Richard Gabriel scores his first goal for the club he has supported since he was a boy.

Richard Gabriel scores his first goal for the club he has supported since he was a boy.

Eike Alanne picked a blend of youth and experience to face AFC Gooners 1886 at New Home Park this afternoon, and the move paid dividends as Brook Street romped to an excellent 9-0 win in front of a crowd of just under 35,000.

The win takes Brook Street up to fourth in the table, just three points off top spot, but the performance is more important than league position as far as Eike is concerned.

“We worked exceptionally hard, and playing the mix of older heads alongside the younger players certainly paid off”, he said.

“All our scorers took their goals very well, and it is particularly pleasing that they came from all areas of the pitch”, Eike added. “That takes the pressure off our strikers, although they hit four of the goals today between them. It’s always good to see different scorers, and I’m particularly pleased for Conor Meldrum and Richard Gabriel who both netted their first senior goals today”.

He continued, “This was a big, big team performance, and every single player out there this afternoon deserves the ovation that the fans gave them at full-time. It was a performance worthy of a big win, and 9-0 didn’t flatter us, I don’t think”.

“This was the kind of league game that we’ll be bringing the young players into”, he added.

“They’ll never be of use to us if they only gain experience from friendlies and cup games. These boys are good enough, and they’ll be given their chance”.

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