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Emanuel Bohucký slams home his fourth goal of the afternoon against Marcascotties.

Emanuel Bohucký slams home his fourth goal of the afternoon against Marcascotties.

Brook Street edged closer to the finish line with another thumping win this afternoon, this time an 8-0 drubbing of Marcascotties in the Highlands. The players have made a habit of scoring hat-tricks this season, however midfielder Emanuel Bohucký went one better, hitting four of the goals, with Garabed Palasyan, Leoš Loos, Sam Ferretto and Abel Soffia getting the others.

While it would be understandable for thoughts to turn to a potential return to Division III after a three season absence, there will certainly be no talk winning the league as far as the coach is concerned.

When asked at the post-match press conference, he cautioned,“We’re a long way from winning any titles. There’s still a lot of football to be played before we start talking about championships and the like, and you certainly won’t find anyone in the dressing room talking about it”.

He was however more than willing to discuss his side’s performance this afternoon.

“We absolutely dominated the game from the first whistle to the last, and I think we were perhaps unfortunate to not win by a greater margin”.

He continued, “Manny was outstanding today. He’s got twelve goals to his name already, a terrific strike-rate for a midfielder, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this proves to be his best ever season for the club”.

Brook Street’s goals have been coming from all sections of the team, a fact that was evident today and is not lost on the coach.

“This season, although the front line are scoring a lot of goals, the rest of the players have been weighing in with their fair share. In fact, in the case of today’s game, only two of our goals came from recognised strikers”.

He added, “The other players have lightened the load on the strikers, and I feel this has benefited the team as a whole. We are certainly playing better, and more consistently, all of which is contributing to our improved performance this season.

Phil Mullally slides home the first of his three goals in this morning's 5-1 win.

Phil Mullally slides home the first of his three goals in this morning’s 5-1 win.

A Phil Mullally hat-trick helped the reserves to a comfortable 5-1 win over Catalunyan visitors CDJosol this morning. Alex Clapperton opened the scoring with a magnificent half-volley just four minutes into the match, and Sam Ferretto doubled the lead twelve minutes later.

Phil hit the first of his goals on the half-hour mark and doubled his tally six minutes before the break to kill the match stone-dead.

Marc Sanchis pulled a goal back midway through the second half, but this was to be no fightback and Phil wrapped up the scoring and his hat-trick six minutes from time.

“There was never any doubting the result when we went three up”, admitted Leoš Loos at full-time. “We were in complete control, and but for some wayward finishing, we could have won by a greater margin”.

He continued, “It was a very professional performance, and we played with real composure and no shortage of skill. The players know that if they perform well in the reserves, they’ll put pressure on those occupying first team places”. He added, “That’s exactly what happened today and there may well be changes in in Saturday’s line-up”, but refused to elaborate.

Leoš Loos scores his second goal of the game just after the break.

Leoš Loos scores his second goal of the game just after the break.

Brook Street wrapped up the first half of the league campaign unbeaten with an emphatic 8-0 win over Marcascotties at New Home Park this afternoon. Coach Leoš Loos hit a hat-trick and Sam Ferretto a brace with our other goals coming from Emanuel Bohucký, Lope Cabrio and Andrew Cleary as the home team ran riot.

“We’ve done well in the first half of the season and given ourselves a real shot at the title”, claimed Leoš at the post-match press conference. “We’re three points clear and our goal difference means we’re effectively four points ahead, a terrific platform to build upon”, he added.

“We bossed the game from start to finish and indeed, Marcascotties didn’t even have a single shot on goal, such was our dominance”. He continued, “Yes, we were red hot favourites to win today, but it was more important for us to maintain momentum. I think we certainly did that today”.

“Now is not the time to rest on our laurels though, and there is still a lot of work to do between now and the end of the season”, he warned. “We’ve got to remain focussed and see the job through”.

Leoš opened the scoring in the fourteenth minute and Emanuel Bohucký doubled the lead from the penalty spot six minutes later.

Despite being in complete control, Brook Street could only add one more goal before the break, Lope Cabrio putting the ball away after a fine solo run in the thirty-ninth minute. The home fans didn’t however have long to wait for a fourth goal after the break, as Leoš put the game beyond the visitors with his second goal two minutes into the second half.

Sam Ferretto powered a header home on the hour mark to make it 5-0 as the pace of the game dropped off, but three late goals from Sam in eighty-six minutes, Leoš from a header two minutes later, before Andrew Cleary wrapped up the win in the final minute.

Muhammad Noorani fires us into the lead two minutes before the break.

Muhammad Noorani fires us into the lead two minutes before the break.

Despite conceding an early goal, Brook Street’s reserves ran out comfortable 6-1 winners over Argentine visitors Los Romanes For Ever this morning, although, as Leoš Loos admitted afterwards, the scoreline flattered his charges.

“We hit two goals within a minute late in the first half and three in the final three minutes of the game, but without those the scoreline could have looked significantly closer”. He continued, “Don’t get me wrong, we played some good football and scored good goals, but there was never five goals between the teams”.

“Garabed [Palasyan] also picked up a knock which we’ll have to keep an eye on ahead of Saturday’s league game against Marcascotties. He should be ok for the game, but if the knee doesn’t respond he will perhaps be a doubt”.

The visitors opened the scoring in the twelfth minute when Ariel Arnaldo Fortunato powered a header into the net. The lead lasted until the thirty-fifth minute when Sam Ferretto broke through to slide the ball into the net.

The game was turned on its head two minutes from the break when first Muhammad Noorani and Zsolt Baboss both netted to make the score 3-1 at half time.

While the visitors might have felt aggrieved at trailing, worse was to come late in the second half when they conceded three goals in two of the final three minutes of the game. Zsolt Baboss made it 4-1 three minutes from time, then with the clock still showing eighty-seven minutes, Garabed knocked the ball home from close in. Just to rub salt in the wounds, the Romanes midfield were dispossessed by Sam Ferreto and he ran through to complete the scoring.

Leoš Loos blasts in his second and Brook Street's sixth goal in this afternoon's match.

Leoš Loos blasts in his second and Brook Street’s sixth goal in this afternoon’s match.

A hat-trick from player/coach Leoš Loos helped Brook Street to their sixth league win of the season and a 7-0 rout of Highlands and Islands United FC in Inverness this afternoon.

Eike Alanne opened the scoring just before the half hour mark from a set-piece free kick. Leoš Loos hit a thunderous volley to open his account for the afternoon ten minutes later.

Emanuel Bohucký made it 3-0 from the penalty spot five minutes before the break, and a minute later Abel Soffia made it four with a real pile-driver.

Andrew Cleary twisted the knife further five minutes after the break, then two goals within a minute, eight minutes from time completed the scoring and Leoš Loos’s hat-trick.

The win maintained Brook Street’s three points clear of The Tiny Spacemen at the top of the league, and as the coach said, “keeps the pressure on our opponents”.

Leoš continued, “Our goal difference makes our advantage effectively four points, and the more goals we score, the more that advantage grows”.

“With Sparta facing Crass next weekend, something’s got to give there, so it could conceivably become a two-horse race at full-time next Saturday. We have to keep winning to ensure that happens, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing”, he added.

Meanwhile the club are pleased to announce that Argentine side Los Romanes For Ever will visit New Home Park this Wednesday for a friendly match. Kick-off is at 10:30 BST.

Alex Clapperton - set to start on Saturday following Garabed Palasyan's booking today.

Alex Clapperton – set to start on Saturday following Garabed Palasyan’s booking today.

Two goals either side of half-time put paid to Brook Street’s Saltire Cup campaign this afternoon as Team Europe At Gleneagles ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

“I’ve no complaints at all”, admitted Leoš Loos afterwards, “we were beaten by a very good side who are going well in the league above us”. He added, “I’m only disappointed that Garabed has picked up a booking which rules him out of Saturday’s game against Highlands”.

“That said”, he continued, “I would much rather he missed out this game rather than on against one of our title rivals”.

The coach also defended his decision to field the reserves in the match. “Realistically there’s no chance of us defeating a side of the calibre of Gleneagles and even less of us winning the Cup, so why should we risk our first team where they could pick up injuries or such like?”

“The reserves were fielded so that they could gain experience and nothing more. As it happens, Alex Clapperton will get his first league start on Saturday due to Garabed’s suspension, so there is one player who is gaining experience playing these games. I for one have no reservations in throwing him into the cut and thrust of the league”.

So next week, it will be back to friendly matches for the reserves, but again Leoš was not too downbeat.

“These are the kind of games we can try out new ideas. There’s no guarantee as to the quality of the opposition, but all we can do is go with the cards we’re dealt. What we are certain of though is that the matches will all be played at home again this season”.

Andrew Cleary drills the ball into the Maxum net to open the scoring in this afternoon's 5-0 win.

Andrew Cleary drills the ball into the Maxum net to open the scoring in this afternoon’s 5-0 win.

Brook Street consolidated their lead at the top of the league with a resounding 5-0 win over Maxum at New Home Park this afternoon. Three fires half goals from Andrew Cleary (2) and Lope Cabrio were added to in the second half by Emanuel Bohucký and Eike Alanne to secure the points.

“We hit them with two quick goals in the first half and that set the tone for the game”, said Leoš Loos at full-time. “We forced them onto the back foot, and from that point they were always chasing the game”.

He continued, “We bossed the game in midfield and played some great football in the process”.

Acknowledging the part played by his recent signings Lope Cabrio and Eike Alanne, he said, “They’ve hit five league goals between them and their contribution to the cause cannot be understated. They have given us an added edge we’ve not had in recent seasons and it’s making a real difference to us as a team”.

“We’ve now played all of our real title rivals and are still unbeaten”, added Leoš. “That’s a huge base for us to build on, and we’re looking to do exactly that”.

He added, “We’re also good to watch, and it’s really heartening to see the crowds returning to New Home Park. The atmosphere in here when there’s a big crowd is immense and the players get a real boost from it. I know it’s a cliché but the fans really are our twelfth man. They can make such a difference and their part in our success so far this season should not be underestimated”.

Matt Cocker curls a beauty to make the score 2-2 and mark the start of the fightback.

Matt Cocker curls a beauty to make the score 2-2 and mark the start of the fightback.

Trailing 1-2 at the break, Brook Street fought back to defeat Toon of the South 4-2 and set up a Saltire Cup Third Round tie at Turret Park next Wednesday against Division III side Team Europe at Gleneagles.

Sam Ferretto had put Brook Street in front in the tenth minute, outjumping his marker at a corner to power his header past South keeper Leonel Moreira Carvalho.

However the game was turned on its head around the half-hour mark with two South goals in a minute. Coen Solleveld broke through and fired home to level in twenty-nine minutes and within sixty seconds the visitors were in front, Paweł Dziob finishing off a fine move down the middle.

Zsolt Baboss had the chance to level the match in the fifty-fourth minute, but put the ball over the bar and will no doubt feel he should have done better.

However, with Brook Street dominating in the middle of the park, the breakthrough came with sixty-five minutes played. The ball broke to Matt Cocker at the edge of the box and with the deftest of touches, curled the ball just inside the post and into the net.

Midway through the half, Muhammad Noorani had the chance to put Brook Street back in front but lacked composure and blazed the ball past the post. This was only a reprieve for the visitors though.

Twelve minutes from time, with no apparent danger posed, Sam Ferretto picked up the ball on the right wing. Moving inside he made towards the South goal, dodged one tackle and blasted the ball into the rigging.

Then, a minute later, with the South defence still some disarray and recriminations ongoing, Fraser Carragher broke through on the right again and fired home to complete a memorable fightback and send Brook Street into the Third Round.

Speaking at full-time, Leoš Loos said, “We showed real character and composure when it mattered. Yes, I’m annoyed at losing two soft goals, but we put that right at half-time and our second half display was excellent”.

He continued, “We have done well against Division III clubs so far this season and it shows we’re moving in the right direction. We’ve just got to keep this good form going”.

Looking forward to next week’s tie he said, “I don’t know anything about them to be honest, but the game is being played at Turret Park a ground we know well. We’ll watch them on Saturday, but by all accounts they’re doing well in their league and will pose a significant challenge for our players”.

Having come on for the injured Abel Soffia, Alex Clapperton fires home his first league goal.

Having come on for the injured Abel Soffia, Alex Clapperton fires home his first league goal.

Brook Street swept The Finnish Miracle aside this afternoon, romping to a 10-0 win at New Home Park. Leoš Loos hit a hat-trick, while there were braces for Andrew Cleary and Garabed Palasyan. Brook Street’s other goals came courtesy of Lope Cabrio, Muhammad Noorani and Alex Clapperton who netted his first league goal of the season after coming on for Abel Soffia just before the break.

As seems to be the norm at the moment, Brook Street took a while to get going and didn’t hit top speed until midway through the second half, not that anyone is complaining though.

Brook Street took until the twenty-sixth minute to open the scoring, but it was well worth the wait. Abel Soffia was giving his marker a torrid time and was swinging in tempting crosses from the right, and it was from one of those that Garabed Palasyan thundered a volley into the net.

Even though the visitors were now double-teaming on Abel, it didn’t seem to diminish his ability to swing in crosses and in a carbon copy of the first goal, he crossed for Garabed to volley home with thirty-nine minutes gone.

Abel was having a field-day and swung in yet another cross four minutes from the break which, while the defenders were swarming round Garabed, Leoš Loos rose to head in at the near post.

Brook Street were in no mood to ease up, and with a minute to go to the break, Lope Cabrio played a one-two with Abel which ripped the visitors’ defence apart and let the Spaniard slide in Brook Street’s fourth goal.

The pass through had been sublime, but in the process Abel twisted his ankle and had to be substituted. He left the field to rapturous applause from the home fans, and was replaced by young Alex Clapperton who was making his league debut.

Brook Street were in complete control, but it was not until the seventieth minute that they really turned the screw to finish off their opponents.

Right on the seventieth minute mark, Muhammad Noorani slid home the fifth goal and marked the opening of the floodgates as all Finnish resistance collapsed.

In an amazing sixty second spell Brook Street netted twice as they turned there dominance into goals. First, Alex Clapperton pounced on a slack pass across the eighteen-yard box to fire in his first league goal with seventy-four minutes showing. Then, straight from the re-start, Leoš Loos slammed in his second of the game and Brook Street’s seventh.

Then, it was Andrew Cleary’s turn to torment the unfortunate visitors. He broke through in seventy-seven minutes and calmly fired the ball past visiting keeper Peter St Clair.

His second goal in as many minutes was a real solo effort. Dispossessing the Finnish player in the centre circle, he proceeded to brush off challenges and dribbled the ball right through before slotting it into the net. This will almost certainly be a candidate for ‘goal of the season’.

There was no way Brook Street would sit back now and set about their opponents with the aim of hitting double figures. And they only had to wait two minutes before achieving their goal, when Leoš Loos turned his marker and fired home to complete his hat-trick.

Asked about his hat-trick, Leoš played it down saying, “This was a team performance above all else. Everyone played their part and we won by a margin that I think our performance merited. Yes, the hat-trick was a bonus, but the way the team played was more important”.

He was then asked about the injury to Abel Soffia, to which the coach said, “Abel twisted his ankle in the build-up to our fourth goal. It’s a bit early to assess the damage, but we’re hopeful it isn’t serious”.

He continued, “Abel was having a tremendous game and it was really unfortunate that this happened. We’ll just have to wait and see the extent of any damage once the swelling goes down”.

With his charges remaining unbeaten after four games, one journalist asked him if ‘the champagne was on ice’. He responded typically by saying, “After four games? You’ve got to be kidding, right?”

Continuing, he said, “There is a long, long way to go and I’ve been in the game long enough not to make any predictions before the final whistle of the final game of the season. Any talk of championships at this stage is idiotic”.

Elsewhere, Crass and The Tiny Spacemen kept the pressure on with wins over Marcascotties and Maxum respectively while Sparta slipped to a 4-4 draw away to H & I United.

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