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Oleg Zhigalov opens the scoring to send us on our way to the Fifth Round of the Cup the last time the two sides met.

Brook Street comfortably saw off Italian visitors Livorno Calcio 4Mori at New Home Park this morning, with Fraser Carragher netting a hat-trick, but winger Liam Christie faces an anxious wait to see if he will be fit enough for inclusion in the squad to play Kobis in the Division III qualifier at the weekend.

“Liam twisted his ankle quite badly, so in all honesty he’s probably doubtful for Saturday already”, admitted Eike Alanne after the final whistle.

“It’s just one of those things”, he added. “The doc doesn’t think it’s broken, but we’ve sent him off for an x-ray just to be sure. Either way, it looks as if he’ll miss out”.

Saturday’s qualifier will be the second time the sides have faced each other, the first being a Scottish Cup Fifth Round tie twelve seasons ago. A repeat of the scoreline that day, a 2-0 away win thanks to goals from Oleg Zhigalov and Onésimo Murube, would certainly be most welcome.

“That was a long time ago and the teams that walk out on Saturday will be totally different to those that played in the Cup game. That said however, I’ve discovered that Attila Gyöngyösi came on as a second-half substitute and Ezequiel Alexandrino watched the match from the bench! They’ve both come a long way since then”.

The coach however played down his side’s chances saying, “They’re a very good side. We’ll give it a real good shot, but we’re travelling more in hope than expectation”.

He continued, “Our main aim for the game is to gauge just how far we’ve come this season, and to get an idea of how far we’ve got to go to match a Division III side. We know we’re building a potentially very good side, but we’ll be able to see how that pans out in a competitive match”.

Bringing the interview to a close he said, “The players are all very excited, and they’re taking great confidence from the team spirit we have here. We’ll give a good account of ourselves, everyone can be assured of that”.

Adam Humphrey blast home a peach of a half-volley to open the scoring in this morning’s friendly.

First half goals from Adam Humphrey and Sam Ferretto were enough to see off French side Bisounours Utd at New Home Park in this morning’s friendly match.

Although billed as a friendly match, the game was played at a frantic pace, and while not a dirty game, no quarter was either asked for, or given. This didn’t seem to suit the referee however who waved four yellow cards during the game, both sides being shown two apiece.“

That was a good game for the spectators, and I’m reasonably satisfied with the performance”, said Eike. “We were wasteful in front of goal, and I feel if we could have shown a bit more composure we could have scored more. That said, we kept another clean sheet, although that too could be put down to poor finishing”.

With the exception of Eike himself, there were no new injuries, and he will have almost a full squad at his disposal for Saturday’s make or break match at Macauleys Saints.

Matt Cocker slams in his eighth goal of the season to open the scoring against C.D. Tetescoses this afternoon.

This afternoon’s excellent 2-0 victory over C.D. Tetescoses at New Home Park leaves Brook Street knowing that a point away to MacAuleys Saints next Saturday should be ample to secure the league title, however even at this late stage Eike refuses to be drawn on title celebrations next weekend.

“It is just another game to us”, said the German. “We don’t ‘play for draws’, that’s not the Brook Street way; it never has been. We go into every game looking to win it, and next week’s game will be no different”.

Pressed on whether Brook Street’s twelve goal advantage over FC Scourie effectively meant that a point was all that is all that is required, Eike, clearly annoyed retorted, “Look guys, I’m here to talk about a terrific win for Brook Street today. Let’s concentrate on that, eh? I’m not going to answer any questions about next week, so it that’s all you’ve got, I’ll be leaving and going to get my foot fixed”.

Warning heeded, the media asked firstly about his own injury.

“Yeah, I’ve got a gash in my foot, it’s just one of those things but that’s my season over”. He added with a wry smile, “It’s very sore, hence I’m a bit tetchy tonight, in case you hadn’t noticed”.

Turning to the match itself he said, “Tetescoses are a real tough nut to crack, they keep things really tight and are a superb defensive unit. No-one scores many goals against them, so to score twice was truly excellent from us”.

He continued, “It also showed that we are not solely reliant on our forwards, and we can score goals all over the park. The fact that Matt [Cocker] scored his eighth league goal today, and Attila [Gyöngyösi] his sixth just goes to prove this”.

Finishing the press conference abruptly, Eike said, “My foot is really hurting now so I’m afraid ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to cut this short and head off to hospital. Thank you”.

No-one could begrudge the Brook Street coach this, especially after the effort he has put into turning the club around following last season’s relegation back into Division IV. Regardless of what happens next week in the Highlands, Brook Street are on sound foundations and the re-building process is well under way.

Adam Humphrey meets the cross perfectly to power the ball into the net.

Brook Street romped to an impressive 9-0 win over German visitors Kuschelbärenbande at New Home Park this morning with braces for Lachlan MacKinnon, Sam Ferretto and Matt Cocker. Adam Humphrey, Lewis Espley and Conor Meldrum got the other Brook Street goals in a match where their steely determination was faced by a cuddly toy bear in comparison.

“We were far superior in every department”, said Eike Alanne after the match. “We imposed ourselves on the game and there was no way we were going to concede. We were absolutely determined that would not happen”.

The Brook Street players managed to get through the match without picking up any knocks, so Eike will have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s hugely important home match against C.D. Tetescoces.

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 netted both of our goals against Brooklyn Squad in Poland.

Brook Street’s second string may have crashed to a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Brooklyn Squad in Poland today, but coach Eike Alanne, while disappointed, was typically upbeat.

“We all enjoy winning by big margins in friendly matches”, he said, “but as far as I’m concerned, I believe the players will gain more from defeats by superior sides than they ever will by hitting seven goals against poor ones”.

“Today’s match is an example of this”, he continued. “Brooklyn Squad are an excellent side. You don’t get to the third tier of the Polish league with a poor side, and they showed what a good side they are today”.

“We learned a lot of lessons today, and we’ll take them away and incorporate them into the way we play. We’ll turn today’s defeat into many wins for us in the future”.

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?”

Adam Humphrey is now in line for a starting place on Saturday following another brace.

Brook Street’s reserves may have lost 5-3 to Toltecs Tollan in a rainy Bucharest this morning, but coach Eike Alanne wasn’t too disappointed with the display.

“I think the players showed great character and determination to fight back from 4-1 down to get back to 4-3 before the home site scored what proved to be the decisive goal”, he said.

“Having said that however, although they were a good side, we should never have given them the space for their goals. That’s something we clearly need to work on”.

The coach was full of praise for teenage striker Adam Humphrey who netted another brace and has almost certainly played himself into a starting place for Saturday.

“Adam has been playing exceptionally well, and deserves his chance”, said Eike. “The trouble is, the other two strikers are playing well too, so that gives me a headache that I’m more than happy to have”.

Toltecs opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute through Valentino Roethlisberger, but Brook Street hit right back and Adam Humphrey hammered home the equaliser in spectacular fashion with a diving header.

Toltecs’ Mihai Onode was forced to leave the game in the seventeenth minute, but with no substitutes named, they were forced to continue with ten men. Not that this appeared to hamper the Romanians, who hit a second thanks to Ştefan-Andrei Bărcan in thirty-six minutes before Mircea Burjan made it 3-1 a minute later.

Things appeared to be going from bad to worse when Bărcan hit his second of the game in the sixty-seventy minute, but Brook Street rather than folding completely, hit back with two goals in as many minutes, Humphrey in seventy-six, and Fraser Carragher in seventy-seven to put the hosts under intense pressure.

Toltecs were not to be bossed around though, and with Brook Street pressing for the equaliser, they broke quickly in a counter-attack, and Roethlisberger hit his second of the game with thirteen minutes to go to kill the game.

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.

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.

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