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As part of the restructuring of the side, Brook Street this evening parted company with long-serving defender Eldvinas Šumlinskas who has joined German Liga VI side FC Annastraße in a £107,000 deal.

“Eldvinas has been an outstanding servant of this club and will undoubtedly be missed”, admitted Marcus who added. “It was one of the hardest decisions of my career to let him go, but both of us know it is the right decision”.

He continued, “I know that he will do very well with his new club. He’s one of the finest professionals I’ve had the privilege to work with, and I can genuinely say that I am sorry to see him go”.

“We all wish him the best of luck with his new club”.

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Onésimo Murube reacts first to knock home our third goal and confirm our win.

Onésimo Murube reacts first to knock home our third goal and confirm our win.

Despite losing the services of Daniel Hasnaş last night, Brook Street saved their best performance of the season to last, defeating Pathetic Athletic 3-0 in this afternoon’s play-off to secure their Division III status for next season.

Marcus named an unchanged starting eleven from the side that took to the field in the final match of the regular season against jabbathehut, but while the New Home Park side were clearly taking it easy last Saturday, they came charging out of the blocks this afternoon against Pathetic Athletic.

Brook Street had their opponents on the back foot right from kick-off, and only some smart goalkeeping denied Paul O’Healihy the opening goal from a tenth minute free-kick.

Nemanja Janković’s cross four minutes later then caused chaos in the visiting defence, but Oleg Zhigalov dwelled on the ball too long and the chance was lost.

Brook Street were clearly ratcheting up the pressure on the visitors’ defence, and it finally paid off in the thirty-third minute when Oscar MacVarish shrugged off his marker and buried the ball in the opposition net.

Marcus has instilled a steely determination as well as great patience in his side, and this was evident as they repeatedly probed for an opening to exploit in the second half.

This finally bore fruit in the seventy-fourth minute when Eldvinas Šumlinskas played a killer ball over to top scorer Onésimo Murube who was never going to pass up an opportunity like this, and slammed the ball home to edge Brook Street closer to safety.

Two minutes later and the game could have been wrapped up, but Paul O’Healihy’s free-kick whistled just over the bar. However it was another O’Healihy pile-driver which lead to Brook Street’s third and decisive goal with nine minutes left.

Abel Soffia had charged down the left wing before cutting the ball back to Oleg Zhigalov, who in turn laid the ball off to the on-rushing Irishman who blasted the ball goalwards. Matias Patrakka in Pathetic’s goal pulled off a great save, but was only able to parry the ball. Onésimo Murube, showing all the predatory instincts of a striker was the first to react and calmly knocked the ball into the unguarded net to secure the win, and with it Brook Street’s Division III status.

A delighted Marcus Lövman joined his players on the pitch for the celebrations at full-time before facing the assembled press.

“This result is easily the most satisfying of my career”, admitted the coach who then added, “I’m absolutely delighted for those lads who’ve given their all for this club. They deserve this result as much as anyone”.

Then in a sideswipe at a small section of the support who had questioned the capabilities of the coach and commitment of the players, he said, “Today’s result proves that I did know what I was doing. It’s a shame they weren’t here to witness it”.

He continued, “This is not the time for them though. I want to concentrate on the real supporters who have followed us through thick and thin this season and given us one hundred percent backing all the time. I want to dedicate this result to you. You are the best!”

The reserves lost narrowly in Paraguay last night, going down to an extra-time golden goal from F.C. Johnie Walker’s Gerd Worm. The sides had tied 4-4 at full-time with three of the home side’s goals coming from the Belgian striker.

Worm opened the scoring in the ninth minute, slamming the ball home after a fine solo run, but the lead was short-lived as first Brook Street, who had earlier hit the bar, thundered back.

Goals from first, Kenny Corney, then Garabed Palasyan edged us in front, but Gerd Worm equalised just before the half-hour mark, and the sides went into the break deadlocked at 2-2.

After the break, the pace of the game didn’t drop as play raged from end to end.

Eldvinas Šumlinskas, making a rare appearance in the reserves, cracked home a free-kick to fire us into the lead twelve minutes after the break, and Emanuel Bohucký’s cannonball of a drive in sixty-six minutes edged us further ahead.

American weren’t giving up the fight and got right back into the game straight from kick-off, Kasimir Zaaijer netting after some good build-up play.

They had their tails up now and scored the equaliser when that man Worm chipped the ball home in the seventy-sixth minute to complete his hat-trick.

The game settled down somewhat after this with play becoming bogged down in midfield, as both sides seemed content to go to extra-time.

And so the scene was set for Gerd Worm to win the tie with the best goal of the night.

“It was an outstanding match for the neutrals and I’m astonished by how many people were here tonight”, said Marcus at the press conference.

“We’ve had a real workout tonight and although we ultimately lost the match, there are a lot of positives to take from it”.

He continued, “We’re starting to see our younger players shine now and their stamina grows each week. Some such as Emanuel [Bohucký], are already on the fringe of the first team, and that is good for the club”.

“Matches like tonight’s help us immensely in developing our players and it’s good to see them start to fulfil their potential. We’ll always have reversals like tonight’s scoreline when fielding our young players, but that goes with the territory. We’ve got solid foundations to build on and move the club forward. That’s what matters most”.

Onésimo Murube slams the ball into the net to record his second goal of the game.

Onésimo Murube slams the ball into the net to record his second goal of the game.

Trailing 2-1 at half-time, Marcus Lövman’s team talk certainly had the desired effect as Brook Street stormed back in the second half to defeat Ball Busters FC 5-2, and ensured a top four finish in the process.

Brook Street had taken the lead in controversial circumstances as Buster’s Aniceto Mora was adjudged to have brought down Daniel Hasnaş in a tussle for the ball. Although the penalty award looked very soft, Paul O’Healihy made no mistake from the spot.

With a sense of injustice firing them up, the home side roared back and equalised within four minutes; Domingos Correia firing home after a fine solo effort.

Then, just two minutes later, the home fans were on their feet again, as Carlo Schermerhorn finished spectacularly to fire Busters into the lead against the run of play.

It was to prove a “game of two halves” however as Marcus’s team talk at the break kicked lacklustre Brook Street into life.

Just before the hour mark, Onésimo Murube finally broke free of his marker and finished clinically to level the scores.

But it took another twenty minutes or so of mounting pressure before Busters finally succumbed to the inevitable, and Eldvinas Šumlinskas pounced on a mistake amongst the home defence to fire Brook Street in front.

The big Lithuanian’s goal left the home side crestfallen, and first Attila Gyöngyösi with his first goal for the club, and then Onésimo Murube with his second of the game, piled on the agony in the last six minutes.

While the home side will be playing in Division IV next season, the win ensured that Brook Street will finish no lower than fourth and will avoid the play-offs.

Afterwards, Marcus admitted to having “had a Fergie” at half-time, but had confessed that no kettles or cups had been broken in the process.

“A few home-truths had to be said, and I did not hold back”, he admitted. “The first half performance was not good enough, and I simply let the players know that in no uncertain terms”.

He continued, “I told them that if they thought that their first half performance was good enough for this club, then I’d accept their transfer requests there and then”.

This certainly had the desired effect, however the coach was still irritated that it had to take a showdown with the players to get them to raise their game.

“I shouldn’t have to do that. The players are far better than that, and as professionals I expect nothing less than 100% from them in every game. What I got in the first half was nothing like that. They know that, and I’ll expect not to have to repeat this team talk again”.

Elsewhere, kaos c.f’s surprise defeat at Carbrain handed the league title to next weekend’s visitors to New Home Park, jabbathehut, who defeated Much Rucking 2-0 at home.

It was honours even in our match earlier in the season; Paul O’Healihy levelling an earlier Ciprià Andreu strike to ensure a share of the spoils, and next Saturday’s match is already looking like being a sell-out.

Nemanja Janković blasts home our third goal of the match to secure all three points.

Nemanja Janković blasts home our third goal of the match to secure all three points.

Brook Street got back on the winning trail this afternoon as goals from Jake MacConnechy, Eldvinas Šumlinskas and Nemanja Janković gave us a 3-1 win over Much Rucking at New Home Park this afternoon.

In contrast to last week’s performance, Marcus was delighted with the effort the players had put in.

“We changed the line-up around slightly and played different tactics, and fortunately it paid off”, said the coach afterwards.

He continued, “We concentrated players around our right flank as we anticipated that would be where they would try to attack us, and so it proved. WE weren’t anticipating them playing such a pressing game, but we kept hold of the ball well and took our chances when they arose”.

When asked if Paul O’Healihy had been under instruction to “target” Rucking’s Felix Lindstedt early in the game, Marcus merely laughed and said, “What do you think?”

The coach’s demeanour was completely different to that witnessed by the assembled press after last weekend’s defeat, and his side’s performance today illustrated that the players had taken last week’s comments to heart.

Marcus all but confirmed this by saying, “The lads put in a lot of hard sessions on the training pitch this week, and it showed in the way we played today. Nemanja’s goal was one of the moves we’ve worked on so hard this week, and it’s good when you see it come off in a match situation”.

He added, “We had done our homework well on Rucking, and the players worked hard to produce this result, so everyone played their part in securing this victory”.

“Although the league title is realistically beyond us now, we have to keep the pressure up, if nothing else, to ensure we don’t slip into the play-off places”.

With next weekend’s fixture being against already relegated Ball Busters FC, it could end up with Brook Street being kingmakers on the final day of the season, when jabbathehut visit New Home Park.

“If results go as predicted next weekend, we will be the only side who can prevent jabba’s from lifting the league title”, admitted Marcus, who then added menacingly, “It’s not nice to see someone lift a league title at your own ground, so they’d be in for a real shock if they think we’d just stand aside and admire them”.

Brook Street’s participation in this season’s Scottish Cup ended this morning as the reserves crashed 4-0 to Gowky Giants’ first team.

While it was disappointing to bow out at only the Third Round, it was perhaps not too surprising as Arjen noted at full-time.

“With the exception of Eldvinas Šumlinskas and Vítor Leocádio, we had a very young and inexperienced side out there today. In fact five of them were only teenagers, so it cannot really be seen as a surprise that we lost to a side playing their first team”.

He continued, “Yes, of course we could have fielded our first team but if we had, eleven of our squad would not receive training this week. That’s simply not beneficial to the squad, which is more important to us than progressing a round further in a competition that we have zero chance of winning”.

He concluded, “Our young players will have benefited from the experience far more than those of our opponents, and this will serve us much better in the future”.

New signing Ezequiel Alexandrino made his debut for the club an put in a very accomplished performance.

Of it, Arjen said, “Zee pulled off a couple of outstanding saves and he could not be faulted for any of the goals we conceded, so he can be justifiably pleased with his display. I think we’ve got ourselves a bargain!”

So now it’s back to international friendly matches for the reserves starting next week.

Fraser Carragher and Eldvinas Šumlinskas show off our new kits.

Our new playing kit was unveiled at New Home Park today and they were modelled for the press by recent Academy graduate Fraser Carragher and veteran Eldvinas Šumlinskas.

Once again, they are manufactured by Nike and feature our sponsors, Bosch. Although they are not too different from our previous kit, their appearance is more traditional and we are sure this will probe to be popular amongst our fans.

For those wishing to buy replica kits, the home, away and keeper’s kits will all go on sale at the club shop from tomorrow morning, and the first public outing for the new kit will be Wednesday’s friendly match against Sungai Pua FC.

Andy Hautala runs to celebrate opening the scoring in our 2-2 draw with Carbrain.

Ten-man Brook Street battled back to earn a well-deserved point against Carbrain in a controversial match at New Home Park this afternoon.

With only five minutes remaining, Nemanja Janković coolly clipped the ball past the Carbrain keeper to ensure a share of the spoils despite playing for over fifty minutes a man down.

Brook Street had taken the lead in the twenty-fifth minute through Andy Hautala, but the visitors pegged the scores back from the penalty spot after Eldvinas Šumlinskas had been wrongly accused of head-butting Alexey Pivtorak; Nicolas Boulet sending Ville Yrjölä the wrong way six minutes before the break.

Things would get even worse for the home side right on the hour mark when Boulet completed a fine solo run by firing the ball home to put Carbrain 2-1 up.

Trailing with time running out, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Brook Street, but then up stepped Nemanja to ultimately secure what had seemed like an unlikely point.

Despite justice being done, Arjen was less than impressed with the performance of the officials, and at the post-match press conference, he launched a blistering attack at them, which will no doubt earn him a rap on the knuckles from the ‘Blazeratti’.

“The referee was completely conned for the red card, and he should be ashamed of himself for giving it”.

He continued, “I said at the time Eldvinas didn’t go near him, Eldvinas said the same as he was coming off, and I’ve just watched the video and this backs him up; the guy took a dive, Eldvinas leans over him to remonstrate and as the guy starts to get up then goes down again making out he’s been smacked in the face. There’s a good metre between the heads when he’s ‘butted’. Outrageous action from the player and diabolical decision from the referee”.

Adding, “We’ve no mechanism for appeal so we’re now going to be without Eldvinas next week”, which clearly infuriated the coach further.

Marcus Lövman fires in our fourth goal to round off the scoring in a memorable season.

With the Championship and automatic promotion already assured, Brook Street wrote a new piece of club history this afternoon when their 4-0 win away to Handball Rovers ensured they completed the season with a perfect record of fourteen wins for the first time.

We dropped points at Hell Stadium last time we visited, however there was to be no slip-ups this afternoon as two goals in each half ensured that maximum points would be heading back to New home Park.

Eldvinas Šumlinskas opened the scoring in the twenty-fifth minute, and five minutes later, Nemanja Jankovic made it two.

Onesímo Murube thundered home our third goal just four minutes after the break, and with nine minutes left Marcus Lövman fired in our fourth goal of the game to round off a memorable season.

“To go through a season without dropping a single point is quite an achievement, and one that the players and myself are justifiably proud of”, said Arjen at full-time.

He continued, “The players can now look forward to a break from competitive action as they’ve secured automatic promotion to Division III. Now we just have to hope that our record gives us a good chance of promoting to a league we can do well in”.

“However, that is for another day. Tonight we party!”

Onesimo Murube outwits the Bhoy keeper to fire in our fourth goal.

Brook Street slammed home nine goals without reply against Virtual Bhoys this afternoon, and with it moved to within a point of the league title.

Braces from Kyle Fair, Andy Hautala and Jake MacConnechy added to goals from Igor Bulatov, Onésimo Murube and Eldvinas Šumlinskas as Brook Street swept their hosts aside and officially relegated them in the process.

At full-time, Arjen Bogaert said, “We were thoroughly professional throughout and deserved the win. We dominated the match from start to finish and now find ourselves on the brink of the Championship”.

He continued, “We’ve put ourselves in an excellent position now, and find ourselves needing only a point from our last two matches to secure the title. However, that’s only half of the task. We know just how costly a bad play-off draw can be, so it’s in our interest to ensure that we secure direct promotion”.

He finished by saying, “The lads have put in a lot of hard work, and if they continue in this vein, they can look forward to playing in Division III next season”.

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