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Eyüphan puts us back in front with a stunning volley.

Eyüphan puts us back in front with a stunning volley.

Brook Street snapped their three-game losing streak in style this afternoon with an excellent 4-1 win over EK Tuggers at New Home Park.

Eyüphan Toga fired us into a ninth minute lead, and although Tuggers equalised through Alfred Tornero eight minutes later, Eyüphan scored from a stunning volley with twenty-seven minutes on the clock.

It was 2-1 at the break, but with a goal in it, the lead was precarious. Andy Harte came close to increasing the lead nine minutes into the second half, but his shot came back off the post.

Indeed, it wasn’t until ten minutes from time that Brook Street made the game safe, Emanuel Bohucký rifling home from the penalty spot after substitute Andrew Cleary had been tripped in the box.

And it was Emanuel again who slammed in our fourth goal from a free-kick that left the Tuggers’ keeper rooted to the spot.

“It was a terrific performance from the lads, and they got their reward with this win”, beamed coach Marcus Lövman afterwards.

“We showed that killer instinct that’s been missing in recent weeks, and the goals that we scored today were tremendous”.

He continued, “Results elsewhere have gone our way today, and we now find ourselves only three points off top spot. It just goes to show how tight this division is that we’ve gone from floundering around in the play-off zone one week to three points off top spot. Everyone is capable of beating everyone else on their day”.

“In recent weeks we’ve been missing that ‘rub of the green’, but we got that today and we made the most of it”.

The other three matches in the division today produced what could be termed as “shocks”. Carbrain were held at home 2-2 by –*FC BARCELONA*- while Airth Castle stunned high-flying Kessler’s Eleven by winning 4-2 at The Turret, and Real Forfar defeated Vines Cross by the same scoreline at the Estadio de Luz.

Those results see Carbrain move onto twenty-one points while Kesslers, who we visit next week, are now only ahead of us on goal difference on eighteen points. Vines Cross are only a point further back, so there’s no room for complacency.

EK Tuggers visit New Home Park for the first time tomorrow no doubt intent on avenging their 7-2 home defeat earlier in the season and heaping further misery on a Brook Street side that have lost their last three matches. That remains Tuggers’ heaviest loss so far and is a blot on the copybook in what has been a solid first season in the division.

Our relative records show five wins and five defeats but Tuggers’ goal difference is slightly better than our own, however that defeat earlier in the season means that Brook Street will have to be on their guard tomorrow as Marcus admitted earlier this evening.

“That’s something we’ve definitely got to be aware of, especially given our poor form of late”, he said. “They totally took Airth Castle apart last weekend and I’m told they were excellent. They are certainly capable of scoring, and that result proved how good they can be”.

Midfielder Marco Contarello will be missing through injury for Tuggers, while Brook Street, with news that Andrew Cleary did not feature in Scotland U-20s 7-0 defeat in Finland, will be at full strength.

Kick off tomorrow is at 1630 BST.

793871_t1.jpgThe club this evening announced that Surinamese III Divisie side The PARAsitic PINworms will visit New Home Park next week for a friendly match.

“The game will mean that we’ve played against teams from South America both home and away, so it marks a significant milestone”, said Kyle Fair.

“Once again, our thanks go to peter_arts for making the match possible”, he added.

The game will kick off at 10:30 BST next Wednesday morning.

Garabed Palasyan beats his marker to the ball to power in our second goal.

Garabed Palasyan beats his marker to the ball to power in our second goal.

The reserves got back to winning ways this morning with a good 4-0 win over Singaporean visitors Bungler United at New Home Park.

Krsto Grubić opened the scoring in only the second minute, but it took another forty minutes before Brook Street doubled their lead through Garabed Palasyan.

However the fans had to wait only a further sixty seconds before Fraser Carragher pounced on the ball as Phil Mullally’s header was spilled by the United keeper.

Brook Street were in complete control, and killed the game completely ten minutes after the re-start when Jake MacConnechy slammed home a penalty after Andrew Cleary was upended in the box.

“We played quite well and managed to adapt to the conditions”, said Marcus. “Getting the early goal helped, but we didn’t really make our dominance count until the very end of the half”.

The coach was however pleased by the performance of Andrew Cleary on his return from injury.

“Andrew did very well, despite the conditions which should have worked against him”, he said. “He also came through the match unscathed, so we’ll have to wait and see if he travels to Finland on Friday”.

The win will give the whole squad a much-needed lift ahead of Saturday’s home match with EK Tuggers as they look end their three-match losing streak.

Andrew Cleary scores in this season's Scottish Cup.

Andrew Cleary scores in this season’s Scottish Cup.

The club are delighted to announce that eighteen year-old striker Andrew Cleary has become the first Brook Street Athletic player to be called up into the Scotland U-20 squad.

A product of the Academy, Andrew was promoted to the senior side as soon as he turned seventeen at the beginning of last season. In his first season as a senior, Andrew made two appearances in both the league and Scottish Cup, scoring a goal in each.

This season, his competitive appearances have so far been limited to the Cup where he netted three goals in as many games.

Speaking of the call-up this evening, coach Marcus Lövman said, “We’re all absolutely thrilled for Andrew. He’s a tremendous prospect and I’m sure this call-up will push him on to the next level”.

He continued, “We shouldn’t forget also that he’s come through from our Academy and that is a fantastic advertisement for the scouting staff as well as all the hard work Jeff Duilach and his team do”.

“Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed that he wins his first cap soon”, he added.

Scotland’s U-20s play their next match, a U-20 World Cup Qualifier on Friday evening against Finland in Oulu. The match kicks off at 1900 BST.

The club are pleased to announce that Singaporean side Bungler United will visit New Home Park for a friendly on Wednesday morning. The match kicks off at 10:30.

Leandro Di Gaudio can only watch on as the Vines keeper turns his shot net-bound round the post.

Leandro Di Gaudio can only watch on as the Vines keeper turns his shot net-bound round the post.

Brook Street slumped to their third successive defeat yesterday with a 2-0 defeat away to Vines Cross. The loss sees the New Home Park side on their worst losing streak since they lost four on the bounce three seasons ago, and also saw them drop into the play-off zone with only four games remaining.

While it appears that they are in free-fall at the moment, the coach was not overly concerned at full-time when in a brief press-conference he said, “Although we lost again, which was a real disappointment, we didn’t play badly at all and on another day we might have taken something from the game”.

He continued, “Our performance this afternoon was markedly improved on the previous two matches, but we were up against a very strong Vines side and when your luck’s down, your luck’s down. We just need a little rub of the green and we’ll be back to winning ways”.

He finished the conference by issuing a plea to the fans.

“We need the supporters to get right behind the team for the remaining fixtures. We can turn this around, but they have a part to play too. We need them to be our twelfth man”.

Andrew Cleary in action against Giant Football Club at New Home Park this morning

Andrew Cleary in action against Giant Football Club at New Home Park this morning

Despite having the lion’s share of possession, Brook Street were incapable of finding a way through the Giant defence, and went down to Nicolae Munteanu’s solitary second half strike.

Of added concern to the management team will be injury sustained by Andrew Cleary which could see the youngster sidelines for up to two weeks.

“Andrew’s taken a nasty one on the shin so we’re not sure how long he’ll be missing. The doc initially reckons on a fortnight, but we’ll just have to wait and see”.

He added, “It was a bad-tempered game, and there are a number of players who are nursing knocks of varying degrees”.

Turning to the performance in general he said, “It’s frustrating and disappointing that we lacked the guile to create an opening, and that’s clearly something we’ve got to work at”.

He continued, “Giant FC were very strong in defence and they worked very hard. They were happy to let us knock the ball around and hit us on the break, but we lacked an incisive cutting edge, and that’s where we’ve fallen down”.

“As we’ll be down by a striker for the next couple of games, we’ll experiment with the line-up a bit more that we would have otherwise, so in that respect it’s not quite so bad a situation to be in”, he concluded.

Kévin Carreau watches on as his shot evades  Ezequiel Alexandrino to secure the win for Barca.

Kévin Carreau watches on as his shot evades Ezequiel Alexandrino to secure the win for Barca.

Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman appeared to be under pressure tonight after his side capitulated to the league’s bottom side for the second week running.

Lövman had stated on Friday that the players were determined to get the win to make amends for the previous week’s calamity at Forfar, but instead of doing that they floundered once again losing to Kévin Carreau’s strike with eleven minutes left.

While he was obviously disappointed and angry at the outcome, of more concern may be that a sizeable proportion of the home support appear to be losing patience and the chorus of boos which greeted the full-time whistle only served to underline this.

“It would be easy to say, if we’d got the penalty it would have been a totally different game, but we only managed to create one other chance in the game, and with the players we have, we should be doing much better than that”.

With our title challenge diminishing by the week, it is now of more concern that the club are slipping towards the League IV play-off places.

“We’re all very aware of this”, snapped Marcus at the post-match press conference when asked about it. “We know we should be doing better, and our two last performances have been totally unacceptable as far as I’m concerned”.

He continued, “If these players cannot raise their game, then I think we will have to look towards our other ones. I want players who want to run through walls for this club”.

Whether that is a nod to Brook Street’s “wonderkids” Andrew Cleary and Muhammad Noorani remains to be seen, but if the performances don’t improve markedly, it could be sooner rather than later that youth is given it’s chance.

Leoš Loos fires home our decisive third goal against -*FC BARCELONA*- in our last meeting.

Leoš Loos fires home our decisive third goal against -*FC BARCELONA*- in our last meeting.

Brook Street face -*FC BARCELONA*- at New Home Park tomorrow looking to make amends for last weekend’s poor performance at Forfar.

“The lads have trained hard this week and are all fired up and ready to go”, said coach Marcus Lövman this afternoon. “We threw away a potential match-winning position against Forfar and that is simply not good enough”.

“We’ve worked on things we were poor at last week”, he continued, “and we’re determined to get the win tomorrow to not only make amends for last week, but also to maintain our good record against Barca”.

Brook Street will be at full strength, while news from Barca indicate that they will be without injured striker Paulo Fanello. Kick-off is at 1630.

Previous Meetings

24/05/2014 -*FC BARCELONA*- 1 – 3 Brook Street Athletic
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*-

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