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.