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Eyüphan Toga finishes off a fine move with an unstoppable shot to tie the game at 2-2.

Eyüphan Toga finishes off a fine move with an unstoppable shot to tie the game at 2-2.

Brook Street have been producing real Jekyll and Hyde performance this season; unbeatable at home and hopeless away, and so it continued today.

Hopes were high at the club after last week’s 7-2 demolition of Arenelle at New Home Park that they might break that losing streak on the road. How wrong could they be, as Brook Street headed back up the road with tails firmly between their legs, as the division’s bottom dogs ran out 3-2 winners.

“We were second to everything today, and we got what we deserved”, admitted Marcus at full-time. “We were fortunate to get the score back to 2-2 after they took the early lead, but once they went back in front in the second half, you knew they were just going to roll down the shutters and shut up shop”. And so it proved.

Arenelle raced to a 2-0 lead with goals from Glen Haugaard in twenty-eight minutes and Vivian Dodan ten minutes later. Jake MacConnechy pulled a goal back five minutes before the break and Eyüphan Toga tied the game in the fifty-sixth minute, but with sixty-four minutes played, Eryk Pirrung scored what was to prove to be the decisive goal.

Elsewhere, Sparta got their revenge on EK Tuggers, winning 3-1 away from home, Vodikavkaz eased past Airth Castle by six goals to two, and Vines Cross moved ahead of Brook Street by defeating Kessler’s 3-0 at Vides Estadio.

ThistleCupTen-man Brook Street eased into the next round of the Thistle Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Come on the hoops at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy.

Brook Street were already two goals up thanks to goals from Krsto Grubić in thirteen minutes and Garabed Palasyan seven minutes later, when Matt Cocker was ordered off for two yellow cards in quick succession just before the break.

An outstanding scissors kick from Garabed put us three up midway through the second half, and Andy Harte wrapped up the scoring with seven minutes left.

“Arguably, we played slightly better with ten men”, claimed Marcus Lövman afterwards. “We dominated possession and showed some nice touches, and I think we were worth our win”.

Brook Street’s reward will be a tie against fellow League III side Marchmont Offsiders, which will take place at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy next Wednesday with a 10:45 kick-off.

Leoš Loos drives the ball home to open the scoring against Arenelle SC this afternoon.

Leoš Loos drives the ball home to open the scoring against Arenelle SC this afternoon.

Brook Street bounced back to winning ways in this afternoon’s league game at New Home Park, running out 7-2 winners over Arenelle Sporting Club. It was exactly the response the coach had been looking for following last week’s shambolic performance at The Turret.

“We told the players what we expected of them, and to a man they delivered”, said a clearly satisfied Marcus Lövman at the post-match press conference. He continued, “Last week was one of ‘those’ results, but we put it behind us this week and rolled our sleeves up today to get a good win”.

Leoš Loos opened the scoring in the twenty-fourth minute and Oleg Zhigalov doubled the lead in the thirty-second minute, firing in from a tight angle.

It may have looked that the teams would go into the break with Athletic two goals in front, but the game exploded into life in the final three minutes of the half. First, Emanuel Bohucký blasted home the penalty that had been awarded after Leoš Loos had been pulled back in the box.

Arenelle hit right away through German striker Eryk Pirrung, but the old adage that you’re at your weakest right after you’ve scored proved true for the second time in the game a minute later when with Brook Street breaking through, the referee halted play and pointed to the penalty spot.

No-one seemed to know why the penalty had been awarded, but the Arnelle players were clearly incensed. With vociferous protests still ongoing, Emanuel Bohucký restored Brook Street’s three-goal advantage, calmly dispatching the ball into the corner of the net to send the teams into the break with the score 4-1 in favour of the home side.

Javor Krivić pulled a goal back for Arenelle seven minutes into the second half, but any thoughts of a comeback were extinguished in a four minute spell late in the game when Abel Soffia in seventy-five minutes, Eyüphan Toga in seventy-eight, and Leoš Loos a minute later ensured the points would be staying in Monifieth.

Elsewhere, a Yiannis Gaitanakos goal was enough to secure maximum points for Vines Cross away to Kessler’s, but there were big shocks for the top two sides as Airth Castle romped to a 3-0 home win over Vodikavkaz, and in the coupon-buster result of the day, Sparta Bragg lost 0-2 at home against EK Tuggers.

ThistleCupBrook Street made their bow in the inaugural Thistle Cup this morning and although they left it late, they eased past saints are coming by six goals to two.

Both Leoš Loos and Krsto Grubić hit braces with our other goals coming from Andy Harte and Zsolt Baboss.

“It wasn’t the greatest games”, admitted Marcus afterwards, “but we’re in the draw for the next round, so I guess that’s all that matters at the end of the day”.

In the Seventh Round, Brook Street have been drawn against Come on the hoops, and the game will take place at Starks Park in Kirkcaldy next Wednesday with a 10:45 kick-off.

After such a positive showing against League 2 opposition in midweek, it came as even more of a shock that Brook Street managed to produce one of their worst performances in several seasons to crash to a 4-0 defeat to Airth Castle this afternoon.

“Absolute rubbish”, was Marcus Lövman’s brief if accurate description of the performance on the way to the dressing room at full-time. The door remained locked for a considerable time afterwards and it was left to assistant coach John Hart to field questions from the assembled press.

“We’re naturally bitterly disappointed by the way we’ve played today. We were second to everything and got exactly what we deserved from the game”. He continued, “Airth Castle wanted the win more than we did, and all the good work that the players put in against Swansea in the Cup has counted for nothing today”.

He added that, “The players will be in tomorrow to review the tapes of the game and to ‘clear the air’. It is important that we learn from today and ensure that performances like that do not happen again”.

Elsewhere, Sparta had to battle for a 1-0 win away to Vines Cross, Vodikavkaz won 4-2 at home to Kessler’s, and Arenelle SC picked up their first win of the season in style with a 3-0 home win over EK Tuggers.

Eyüphan Toga levels the scores, but two second half goals saw Swans through.

Eyüphan Toga levels the scores, but two second half goals saw Swans through.

Brook Street’s record-breaking Scottish Cup run came to an end this morning at New Home Park, as Swansea ran out 3-1 winners. However heads can be held high as they went down fighting and can be justifiably proud of their achievement.

When Dillon Lennon opened for Swans after only ten minutes, many feared the worst, but Eyüphan Toga’s leveller just four minutes later certainly calmed nerves both on the park and in the stands. Brook Street continued to match their League 2 opponents, and deserved to go in tied at the break.

However it was a different story in the second half as Swans really turned the screw and two goals from Phil Kingston saw the League 2 side safely through to the next round.

At full-time, far from being disappointed, Marcus said, “We’ve gone toe to toe with a very good League 2 side, and while we’ve lost on the day, we can hold our heads up high as we acquitted ourselves very well”.

He continued, “Everyone played their part, and they can be proud to have written themselves into the history of this club. Now we must focus on the league campaign, although I believe we are now entered into the Thistle Cup”.

That Thistle Cup campaign starts next week against League V side saints are coming when we enter in the Sixth Round. The match will be played next Wednesday at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy with a 10:45 kick-off.

Eyüphan Toga fires home the only goal of the game against Vines Cross.

Eyüphan Toga fires home the only goal of the game against Vines Cross.

Eyüphan Toga’s fifteenth minute goal was all there was between the sides at New Home Park yesterday, but it secured another valuable three points against a side who are always very difficult to break down.

The only other action of note came midway through the first half when Brook Street almost doubled the lead. However, Jake MacConnechy rattled the woodwork when it looked easier to score.

Vines’ keeper Tomas Thörnström had to be at his very best just before the hour mark to tip a Germán Olmos Ribas header over the bar, and he produced a remarkable save in the sixty-seventh minute to deny Leoš Loos what appeared to be an almost certain goal.

“It wasn’t a classic by any means” admitted Marcus afterwards, “but we’ve secured another three points and kept a clean sheet in the process”.

He continued, “We’re turning New Home Park into a fortress again, and that’s now three wins, six goals scored and none conceded. The win also sets us up nicely for Wednesday’s Cup tie with Swansea”.

The win saw Brook Street swap places with Vines in the league, and in the other matches Vodikavkaz are up to second following an impressive 5-0 win away to EK Tuggers, Kessler’s and Airth Castle shared a goal-less draw, and Sparta swept Arenelle aside romping to an 8-0 win.

Leoš Loos watches on as his shot hits the back of the net to start making history.

Leoš Loos watches on as his shot hits the back of the net to start making history.

Brook Street created a piece of history this morning as their 4-1 win over Kobis at New Home Park saw them reach the Hattrick Scottish Cup Sixth Round for the first time.

With both sides fielding their first teams, the match raged from end to end in front of the noisy 47,909 crowd. The first chance fell to the visitors but Corey Dearmouth slammed the ball against the post when it seemed easier to score.

This was to prove costly six minutes from the break when Brook Street captain Leoš Loos fired home the opening goal from close range.

Germán Olmos Ribas broke through to double Brook Street’s lead in the sixty-fifth minute, and Leoš rose high to power home a header seven minutes later to make the tie all but safe.

But back came Kobis, and Charlie Arran pulled a goal back with eleven minutes remaining, but it was to be too little too late, and Jake MacConnechy hammered the final nail into the coffin with six minutes to go.

“We were absolutely superb this morning”, beamed a delighted Marcus Lővman at full-time. “We knew they’d field a very strong side, so we thought we’d match up and go for it”.

He continued, “The lads have created history this morning and we can’t wait to see who we get in the draw”.

This afternoon, that Sixth Round draw saw us paired with League II side Swansea FC.

“It will be a huge test for us”, admitted Marcus on hearing the draw, “as they’re flying high in their division and are on a long unbeaten run. We however have a tremendous team spirit and regularly punch well above our weight. With this in mind, it’s certain to be a great game”.

He added, “It’s sure to be a very big crowd, and we can’t wait until next week”.

The match at Brockville United’s 111,291 capacity Kevin McAllister Stadium in Falkirk takes place next Wednesday with a 1030 kick-off.

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