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Fraser Carragher's expression says it all.

Fraser Carragher’s expression says it all.

Brook Street suffered their biggest defeat in years as ten-man Dronach Lions ran riot in this afternoon’s Division III play-off to consign the New Home Park outfit to a second season in the fourth tier.

The Monifieth side’s legion of fans who had made the trip north had travelled in anticipation of seeing their favourites return to Division III, but before even half an hour had been played, many were already on the road back south.

By then the home side were four goals up and even the sending off of their midfielder Andrew Patchell for two bookable offences seemed to have little effect as the Division III side romped to a 7-1 win.

“We simply didn’t compete”, admitted a visibly shocked Leoš Loos when he faced the assembled press afterwards. “I don’t know what went wrong out there. We’re all in a state of disbelief”.

He continued, “We’ve come so far this season, and to see everything we’ve worked so hard for ground into the dirt is hard to take. I can tell you that my players are absolutely devastated at today’s turn of events. We’re all devastated”.

“Complacency in our final league match lead to this today. We won’t be making that mistake again”.

He then apologised to the Brook Street fans who had made the trip saying, “To those fans who made journey today and those who couldn’t come today but who have backed us so tremendously this season, I have got to say I’m profoundly sorry; they deserved better than that today”.

When asked where the defeat left his position he rounded on the questioner saying, “Exactly where I am right now! I was tasked with getting Brook Street out of Division IV and that’s exactly what I’m going to do”.

He finished the conference with, “The team is in a transition phase and some players will leave while others will come in. We estimated that we’d need two or maybe three seasons to make the change. Nothing has altered this. Now that we know where we’re playing next season, we will plan accordingly”.

So, Brook Street’s stay in Division IV.7 has been extended, but they will now know exactly how much they are required to step up to compete in Division III.

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Abel Soffia fires in our second goal against Marcascotties this afternoon.

Abel Soffia fires in our second goal against Marcascotties this afternoon.

The old adage of counting ones chickens may not have had much meaning to the playing staff prior to kick-off this afternoon, but its effects and those of Brook Street’s 3-2 defeat to Marcascotties will certainly be reverberating around New Home Park tonight.

Whilst it had originally been thought that Brook Street simply had to turn up today as the match was meaningless, this was not the case. From a position where automatic promotion seemed a formality, Brook Street now find themselves in the position where they now face a difficult trip to face Division III.8 side Dronach Lions in the Highlands in a play-off next weekend.

Speaking afterwards Leoš Loos admitted, “We’ve only got ourselves to blame for this defeat. We took our eye off the ball and we’ve paid a very heavy price. We were second to everything and they certainly wanted the win more. That showed.”

On next week’s opponents Dronach Lions the coach said, “We honestly don’t know a thing about them at the moment. We’ll study the videos over the next few days and form our gameplan from that”.

He continued, “It’ll be a really tough game, but we’ll prepare thoroughly and give it 100%”.

On a bad afternoon for Brook Street, veteran winger Nemanja Jankovic was helped off after sustaining what looks like a serious injury.

“We’ll have to assess him over the next few days, but he could be out for a lengthy period”, said Leoš. “I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s career threatening, but it’s certainly serious”.

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