Matt Cocker slams the ball into the net to open the scoring in this morning's friendly at NHP.

Matt Cocker slams the ball into the net to open the scoring in this morning’s friendly at NHP.

Two goals in each half saw Brook Street ease to a comfortable 4-1 win over German Liga VII side Sportfreunde Veischedetal at New Home Park as preparations for the new season step up a gear.

Matt Cocker fired Brook Street into the lead in the fourth minute, and Phil Mullally doubled the lead nine minutes later.

Eike rang the changes at half-time and took himself, Matt Cocker and Zeke Alexandrino off to be replaced by Nicky Breaden, Lachlan MacKinnon and Jim Barnstaple respectively.

The substitutions didn’t seem to affect the fluidity of the game however, and within four minutes of the restart, Andrew Cleary slotted home number three.

Were it not for Jim Barnstaple being in outstanding form, Brook street could have been punished for taking their foot off the gas. With sixty-five minutes played he somehow got a fingertip to Shunta Furukawa’s netbound shot to turn it over, before denying Jérémy Sainte-Luce moments later.

Phil Mullally put the result beyond doubt in the seventy-fourth minute, but Carlo Maria Tiso fired in a consolation goal for the visitors seven minutes from time to wrap up the scoring.

While Eike was pleased with the result, he accepted that perhaps his team had been a little ‘lucky’.

“I think we owe Jim [Barnstaple] a huge vote of thanks for this win as without his two top-class saves, the result could have been very different. That said, I will be very happy if this is a lucky team”.

Asked if the starting line-up was his preferred one, he candidly said, “I don’t honestly think I’ve thought about my preferred starting line-up yet. Everyone has to, and will, get their chance to impress. Whoever starts will be in the side on merit”.

Emanuel Bohucký in action

Emanuel Bohucký in action.

Meanwhile, Emanuel Bohucký who sat out the game on the bench, has bid farewell to the club after a stay of some fifteen seasons to fly home to complete his signing for Slovakian V Liga side Futbalový klub Mladosť Petrovec.

“I would have liked to keep Manny here”, admitted Eike, “but I couldn’t guarantee him first team football, and at 34 he knows he’s perhaps only got a few seasons left. It would have been unfair to keep him here and not play him, and he would’ve been a very expensive luxury to be warming the bench. So there was really only one likely outcome, and I’m glad he’s found a club back home”.

“He hit seventy goals in a hundred and seventy-nine competitive appearances from midfield which is a fantastic strike rate and he will be undoubtedly be missed. He is more than capable of being a big player at a good level until he retires, and I wish him the very best of luck”, he added.

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