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Emanuel Bohucký nets our consolation goal against Maxum this afternoon.

Emanuel Bohucký nets our consolation goal against Maxum this afternoon.

Brook Street suffered a Boxing Day hangover this afternoon, losing their 100% unbeaten record to Maxum at New Home Park.

Leoš Loos, for his opening salvo in the post-match press conference, branded his side’s performance as being “Utterly unacceptable”, and there were probably few in the almost 49,0000 crowd who would disagree.

“We had seven chances to their three; they scored two of the three while we only took one. That simply isn’t good enough. The players have been quick to take the plaudits when they were being handed out, but now they’ll have to take the flak. I include myself in that”.

He continued, “Since the beginning of the season I’ve stressed that complacency was our biggest enemy, and now that is exactly what we saw today. In my mind, too many of our players thought they simply had to turn up to secure the points, and that has come home to haunt us today”.

To conclude he said in a menacing tone, “That will not happen again”, and with that he was off, no doubt to berate his players further.

Truth be told, Brook Street were not at the races today and were second to most balls despite controlling the lion’s share of the possession. The old maxim of ‘the only thing that counts is the number of goals you score’ certainly rang true today, and it remains to be seen if the players heed the coach’s warning and rally to the cause. If they do not however, they can be assured that Leoš Loos’ wrath will be heading their way, along with a one-way ticket out of the club.

Andrew Cleary fires home to complete his hat trick.

Andrew Cleary fires home to complete his hat trick.

An Andrew Cleary hat trick ensured that there would be an abundance of festive cheer around New Home Park this Christmas by helping Brook Street record their second successive 5-2 victory over Sparta Macmerry in the space of seven days. The win keeps them five points clear at the top of the division and now makes them red-hot favourites to win the title and with it make an early return to Division III.

Yet it was the home side who made the early running and opened the scoring with seventeen minutes played through Igor Nagalo. That lead however only lasted for three minutes before Nemanja Janković blasted home from close range.

With thirty-three minutes showing on the clock, the game was turned on its head as Andrew Cleary hit the first of his three goals to put Brook Street 2-1 up, and just five minutes later Leoš Loos scored to tighten the Monifieth side’s grip on the game.

Andrew Cleary extended the lead further ten minutes after the break and completed his hat trick eight minutes later. Although William Lembeli pulled a goal back for the home side, it was nothing more than a consolation as Brook Street saw out the game.

“We were thoroughly professional and got the win our play merited”, said Leoš Loos at the post-match press conference. He continued, “We played with control and composure, and controlled the game for long periods. Even after losing the early goal, we stuck to our task and there was never any doubt in my mind that we would see the game through”.

On hat-trick hero Andrew Cleary he said, “Andrew is having a phenomenal season and is almost certain to top the scoring charts. He’s hit fourteen goals already and is only three short of having scored fifty goals for the club”.

He continued, “He took his goals very well today and showed just how lethal a predator he is in front of goal. We’re very lucky to have such a talent at this club”.

Finally, all it remains is to wish all our readers a peaceful and very Merry Christmas!

Player/Coach Leoš Loos fires in the opening goal against Sparta Macmerry this afternoon.

Player/Coach Leoš Loos fires in the opening goal against Sparta Macmerry this afternoon.

Brook Street will go into the second half of the season with an unblemished 100% record and a five-point lead at the top of the Division following this afternoon’s 5-2 victory over Sparta Macmerry at New Home Park.

Whilst it was far from a vintage performance by the Monifieth side, it was more important to secure another three points as coach Leoš Loos admitted afterwards.

“We weren’t firing on all cylinders today, and I think we laboured for long spells. That said, we knew Sparta would try to flood midfield and try to stifle the game in the middle of the park, so that was probably a contributory factor. However, we still managed to hit the net five times, so our gameplan worked to a certain extent”.

Voicing disappointment at the overall performance and warning against complacency, Leoš said, “There is always the danger that we take our eye off the ball, but we must ensure that we see the job through to the very end. There is no room for error”.

He continued, “Yes we have a five-point lead, but that lead has been won through hard work and diligence. We’ve not played particularly well in the last two or three games, and we cannot afford to slip up at this stage”.

Concluding, he said, “I cannot fault the players’ commitment to the cause, but we cannot become complacent. That would be fatal”.

After a fairly low-key first half in which Leoš Loos’ opener on the half hour mark was cancelled out by Sparta’s René Eisenmenger six minutes later, the game exploded into life in the second forty-five.

Andrew Cleary fired Brook Street back into the lead four minutes into the second half, and Emanuel Bohucký extended that lead shortly after.

Andrew fired in his second goal of the game with seventy-three minutes gone and although Muralidharan Dwarampudi pulled a goal back for the visitors with thirteen minutes remaining, any thoughts of a fightback were extinguished a minute later when Sam Ferretto crashed in our fifth goal straight from the restart.

Next weekend’s return fixture promises to be a very interesting affair.

Jake MacConnechy blasts in our fourth goal this afternoon.

Jake MacConnechy blasts in our fourth goal this afternoon.

Brook Street braved storm ‘Desmond’ to open up a five-point lead at the top of the Division with a 5-0 demolition of second-placed Maxum this afternoon.

Emanuel Bohucký fired Brook Street into the lead in the opening minute from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged that one of the home defenders had handled the ball in the box. No-one seemed to know how or why the spot-kick was awarded, but Manny blasted the ball home nonetheless.

Andrew Cleary, the Division’s top scorer doubled the visitors’ lead in the eleventh minute as Brook Street threatened to run riot, however it took until just after the hour mark before player/coach Leoš Loos to add a third; Jake MacConnechy having rattled the crossbar in the interim.

Jake added Brook Street’s fourth with the pick of the bunch, a rasping drive in sixty-eight minutes, and Attila Gyöngyösi rounded off the scoring two minutes later when he prodded the ball home.

“Despite the horrendous conditions, we managed to play some decent football this afternoon”, said Leoš afterwards. “We like to get the ball down, and that paid dividends for us this afternoon. There was no point in ‘hoofing the ball up the park’ in conditions like those, as if we had, the ball would almost certainly have ended up in Edinburgh, such was the wind”.

However, when asked if today’s result meant that the ‘champagne could be put on ice’ he rounded on the questioner saying, “We’ve not even completed half the season yet and a lot could happen in the next eight weeks. To suggest that we’ve got the league sewn up is absolute nonsense and hugely insulting to the other sides in this league”.

He continued, “Yes we’re top of the Division, but there is always room for improvement and we constantly tell the players that. We will never sit on our laurels, as complacency is a huge threat, and we are certainly not in the business of setting ourselves up for a fall”.

Finishing the press-conference he said, “We will continue to focus on the next game we play, and no further, until the end of the season.

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