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Adam Humphrey capitalises on a mix-up in the Saints’ defence to send us on our way.

Brook Street stormed to an emphatic 6-0 win away to MacAuleys Saints which secured the Division IV.13 league title at the first time of asking, and with it, brings a Division III Play-Off next weekend against Kobis.

Brook Street got off to a flying start as young Adam Humphrey pounced on a defensive mistake to fire the New Home Park side into the lead with only five minutes on the clock.

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure and only an outstanding save from Saints’ keeper Florian Pułka prevented Andrew Cleary from increasing the lead, but it was only a matter of time before Brook Street did find away through.

And when it came, it was a real beauty. Alex Clapperton had been tormenting Saints’ left-back Arthur Moore throughout the opening period, and with twenty minutes gone, he left the defender for dead before swinging over a teasing, tempting cross which Adam Humphrey met full on the volley to almost lifted the rigging off the goal frame.

Brook Street had their tails up by now and went straight for the kill. Andrew Cleary hit his twenty-second goal of the season in the twenty-sixth minute, and Phil Mullally all but made the game safe eight minutes before the break.

With the Championship in the bag by half-time, all that remained for Brook Street was to improve their goal difference to try to secure a more favourable play-off draw, and the visitors wasted no time in setting about their task.

With just two minutes played after the re-start Andrew Cleary rifled home his second goal of the game to make it 5-0 and secure his place as the league’s top scorer. Then, with sixty-eight minutes on the clock, it fell to Fraser Caragher to complete the scoring with a drilled shot following another defensive error.

So, next Saturday Brook Street will face Kobis in the Division III play-off, but when interviewed after the celebrations had moved on to local hostelries or the fans had headed back down the road, the coach reckons that this match has come too early for his side.

“We’ve been playing to a gameplan which is focussed around building a side capable of challenging in Division II at least. That, I feel, will take around two to three seasons, so while it’s fantastic that we have won the title, if I’m being brutally honest, I think we’ll struggle against Kobis. They are a very strong side in what looks like a really tough league. We’ve played a few of the sides there before, usually in the Scottish Cup, so we are well aware of how good they are”.

He continued, “We’ll give it our best shot, but I think it’s a step too far for us, especially as we’re playing at their ground. It’s been a great season for us in the end, and given time, this can become a great team.

Sam Ferretto drives home his first goal of the game to make the score 5-0.

Brook Street consigned AFC Gooners 1886 to an early return to Division V with an easy 8-0 win in Fife this afternoon. Doubles from Andrew Cleary, Attila Gyöngyösi and Sam Ferretto, along with singles from Matt Cocker and Krsto Grubić did the damage in a game that the New Home Park club dominated from start to finish.

“My players showed real commitment, professionalism and desire to win, and that played a big part in our win”, said Eike Alanne at the post-match press conference. “We eased up in the second half as the game was already won, and there was no real point in pressing the game”.

“We dominated the game right from the kick-off and played some great football”, he continued. “It was important that we kept the pressure on the teams chasing us, and we’ve done exactly that with our display today”.

“We’ve got a huge game next weekend against C.D. Tetescoces, and this result sets us up nicely for that”, he concluded.

Elsewhere, second-placed FC Scourie were 8-0 away winners at Swiss Ranger, C.D. Tetescoces had a good 2-0 win at MacAulays Saints, and BK Flowers ran out 3-0 winners in Dumfries against D & G Rovers.

Sam Ferretto rises high to head home to open the scoring against D & G Rovers; the first of his four goals.

Brook Street romped to an emphatic 10-0 win over Dumfries and Galloway Rovers in front of just over 53,000 spectators at New Home Park this afternoon, and with the exception of the handful of hardy souls who made the trip from the south-west, all left the ground at full-time jubilant mood.

Following MacAulays Saints’ surprise defeat, the win saw the Monifieth extend their lead in the title race to two points with FC Scourie now our nearest challengers.

“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves despite the results today”, said Eike Alanne afterwards. “We played exceptionally well and got the win we deserved”, he said, “but we’ve still got a lot of work to do”.

“That said”, he continued, “the team are playing well, so it’s only natural that the fans will start to think about titles and suchlike. With backing like we had this afternoon, that’s almost worth a goal of a start, and we are all hugely appreciative of it”.

Rovers had proved to be stubborn opposition, and had come with the sole intention of ‘parking the bus’, but once Sam Ferretto netted the opener with thirty-five minutes played, the roof caved-in and goals from Attila Gyöngyösi, Sam’s second, and Matt Cocker in as many minutes killed off any resistance.

Brook Street eased up slightly, but Rovers were in such a mess that goals from Andrew Cleary either side of half-time had the New Home Park side six-up with just over an hour played.

Matt Cocker bagged his second of the game midway through the second half before Sam wrapped up his hat-trick with ten minutes to go.

Brook Street weren’t about to shut up shop at this point, and two minutes later Alex Clapperton finished off a fantastic move, with a finish worthy of the brilliant play which preceded it.

However it was Man of the Match, Sam Ferretto who completed the scoring, rising high to power home a trademark header which left the Rovers keeper grasping thin air.

It won’t be very often that Brook Street will go with three up front, but as Eike pointed out, “When they’re all playing so well, how can I leave one of them out?”

Andrew Cleary nets his fourth goal of the game to wrap up the scoring at a 9-1 win to Brook Street.

Brook Street romped to an emphatic 9-1 demolition of BK Flowers in the Highlands this afternoon, with Andrew Cleary, the league’s top marksman, netting four of the goals.

“We did what we had to do”, said Brook Street’s coach Eike Alanne at full-time. “It wasn’t a classic”, he admitted, “but it’s another important three points. At this point in the season, that’s all that matters”.

Andrew Cleary fired the league leaders into the lead in the fifth minute, but it wasn’t until after half an hour that he added his, and Brook Street’s second.

Brook Street then added a third through Attila Gyöngyösi, but the home side quickly fired back, Ben-Zion Eshhar reducing the lead to two.

Conceding a goal clearly annoyed the Brook Street players however, and within sixty seconds the three-goal advantage was restored, Sam Ferretto breaking through to blast home.

Brook Street weren’t finished there however, and Andrew Cleary made sure he was taking the match ball home two minutes before the break.

The Monifieth side were out of site by this point, and it became a question of ‘how many’? However, it took until seventy-three minutes before Brook Street found the net again, this time through Phil Mullally.

Sam Ferretto made it 7-1 five minutes later, before Phil Mullally made it eight, five minutes from time. Brook Street weren’t finished yet, and it was tormentor-in-chief Andrew Cleary who wrapped up the scoring with a real predator’s strike a minute later.

The win keeps Brook Street a point ahead of MacAulays Saints and two ahead of fc scourie. With these two facing each other next weekend, someone is going to lose out and with only three games remaining, it could prove pivotal at a crucial time in the season.

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”.

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”.

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.

Nicky Breaden curls an absolute peach of a shot into the postage stamp to begin the rout this afternoon.

Nicky Breaden curls an absolute peach of a shot into the postage stamp to begin the rout this afternoon.

It would appear that Dumfries and Galloway Rovers are destined for a swift return to Division V, and Brook Street certainly helped them on their way with an 9-0 humiliation on their own patch this afternoon.

Brook Street were quickest out of the traps, and with only three minutes on the clock Nicky Breaden blasted home the opening goal. Andrew Cleary added a second seven minutes later, and by the time half an hour was played Brook Street were already out of sight; further goals from Lewis Espley, Eike Alanne, and Sam Ferretto put Brook Street in complete control.

Second half goals from Andrew Cleary, Matt Cocker, Liam Christie and Eike Alanne merely served to illustrate Brook Street’s complete dominance and improve the New Home Park side’s goals for tally, to such an extent that at full-time they were in second place, just a point off fc scourie in top spot but with a greater goal difference.

However, Eike was quick to play this down at the post-match press conference.

“Promotion is not our aim this season; we’re nowhere near ready to go up, and if we did, we’d just come straight back down, so it would be pointless for us to do so”.

“We’re on a long-term building strategy, and that’s exactly where our aims and goals lie. Any talk of challenging for titles is very premature”, he added.

Turning to his side’s demolition of Rovers, the Brook Street gaffer said, “It’s always good to get high-scoring wins under our belt, but it’s of little use in anything other than boosting our morale. No disrespect meant, but bots are the whipping-boys and nothing more”.

Asked about his players’ performance he replied, “We scored goals and the younger players have gained more experience. Stamina levels are on the rise and everything is looking good. What more can I say other than today’s game is not the game to judge my team’s performance on; judge them against BK Flowers next week”.