Perth. I think this one will be a bit more special as it’s against a fellow Angus side”, he said.

Having won the League IV.27 title last season ahead of our old adversaries Schwarzenegger Allstarz, Real took some time to find their feet in League III. However, a draw at home against -*FC BARCELONA*- and last weekend’s 1-0 home win over Airth Castle Rovers has got them back within touching distance of the other clubs in the bottom half of the league.

Brook Street however are focussing entirely on what’s happening above them at the moment following Carbrain FC’s surprise defeat last weekend which allowed both ourselves and Kessler’s Eleven, along with Vines Cross to a lesser extent, to close the gap at the top.

“We’ve got the momentum with us and it’s important that we maintain it”, admitted Marcus. “We’ve hauled ourselves up the league table to a position where we can challenge for the top spot and it’s important we keep the pressure on”, he added.

Both sides will be at full strength tomorrow with no injuries or suspensions reported, and kick-off is at 16:30 BST.

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1961116 copyIt was announced tonight that Brook Street’s reserves will face their counterparts from Dhivehi League II side Concord Veymandoo at New Home Park on Wednesday in a friendly match.

“We’ve been trying to get a friendly against a side from the Maldives for quite some time”, admitted Kyle Fair at the announcement.

He continued, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have this game fixed up so quickly and our special thanks once again go to peter_arts for making the match possible”.

The game will be played at New Home Park on Wednesday 4 June with a 10:30 BST kick-off.

Nemanja Jankovic fires in another goal against Chong Nonsi FC this morning.

Nemanja Jankovic fires in another goal against Chong Nonsi FC this morning.

Captain for the day, Nemanja Janković lead by example at New Home Park this morning netting five times as Brook Street ran out 8-0 winners against Thai side Chong Nonsi FC.

Our other goals came from Zsolt Babosss, Matt Cocker and Phil Mullally, but this to all intents and purposed was the Nemanja Janković show.

He opened the scoring in only the second minute from the penalty spot after one of the Chong defenders was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. It was a very harsh decision, but Nemanja kept his composure to slot the ball home.

He doubled his and Brook Street’s tally in the seventeenth minute, and by just after the half-hour mark he had completed his hat-trick.

Zsolt Baboss got in on the scoring four minutes before the break to make the score 4-0 at half-time; a fair reflection on the first half.

Brook Street eased up in the second half, but five goals in the final twelve minutes ensured the home fans would leave happy.

Nemanja fired in his fourth goal in the seventy-eighth minute and his fifth from a trademark free-kick two minutes later.

Brook Street were rampant by this stage, and Matt Cocker made it 7-0 with five minutes remaining. Not to be outdone, Phil Mullally wrapped up the scoring with three minutes to go.

“The lads put in a tremendous shift this morning and were well worth their win”, said Marcus afterwards.

“Nemanja was on fire today but this was a real team effort”, claimed the coach. “I need these players to be pushing the first team for starting places and performances like this morning’s do exactly that”, he added.

“There’s fierce competition in the team and that is good for the club”, he concluded.

Leoš Loos fires home our decisive third goal against -*FC BARCELONA*- to secure maximum points.

Leoš Loos fires home our decisive third goal against -*FC BARCELONA*- to secure maximum points.

Brook Street fought back from losing the opening goal to make it four wins in a row against -*FC BARCELONA*- at Camp Nou this afternoon.

The home side had taken the lead in the thirty-seventh minute through Maciej Radziszewski, however Garabed Palasyan levelled for Brook Street two minutes from the break.

“At half time we just told the players to go out, stick to the game plan, and the goals would come”, said Marcus at full-time.

And so it proved, as first Leoš Loos fired us into the lead with sixty-eight minutes on the clock after a fine move on the left wing. Then with ten minutes remaining Garabed played through a fantastic ball that Leoš buried in the net to make the points safe.

“We got our tactics spot on this afternoon”, said Marcus, “and even despite losing the first goal of the game, we knew that the breaks would come our way. The lads showed tremendous determination and with no shortage of skill got the win they deserved”.

Elsewhere, the biggest talking point was the 2-0 home win for Vines Cross over leaders Carbrain FC which blows the league wide open. Next week’s visitors to New Home Park, Real Forfar, finally got their first win of the season to drag Airth Castle Rovers into the relegation battle and Kessler’s Eleven kept the pressure on at the top of the league with a 3-1 away win over EK Tuggers.

Carbrain FC remain out in front with fifteen points, but are now only three points ahead of Kessler’s and ourselves and four ahead of Vines Cross.

Eyüphan Toga fires in our fourth goal in our last game against Barca.

Eyüphan Toga fires in our fourth goal in our last game against Barca.

Brook Street head for the borders and a league clash with -*FC BARCELONA*- tomorrow in optimistic mood following their recent upturn in form.

The New Home Park side will be looking for their fourth consecutive league victory, and given the side’s record against Barca, their optimism is perhaps well-founded. In the six previous meetings between the sides, Brook Street have won four and drawn one.

“We certainly appear to have the upper hand in the fixture”, admitted Marcus this morning, “but there’s no way we will be showing any complacency”.

He added, “They’re a good side and it will be a tough game for us, but in our eyes this is very much a winnable match. They’re going through a bit of a dip at the moment having lost their last two matches, and scoring appears to be a bit of a problem for them this season.”

In contrast, scoring has been anything but a problem for the New Home Park side of late, having scored twelve times and conceded only four in the current unbeaten run.

Marcus commented, “We’ve certainly found our shooting boots lately and I’m looking for that to continue tomorrow. Margins are tight in this division and the difference between second top and second bottom is only four points. We’ve got to take our chances when they arise and keep things tight at the back”.

Brook Street will be at full strength for the game, but Barca report that Thomas Chassain will miss out and Maciej Radziszewski is carrying a knock.

The match kicks off at 1630 BST tomorrow afternoon.

Previous Meetings

29/03/2014 -*FC BARCELONA*- 0 – 4 Brook Street Athletic
28/12/2014 Brook Street Athletic 2 – 0 -*FC BARCELONA*-
16/11/2013 -*FC BARCELONA*- 3 – 3 Brook Street Athletic
28/09/2013 Brook Street Athletic 5 – 2 -*FC BARCELONA*-
06/07/2013 -*FC BARCELONA*- 1 – 0 Brook Street Athletic
29/06/2013 Brook Street Athletic 4 – 0 -*FC BARCELONA*-

ChongThe club are pleased to announce that Thai Division IV side Chong Nonsi FC will visit New Home Park next Wednesday.

“Originally we were supposed to be travelling to Angola, but that match fell through”, admitted media manager Kyle Fair this evening. “However Chong Nonsi FC were available, and sent us a challenge that we were delighted to accept”.

Kyle added, “As always, peter_arts was instrumental in setting up this alternative match at short notice, and we are deeply grateful for all his hard work in making the match possible”.

Chong currently sit sixth in their league with four points from five games, their latest league result being a 2-2 draw with Lokomotiv Bangkok last weekend.

The match next Wednesday will kick off at 1030 BST.

The reserves ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against Steaua Jordan in a bruising encounter at New Home Park this morning. It may have been billed as a friendly, but it was played at breakneck speed and with no quarter asked for or given.

The visitors ended the match with three players injured, while Brook Street’s Krsto Grubić picked up a slight knock. However the match was far from dirty with only one booking as Brook Street coach, Marcus Lövman pointed out.

“It was played more like a cup tie to be honest. There were full-blooded challenges and no shortage of skill. We got the breaks and I think our experience showed, but I think the fans enjoyed the game”.

Three goals in four first half minutes effectively killed the tie as a contest, but rather than the game dying as a spectacle, the pace continued at the same relentless rate.

Nemanja Janković opened the scoring with a tremendous curling free kick with twenty-seven minutes on the clock and within sixty seconds it was 2-0 as Zsolt Baboss slid the ball home from point-blank range.

Phil Mullally piled on the agony for the visitors with Brook Street’s third goal just after the half-hour mark, and any lingering thoughts of a Steaua fightback were extinguished five minutes before the break when Zsolt got his head to a cross and powered the ball home.

After such a blood and thunder first half, the second was almost sedate in comparison, with Andrew Cleary’s seventy-six minute counter being the only highlight as the heat and exertions of the first half took their toll.

Overall, there was much for the fans in the 3,865 crowd to get enthused about and some very good performances for the coach to contemplate prior to selecting his squad for Saturday’s league game.

Eyüphan Toga fires the ball home to open the scoring and send us on the road to our third victory in a row.

Eyüphan Toga fires the ball home to open the scoring and send us on the road to our third victory in a row.

After a goal-less first half, the match on Saturday exploded into life in the second and saw Eyüphan Toga net a hat-trick as Brook Street ran out 4-2 winners over Vines Cross.

Ironically, the visitors could have taken the lead in the forty-second minute, but for a fabulous save by Ezequiel Alexandrinho from a Román Álvarez free kick. Brook Street had the bulk of the first half possession, but had had difficulty in probing a way through Vines stubborn defence.

The second half started in the same manner as the first until just before the hour mark when Attila Gyöngyösi threaded an early pass all the way through to the onrushing Eyüphan Toga, who duly hit it first time high into the rigging.

Vines were hitting on the break, and it was from one of those counter-attacks that they ultimately levelled the scores. Andy Harte had been adjudged to have fouled Kevin Heintze, and up stepped that man Román Álvarez to curl an unstoppable shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

With the home fans roaring their favourites on, Brook Street came surging forward looking to restore their lead, and they got their reward when six minutes later. Eyüphan outsmarted his marker and met a through ball on the right before curling it in at the far post.

Brook Street were finding ways through the Vines defence on the flanks, and it was from a pass inside from Abel Soffia that Eyüphan completed his hat-trick, sliding the ball under the advancing Tomas Thörnström and into the net.

Vines weren’t out of it yet, and a minute later another Román Álvarez free kick caused havoc in the home defence, allowing Malky MacGlasson prod the ball home and set up a grandstand finish with six minutes remaining.

However, Brook Street weren’t going to let the lead slip now, and just two minutes later secured the points when Leoš Loos cut in from the left and fired the ball home to secure the win.

“We were fantastic today and I think we merited our win”, said a breathless Marcus Lövman at full time. “We showed real character today and scored some great goals”.

He continued, “It was important that we were alert to the threat caused by their counter-attacks, and I think we coped well with them. We perhaps didn’t defend their free kicks as well as we should have, but that is perhaps being a bit harsh”, he added. “Ok, the first one was absolutely unstoppable, but the second should have been booted clear”.

He added, “The fans were great today and really lifted the players. They really got behind the team after the equaliser and it showed. All of us really appreciated it”.

Elsewhere it was home wins all round as Carbrain continued marching on with a 4-2 win over Real Forfar; Airth Castle had a narrow 2-1 win against EK Tuggers; and Kessler’s Eleven romped to a 4-0 victory over -*FC BARCELONA*-.
So Carbrain remain out in front with 15 points, and Brook Street’s third win on the trot sees them move up into third place on 9 points behind Kessler’s Eleven on goal difference.

Jake MacConnechy fires in our second and winning goal against Vines Cross last season

Jake MacConnechy fires in our second and winning goal against Vines Cross last season

Brook Street face Vines Cross at New Home Park tomorrow in what will be the ninth meeting between the sides. Until last season, our record against them was a straightforward, Played 6; Lost 6, however, last term saw the tide turn with Athletic recording a win and a draw.

“It’s fair to say that our record prior to last season was a big embarrassment, so it was a relief when we did so much better last season”, admitted Marcus at the Friday press conference.

Alluding to his side’s newfound ability to score at will again Marcus said, “We’ve got our shooting boots on now, we’ll be looking to continue our fine form into this game”.

“Vines are a very good side though, and although they don’t always score many goals, they’re always tight at the back. We’ve got to be smart to get through while keeping things tight at the back ourselves, as they’re more than capable of hitting us on the break”.

Vines bowed out of the Scottish Cup only this week, losing 2-0 to League II side cthulhu wanderers, but Marcus pointed out that, “This was only their second defeat of the season, so they’ve clearly made a very good start”.

Two wins, a draw and a defeat, ironically against EK Tuggers, have seen them rise to second place in the Division, albeit five points behind runaway leaders Carbrain FC and one ahead both ourselves and Kessler’s Eleven.

Going into the match, Brook Street are reporting no problems, so Marcus will bave a full squad to select from, but the Vines squad will be without midfielders Eugenio Malo and Stoycho Drenski who are sidelined for two and three weeks respectively.

The match kicks off at 16:30.

Previous Meetings

08/03/2014 Brook Street Athletic 0 – 0 Vines Cross
18/01/2014 Vines Cross 1 – 2 Brook Street Athletic
02/11/2013 Vines Cross 3 – 0 Brook Street Athletic
12/10/2013 Brook Street Athletic 2 – 3 Vines Cross
13/07/2013 Vines Cross 2 – 0 Brook Street Athletic
22/06/2013 Brook Street Athletic 1 – 2 Vines Cross
20/04/2013 Vines Cross 5 – 1 Brook Street Athletic
02/02/2013 Brook Street Athletic 2 – 4 Vines Cross

 

newlogo-originalRegular readers of the blog should please note that, due to St Johnstone playing in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup Final at Celtic Park, there are unlikely to be any twitter updates of the match at New Home Park, and the match report for the game is unlikely to be posted until Sunday evening at the earliest (hopefully).

Come On Ye Saints!!! #COYS

Home fans will get the opportunity to see the reserves in action next week, as it has been confirmed this evening that Jordanian Division III side Steaua Jordan will visit New Home park on Wednesday.

The side from Jerash are currently in sixth place in Division III.14 with four points from four games, although they are certain to record a win against whipping boys, Saints 04 at the weekend.

“It’s great that we’ve a game fixed up nice and early, and that will allow us to concentrate entirely on this weekend’s fixture”, admitted Marcus on hearing the news tonight.

He added, “It’s also good to have a home game for a change, as it means we won’t have to rush off to the airport after Saturday’s game”.

The match at New Home Park kicks off at 10:30 BST on Wednesday.

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