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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