Jake MacConnechy unleashes a thunderbolt to double our lead.

Jake MacConnechy unleashes a thunderbolt to double our lead.

Brook Street’s league campaign fired into life this afternoon with a 2-0 win over Sparta Bragg at New Home Park. Following last weekend’s disappointing defeat to EK Tuggers it was important to take something from the game against the side that played in League II last season.

Before the match, even the most optimistic of the side’s followers would have thought that it was a ‘big ask’, but in true Brook Street Athletic style, Marcus Lövman’s side conjured up a performance which produced the goods.

Marcus had changed the formation with Germán Olmos Ribas coming in to play a sitting midfielder role, and Andy Harte dropping to the bench.

Brook Street got off to a flying start, and in what proved to be the only highlight of a dour first half, Leandro Di Gaudio fired home his first competitive goal for the club with only four minutes played.

Fortunately, the match improved in the second half, and Sparta keeper Yılmaz Ergenç had to look lively to tip Attila Gyöngyösi’s curling shot round the post with sixty-four minutes on the clock.

He was however powerless to stop Jake MacConnechy’s thunderbolt of a shot from all of thirty-five yards crashing into the net four minutes later to double Brook Street’s lead.

Sparta were dangerous on the break, and it took two attempts for Ezequiel Alexandrino to gather Dorian Bezhani’s shot following a mazy run by the Italian. However, this was to prove the visitors’ only chance of the half, and Brook Street held on to record their first points of the season.

“We shook things up a bit and it seemed to work well”, said Marcus afterwards. “Our best form of defence was attack, and we tried to flood the midfield at every opportunity”.

He added, “Up until now, a lot of our results owed more to good luck, but today’s was down to sheer endeavour. The lads put in an excellent shift, and we’ve got the result our play deserved”.

Continuing, he said, “Now we’ve got to keep this momentum going. Every game in this division is a ‘big’ game, and we’ve got Kessler’s visiting next weekend”.

Asked whether 2-5-3 would become his preferred formation Marcus said, “No, not necessarily. We set up the team to play each opponent individually, and I think today was the first time we’d played 2-5-3 in a league match”.

“Yes it worked, and we got a tremendous win, but on another day we could have been on the wrong end of a hiding”, he admitted.

“Tactics certainly have their part to play, and some matches are almost as tactical as a game of chess. It comes down to who gets their tactics right on the day. We got ours right today”.

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