Andrew Cleary blasts home his second goal to secure the 5-1 win and ensure promotion back to Division III.

Andrew Cleary blasts home his second goal to secure the 5-1 win and ensure promotion back to Division III.

Seldom has an outpouring of jubilation been experienced at New Home Park as that witnessed this evening. Three seasons of frustration and disappointment were brushed aside as Brook Street stormed back into Division III with an emphatic 5-1 win over title rivals The Tiny Spacemen.

“We’ve known the heartbreak of missing out on promotion”, said Leoš Loos on the pitch at full-time, “so my first thoughts go out to everyone connected with The Tiny Spacemen”.

He continues, “They’ve been formidable opponents and I’m sure they will be there or thereabouts next season”.

Then, while saluting the vast Brook Street support he said, “Look at the joy on their faces. This is what it’s all about. They follow us week in week out and we’ve let them down in the past. Today however, we got our act together and they will be watching Division III football next season. The feeling of sheer jubilation makes it all worthwhile”.

Andrew Cleary stopped in front of the North Bank during the lap of honour to speak with the club’s most vociferous fans, and at one point was in danger of being carried shoulder-high to a house party before being rescued by stewards.

Back on terra firma he laughed then echoing his gaffer’s statement saying, “See! This is what it means to us. The guys and girls on the North Bank are what make the club, and personally I am honoured to be able to play in front of them each week”. Then, he added with a wink, “We are all one big family, and I’ll be going to that party tonight despite the stewards… I’m a Brook Street fan too!”.

Back in the relative tranquility of the dressing room, Eike Alanne, who opened the scoring, said, “It’s going to take a while to sink in. I’ve only recently arrived, but for the guys who are the heart and soul of the club, I can imagine the sheer joy that today’s result brings”.

He continued, “They’ve really suffered, but now all those seasons of disappointment will now be forgotten. I’m delighted for them, and for the fans, especially the ones we see at club functions. Fans like that are the same the world over; they’d run through walls for their club, and we as players know exactly what it means to them. I’m only glad we’ve managed to win the title”.

After having hastily changed from his champagne-soaked kit, Leoš Loos reflected on the game.

“We started the game really well and were fortunate enough to take a two-goal lead in the opening quarter of an hour thanks to Eike and Andrew”.

He continued, “Although they pulled a goal back, Abel restored our two-goal advantage five minutes before the break and from then on we were never really in any danger”.

“Manny’s spot-kick was pivotal, although for me, it was never a penalty, then Andrew wrapped up the scoring with a trademark strike”.

“We played some of our best football of the season today”, he concluded, “and we can now enjoy the next few days’ celebrations before we start preparing for next season”.