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Brook Street’s reserves finished the year with a convincing 5-0 win over FC Zaporozhets to complete our “home flag collection” in style.

Muhammad Noorani opened the scoring just after half an hour and Matt Cocker doubled our lead five minutes before the break.

Bradley Flint fired in our third goal five minutes after the restart, Matt Cocker got his second goal of the game with sixty-eight minutes played and Sam Ferretto wrapped up the scoring with over a quarter of an hour to go.

“We certainly completed the year in style”, said Marcus Lövman afterwards. “We totally dominated the game from start to finish and got a convincing win”.

Fraser Carragher was substituted in the first half following a nasty collision, but the coach said the move was purely precautionary.

“We don’t take any chances so following the clash, we took Fraser off straight away. He wanted to continue, but there was no way he was staying on. He’s fine, but it’s better to be cautious”.

Finally, everyone at Brook Street Athletic Football Club would like to wish all our fans and friends a very prosperous, successful and peaceful New Year. See you again in 2015!

Germán Olmos Ribas blasts home our fifth goal against EK Tuggers this afternoon.

Germán Olmos Ribas blasts home our fifth goal against EK Tuggers this afternoon.

Brook Street’s revival continued this afternoon with an impressive 6-1 win over EK Tuggers at New Home Park, the win taking us to within four points of top.

Leoš Loos hit a hat-trick with our other goals coming from Abel Soffia, Andrew Cleary and Germán Olmos Ribas as the home team ran out comfortable winners.

When asked about the performance at the post-match press conference, Marcus Lövman said, “We effectively killed off the game in the first half which was pleasing from our point of view, and even when Tuggers pulled a goal back, we went right up the park and restored our advantage immediately”.

He continued, “The players showed great determination and commitment this afternoon, an no shortage of skill too, so they can be justly proud of their efforts and the win that they have earned”.

It wasn’t all good news for Brook Street though as Nemanja Janković limped out of the match just before half time.

“Well have to wait and see how things develop overnight”, said Marcus, “but we’ve got our fingers crossed it’s not serious”.

Elsewhere, Sejers Sons became the first club to take points off Vodikavkaz this season, as the sides battled out a 2-2 draw. The chasing pack also kept up the pressure on the leaders: Sparta Bragg hitting four without reply against Kessler’s Eleven, and Vines Cross defeated FC Auld Reekie 2-0 at Vides Estadio.

Following the reserves’ convincing friendly win over Iranian side A.C. Milan 2009 on Christmas Eve, Brook Street Athletic are delighted to announce that FC Zaporozhets from Ukraine have accepted our invitation, and will visit New Home Park for a friendly match on Hogmanay.

The Ukrainians visit will also see the completion of our “Home” flag collection, leaving only a trip to Vietnam the following week to complete our “Away” set.

“Achieving our final home flag is a great achievement, but it will be tinged with a hint of sadness”, admitted Kyle Fair at the announcement. “It’s been a long time since we played our first ever international friendly at New Home Park, but Wednesday’s match will mark the end of an era”, he added.

Leoš Loos opened the scoring this afternoon as we ended our win-less streak on the road.

Leoš Loos opened the scoring this afternoon as we ended our win-less streak on the road.

Athletic recorded their first league away win in almost exactly two seasons this afternoon, running out 4-1 winners in front of a capacity crowd at new boys Sejers Sons.

Leoš Loos opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark, and Andrew Cleary added a second shortly afterwards. Simon Hill pulled a goal back for the home side midway through the half, but goals from Phil Mullally and Nemanja Janković in eighty-four and eighty-five minutes respectively ensured the points would head back up the road to Tayside.

After a poor start to the season, it was clearly a relieved Marcus Lövman who faced the assembled media at the post-match press conference.

“We held the ball well and made the most of our chances”, the coach said. “We’re still not firing on all cylinders, but today’s result was a move in the right direction”.

He continued, “The three points took us up from second bottom to fourth place which illustrates just how tight this league is, and emphasises just how important it is to pick up points on the road where they are more difficult to come by”.

The win was also Brook Street’s first on the road since -*FC BARCELONA*- were beaten 3-1 almost exactly two seasons ago.

“It’s good to get that monkey off our back”, admitted the coach. “Now we’ve got to build on it and put pressure on the teams above us”.

Elsewhere, in the top of the table clash between Sparta Bragg and Vodikavkaz, it was the visitors who emerged victorious with a narrow 1-0 win. The win sees Vodikavkaz open up a three-point lead at the top of the table.

Vines Cross returned home with three points in the bag having hit Kessler’s Eleven for six, and it was honours even between EK Tuggers and FC Auld Reekie, the match ending 1-1.

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that Iranian side A.C. Milan 2009 have accepted our invitation to play a friendly, and they will visit New Home Park on Wednesday. Kick-off as always is at 10:30.

Brook Street’s reserves have crashed out of their second Cup competition this season, going down 3-0 away to League V side Ballroom Blitz in this afternoon’s Saltire Cup First Round tie.

Already trailing 1-0 at the break through, Portuguese striker Aparício Piloto’s thirty-second minute strike, two goals in a minute three minutes from time from Piloto and Dutch winger Matthias Rombouts saw the home side comfortably through to the next round.

“We just never got going and now we’re out of our second Cup within a week”, said Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman. “It’s never good to go out of a competition early, but this is one we’re not too bothered about”.

He added, “Ballroom Blitz fielded a very good side and have gone through deservedly. We can have no complaints, but I’d have expected our players to have put up a better show than they did. That’s the only real disappointment I have about the defeat”.

Brook Street’s long home league unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt this afternoon with a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the hands of Sparta Bragg. Not only was it a drubbing, but the New Home Park side were beaten by a vastly superior side, and the manner of the defeat will no doubt again place a question mark over the coach’s future.

“We were beaten by an excellent side, but even an average side would have looked good this evening compared to us”, admitted Marcus Lövman afterwards.

“I’ve also got to hold my hands up and say frankly I got the tactics wrong”, he added. “We anticipated they would attack on one flank, but we set up to defend the wrong one. By half time we were chasing a game that was already lost”.

In probably the only plus of the game, Sam Ferretto made his league debut when he came on for Muhammad Noorani for the final ten minutes in a move that was to give the teenager match experience rather than an attempt to turn the game.

Elsewhere, there were wins for FC Auld Reekie who defeated Kessler’s Eleven 3-0 in Edinburgh, Vines Cross who hit four without reply against Sejers Sons, and Vodikavkaz who defeated EK Tuggers 6-2 at Itchypoo Park.

Muhammad Noorani scored our goal against Serralta Team this morning.

Muhammad Noorani scored our goal against Serralta Team this morning.

Two goals late in the second half did for the reserves as they crashed out of the Hattrick Scottish Cup, losing 3-1 away to Serralta Team. However, it was the injury to keeper Jim Barnstaple which concerned the coach more than the Cup exit.

Marcus said, “It doesn’t look too bad, but we’ve been here before and the player has ended up being out for longer than anticipated so we’re not counting our chickens”.

On the match itself he said, “Overall we were poor today. Serralta wanted the win more and it showed. They had a hunger to win and bossed the game, which is something I’d expect of my players. Now we have to be content with entry into the Saltire Cup for the first time, and I’ll be expecting my players to put in a better shift in that than they did today”.

That Saltire Cup First Round tie takes place next Wednesday in the capital when we face League V side Ballroom Blitz with a 10:30 kick-off.

In what was to be his final appearance for the club, Eyüphan Toga slams the ball home to double our lead against Vines Cross yesterday.

In what was to be his final appearance for the club, Eyüphan Toga slams the ball home to double our lead against Vines Cross yesterday.

In a surprise move this lunchtime, Brook Street parted company with striker Eyüphan Toga in a deal which saw the club’s top earner move to Bosnian side Tops & Nai.

Reporting the sale, Kyle Fair said, “We will no doubt receive criticism for selling what many fans will see as our ‘best player’, but when faced with a very high wage bill and a depreciating asset, we had to weigh up the pros and cons and it made the most sense to get the best return we could”.

He continued, “It will free up a sizeable sum from the weekly wage bill which can be used for building the team, whilst giving our young players the chance to break through into the first team”.

Echoing the sentiment, Marcus Lövman said, “Eyüphan has been a tremendous player for us, but it was clear his future lay away from here. We’d been in discussions for some time as it’s important to move our older players on at a time when our younger players are coming through. Freeing up a large proportion of our weekly wage bill will allow us to strengthen in other areas of the team too so the move made sense”.

He concluded, “Eyüphan leaves with our very best wishes and thanks”.

During his spell at the club, Eyüphan made 45 appearances in total, scoring a remarkable 27 goals in the process.

Andrew Cleary celebrates as his header puts us 3-0 up.

Andrew Cleary celebrates as his header puts us 3-0 up against Vines Cross this evening.

Brook Street answered their critics in the best possible way this evening by defeating reigning League Champions Vines Cross 3-1 at New Home Park. All the goals came in the first half as the home side raced to a 3-0 lead before losing the consolation goal late in the half.

“Winning the match was more important than the performance, but we managed to both win and play well at the same time”, said under pressure Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman afterwards.

“We played some really good football against a very good side, but it was important to secure the three points, and we’ve done just that”.

When questioned about taking off Eyüphan Toga right after the Turkish striker had put the team 2-0 up, the coach said, “It was important that we held onto the lead, and as we were playing a very attacking formation, we decided we should perhaps be less offensive and hold on to what we had. Withdrawing Eyüphan, adding another defender and flooding the midfield was all part of that plan. Tonight we are sitting with three points instead of zero, so you could say that we had achieved our aims”.

It wasn’t all good news for Brook Street this afternoon as Jake MacConnechy picked up an injury that will see him out of action for around three weeks.

“That was a really tough one as Jake had had a really good game”, said Marcus. It’s not looking too good at present, and it could be that he’ll be out until the end of the year”.

This evening’s win saw Brook Street off the bottom of the table and up to fifth place, while Vines on the back of their second defeat, dropped to seventh.

Elsewhere, Vodikavkaz continued their excellent start to the season with a 5-0 away win at Kessler’s Eleven, Sparta Bragg had a narrow 1-0 home win over Auld Reekie FC, and Sejers Sons edged out EK Tuggers by the same scoreline.

Matt Cocker rises unchallenged to power home our first goal this morning.

Matt Cocker rises unchallenged to power home our first goal this morning.

They may be through to the Third Round and a trip to the Highlands to face League IV side Serralta Team, but Brook Street’s reserves were made to fight all the way to get past Flying Dutchman in this morning’s Hattrick Scottish Cup Second Round tie.

“There wasn’t much between the sides throughout the match, but we pretty much took our chances when they arose”, admitted Marcus Lövman afterwards.

“The game wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination, and we rode our luck a bit at times”, he added. “I’d also agree that the scoreline flatters us, but we’re through which, at the end of the day, is all that matters”.

Matt Cocker had opened the scoring just after the half hour mark, but the home side tied things up four minutes from the break through Janusz Lemieszek. Garabed Palasyan fired Brook Street back in front in the sixty-third minute, and Zsolt Baboss scored our decisive third goal three minutes later.

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