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Third time lucky: Matt Cocker finally finds the net against Crushers.

Third time lucky: Matt Cocker finally finds the net against Crushers.

Brook Street are safely through to the next round of the Saltire Cup having defeated Swiss-Castel-Crushers 4-0 at New Home Park this afternoon. But it was not all good news for the Monifieth side as they now look like being without Sam Ferretto for at least a week following an ankle injury.

“We’ll reassess it in the morning, but he’s almost certainly out for the next week, possibly two”, admitted Leoš Loos after the match. “It’s really disappointing for him as he’d scored our opening goal today, and also in our match against Sparta”. He continued, “Sam’s been in very good form since the start of the season so it’s disappointing for him that he’s picked up the injury”.

Although Sam had opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute, Brook Street could have been one-up after only eleven minutes, but Matt Cocker’s drive was an inch and a half too high and the shot rattled off the crossbar.

The visitors weren’t seen as an attacking force despite having as much possession as Brook Street, and they almost paid the price after thirty-four minutes when Matt broke through again. This time however, they had keeper Jacobo Miquilena to thank for keeping the score 1-0 with an excellent block.

Into the second half, and Brook Street carried on as they had left off. Finally, with fifty-five minutes on the clock, the breakthrough was made and it came from the boot of Matt Cocker. Breaking through the middle, he was able to run onto a through-ball from Phil Mullally and calmly slid it under Miquilena in the Crusher goal.

Krsto Grubić almost added to the scoreline with fourteen minutes left, but for a spectacular stop by Jacobo Miquilena yet again.

However, the decisive point of the game came five minutes later when the referee awarded Brook Street a penalty. No-one could work out why, but Fraser Carragher wasted no time in planting the ball into the visitors’ net.

All was going to plan for Brook Street, but a minute later Sam Ferretto was limping out of the game to be replaced by the player-coach.

And it was Leoš Loos himself who supplied the coup de grace three minutes after coming on, latching onto a Matt Cocker head-flick at a corner and blasting home from about three yards out.

“It was a good workout and we’re happy to be through”, was Leoš’s final assessment on the game.

The next round draw has given Brook Street another home tie, this time against Division III side Toon of the South. On hearing the draw, Leoš said, “It will be interesting to try ourselves out against another Division III side, but as I say every week, the League is our number one priority”.

Andrew Cleary fires in the second of his three goals against Sparta from close range.

Andrew Cleary fires in the second of his three goals against Sparta from close range.

Brook Street stormed to the top of the league with a thumping 8-1 demolition of Sparta Macmerry this afternoon. An Andrew Cleary hat-trick along with goals from Attila Gyöngyösi and Garabed Palasyan had the New Home Park side out of site before half-time, and those were added to by strikes from Sam Ferretto, Zsolt Baboss and Lope Cabrio after the break.

Igor Nagalo fired in Sparta’s consolation in seventy-seven minutes, but by this time there were precious few home fans left in the ground to see it.

“We were fantastic today”, enthused Leoš Loos after the final whistle. We were first to every ball and I’d go as far as saying that was our best performance for a number of seasons”.

He continued, “We had them on the back foot straight from the kick-off, and once the goals started going in, there was only ever going to be one winner. We’re the only side in the division with a 100% record, and we’ve got to keep pressure on the other sides in the league by continuing to win”.

“We’ve had an excellent start to the season and having played three of the sides I saw as potential title rivals. We’ve taken maximum points from them despite only one of the matches being at home, so we’ve given ourselves a fantastic foundation to build on”.

“We are not being complacent though”, he added. “One slip-up in this league can prove to be very costly, as we know only too well”.

Lope Cabrio thunders in a beauty of an volley to open the scoring against FingersInCider.

Lope Cabrio thunders in a beauty of an volley to open the scoring against FingersInCider.

There was penalty heartbreak for Brook Street this morning as the Monifieth side bowed out of this season’s Hattrick Scottish Cup. Tied 4-4 after extra-time with FingersInCider, the game was decided on spot-kicks and it was the Division III.X pace-setters who prevailed, winning 3-1.

“I feel heartbroken for the players”, admitted Leoš Loos at the post-match press conference. “They gave me absolutely everything and to lose on penalties is a cruel way to go out”.

“They’re really deflated in the dressing-room, but they should be proud of their efforts. They kept battling away and even when we went behind in extra-time, back they came again to force the equaliser”.

He continued, “They showed they were able to match a very good side from the tier above, and that stands us in good stead for the season ahead. Now we have to dust ourselves down and get ready to go again in a very important match away to Sparta on Saturday”.

Brook Street got off to a flying start, and took the lead through a glorious Lope Cabrio half-volley in the thirteenth minute. Fingers struck right back and levelled instantly through Jordan Hainaut.

Eike Alanne restored Brook Street’s lead in the thirty-eighth minute and only a finger-tip save from Jim Barnstaple prevented Fingers from equalising three minutes later.

He was however powerless to prevent Jordan Hainaut from heading home to make the score 2-2 just two minutes before the break.

Into the second half and any thoughts that the game would slow down were quickly dispelled when, six minutes in, Jim Barnstaple blocked Eric Piquet’s netbound strike.

This proved to be even more important just before the hour mark when Abel Soffia’s cross from the right was met full on the volley by Lope Cabrio and the Spaniard’s shot thundered into the net.

With Brook Street pressing the game in the middle of the park, they were successfully running down the clock, but disaster was to strike for the home team with just ten minutes to go. A speculative ball had been played through and was expertly controlled by Fingers’ Eric Piquet. With a deft touch he was able to create enough space to get off a tremendous strike which nestled in the back of Jim Barnstaple’s net.

So with the match tied 3-3, extra-time beckoned.

The pace of the game slowed somewhat in the first period with neither side going forward to any effect, and the players were understandably taking a breather. However, a minute into the second period and Brook Street found themselves behind for the first time in the game. Fingers’ broke on the right and the ball was squared to Mircea Pistol who calmly slotted the ball home.

This was a hammer-blow to the Brook Street players, but to their credit their heads didn’t drop and they fought back to equalise with just four minutes remaining through Eike Alanne’s second goal of the game.

With the game tied at 4-4, it would have to be settled by penalties.

Sam Ferretto scored, but misses from Alex Clapperton, Muhammad Noorani and Krsto Grubic proved costly as only Fingers’ Eric Piquet missed his spot-kick.
So now Brook Street will enter the Saltire Cup next Wednesday with a match at New Home Park against fellow Division III side Swiss-Castel-Crusher, but as far as the coach is concerned this is nothing more than a sideline.

“The league is our sole focus now”, he said. “The Scottish Cup has been a pleasant distraction, but the league is more important to us. Now that we are out, we will be putting all our efforts into securing the league title. As such, the reserves will return to action for the Saltire Cup campaign”.

Emanuel Bohucký slams in his second goal of the game to make the score 4-1 before half-time.

Emanuel Bohucký slams in his second goal of the game to make the score 4-1 before half-time.

Four first half goals helped Brook Street ease past Crass to a 6-1 victory in their first home match of the season today, despite playing the final quarter of an hour with ten men after Zsolt Baboss was shown a straight red.

Eike Alanne opened the scoring after only three minutes with his second goal in successive games, but the lead was short-lived as Bogdan Amarandei levelled six minutes later.

If anything could possibly have annoyed Brook Street it was conceding a goal, and for the remainder of the half, the New Home Park side put their opponents to the sword.

Andrew Cleary restored Brook Street’s lead in the thirty-second minute which kicked off a four minute period which killed off Crass as an attacking force.

Two minutes after Andrew’s goal, Emanuel Bohucký bent in a trademark free kick to make it 3-1 and within a hundred and twenty seconds, he had fired home his second goal after a superb solo run.

Brook Street could afford to sit back in the second half, but continued to press forward. Sustained pressure eventually paid off with sixty-six minutes on the clock when they were awarded a penalty. There was only ever going to be one man who would step up to take it, and Manny certainly didn’t let anyone down, striking the ball true to complete his hattrick and make the score 5-1.

Crass were reeling at this point and straight from the kick-off, Brook Street won the ball and broke forward. The ball was fed to Abel Soffia who swung in a superb cross which Muhammad Noorani met flush on the forehead to power in our sixth goal.

Brook Street were in full flight now and with the floodgates threatening to open, the visitors were let off the hook when Zsolt Baboss was given a straight red for an off the ball incident.

And so it ended 6-1 to the Monifieth side, and while Leoš Loos was happy with the result, he was less than impressed with Zsolt Baboss’s red card.

“It was sheer stupidity and I’ve left him with no doubts as to what I think of it”, he said. Leoš continued, “You just cannot do that. Raise your hands and you take a walk, it’s as simple as that. He knows that, and he knows that it will not be tolerated by me”, he continued.

Turning back to the pluses of the game, he said “Manny is on fire at the moment. He scored two excellent set pieces, but for me his second goal was the best”. He added, “He’s got five goals so far and it’s shaping up to be an excellent season for him already”.

He continued, “We’ve got off to a good start. Now we’ve got to build on it next weekend at Sparta. That’s where we fell down last season; we have got to ensure we don’t make the same mistake again”.

Eike Alanne blasts Brook Street into the lead in this morning's Scottish Cup tie.

Eike Alanne blasts Brook Street into the lead in this morning’s Scottish Cup tie.

Brook Street’s reward for comfortably seeing off barnstoneworth utd in this morning’s Hattrick Scottish Cup Second Round tie is a home tie against Division III sleeping giants FingersInCider next Wednesday.

Clearly enthusiastic about locking horns with one of the Scottish League’s bigger sides, Brook Street Coach Leoš Loos said, “It’s a big step up in class from what we’re used to, and even although they’ve been in the doldrums for the past few seasons, they’re still a big team. It’s games like this that are great to be involved in”.

He added, “We’ve got nothing to lose in games like this, so we can really go and ‘give it a go’. No-one will give us much of a chance of going through, so that works in our favour by taking the pressure right off. The players can go out and enjoy the experience, and who knows…”

Turning back to today’s game he said, “We pressed them all over the field and it forced them into making mistakes that we have capitalised upon. Three of our five goals came that way.”

He continued, “We also kept a clean sheet which was equally pleasing. Zsolt and Attila also got on the scoresheet, so it was a good day all round for the defence”.

Brook Street’s other goals came from an Eike Alanne solo effort after nineteen first-half minutes, an opportunist Muhammad Noorani  strike from close range after thirty-eight minutes, and a thunderous Abel Soffia volley with eleven minutes to go.

“We are getting up to full speed again, and we also managed to get through the match unscathed”, the coach added. “We’ll be at full strength again for Saturday which will be our sole focus this week”.

The calmest man on the park, Emanuel Bohucký celebrates scoring our winner and his second penalty of the game.

The calmest man on the park, Emanuel Bohucký celebrates scoring our winner and his second penalty of the game.

Brook Street have made a winning start to the new league campaign, but it took two late Emanuel Bohucký penalties to secure the points.

Leoš Loos had opened the scoring in the sixty-fourth minute, but the home side hit back and two goals from Ciro Congedo put Spacemen in front. Emanuel Bohucký levelled from the penalty spot in the seventy-eighth minute and five minutes later, to the consternation of the home side, the referee pointed to the spot again. With protests ongoing, Emanuel Bohucký calmly slotted home what was proved to be the winning goal.

“We rode our luck at times, but I’m satisfied with the result”, said Leoš Loos at full-time. “Getting off to a winning start was more important than how we played, and we got the all important three points”.

He added, “There’s no doubt we’ve played better and lost, but we dug deep and pulled through”.

Asked about the second penalty he said, “There was definite contact. Sam’s a big lad and he doesn’t go down easily, and he told me his heel was caught. There’s absolutely no way he’d take a dive, and the lad that suggested that is talking nonsense”.

He went on, “I can understand his frustration, but it was a penalty. Credit to Manny though. He was the calmest man on the park when he took that spot-kick”.

Earlier in the match Zsolt Baboss had limped off, but the injury was not as bad as first feared.

“Zsolt appeared to be in a fair bit of pain when we took him off”, said the coach, “but now that we’ve had a good look at him it appears he should be ok for next weekend”.

Elsewhere, there were big wins for Crass, Sparta Macmerry and Maxum against Highlands & Islands Utd, The Finnish Miracle and Marcascotties respectively.

Nicky Breaden unleashes the howitzer that doubled our lead.

Nicky Breaden unleashes the howitzer that doubled our lead.

Brook Street eased into the Second Round of the Hattrick Scottish Cup this morning with a comprehensive dismantling of FC McMoney. Sam Ferretto bagged a hat-trick and Fraser Carragher a brace in the 8-0 win, with our other goals coming from Nicky Breaden, Muhammad Noorani and Alex Clapperton.

The New Home Park side had taken the lead in the eighth minute when Sam Ferretto pounced on a loose ball following a driven free-kick. The home side were providing stiff resistance until three quickfire goals before half-time killed them off.

“The three goals came at a good time for us”, claimed Leoš Loos. “Nicky’s was a great strike and to get the penalty straight from the restart had them really wobbling. We capitalised on that and Muhammad’s goal a minute later finished them off”.

“We showed a real killer instinct, the kind that I’ve been looking for, and we reaped the rewards. We were able to take the foot off the pedal a bit in the second half, but our opponents were shot and we were able to add to the tally in what became something of a training match”.

He continued, “The Second Round draw will see us travel to face barnstoneworth utd, who are not a side I recall facing before. In any case, it will certainly be a tougher proposition than today’s game. We don’t know anything about them to be honest, so we’ll have someone watch them at the weekend”.

Looking ahead to the weekend’s league opener away to The Tiny Spacemen, Leoš said, “It’s important we get off to a good start, and the fact that we go into the new campaign with a full strength squad is very important”.

He continued, “We know we can score goals, but we’ve got to keep things tight at the back. That’s the key, and what we’ve been working on in the close season. On Saturday we can put it into practise”.

Garabed Palasyan nets his and Brook Street's second goal of the game against Greek side sakaFiOres at New Home Park this afternoon.

Garabed Palasyan nets his and Brook Street’s second goal of the game against Greek side sakaFiOres at New Home Park this afternoon.

Brook Street finished their build up to the new season this afternoon with a thumping 9-0 win over Greek side sakaFiOres at New Home Park. The win capped a tremendous close season which saw the Monifieth side record four wins out of four, score twenty-five goals and concede none.

When asked about the preparations for the new campaign, upbeat Brook Street coach Leoš Loos said, “We couldn’t have asked for a better close season. We took the decision to play all our friendlies at home, and I believe that has been a real advantage. We’ve been able to field the first team and the reserves in two matches each, so the whole squad has been able to reap the benefit. However, we haven’t wasted any time travelling so our training schedule has not been affected”.

He continued, “The lads are buzzing and can’t wait for the Cup game on Wednesday. They’re itching to get going and that is excellent. We want a hunger in the players, the players have got that hunger, and we go into the new campaign with absolute determination to win the title and win it well”.

When asked about the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market Leoš said, “We set the players targets for the close season matches, and to a man, they have exceeded them. For example, I think that Garabed Palasyan’s inclusion in the team was at times questioned by some quarters last season, but has risen to the challenge magnificently scoring four goals in the games he played”.

He continued, “We feel the players we have are more than good enough to win the title, and since we’ve tightened things up at the back we are much better as a unit. With this in mind, why bring another player or two in if they’re only going to be back up for the players we have already?”

The Brook Street players had come through the friendlies unscathed until today, when Garabed picked up a knock, however Leoš was not concerned by it, saying, “It’s not a bad knock by any means and he’ll be 100% ready for next Saturday”.

Asked about the Cup tie in midweek he said, “The reserves will be fielded for this one and should be good enough to see off their opponents. This will also continue the training regime we’ve been running through the close season, so continuity will be the key”.

He concluded by saying, “We’re all geared up towards next weekend, and we’re determined to make up for the disappointment of last season”.

For the record, Brook Street’s close season results were:

25 May Brook Street Athletic 7-0 FC Thade 07 (Germany)
Scorers: Fraser Carragher (4), Muhammad Noorani (2), Phil Mullally

28 May Brook Street Athletic 7-0 Red Star Belgrado (Portugal)
Scorers: Garabed Palasyan (2), Andrew Cleary (2), Leoš Loos, Emanuel Bohucký, Muhammad Noorani

01 June Brook Street Athletic 2-0 Ukriah Unicorns (USA)
Scorers: Sam Ferretto, Nicky Breaden

04 June Brook Street Athletic 9-0 sakaFiOres (Greece)
Scorers: Garabed Palasyan (2), Abel Soffia (2), Leoš Loos (2), Muhammad Noorani, Andrew Cleary, Emanuel Bohucký

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