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Brook Street's top scorer last season gets off the mark with a low drive against Sparta Macmerry this afternoon.

Brook Street’s top scorer last season gets off the mark with a low drive against Sparta Macmerry this afternoon.

Brook Street crashed to a 5-3 defeat away to Sparta Macmerry this afternoon, and as far as the coach was concerned, were architects of their own downfall.

“We simply can’t defend like that and expect to take anything from games”. He continued, “Stupid defeats cost us dearly last season, and we clearly haven’t learnt the lessons from that. Sparta were hungry for goals, and our defending made it easy for them”.

He added, “Fair play to Sparta, they performed very well and probably edged it over the ninety minutes, but unless we sharpen up, we’re going to be stuck in this league for a long time”.

“Perhaps we’ve been too cavalier away from home up until now and that’s something we might have to look at”, he concluded.

Willie Taylor had opened the scoring for the home side before Andrew Cleary levelled on the half-hour mark. Sparta edged back in front in the thirty-ninth minute thanks to an Igor Nagalo goal, and Antek Wilczkowski extended it further seven minutes after the break.

Abel Soffia reduced the lead in the sixty-ninth minute but two goals in the space of a minute secured the match for Sparta with seven minutes remaining. Igor Nagalo hit his second of the game with eight minutes to go, before Vincent Joguet effectively made the points safe a minute later.

Emanuel Bohucký pulled a goal back with eight minutes to go, but there was to be no grandstand finish as Brook Street crashed to their second defeat in four days.

Alex Clapperton looks on as his shot hits the back of the net.

Alex Clapperton watches on as his shot hits the back of the net.

The reserved bowed out of this seasons Hattrick Scottish Cup, going down 4-1 to Stirling Bridge in the Highlands this morning. Alex Clapperton got our counter in a match that the New Home Park side let slip away from them according to coach Leoš Loos.

“They had a lot of possession, but I feel we were holding our own in the first half. But we switched off at crucial times in the second half and were punished accordingly”, he said.

Despite his obvious disappointment at bowing out of the Cup at such an early stage, he was not too concerned saying, “It would have been nice to go on a long Cup run, but as we had zero chance of winning it, being knocked out is not something I’m worried about”.

He continued, “I say the same thing every year, even before a ball is kicked, that the league is our number one priority. That is no different this season, and I’ll be looking to my players to bounce back on Saturday when it matters.

When asked if fielding the reserves had been a mistake in that it might hand Stirling Bridge a psychological edge when the sides meet in the league Leoš clearly disagreed.

“No, I don’t believe that to be the case. It will be two very different sides that face each other in the league, so I wouldn’t read anything into this result at all. Had it been the two first teams who had faced each other then possibly, but it wasn’t”.

“We would approach a league match very differently, and I’m sure Stirling Bridge would do likewise. We’ll wish them good luck in the next round and continue preparing for Saturdays league match”.

Garabed Palasyan scores from close range to set us on the road to victory.

Garabed Palasyan scores from close range to set us on the road to victory.

Brook Street made the perfect start to the new league campaign this afternoon with an excellent 4-0 win over Marcascotties at New Home Park.

Garabed Palasyan opened the scoring in the twenty-second minute and Andy Harte doubled the advantage two minutes later. Emanuel Bohucký added a further two goals after the break to ensure the home team ran out comfortable winners.

“We played some excellent football today and got the win I feel we deserved”, claimed Brook Street coach Leoš Loos afterwards. “We dominated midfield and created some excellent chances. For once, we took them”, he added.

He continued, “It was important that we set out our stall early in the campaign and we’ve done exactly that today. I see this win as a warning shot to the other sides in the league that we mean business!”

The coach also expressed his pleasure that the goals had come from areas of the park rather than from the front line. “It’s important that the goalscoring responsibility is shared out through the side, so that we’re not over-reliant on the strikers. It also poses problems for the opposition as they can’t afford to leave anyone free so, as far as I’m concerned, that’s a win/win for us.

Brook Street’s 4-0 win wasn’t the largest of the day however as that honour went to Maxum who hit seven without reply against FC POLAND. There was also a 4-0 win for Basel-Celtic in the ‘battle of the new boys’ against St Mongos, and in the highest scoring match of the day, Stirling Bridge edged out Sparta Macmerry by the odd goal in nine.

Fraser Caragher leads from the front as he fires home his fouth goal of the match.

Fraser Caragher leads from the front as he fires home his fouth goal of the match.

The reserves stormed into the Hattrick Scottish Cup Second Round and a tie away to league rivals Stirling Bridge with a 10-0 demolition of Partick Thistle in Glasgow this morning. Fraser Carragher bagged four goals and Matt Cocker two as the New Home Park side ran riot.
Alex Clapperton had fired Brook Street into the lead with only ten minutes played, before two goals from Fraser Carragher, one from the penalty spot, and Krsto Grubic made it 4-0 with just over half an hour played.
Carragher netted another two goals in the first quarter of an hour in the second half before Matt Cocker hit the first of his goals with sixty-seven minutes showing on the clock. Four minutes later and Sam Ferretto made it eight without reply.
Although the game was long won, Brook Street kept going forward and two goals in the last ten minutes from Matt Cocker and Andy Harte brought the score into double figures.
“We played well this morning”, said Leoš Loos afterwards, “especially given that this was our first outing of the new season”.

He continued, “We bossed the game from start to finish, and our passing and finishing were first-rate. We also kept going to the end which was reassuring, as it’s often been a failing of ours that we ease off towards full-time”.

“We also came through the game unscathed so I’m obviously pleased with that, and with the exception of Nemanja Jankovic, I have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s League opener”.

When asked about the draw for the Second Round which paired us with league rivals Stirling Bridge he said, “It’s certainly an intriguing one; I don’t think we’ve ever met someone from the same league as us before. It will be a very difficult tie as they are a good side and are capable of scoring goals against us”.

“We’ll prepare accordingly though and show them respect, but it’s a match we can win, and if we don’t, we will only have ourselves to blame”.

Looking forward to Saturday’s league curtain-raised against Marcascotties he said, “It will be a tough game, but we’re at home and looking for revenge for that last day of the season defeat that cost us dearly. It’s all building up to be a real tussle”.

Fraser Carragher's expression says it all.

Fraser Carragher’s expression says it all.

Brook Street suffered their biggest defeat in years as ten-man Dronach Lions ran riot in this afternoon’s Division III play-off to consign the New Home Park outfit to a second season in the fourth tier.

The Monifieth side’s legion of fans who had made the trip north had travelled in anticipation of seeing their favourites return to Division III, but before even half an hour had been played, many were already on the road back south.

By then the home side were four goals up and even the sending off of their midfielder Andrew Patchell for two bookable offences seemed to have little effect as the Division III side romped to a 7-1 win.

“We simply didn’t compete”, admitted a visibly shocked Leoš Loos when he faced the assembled press afterwards. “I don’t know what went wrong out there. We’re all in a state of disbelief”.

He continued, “We’ve come so far this season, and to see everything we’ve worked so hard for ground into the dirt is hard to take. I can tell you that my players are absolutely devastated at today’s turn of events. We’re all devastated”.

“Complacency in our final league match lead to this today. We won’t be making that mistake again”.

He then apologised to the Brook Street fans who had made the trip saying, “To those fans who made journey today and those who couldn’t come today but who have backed us so tremendously this season, I have got to say I’m profoundly sorry; they deserved better than that today”.

When asked where the defeat left his position he rounded on the questioner saying, “Exactly where I am right now! I was tasked with getting Brook Street out of Division IV and that’s exactly what I’m going to do”.

He finished the conference with, “The team is in a transition phase and some players will leave while others will come in. We estimated that we’d need two or maybe three seasons to make the change. Nothing has altered this. Now that we know where we’re playing next season, we will plan accordingly”.

So, Brook Street’s stay in Division IV.7 has been extended, but they will now know exactly how much they are required to step up to compete in Division III.

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