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Eliseo Albeiros fires home the first of his three goals in a perfect debut.

Eliseo Albeiros fires home the first of his three goals in a perfect debut.

A debut hat-trick by Elisio Albeiros was the main highlight as Brook Street hit seven goals without reply against Hungarian visitors Miskolci Hazafiak in our friendly match at New Home Park this morning. The Spaniard had been brought in as a short-term replacement while Garabed Palasyan and Abel Soffia were sidelined, however performances such as today’s may well force coach Leoš Loos to consider a more permanent arrangement.

“Yes, his finishing was clinical, but our build-up play was also worthy of note”, said the coach. “He’s fast and is good with both feet so he’s definitely an asset to have in our arsenal”.

He continued, “Performing like that in friendlies is one thing, but if Elisio plays like that in the league, we might have to look at making the move more long-term”.

“However”, he said, “it’s early days, so we’ll just have to see how it goes”.

Sam Ferretto opened the scoring with a diving header with only three minutes played before Eliseo doubled the lead on the half hour mark. Over the following eleven minutes, he completed his hat-trick before Zsolt Baboss, making his comeback from injury, made it 5-0 a minute before the break.

Muhammad Noorani made it six in the sixty-sixth minute and Alex Clapperton wrapped up the scoring nine minutes from time.

Fortunately the squad suffered no further injuries and with Zsolt Baboss returning from injury, the side is starting to get back to full strength as the coach noted.

“Zsolt came through unscathed and Garabed is progressing well, so we’re hopeful of being at full-strength for the potential title-decider against The Tiny Spacemen a week on Saturday”.

Eliseo Albeiros

Eliseo Albeiros

Brook Street moved to resolve their winger crisis this evening by signing 34 year-old Spaniard, Eliseo Albeiros from Liga VI side DGATANCE. A fee of just over £85,000 was agreed and Eliseo will go straight into the squad for Wednesday’s match against Hungarian side Miskolci Hazafiak.

“We decided we had no option but to move”, admitted Leoš Loos at the press-conference. “We couldn’t go into a crucial game on Saturday with only one available recognised winger, so we’ve signed Eliseo until the end of the season. After that, we’ll see how it goes”.

Asked about whether it was a wise long-term strategy to buy players over the age of 30, he replied, “What we need at the moment is experience and someone who can come into the team and do a job immediately. All of our recent signings can do that, and although I’d love to be bringing in local boys, we simply can’t throw someone from the Academy in at the deep end. They need to be brought on carefully; not told to sink or swim”.

New signing Eliseo said, “I look forward to playing for Brook Street and I will repay the faith the coach has shown in me”.

Muhammad Noorani heads home his seventh league goal of the season to make it 2-0.

Muhammad Noorani heads home his seventh league goal of the season to make it 2-0.

Brook Street safely negotiated the potential banana-skin fixture against Sparta Macmerry this afternoon, winning 5-0, but it came at a cost. Garabed Palasyan picked up an injury which will potentially rule him out of next weekend’s crucial fixture away to Crass, while yellow cards for Leoš Loos and Abel Soffia take both over the suspension threshold.

While the player/coach’s suspension is easily covered, having Garabed and Abel missing, Alex Clapperton is left as the only winger on the club’s books which poses a considerable problem for the coaching staff, as Leoš pointed out in the post-match press conference.

“With only one recognised winger available for next weekend’s vital match at Crass we face the choice of altering our formation or entering the transfer market to see if we can pick up someone on a short-term deal as cover”.

“I’ve not yet decided on which course of action to take, but time is not on our side”.

Of Garabed’s injury along with his own and Abel’s suspensions he said, “Garabed took some tought treatment from their full-backs and it’s looking doubtful for him making next weekend’s fixture. As for our suspensions, mine was just stupid on my part, and Abel’s was down to a mistimed tackle”.

He continued, “We’ve both been walking the tightrope for a few weeks so if there is anything positive to take from them it that, at least, it’s not the final game of the season we’ll miss”.

“We’re down to the bare bones now. Hopefully Zsolt will come through Wednesday’s friendly ok and we will at least have options in defence. It’s the wings that are troubling me though”.

On the win itself he said, “It could have had the potential for us to slip up, but fortunately scoring so early, along with hitting four goals before half-time killed off any chance of an upset. In fact, they never had a single strike on goal which probably indicates just how much on top we were”.

“If we continue that form into next week’s match, we have the chance to set up a title-decider at New Home Park on the final day of the season. The stakes couldn’t be higher”.

Krsto Grubić fires home to make it 3-0 in this morning's friendly.

Krsto Grubić fires home to make it 3-0 in this morning’s friendly.

This morning’s friendly against Chilean side Wanderers club probed to be a stroll in the park for Brook Street’s reserves with braces for Muhammad Noorani, Nicky Breaden and Fraser Carragher, along with strikes from Krsto Grubić and Sam Ferretto giving the New Home Park side an 8-0 win.

The game also marked the debut for Paco Palleras who put in a solid if unspectacular performance at right-back.

“Unspectacular is fine by me”, said Leoš Loos when asked to comment afterwards. He continued, “Paco was asked to do a specific job, he did exactly that and I’m very happy with his performance. He’s a totally different kind of player to Zsolt, so anyone who was expecting more of the same will be disappointed. I knew exactly what I was getting, and that’s why I signed him”.

Turning his attention back to the result, he said, “I think we totally dominated the game, but we really only played for about an hour”. He continued, “It’s hard to keep going when you’re so far in front, and so it proved today. This is in stark contrast to last week’s friendly, and to be perfectly honest, I would prefer matches like last week’s to today’s”.

Paco Palleras

Paco Palleras

Following the injury to Zsolt Baboss against Maxum last week, Leoš Loos this evening bolstering the club’s defence by securing the services of 31 year-old Paco Palleras from Swedish side Kvarnväggen in a deal worth just under £350,000.

Leoš said, “We don’t have a lot of defenders at the club, and with Zsolt looking as if he’ll miss a number of games in the run-in, we felt that it was important to bring someone in who was a recognised defender, and who would provide not just cover, but contribute to the team”.

He continued, “Paco has lots of experience and will not only steady the ship, but also be able to guide players through matches. He can play in either wide positions or in the middle, so provides us with versatility that we maybe haven’t had so far”.

Speaking of his move, Paco said, “I’m delighted to be here. Brook Street are a club going places, and I want to be part of that”.

He continued, “I’m not here to simply make up the numbers, but I’m also not naïve enough to think I can walk straight into the first team. I will have to be at my best to stay in the first team, should I be fortunate enough to get there in the first place. I’ve got to prove I am worthy of the place by performing well in the reserves, and that’s exactly what I intend to do”.

Paco will meet up with his new team-mates in the morning and will go straight into the squad to face Chilean side, Wanderers club in a friendly at New Home Park on Wednesday.

Andrew Cleary prods the ball home to net the first of his three goals against The Finnish Miracle.

Andrew Cleary prods the ball home to net the first of his three goals against The Finnish Miracle.

Brook Street scored four goals either side of half-time as they romped to an excellent 8-0 win against The Finnish Miracle in Edinburgh this afternoon. Andrew Cleary hit a hat-trick, there were braces for Lope Cabrio and Muhammad Noorani, and a single for Fraser Carragher as Brook Street ran riot.

“We showed the desire and hunger for the win, and I don’t think anyone could deny that we deserved the win”, said Leoš Loos.

“We’re very happy with the result and it leaves us with only three games to play, two of which are at New Home Park”,

He however cautioned, “Those three remaining games will be the toughest of the season as we face the best of the other sides in the Division. We are however prepared and have been tailoring our whole season to these last games. We know what we have to do, and we’ll be setting out to do exactly that”.

Elsewhere, next weekend’s visitors, Sparta Macmerry thumped Highlands & Islands United 11-0; The Tiny Spacemen eased past Maxum by three unanswered goals; and Crass hit nine without reply to relegate Marcascotties.

Phil Mullally fires  Brook Street into an early lead against SUS Beckhausen 05 in this morning's friendly.

Phil Mullally fires Brook Street into an early lead against SUS Beckhausen 05 in this morning’s friendly.

Brook Street and their German visitors SUS Beckhausen 05 served up a real cracker at New Home Park this morning with the game going to spot kicks after the sides sharing eight goals. This was despite the home side playing from the sixty-fourth minute with ten men after Fraser Caragher received two yellow cards in quick succession. However, despite the disadvantage, it was Athletic who prevailed, winning the shoot-out 3-2.

Phil Mullally had got Brook Street off to the perfect start with a goal in the fourth minute, and Garabed Palasyan doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark.

That two-goal lead lasted only two minutes before Emil Fornalczyk pulled one back for the visitors, and Brook Street were forced into a substitution in the fortieth minute when Attila Gyöngyösi was forced off after a bad challenge.

In an unusual move, coach Leoš Loos came on to replace him in defence, and within a minute the visitors had levelled through Cuno Bartnicki.

Muhammad Noorani nosed Brook Street ahead in the sixty-fifth minute, but Beckhausen fired straight back through Konstantin Streisand and two minutes later Jonas Tetzlaff finished off a terrific move to edge the visitors in front for the first time.

Beckhausen’s lead lasted until nine minutes from time when Sam Ferretto powered Alex Clapperton’s cross into the net with a spectacular diving header.

With no scoring in extra-time, Alex Clapperton, Sam Ferretto and Muhammad Noorani were the players who kept their cool in the shoot-out to fire Brook Street to the win.

“We were pushed all the way”, admitted Leoš who added, “but that’s exactly what we want”.

He continued, “Beckhausen were excellent opponents for us and although the fans like to see us win emphatically, I would much rather we had more friendly games like this”.

Asked about the injury to Attila Gyöngyösi, Leoš said, “It’s nothing bad, so I’d expect him to be in place on Saturday. Taking him off was more of a precaution”.

He concluded saying, “We played some great football and knocked the ball about well”.

Then, with tough firmly in cheek he said, “The work-rate of the midfield and the front line was excellent, but oh dear… the defence after Attilla went off was terrible. That guy that came on was the worst full-back I’ve ever seen!”

Garabed Palasyan fires home from a tight angle to open the scoring.

Garabed Palasyan fires home from a tight angle to open the scoring.

In what could have been a real ‘banana-skin’ fixture for Brook Street, three unanswered first half goals proved to be enough to see off the challenge of Maxum in this afternoon’s league match. Garabed Palasyan struck twice either side of a Sam Ferretto header to secure another valuable three points.

The home side’s cause was not helped by the dismissal of full-back Daniel Mallock in the sixty-third minute for an off the ball incident, but with the game already won, Brook Street chose to keep things tight and not take any undue risks.

In fact, with Brook Street increasing their goals advantage over The Tiny Spacemen by another two, it could have been the perfect afternoon had Zsolt Baboss not picked up an injury that may well have ended his season.

“It was a truly shocking challenge”, fumed Leoš Loos afterwards, “and it only received a yellow card as punishment. How it wasn’t a red I’ll never know”.

On the result he said, “We showed real desire and energy and had the game wrapped up by half-time. We passed the ball really well and controlled large spells of the game, all of which is very pleasing. Above all however is the fact we’ve won another three points and that’s another game gone”.

Brook Street comfortably saw off Brentanella in this morning’s friendly match at New Home Park. Two goals each from Fraser Carragher and Phil Mullally along with a Muhammad Noorani strike eased Athletic to a 5-0 win over their Italian visitors.

“We played some super football this morning”, claimed Brook Street coach Leoš Loos, and there wee few in the ground who would disagree. We created a lot of chances and were fortunate enough to finish off a number of them”.

He added, “A repeat of that on Saturday, and I’ll be happy”.

The coach was also pleased that his charges came through the match unscathed.

“Zsolt made his comeback and I’m pleased to say that he has suffered no adverse reaction. He’ll come back into the squad for Saturday’s match, along with Abel Soffia who, while he did not play today, will be available for the match against Maxum”.

Muhammad Noorani scores the second of his goals to make the score 4-0.

Muhammad Noorani scores the second of his goals to make the score 4-0.

Two goals each from Lope Cabrio and Muhammad Noorani along with strikes from Abel Soffia, Eike Alanne and a Emanuel Bohucký penalty earned Brook Street a 7-0 win over Highlands and Islands United at New Home Park this afternoon.

The win keeps the Monifieth side three points clear at the top of the league with only five games remaining, although coach Leoš Loos admitted he’s now keeping a closer eye on title challengers, The Tiny Spacemen.

“We’re now at ‘the sharp end of the season’, and depending upon how results pan out next weekend, the championship could conceivably become a two-horse race between ourselves and the Spacemen”.

When asked about whether he felt the pressure growing, he replied, “We’re always under pressure to win. Yes, we know that our goal-difference advantage has been whittled away over the past few weeks, but we also know that all we have to do is keep winning and that puts all the pressure on the other sides in the Division”.

He continued, “We’re three points clear at the top, so as long as we match the results of our nearest challenger, then there nothing they can do about it and the pressure is all on them. The lead is ours to lose”.

Turning back to today’s game he said, “We were competent and professional; nothing more. We knew what we had to do and we set about achieving it. I feel we let them off the hook when they went down to ten men, and we should have won by a greater margin, but at the end of the day, it’s another three points and one game less left to play”.

Asked about the injury to Abel Soffia, the coach said, “He’s got stud marks across his knee and we took him off as a precaution, however he should be ok for next week”.

He concluded, “We’re going into some very tough fixtures over the last few weeks of the season, so it’s important we have all our full squad available”.

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