League debutante Lope Cabrio fires the ball through the Maxum keeper to make it 3-0.

League debutante Lope Cabrio fires the ball through the Maxum keeper to make it 3-0.

Brook Street stormed back to the top of the table thanks to their 3-0 win over Maxum at New Home Park, allied with Basel-Celtic’s 2-1 reversal at Stirling Bridge. Although the Monifieth side are level on points with Stirling, our huge goal difference is worth an extra point.

Inspired by the new midfield partnership of Cabrio, Alanne and Bohucký Brook Street were in complete control from the first whistle to the last, and it could easily be said that Maxum ‘got off lightly’. In addition to the three goals, the visitors crossbar was rattled twice as Brook Street dominated, and indeed the visitors failed to even challenge the Brook Street defence.

Andrew Cleary netted his eighth goal of the season to open the scoring after only six minutes, and Garabed Palasyan doubled the lead a quarter of an hour later. However, despite hitting the crossbar twice in the intervening period, it took until the seventy-first minute for Brook Street to make sure of the points, when Lope Cabrio capped a commanding performance by netting the third.

At the post-match press conference Leoš Loos praised his whole team, but the midfield in particular saying, “The boys were superb today, and we bossed the game from start to finish. The three lads in the middle controlled the game and were absolutely imperious! It’s only a shame that we only won 3-0 as for our dominance it could’ve been double that”.

He continued, “Our midfield trio were outstanding though and in one game they’ve shown exactly what we’ve lacked this season. Older heads definitely read the match differently, and it showed. If this experience rubs off on our younger players we’ll be set up for seasons to come”.

The win puts Brook Street onto the twenty-one point mark, along with Stirling Bridge, albeit Brook Street’s goal difference puts us top. Basel-Celtic are only two points back, and Sparta another one, so margins are as tight as they could be going into the final five games of the season.

This is all to apparent to the Brook Street coach and Leoš said, “This makes our next match against Basel-Celtic all the more important. With all due respect to their opponents, Stirling and Sparta have got to be favourites for their games at the weekend, so a win for us at Basel-Celtic is crucial”.

He continued, “Arguably, if we stop Robert Nordeng, we stop Basel-Celtic. That’s obviously got to be our aim, but we must also be aware of threats from other areas of the park”.

He concluded by saying, “If we keep winning, we’ll finish top. It’s as simple as that”.