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Phil Mullally fires the ball across the Leatherbacks keeper and into the net to complete our 3-0 win.

Phil Mullally fires the ball across the Leatherbacks keeper and into the net to complete our 3-0 win.

In what was probably one of the upsets in the round, and one of Brook Street’s finest results, the reserves performed a classic smash and grab to knock Division II side Leatherbacks out of the Tartan Cup this afternoon.

Against all the odds, goals from Andy Harte and Phil Mullally (2) saw Brook Street through to the last sixteen and a tie against Division III side Old Mc Schmutzki next Wednesday.

“They must feel as if they’ve been mugged”, admitted Brook Street coach Leoš Loos at full-time. “On paper we shouldn’t have been able to live with them, yet we’re the ones going into the next round”.

He continued, “They should’ve been far too good for us, so I’m astonished to say the least that we’ve won 3-0”.

“Fair play to my lads, we’ve hit them on the break and scored three of our five chances. How they didn’t score at least one of their eight chances beats me though.

Brook Street now progress to the last sixteen of a national tournament for the first time with the match against Old Mc Schmutzki being played at Airth Castle Rovers’ Turret Park once again.

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Andrew Cleary blasts home the third of his goals to put us 4-0 up before half-time.

Andrew Cleary blasts home the third of his goals to put us 4-0 up before half-time.

Free-scoring Brook Street stormed to the top of the league for the first time this season this afternoon with a comprehensive 6-0 demolition of Maxum at Bothwell Castle.

Playing at a high tempo, the New Home Park side had the game sewn up by half-time. By then, Andrew Cleary had netted a hat-trick and Sam Ferretto, deputising for the suspended Muhammad Noorani, had fired in his first league goal of the season.

There was to be no let-up for the home side after the break as Brook Street continued to dominate, and goals from Attila Gyöngyösi and Zsolt Baboss wrapped up the points.

“We dominated the game from start to finish and could well have won by a bigger margin”, claimed Brook Street coach Leoš Loos afterwards. “We’re now top of the league, so we’re up there to be shot at by the other sides”.

He continued, “The league seems to be developing into a four-horse race even at this early stage, and we’ve got to the top thanks to our magnificent scoring rate. We’re also now eight games unbeaten in all competitions, so that shows just how well the whole squad are playing. However, he cautioned, “We’ve got to ensure that excellent form continues as Sparta, Stirling and even Basel-Celtic are waiting for any slip-up”.

Ending the press conference, Leoš assessed the forthcoming fixtures saying, “The next two weekends will have a significant bearing on the campaign as we face Stirling Bridge in back-to-back fixtures while Sparta meet Basel. It’s conceivable that the title race could be down to between two teams by then. We’ve got to ensure that we are one of those teams”.

“In the meantime however, the reserves have got their Tartan Cup Fifth Round tie on Wednesday. It would be an amazing achievement if we were to progress any further, but we’ll go into the match filled with confidence, and anything can happen in a one-off Cup tie”.

Matt Cocker stabs the ball home to put us 3-2 up and on the road to the next round.

Matt Cocker stabs the ball home to put us 3-2 up and on the road to the next round.

The reserves created another piece of club history this lunchtime as their unexpected 4-2 victory over Division III side Sgt Peppers propelled them into the last thirty-two of a national cup competition for the first time. There, they’ll face Division II side Leatherbacks.

“It was a tremendous performance by the lads, and they’ve got their reward”, said a jubilant Leoš Loos at the final whistle. “When Peppers scored the two quick goals we could have folded, but to their credit the players re-grouped and we got ourselves back in the game before half-time”.

The coach went on, “In the second half we created a lot more while keeping things tight at the back, and fortunately took two of those chances to see us through”. He continued, “I’d have rathered we’d scored the penalty to kill the game off, but we’re through and that’s all that matters”.

“To be perfectly honest, we didn’t expect to be in this position, but we are and we’ll go again next week against Leatherbacks. However they’re a Division II side and that’s a whole different prospect”. He finished by saying, “It’s a one-off game though, and as today proved, anything can happen”.

Substitute Matt Cocker blasts home our sixth goal.

Substitute Matt Cocker blasts home our sixth goal.

Brook Street have an excellent first half performance to thank for their win over Basel-Celtic today following a spectacular second half collapse. Leading 5-1 at the break, the game looked done and dusted, and even although the visitors pulled a goal back, Brook Street quickly restored their four-goal advantage. However two quick goals had the visitors’ tails up and Brook Street wobbling.

To some extent, the New Home Park side were hanging on for full-time, as Leoš Loos alluded to in his post-match press conference.

“Yes, we were certainly knocked off our stride by the two quick goals and they put us under real pressure for the last fifteen minutes”, he said. “We perhaps thought that the job was done at 6-2 and switched off. This is a lesson for us all that we must remain focussed at all times.

Phil Mullally had to be helped off after contracting a knee injury around the hour mark, but while everyone feared a long layoff, the coach seemed more optimistic.

“We’ll obviously have to wait and see how things go this week, but it looks more like he’ll only be out for a week at most.

Brook Street opened the scoring through Andy Harte’s delicate lob over the keeper with twenty-two minutes played, and although the league’s leading goalscorer Robert Nordeng levelled the scores six minutes before the break, Brook Street were quickly in full control.

Leoš Loos pounced to put Brook Street back in front just a minute after Nordeng’s equaliser, then Abel Soffia made it 3-1 in forty-two minutes. However, Brook Street weren’t done yet, and amazingly, two goals in the space of sixty seconds by on form Muhammad Noorani had them 5-1 up at the break.

Despite the enormous set-back right on half-time, Basel-Celtic weren’t done yet and Craig Goodall made it 5-2 four minutes after the re-start.

Then, out of the blue, Phil Mullally fell awkwardly and picked-up a knee injury. Matt Cocker came on as his replacement and it was he who put Brook Street 6-2 up with a fine solo effort in the sixty-fifth minute.

Back came Basel-Celtic with two goals in quick succession midway through the half, Ally Judge and Roman Donnald being noted as the scorers, to give everyone connected with Brook Street the jitters.

Basel-Celtic showed great spirit to get back to 6-4, but after a very visible wobble, Brook Street reorganised themselves and stifled the game without conceding any further goals.

The win saw Brook Street move up into second place, still three points behind Stirling Bridge, but with a vastly superior goal difference.

On his first game back after injury, Nemanja Jankovic fires in our third goal at Alyth this afternoon.

On his first game back after injury, Nemanja Jankovic fires in our third goal at Alyth this afternoon.

Brook Street enter uncharted territory next Wednesday with a Tartan Cup Fourth Round tie for the first time. The New Home Park clash with Division III side Sgt. Pepper was set up with a 4-2 win at Alyth, although it wasn’t a vintage performance by any means.

Brook Street raced to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Muhammad Noorani and Matt Cocker before Hugo Cotter pulled one back for the home side.

Making his comeback from injury, veteran winger Nemanja Janković restored the two-goal advantage in the seventy-second minute, and Fraser Carragher blasted home a penalty three minutes later to make the win all but safe.

Ben Melville reduced the lead with eleven minutes to go, but it proved to be too little too late and it was Brook Street who advanced to the next round.

“We certainly weren’t at our best today”, admitted Leoš Loos after the match, “but we dug deep when it mattered and have secured a good win”.

“We surrendered a lot of possession in the middle of the park which was disappointing, and we’ll have to play a whole lot better in the next round”, he added. “We’ll have home advantage though, so that will buoy the players”.

Record Breaker! Muhammad Noorani fires in our twelfth goal to secure a new record victory.

Record Breaker! Muhammad Noorani fires in our twelfth goal to secure a new record victory.

Brook Street crushed FC POLAND this afternoon to create another piece of club history. Only once previously, in a friendly, had a Brook Street team scored twelve goals without reply, but that is exactly what Leoš Loos’ charges did to better the club’s previous best of 11-1 for a competitive game.

Loos himself was the tormentor-in-chief, netting four times, despite playing a role behind the front two of Andrew Cleary and Muhammad Noorani who themselves bagged one and two goals respectively.

In addition, Emanuel Bohucký, Andy Harte, Phil Mullally, Garabed Palasyan and Abel Soffia all scored, meaning that the entire front line and midfield scored in the record-breaking win.

Afterwards, Leoš Loos played down his four goals saying, “This was a real team effort, We played some excellent football and I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time”.

He continued, “Playing behind the front two worked well. Andrew and Muhammad are so quick that they can pull defences apart leaving space for me to run into. We got the ball into dangerous positions and we capitalised on that to the full. Fourteen chances; twelve goals says it all”.

The coach was also full of praise for the defence who not only kept a clean sheet, but also denied the home side a single chance.

“We defended a high line with Andy Harte dropping back to close the gap in the centre, and today it worked to perfection. The first line of defence is attack, and to that extent, we all had a hand in this clean sheet, but the defence and midfielders deserve credit.

With results elsewhere going as predicted, the win did not improve Brook Street’s league position, but it easily made them the league’s top scorers. Indeed, no-one improved their league position and Brook Street remain three points adrift of early pace-setters Stirling Bridge and a point behind next week’s visitors to NHP, Basel-Celtic.

Duncan Stanfield slams home his first goal for the senior side to secure the win.

Duncan Stanfield slams home his first goal for the senior side to secure the win.

Brook Street eased into the Third Round of the Tartan Cup and a Tayside derby against Alyth Athletic with a comfortable 3-1 win away to FC Wildhours 2. Sam Ferretto opened the scoring in the twentieth minute and Alex Clapperton doubled the advantage with a cheeky back-heel three minutes later.

Jan Sanigorski fired the home team back into the game with a goal just after the hour mark, but Brook Street were not to be denied, and Duncan Stanfield made sure of the win fourteen minutes from time with his first goal for the senior side.

“It’s not a competition we have a particularly good record in, so it’s good to get through to the Third Round”, admitted Leoš Loos afterwards. “Our next opponents have started the season well and are currently top of their league, so it’s likely to be a tough game”, he added.

“That won’t change our planning though, and the reserves will continue to get a run-out”, he said.

The pick of the bunch: Muhammad Noorani volleys home our third goal just before half-time. Despite this the 'hairdryer treatment" beckoned.

The pick of the bunch: Muhammad Noorani volleys home our third goal just before half-time. Despite this the ‘hairdryer treatment” beckoned.

The Leoš Loos half-time ‘hairdryer treatment’ certainly worked its magic this evening as a lacklustre Brook Street got the kick up the backside it needed to secure a home win that should never have been in doubt.

Having been pegged-back twice, going into the break the New Home Park side had an unconvincing 3-2 lead despite scoring some terrific goals, but the half-time team talk certainly had the desired effect as the home side netted four goals without reply in the second half to record the 7-2 win.

“Yes, we weren’t good enough in the first half”, said the coach, “so we threw down the gauntlet at the break”.

He continued, “To their credit they took it up, and with an outstanding second half performance, well and truly threw it back in our faces. I have no problem with that”, he added, “as it’s exactly the reaction we were looking for”. However we shouldn’t have needed to do that in the first place”.

Concluding, he said, “It’s another three points and keeps us right up there. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters”.

Nicky Breaden slams the ball home to score his first senior goal and make it 3-0 .

Nicky Breaden slams the ball home to score his first senior goal and make it 3-0 .

The reserves eased into the next round of the Tartan Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Mancheserdeen 04 United this lunchtime.

Fraser Carragher broke the deadlock in the thirty-seventh minute with a textbook free-kick, but it took until midway through the second half, and Samuele Ferretto’s bullet header, for Brook Street to double their advantage and curb the home side’s threat in a pulsating match that raged from end to end.

That threat was not truly extinguished until four minutes from the end when Nicky Breaden pounced on a loose ball to drive home his first senior goal.

“It was a tremendous game for the neutrals and I’m glad we kept our composure to record the win”, said Leoš Loos at full-time. United, put up very stiff resistance as we anticipated and it took a long time to break them down, but I told the players to stick to the game plan and we would eventually get the breaks. That happened, and we’re through to the next round”.

He also commented, “It was good to get a clean sheet too as we’ve been a bit lax at the back in recent matches. A repeat of today’s performance and result is now what I’m looking for on Saturday”.

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