Fraser Caragher fires us back into the lead in extra-time.

Brook Street’s reserves “got an excellent workout this morning”, according to Coach Eike Alanne, eventually running out 5-3 winners after extra time against Stella Rossa Firenze at New Home Park.

Twice the Italians had been in front, but the predominantly young Brook Street side showed great character to fight back.

“The longer the match went on, the better and stronger we got. Red Star just couldn’t keep up with us in extra time”, said Eike. “That is proof if any were needed that our training regime is working well”, he added.

“We were a little wasteful in front of goal, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction”.
The Italians took the lead in the seventh minute through Augusto Bragadin, but Adam Humphrey quickly had us back on level terms.

Frank Boszhart fired the Reds back in front after twenty-two minutes, which remained the position until Lewis Espley tied things up again around the hour mark.

However, Brook Street had their tails up and Matt Cocker fired home in sixty-six minutes to put the home side in front for the first time. That lead lasted only six minutes before Mauro Goretti coolly rolled in the equaliser.

The match then became something of a midfield stalemate at this point with both sides cancelling each other out, and there was an air of inevitability that the match was heading for extra-time.

And it was the home side who would prove to be the stronger in the extra half hour.

Fraser Caragher, a second half substitute for the injured Richard Gabriel, drew first blood, rifling home an unstoppable shot three minutes into extra-time.

This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Reds, and Brook Street killed the game just two minutes later when Sam Ferretto rounded the keeper to secure the win.

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Adam Humphrey celebrates as he completes his first senior hat-trick

Brook Street hit double figures this afternoon as they ran out 10-0 winners against Swiss Ranger at New Home Park. Seventeen year-old striker Adam Humphrey hit a career first hat-trick and top scorer Andrew Cleary a brace as Brook Street ran riot.

“I’m told it was like shooting fish in a barrel”, said Eike afterwards. “I have no idea what that means, but I guess it is something along the lines of we couldn’t fail to win, yes?”

He continued, “We never had to get out of second gear, and I think that speaks volumes. It’s the club’s biggest win in quite some time, and it keeps us ahead at the top of the league, so there is lots to be pleased about”.

“I’m particularly pleased for young Adam Humphrey”, he added. “He showed a real predator’s instinct and I’m delighted he scored his career first hat-trick today. It’s a real confidence boost for him, and I’ll be looking for him to kick on from here”.

“The team are starting to click and we’re getting used to playing the new style. We had a lot of upheaval during the close season, but it’s starting to pay dividends”, he concluded.

Eike opened the scoring from the penalty spot in six minutes and Krsto Grubić made it two with nineteen minutes on the clock.

Adam Humphrey netted the first of his three goals eleven minutes before the break, but it wasn’t until three minutes after the break that Andrew Cleary fired in number four.

At this point, Brook Street were raiding at will and Adam Humphrey hit his second with sixty-two minutes played, and Nicky Breaden made it 6-0 ten minutes later.

Teams have a tendency to sit back at this point, but not Brook Street who went for the jugular. The visitors managed to hold out until six minutes from time when the floodgates opened.

Andrew Cleary made it 7-0 in eighty-four minutes, before Adam Humphrey completed his hat-trick a minute later. Nicky Breaden struck to make it 9-0 four minutes from time and Conor Meldrum lobbed in Brook Street’s tenth to wrap up the scoring with three minutes to go.

The win keeps the New Home Park side a point ahead of MacAulays Saints and two ahead of fc scourie.

Eike Alanne fires us into the lead with less that 120 seconds played.

Brook Street recorded a comfortable 6-0 win over Swedish visitors, zeni, at New Home Park this morning, but Coach Eike Alanne surprised everyone in the ground by fielding the full strength first team.

Defending the decision he said, “We face the now ownerless and managerless Swiss Ranger here on Saturday, and in light of this we perhaps have more leeway than normal in our team selection for the weekend match”.

“As a result, we’ll be fielding some of our younger players which will give them more experience. This will be more beneficial to them and to the club than fielding them in a friendly, so we too the decision to field the first team”.

He continued, “We haven’t picked up any injuries, so it’s been a win/win for us today”.

Brook Street were quick off the mark again this morning, hitting three goals in the opening five minutes through Eike Alanne, Alex Clapperton and Sam Ferretto.

Andrew Cleary made it 4-0 before half an hour had elapsed, with the other goals from Phil Mullally and Attila Gyöngyösi coming in the second half.

Eike Alanne latches onto a perfect through ball and side-foots it into the Scourie net to double our lead.

Brook Street stormed to the top of the league with an emphatic 4-1 win at FC Scourie. The New Home Park side were fast out of the blocks, and within three minutes were 2-0 up thanks to strikes from Andrew Cleary and Eike Alanne. Andrew added his second with only eleven minutes played, as the home fans
headed for the exits in droves.

With the match already all but won, Brook Street clearly took their foot off the pedal, but despite this still managed to add a fourth seven minutes after the break when Fraser Carragher slotted home a controversial penalty.

Peter McCandless reduced the lead with nine minutes to go, which gave the home side renewed heart. However despite some late scares, the Brook Street goal remained intact to run out comfortable winners.

“We were excellent today and everyone played their part”, said Eike at full-time. “We broke with speed and purpose, finished clinically and pressured their players when we didn’t have the ball. We also tracked back well and gave them as little room as possible in which to play”, he added.

On his side going top he said, “Yes, it’s nice, but it’s too early to be starting to look at titles and the like. Anyway, it is too early for this side to go up; we’d just come straight back down, so I’d rather we consolidated this season and perhaps next too before mounting a serious challenge the season after next”.

While this may disappoint some of the fans who are looking for a swift return to Division III, the coach is working to a set plan, and is determined to stick to it.

“We’ve got a long-term plan and we want to see this through properly. The basis is to build a side which will take the club as high as possible and be able to compete at that level. Anything we gain in the short-term could work against our long-term goals, so we’ve asked from day one that the fans are patient”.

He continued, “I have to commend the fans for being very patient with the side, especially when we went through that run of bad results, but now that we’ve hit the top of the league, it might be more difficult for some of them to keep sight of the bigger picture. That’s entirely understandable, as is the desire to get back to Division III, but patience here will be the key”.

Sam Ferretto celebrates the second of his two goals against fox-blue this afternoon.

French side fox-blue were caught in the Brook Street juggernaut headlights this afternoon as the Scots romped to a 7-0 win in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Conor Meldrum fired the visitors into a seventh minute lead, which Sam Ferretto doubled with twenty-five minutes played. Just on for the injured Lewis Espley, Alex Clapperton fired in our third goal just after the half-hour mark before two goals in three minutes from Sam Ferretto and Nicky Breaden had Brook Street five-up at the break.

With the game well and truly won, Eike Alanne’s charges took the foot off the gas in the second half, but still managed to find the net twice through Krsto Grubić and Nicky Breaden to wrap up a very convincing win.

“We’re really starting to click”, said Eike afterwards. “We’re playing some outstanding football and the youngsters are all progressing very well. I’m very pleased how things are turning out”.

Turning to the injury sustained by Lewis Espley he said, “He’s got a thigh injury and it looks initially as if he could be missing for up to a fortnight. Obviously, we’re hopeful he’ll be back before that, but it’ll take as long as it takes; we’ll not be rushing him back”.

He continued, “Lewis’s injury aside, it’s been a very good trip for us, and sets us up nicely for our trip to the Highlands to face FC Scourie on Saturday”.

Matt Cocker slams in his second goal of the afternoon to make the score 3-0.

Matt Cocker slams in his second goal of the afternoon to make the score 3-0.

In easily one of their best league performances in recent times, Brook Street routed league leaders FC Scourie 7-1 at New Home Park. The Highlanders had been unbeaten up until this afternoon, but they were no match for a rampant Brook Street side who are now right back in the mix.

Andrew Cleary opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute, and a quick double from Matt Cocker had Brook Street three-up inside forty minutes. Kembele Madimba reduced the lead just before the break, but Fraser Carragher restored the three-goal advantage four minutes after the re-start, before three goals in quick succession around the hour mark from Attila Gyöngyösi, Krsto Grubić and Alex Clapperton wrapped up the win and killed the game stone dead.

“My players were absolutely fantastic”, beamed a clearly delighted Eike Alanne at the post-match press briefing. “We dominated the match from start to finish, and our passing and finishing were simply outstanding. We showed everyone just how good a side we are”.

He added, “We switched the line-up and formation slightly and it paid dividends. We’ve been caught out in the last couple of games by teams packing the midfield, so we learned from our mistakes and the players rose to the occasion today”.

“We’re now right back in contention in the title race, and while promotion is not our aim, we naturally want to finish as high as we can. Whoever wins this league will not gain automatic promotion, so we’ve got to give ourselves the best possible chance to secure a lucrative play-off match”. He added, “We’ve blown the title race wide open, and it’s up to us to now capitalise on what we have achieved today”.

Adam Humphrey fires in our consolation goal.

Adam Humphrey fires in our consolation goal.

Brook Street bowed out of the Diddy Cup this afternoon, following a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Celtic Garfin. While disappointed at the outcome, Eike Alanne wasn’t particularly upset by the result.

“When you’re fielding a lot of youngsters, you’re always going to get results like this”, he said. “Had our finishing been sharper, the result could have been very different, but it’s all ‘ifs and buts’. I think the scoreline flatters them a little though as I don’t think there were three goals between the sides”.

He continued, “However, we started off poorly and before half-time had given ourselves a mountain to climb. Adam [Humphrey] took his goal well, but we’ve got to take all our chances when they arise, otherwise we end up in the situation we got ourselves into today”.

Asked about the extent of Jim Barnstaple’s injury, Eike said, “It’s too early to tell yet, but hopefully he’s only got bruised ribs. He’s almost certainly out for Saturday, and we’ll just have to wait and see it he’ll miss any other games”.

Finally, he said, “Going into a match with the league leaders with only one fit goalkeeper is perhaps not the best thing to be doing, but we’ll roll with it nonetheless”.

Despair for Alex Clapperton as he pulls his shot wide late in the second half.

Despair for Alex Clapperton as he pulls his shot wide late in the second half.

“If I live to be a hundred years old, I will never know how we lost that game”, was Eike Alanne’s assessment of Brook Street’s 1-0 defeat away to Swiss Ranger, where Louis Crook’s sixty-second strike brought to an end Brook Street’s long unbeaten run.

“We had chances to win it and didn’t take them; they had one shot on target and that’s all it took. Man for man, we’re better than them yet it’s us going home empty-handed. Football can be a cruel sport”.

“What is again disappointing is the fact we lost another very soft goal from a set piece”, he continued. “We totally gifted them it by switching off again.”

The defeat saw Brook Street slip to fourth place, being leapfrogged by MacAuleys Saints and Swiss Ranger.

Richard Gabriel's wonder strike turns the game on its head as Brook Street take the lead.

Richard Gabriel’s wonder strike turns the game on its head as Brook Street take the lead.

Having given Bandits Utd a two-goal start, Brook Street stormed back to win this morning’s Diddy Cup tie at The Bloated Dome to progress to the Fifth Round where they will face Celtic Garfin.

While he was less than impressed by manner in which the two goals were conceded, Eike Alanne praised the attitude and desire to win shown by his players to come back and win the match so comfortably.

“We were very slack for the opening goal, and to concede it from a set-piece isn’t good at all. Then, having seen that Maragnano was clearly going to be the target man, we switched off as the ball came across and he got his second. We’ve got to concentrate far better and either mark the target man closer, or even better, stop the cross coming in at all”.

“That said”, he continued “we showed real character to come back but as soon as Liam [Christie] got our first goal we finally got to grips with the game and there was no looking back. I think that once Bandits scored their second goal, they ceased to be an attacking force. That says everything about the attitude of my players and the way they controlled the game”.

Sam Ferretto tied the game with a typical poachers strike after the ball rebounded from the crossbar in the thirty-fifth minute and Richard Gabriel fired Brook Street into the lead just two minutes later.

Further goals from Lewis Espley, Adam Humphrey and Phil Mullally in the second half rounded of a memorable fightback and ensured that it would be Brook Street Athletic who entered the lunchtime draw for the Fifth Round.

Andrew Cleary watches on as his second minute shot hits the net to open the scoring.

Andrew Cleary watches on as his second minute shot hits the net to open the scoring.

Brook Street stormed to a fourth successive league victory with a blistering display that saw BK Flowers wilt under the onslaught. To be fair, the 4-0 victory could have and possibly should have been more comprehensive, but for some excellent goalkeeping by Joe Tweeddell.

Brook Street dominated from first whistle to last, but barely got out of second gear as Eike acknowledged afterwards.

“We dominated the game all over the park and in some respects it was similar to a training match. Peppering their goal with shots probably didn’t help either as we eased off after a while, and by the end we were down to walking pace”.

He continued, “I must however pay tribute to their goalkeeper who pulled off two top class saves in the first half. Had either of those gone in, I think the scoreline could have ended up more representative of the way the game panned out”.

“However”, he added, “we’re playing good football and our plan seems to be coming together well, so I’m not going to be overly critical of the lads for easing up.

Andrew Cleary opened the scoring within the first 120 seconds of the game, and added a second before half an hour had elapsed. Alex Clapperton added the third thirteen minutes into the second half and Nicky Breaden knocked in his fourth league goal of the season to wrap up the scoring after sixty-nine minutes.

The win keeps Brook Street in second place, a point behind fc scourie.

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