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Abel Soffia fires in our second goal against Marcascotties this afternoon.

Abel Soffia fires in our second goal against Marcascotties this afternoon.

The old adage of counting ones chickens may not have had much meaning to the playing staff prior to kick-off this afternoon, but its effects and those of Brook Street’s 3-2 defeat to Marcascotties will certainly be reverberating around New Home Park tonight.

Whilst it had originally been thought that Brook Street simply had to turn up today as the match was meaningless, this was not the case. From a position where automatic promotion seemed a formality, Brook Street now find themselves in the position where they now face a difficult trip to face Division III.8 side Dronach Lions in the Highlands in a play-off next weekend.

Speaking afterwards Leoš Loos admitted, “We’ve only got ourselves to blame for this defeat. We took our eye off the ball and we’ve paid a very heavy price. We were second to everything and they certainly wanted the win more. That showed.”

On next week’s opponents Dronach Lions the coach said, “We honestly don’t know a thing about them at the moment. We’ll study the videos over the next few days and form our gameplan from that”.

He continued, “It’ll be a really tough game, but we’ll prepare thoroughly and give it 100%”.

On a bad afternoon for Brook Street, veteran winger Nemanja Jankovic was helped off after sustaining what looks like a serious injury.

“We’ll have to assess him over the next few days, but he could be out for a lengthy period”, said Leoš. “I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s career threatening, but it’s certainly serious”.

The team celebrate lifting the title.

The team celebrate lifting the title.

In the end with Marcascotties’ 5-0 defeat away to Stirling Bridge effectively rendered outcome of Brook Street’s match against FC Poland meaningless, the New Home Park side were taking no chances and comprehensively dismantled their visitors with a devastating display of attacking football to seal the championship and with it a swift return to the third tier of the Hattrick Scottish League.

In front of over 54,000 spectators, Brook Street were a goal up inside the first two minutes through Zsolt Baboss and from then on there was no way there would be any slip-ups. FC Poland had set up in a defensive 5-3-2 but all this served to do was invite wave upon wave of Brook Street attacks. It was almost inevitable that Brook Street would run up a big score against a reserve side, and that they did, netting eleven without reply.

“We showed what we are capable of today and I’m delighted for the lads”, beamed Leoš Loos afterwards. They’ve worked very hard this season and now have their reward. We go back to Division III with renewed optimism, and while we know it will be a whole more difficult proposition at the higher level, we at least have the advantage of knowing what to expect”.

He continued, “We were fortunate to keep the team together after last season and that helped us greatly. However, I would expect that some players may move on now as we build for next season”.

When pressed on who he thought would be leaving he replied, “We’ll be looking at that in the close season, and the players concerned would be the first to know rather than the press. In the meantime we’ve still got a match left to play and we’ll be focussing on that this week rather than what will or won’t be happening in the build-up to next season”.

Emanuel Bohucký went home with the match ball after hitting his fourth career hat-trick, while both Nemanja Janković and Leoš Loos hit a brace. In addition to Zsolt Baboss’s opener, Brook Street’s other goals came from Attila Gyöngyösi, Andrew Cleary and Jake MacConnechy.

So Brook Street go into the final weekend fixture ironically away to runners-up, Marcascotties as Champions.

“It’s one of those things that crops up from time to time”, admitted the coach. “They’ve pushed us all season, but at least we’ll be able to enjoy the occasion a bit more. That’s not to say we’ll be taking the foot off the gas though”, he warned, “as there’s still a chance we could have to play a qualifier and I for one certainly don’t want that”.

Leoš Loos wheels away after puting us 2-0 up in this afternoon's match.

Leoš Loos wheels away after puting us 2-0 up in this afternoon’s match.

With their 7-0 demolition of Rebels London this afternoon, Brook Street have moved to a position whereby, as long as they at least match Marcascotties result next weekend, they will be crowned Champions.

The coaching staff have constantly played down any talk of winning the title, and with it, a swift return to Division III, however following this latest victory there was no such reticence on show at the post-match press conference.

“We have put ourselves in the position where a win will secure the Championship in front of our own fans”, admitted Leoš Loos. “Throughout the season we’ve just concentrated on one match at a time. It just so happens that this is the big one”.

Bringing the assembled press back to earth with a bump he then said, “However, that’s in the future. We’ve just won a match and that’s what I’m here to talk about”.

Continuing he said, “I thought we were quite poor today. Sure we won 7-0, but our general performance wasn’t up to scratch, particularly in the middle of the park. We’ll be working on that in training this week, but there can be no repeats otherwise we could find ourselves on the wrong end of a scoreline again”.

“It was reassuring however that we managed to score from all over the park; that was the real positive to take from the game.

Four goals in only eight first half minutes from Emanuel Bohucký, Loos himself, Sam Ferretto and Nemanja Janković killed off the game before the break, and those were added to in the second by Andy Harte, Abel Soffia and Attila Gyöngyösi as Brook Street tore their opponents apart.

“We must also remember Rebels London had nothing to play for, having already been relegated, so very little can be taken from this result. FC Poland will be a whole different prospect next week”.

Hattrick hero Andrew Cleary watches on as Muhammad Noorani half-volleys us into a second minute lead.

Hattrick hero Andrew Cleary watches on as Muhammad Noorani half-volleys us into a second minute lead.

Andrew Cleary netted his second hattrick in the space of seven days, and Muhammad Noorani a brace as Brook Street romped to a 9-0 victory over Dumfries and Galloway Athletic at a rain-lashed New Home Park this afternoon.

Muhammad opened the scoring in the second minute, before two goals from Andrew Cleary had Brook Street three up at the break. Abel Soffia increased the lead right after the re-start, and within the next six minutes, Brook Street added further goals from Nemanja Janković, Muhammad Noorani and Attila Gyöngyösi as they turned on the style.

Andrew Cleary completed his hattrick in the fifty-ninth minute before player/coach Leoš Loos made it nine two minutes later.

With the game won, Brook Street took the foot right off the gas and proceeded to knock the ball around as if it was nothing more than a training session, which technically it had.

The win combined with Marcascotties surprise 6-0 defeat at Sparta Macmerry means that a win next weekend over Rebels London could put Brook Street potentially ninety minutes away from the title, however coach Leoš Loos was dismissing any talk of championships at the post-match press conference.

“We’re just concentrating on one game at a time. There’s no point in doing otherwise as if you are looking further than that, you are not giving the job in hand one hundred percent of your attention. That’s when mistakes happen”.

He added, “This week we have concentrated on our match today; next week, we shall concentrate on next Saturday’s match. Don’t ask me about anything beyond that as it’s not on our radar”.

Asked about Andrew Cleary netting his twentieth goal of the season he said, “That was probably Andrew’s poorest performance of the season, yet he still scored three goals. That just shows how good a predator he is in front of goal”.

“He’s an exceptional player, but this was a great team performance and the whole team deserve credit. Conditions weren’t great, but the players showed great determination to see the job through, and I hope the fans were entertained by what they saw”.

Andrew Cleary fires in his third goal to write a piece of club history.

Andrew Cleary fires in his third goal to write a piece of club history.

Andrew Cleary netted another hattrick this afternoon to bring his goals tally for the season up to seventeen and helped ensure the three points would be heading back to Monifieth.

Brook Street made extremely heavy weather of it and despite having raced to a 2-0 lead, twice found themselves pegged back by a feisty Stirling Bridge side before Leoš Loos finally supplied the coup de grace with ten minutes to go.

“It was probably one of our poorest displays this season”, admitted the coach, “but we’ve escaped with the points so I’m not too concerned. At the end of the day, we’ve recorded a 4-3 away win, and that’s all the history books will show.

The coach was however full of praise for Andrew Cleary on the afternoon he notched up his seventeenth league goal of the season to create a new piece of Brook Street history.

Coach Leoš Loos said, “He’s easily the best finisher I’ve had the good fortune to play alongside, and as I’ve said before we’re very fortunate to have him at our club”.

“He’s hit seventeen league goals this season, which is a new club record, and I am certain that he will hit more than twenty before the season is out”.

“He’s a clinical finisher, and is certainly enjoying his football this season.

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