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Bruno Le Ber became the latest player to leave New Home Park this close season when he completed a £272,000 move to Spanish Liga VII side GUARANIES this evening.

Of Bruno’s departure, Arjen said, “He’s not had as much first team action as I’m sure he would have hoped, and we all felt that Bruno’s opportunities were unlikely to improve in the foreseeable future”.

“With this in mind, we thought it would not be beneficial to either Bruno or the club, so regrettably we decided that Bruno would be better continuing his career at another club.”

He added, “Bruno’s a really good lad and I feel sorry that things have not worked out for him here, however I’m sure he will be a fine acquisition for his new club”.

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Daniel Hasnaş gets the better of the home keeper to put us four up.

Brook Street’s reserves will now face an away tie against Division IV side Wasps United following our 6-0 thrashing of LOL 178 RSOC in Bathgate this morning.

Andy Hautala and Kenny Corney both hit braces as Athletic stormed into the Scottish Cup Fourth Round at the expense of our West Lothian opponents, with Daniel Hasnaş and Bruno Le Ber hitting the other goals.

“This was a potential banana skin for us, but our players rose to the challenge and showed just how good a side they are”, said Arjen afterwards.

“We took them apart going forward and at the back it was pleasing to keep another clean sheet”. He continued, “We knocked the ball about well and scored some excellent goals today. On that performance, we fully deserve to be in the Fourth Round”.

It would be hard to disagree with the coach as his side dominated the match without really getting out of second gear. “Had it been required, we had plenty left in the tank to step up a gear or two”.

On next week’s opponents Arjen said, “They will be a whole different proposition. They look very strong, but it appears they are another side who field their first team in the Cup. I feel this match will be a far more tactical affair”.

New signing Moritz Klüss runs to celebrate his spectacular first goal for the club.

Brook Street breezed into this afternoon’s Scottish Cup Third Round draw following our 8-0 away demolition of peragrines at kendle this morning.

Braces from Daniel Hasnaş and Bruno Le Ber along with an outstanding debut goal for Moritz Klüss and Kenny Corney’s first goal for the club were the main highlights of a game that Brook Street utterly dominated; our other goals came from Andy Hautala and Jake MacConnechy.

“Once again, our goals came from all over the park which was particularly pleasing”, said Arjen afterwards. “We also saw Moritz Klüss and Kenny Corney netting their first goals for the club, which will also be special for them”.

He continued, “We dominated the match, and got the win our great play deserved. I believe we are away again in the Third Round, but the reserves will be up for it. It’s important that our second eleven get match time and the Cup is ideal for that”.

That match will be in Bathgate, as Brook Street were drawn against LOL 178 RSOC. The coach however was not fazed by the prospect of facing the West Lothian side.

Arjen said of them, “They look quite strong in the middle of the park, but from what I can see they’ve played their first team in the Cup matches so far”.

He continued, “This however won’t change our intention to play the reserve players in the match. If they want to field their first team, then that’s up to them, but it’s more important to us that all our players get a run-out over the week”.

He concluded, “We’ve got a very tough game on Saturday which will be a whole different ball game. The league is far more important to us than the Cup and is our primary focus”.

Bruno Le Ber calmly slots home our ninth goal to complete the scoring.

It wasn’t all good news for the reserves as they eased past Uzbek side AbuSahiy at New Home Park this morning. Although they won the game 9-1, late injuries to Vítor Leocádio and Daniel Hasnaş with all our subs used, left us to finish the game with only nine players on the park and took the shine off the win.

Of more concern however is that both players now look set to miss the weekend’s top of the table clash with speccy’s saints.

“It’s not looking good for either of them”, admitted Arjen at full-time. “Vítor has a bad knock, and Daniel is concussed, so to be honest, I think they may both be struggling for Saturday”.

Athletic had made a clinical start to the match, and were five-up at the break through goals by Dario Zintu (2), Yann Schories, Oleg Zhigalov and Igor Bulatov.

Although Daniel Mingo López pulled a goal back for the visitors just after the break,
Germán Olmos Ribas restored Brook Street’s five-goal advantage with sixty-three minutes played, and Oleg Zhigalov hit his second and our seventh a minute later.

Further goals from Daniel Hasnaş and Bruno Le Ber wrapped up the scoring with nine minutes left.

By then however, Vítor Leocádio had already had to leave the game, and a minute later, Daniel Hasnaş suffered the same fate.

“It was a fine performance”, said Arjen, “but the injuries to Vítor and Daniel really took the shine off the win. Our visitors also lost a player to injury late on, so it has proved to be a costly game for both of us”.

Dario Zintu, despite being out-numbered by home defenders, slams home our opening goal in Nicaragua.

Brook Street’s reserves executed the classic “smash and grab” in Managua last night, defeating their counterparts from Nicaraguan Primera División side AC Oriental 3-1 in a match that the home side held the bulk of possession.

“The lads were outstanding this afternoon”, said Arjen at full-time. “They soaked up all the pressure and were utterly clinical with the chances they created. I can’t ask for more than this”.

“AC had two Nicaraguan Under-20’s in their line-up, so the fact we’ve done so well is down completely to the lads. Their work ethic today was second to none and they fully deserved their win”.

Dario Zintu opened the scoring with twenty minutes on the clock, and four minutes later, after the home keeper had spilt Daniel Hasnaş’s header, Bruno Le Ber slammed the ball home to double our lead.

AC reduced the lead just before the break through Nicaraguan Under-20 midfielder Rafa Derbez, but Vítor Leocádio restored our two-goal advantage with only eleven minutes left to give us the 3-1 win.

From the moment Daniel Hasnaş fired home to open the scoring in the sixth minute of our William Hill Scottish Cup Second Round tie against Giraffe Utd this morning, the question was always going to be “how many”. In the end, the reserves recorded our biggest ever win, rattling the home rigging on eleven occasions, the only blot on the copybook being Zak Conway’s consolation goal with five minutes to go.

Daniel led the scoring with four, and there were doubles for Igor Bulatov, Liran Tzur and Bruno Le Ber, and a single for Germán Olmos Ribas.

At the post-match press conference, Arjen heaped praise upon the players saying, “The boys were simply outstanding today. They showed a real desire to win today and scored some tremendous goals. They have now posed me some problems for Saturday however, as a number of them have played their way into my plans for our league match. It’s a very pleasing problem to have though!”

“We knocked the ball about very well, despite the heavy rain and very boggy pitch and showed just what class we have in our team. I cannot praise them highly enough”.

However, he declined to answer questions about which players he was looking at with a view of bringing into the first team, or dropping for that matter, saying, “We’ve still got a couple of days training to get through before I name my side for Saturday, and a lot can happen in that time. The side that takes the field on Saturday will be the one we consider to be our best line-up for the match”.

In the lunchtime draw for the Third Round, we have been give another away match, this time against Division IV.5 side Gers Supreme, with the match being played next Wednesday morning with a 10:30 am kick-off.

Arjen commented by saying, “Obviously we don’t know much about them yet, but it looks like they field their first team for Cup ties. We’ll have them watched in their match on Saturday and take it from there”.

Daniel Hasnaş knocks in Althletic's decisive third goal in the final minute this morning.

Athletic left it very late, but in the end secured the win at FC Chalbermatti which means that only a catastrophic collapse against Car Dusan next week will deny the New Home Park side a place in the Brook Street Cup for only the second time.

With only a couple of minutes left and the match deadlocked, Daniel Hasnaş having cancelled out Máximo Casados first half goal just after half time, Bruno Le Ber broke forward and played the ball out to Vítor Leocádio. Bruno continued his run and when the ball was crossed back in, he was on hand to knock it past the Chalbermatti central defenders and fire it into the net.

To concede a goal so late in the game was a devastating blow for the home side who had more than matched the Group 3 leaders and it visibly knocked the stuffing out of the players.

On the flip side, the sense of relief amongst the Brook Street players was clear to see, and straight from the re-start they won possession and the ball was fed out to Vítor Leocádio. With the home players backing off, the winger scampered down the line before firing in a deadly low cross that Daniel Hasnaş met close in and killed the game stone dead with less than a minute to go.

Admitting afterwards that his side had ‘got out of jail’, Arjen said, “We did not play all that badly, but it certainly looked like we were heading for a draw”.

“All credit to the lads though, they kept on going and some quick thinking from Bruno resulted in the breakthrough goal”.

He added, “We were extremely fortunate however to get the win, and Chalbermatti can justifiably feel disappointed. They put so much into stopping us from playing, and came within two minutes of gaining a well deserved point”.

Athletic now know that anything better than a 5-0 defeat in Serbia will be enough to ensure our continued participation in the tournament beyond the group stage for the first time since Edition 3.

Daniel Hasnaş fires home his third, and our seventh goal against FC Torpedo Dobrich this morning.

Athletic stormed to a 7-1 win over FC Torpedo Dobrich in this morning’s Brook Street Cup match at New Home Park. As the Bulgarian side tired late on, Athletic hit four goals in the final six minutes with Daniel Hasnaş bagging himself a hat-trick in as many minutes.

Torpedo had had a horrendous trip due to the severe storm which buffeted Scotland on yesterday and only arrived at New Home Park late last night. This clearly started to catch up with the players as the second half progressed, and although the match had been keenly contested until then, as Brook Street upped the pace, the visitors struggled to keep up.

In light of this, the result could be seen as being particularly harsh on Torpedo as there was not such a big gap between the teams.

“It was a fiercely contested cup-tie and until we got our third goal, it could’ve gone either way”, said Arjen at full-time.

“Torpedo’s trip here sounded absolutely horrendous, so I have great sympathy with them. It’s little surprise that they suffered late on”.

Athletic got off to a flying start with Dario Zintu opening the scoring with twelve minutes gone. Then in the twentieth minute Yann Schories’ header from Igor Bulatov’s corner was blocked by Torpedo keeper Boris Levitskiy but he was powerless to prevent Laurent Étcheverry drilling the loose ball home.

Levitskiy came to his side’s rescue a minute later, blocking Liran Tzur’s effort but had little else to do before half time.

Torpedo came out after the break with renewed confidence and with fifty-five minutes gone, Finnish striker Timo Mälkiä reduced Athletic’s lead with a fine solo goal.

Torpedo had their tails up now and when Edward Burgstaller went down in a heap just outside the box two minutes later, he clearly asked the question of the referee. The official however flashed a yellow card in his direction for diving.

Bruno Le Ber made way for Archie Peacock in sixty-five minutes, but the youngster lasted only four minutes before Brook Street’s current injury curse struck again and he himself had to be replaced after picking up a bad knock.

Within two minutes however, the game took a decisive twist when Jake MacConnechy broke through to fire home our third goal.

Torpedo had a chance to reduce the lead again when Eron Obranič turned the ball goalwards, but Emilo expertly blocked the shot.

The visitors were obviously flagging by this stage, and this was clear for all to see with six minutes left when Dario Zintu turned in a cross from Yann Schories with the visitors’ defence posted missing.

This was merely the start of the roof caving in as within sixty seconds Daniel Hasnaş opened his account for the game. Within the next three minutes he scored twice to complete an unbelievable hat-trick to give Brook Street a more emphatic win than they perhaps merited.

The win keeps Athletic as the only side not to have dropped any points so far, and a win in Switzerland next week should in theory be enough to see us qualify for the Semi-finals of the tournament for only the second time.

Brook Street’s five first half goal blitz all but saw off Stanford Football Club in this morning’s friendly match at New Home Park, and although Athletic only managed to add a further one goal in the second half, Arjen was more than happy with the outcome.

“We dominated the match and everything we did in the first half lead to a goal. We eased up a bit in the second half, but with the game won we could afford to”.

It wasn’t all good news for Athletic though, as Dario Zintu picked up an injury that will rule him out for at least a fortnight.

“It’s a nasty one”, admitted Arjen, “but it’s just one of those things. Hopefully, he’ll be back sooner, but I’m not holding my breath”.

Brook Street got off to the perfect start this morning as, only six minutes into the game, Daniel Hasnaş executed the most delicate of lobs from just outside the box that evaded the Stanford keeper’s outstretched hand and nestled in the net.

The home fans however had to wait until the twenty-first minute for the second goal, but it was worth the wait as Dario Zintu cut in from the left before curling the ball into the far corner of the Stanford net.

With twenty-six minutes on the clock, the home team went three up as Liran Tzur rose high to power home Igor Bulatov’s well placed corner; clearly a move straight off the training ground.

Then, just two minutes later Bruno Le Ber got in on the act breaking through on the right before driving the ball home. Not to be left out, Laurent Étcheverry made it a hat-trick for the defenders in the thirty-second minute to complete the first half scoring.

Two minutes after the break, Dario Zintu flashed a volley wide of the post, however this was only delaying the inevitable and the unmarked Vítor Leocádio duly dispatched the ball past the helpless Stanford keeper with fifty-three minutes played.

A minute later, Vítor almost made it 7-0 but for a reflex save by the keeper, before the game became fragmented due to the number of substitutions.

Overall, it was a good workout for the reserves, but Dario will certainly be missed in the next couple of weeks.

Germán Olmos Ribas calmly knocks the ball home to score his first goal for the club.

New signings Archie Peacock and Germán Olmos Ribas made their debuts with Ribas getting his name on the scoresheet as we geared up for the new season with an excellent 6-0 win over Mobster United at New Home Park this morning.

Athletic started confidently and opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute through Bruno Le Ber and placed themselves firmly in the driving seat fourteen minutes later when Dario Zintu knocked the corner kick to Daniel Hasnaş who whipped a low drive in off the far post to double the advantage.

Dario got his own name on the scoresheet six minutes before the break to give Athletic a 3-0 half-time lead and emphasise their complete control of the game.

With the game all but won Athletic lowered the tempo, while the visitors shut up shop in an attempt to keep the score down. They were left totally helpless in the sixty-third minute however when Athletic increased the lead, courtesy of Oleg Zhigalov’s forehead.

The scoreline did not truly reflect Athletic’s dominance, however with six minutes left Igor Bulatov rifled in Athletic’s fifth goal from a narrow angle, and just two minutes later Germán Olmos Ribas made it a scoring debut to round off the scoring.

After the match Arjen said, “This was the perfect build-up to our Cup match next Wednesday, and a good run out for some fringe players”.

“Archie and Germán both did very well on their debuts, and I’m sure they will do well at this club. But this was a very good team performance overall, and this is what I will be looking for this season”.

He admitted, “Last season was a huge disappointment for us, and I’m determined to ensure that doesn’t happen again this season”.

“The Cup is something of a distraction midweek, but we’ll be setting up with Saturday in mind. The league is our sole focus, and we’ll not be going all out for the win against AberdeenPOL on Wednesday”.

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