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Brook Street started off brightly but faded in Saturday’s match against Brahms & Lizst, ultimately losing 5-2.

Matt Cocker powered home a header to open the scoring, but the lead lasted only two minutes before Ignacio Álvarez levelled for the home side. Then, to make matters worse Kalvin Asher fired Brahms in front three minutes before the break.

Andrew Cleary broke through to fire Brook Street right back into contention with a quarter of an hour to go, but the home side survived the wobble and Ewan Rankin re-established their two-goal advantage four minutes later and Ignacio Álvarez made the points absolutely safe three minutes from time.

“We started well, but once we scored we committed the basic error of not defending the lead well for the next ten or fifteen minutes”, admitted a clearly disappointed Leoš Loos. “A side is at their weakest right after they score, and we showed exactly that today. That’s the most disappointing aspect of our performance”.

Elsewhere, in the north east, Euclidean Dynamo edged out Aberdeen Raiders by the odd goal in seven; 412225AHGC saw off Slovan Braggislava by three goals to one; while Vines Cross and Stellar Ayrshire shared two goals.

Leoš Loos catches out Raiders' keeper Alessandro Prasciolu at his near post to net Brook Street's first goal.

Leoš Loos catches out Raiders’ keeper Alessandro Prasciolu at his near post to net Brook Street’s first goal.

Brook Street secured their first points of the new league season with an excellent 3-1 win over Aberdeen Raiders at a rain lashed New home Park yesterday.

Goals from Leoš Loos and Andrew Cleary had Brook Street cruising with only half an hour played, but although the visitors got themselves back into the game with a Ciro Mega strike eight minutes from time, Leoš Loos quickly dispelled any thoughts of a fightback with his second goal of the game a minute later.

“It was a very good performance from the lads in horrendous conditions”, said the coach at the post-match press conference. “We controlled the game and used the flanks very well”, he added.

“It’s just a shame that so few spectators were here to see it, but that was always going to be the case on such a horrible day”. He continued, “We’ve got that all important win under our belts now, so now we’ve got to kick on and build on it”.

And what better way to do it next weekend than by a visit to the early pacesetters Brahms & Liszt. Before that however is a Tartan Cup tie away to Division V side Freakville United on Wednesday.

“We’ll probably stick with the reserves for the Cup game, although we’ll be fielding a more conventional line-up for this”, admitted the Coach.

Elsewhere yesterday, Vines Cross got off the mark with an impressive 4-1 win at home to 412225AHGC; Brahms & Liszt edged out Stellar Ayrshire 3-2 at Deepest Darkest Ayrshire; while Euclidean Dynamo and Slovan Braggislava shared the points with a 1-1 draw at the Slovan Braggislava Arena.

Leoš Loos opens the scoring in yesterdays match against Euclidean Dynamo.

Leoš Loos opens the scoring in yesterdays match against Euclidean Dynamo.

Brook Street threw away a 2-1 half-time lead to lose 4-2 away to Euclidean Dynamo in yesterdays league opener at Lobachevsky Road. Player/Coach Leoš Loos opened the scoring in the ninth minute, and although the home side equalised eight minutes later through Gabriel Mureşan, Nemanja Jankovic restored our lead midway through the half.

It was a different story in the second period however as the home side’s Constantin Dőrig, Ondrej Krnáč and that man Mureşan fired in three unanswered goals to win their first ever Division III match.

“We just didn’t match up in the second half and it showed”, admitted a disappointed Leoš Loos afterwards. “We were perhaps a little fortunate to go in ahead at the break, but we didn’t defend that lead and we paid the price”.

“It looked like they wanted the win more than us, and that’s what disappoints me the most. Now we’ve got to dust ourselves down and ensure we take the points at home to Aberdeen Raiders next week”.

Elsewhere in a high-scoring opening day, Aberdeen Raiders defeated Vines Cross 3-1, Brahms & Liszt thumped Slovan Braggislava 4-1, and in an amazing match at 3.14159, 4412225AHGC and Stellar Ayrshire shared ten goals.

Brook Street Athletic are through to the #Hattrick Scottish Cup Second Round without kicking a ball. Away to Baad MB in this morning’s First Round tie, the home side couldn’t field a team so lost the match by a 5-0 scoreline.

“They’ve not fielded a team for a long time, so we expected this today”, admitted coach Leoš Loos after the referee called the match off. “While we would have liked to get a competitive match under our belts before the new league campaign starts on Saturday, we’ll at least go into that match with a full squad at our disposal”, he added.

In the Second Round, Brook Street will travel to the Highlands for a clash with Division IV side Nae Hopers City next Wednesday.

“To be honest we’re concentrating on our League fixture this weekend”, said Leoš when given the news. “While the Cup is a welcome distraction, the League is more important for us, and we’re looking to get a good start in the new campaign”. He continued, “We’ve been notorious for our bad starts to the season, which makes things difficult for ourselves. I want to change that under my tenure. The board of directors have shown faith in me by giving me this position on a permanent basis. Now it’s time for me to repay that faith”.

Brook Street kick off the new campaign with a trip to face new boys Euclidean Dynamo in the Highlands on Saturday.

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