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Brook Street tonight parted company with two long-standing defenders in the shape of Fons Consheim and Laurent Étcheverry – Fons heading to Madrid in a £150,000 deal to play for JUANMITON in the Spanish Séptima División, while Laurent is off to southern Sweden to play for Totalt Avdankad in Division 5 in a deal worth £340,000.

During his career with Brook Street, Fons made a total of 105 appearances for the first team, scoring 17 goals in the process, while Laurent made 53 appearances and found the net 8 times.

Arjen paid tribute to the players saying, “Fons and Laurent have been great servants for the club and it was a real wrench to let them go. However, they were only being limited to back-up roles, so it was the obvious solution to let them go to pursue their careers elsewhere”.

He finished by saying, “I’m glad they’ve got fixed up so quickly, and we all wish them all the very best of luck for the future”.


Daniel Hasnaş runs to celebrate with strike partner Dario Zintu after scoring our second goal.

It was Brook Street’s reserve side who reigned supreme as they strolled into the Hattrick William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round with a 6-2 win over Gers Supreme this morning.

Athletic were two up within the fourth minute of the match, and from then on, were never in any danger of losing the tie despite a small rally by the home side before half time.

“We took it easy, but we were thoroughly professional throughout”, said Arjen at full-time. “Our first half goals all but finished the match, but all credit to our opponents who pulled two goals back to make a bit of a game of it. However there was no way we were going to let them in again and our two second half goals finished them off”.

He continued, “The only thing that is troubling me, are the number of needless cards we’re picking up at the moment. That was another four this morning, and we’ll have to cut these out otherwise suspensions could cost us dearly”.

Brook Street were handed a home tie against Division III side Glasgow GUNNERS in the Fourth Round draw, which took place at lunchtime. The match takes place next Wednesday with kick-off at 1030 GMT.

Fons Consheim fires in our second goal against FC Torpedo Dobrich this evening.

Athletic piled the pressure on the other sides in Group 3 by recording a 5-1 victory against FC Torpedo Dobrich in Bulgaria this evening to make it three wins out of three in this season’s Brook Street Cup.

Athletic took the lead in controversial circumstances in the eighth minute from the penalty spot. Dario Zintu had been adjudged to have been pushed off the ball by his marker although the decision was harsh in the extreme as the defender seemed merely to have held his ground.

Igor Bulatov was coolness personified amid the furious protests however and calmly slotted the ball home.

It was 1-1 in the twentieth minute however, and once again the goal came from the penalty spot. Bruno Le Ber had tugged back Max Vormwald’s shirt in the box and the referee didn’t need a second thought to award the spot-kick.

Veteran full-back Jan-Erik Vuohisalo finished with aplomb, and with no other goal action, the game was tied at half-time.

Arjen Bogaert clearly gave his players a “rocket” at half time as they came out for the second half with renewed vigour, and this paid dividends within four minutes of the re-start.

Fons Consheim has been playing a much more advanced role of late, and it was he who broke through the centre of the home defence to chip the ball over the diving Boris Levitskiy and fire Brook Street Back in front.

Straight from kick-off, Dario Zintu pressurised the home defenders into a mistake from which he slammed the ball home to make it 3-1.

Right on the hour mark, the home team could have reduced the lead when Liran Tzur and Emilio Juárez left the ball to each other, however Toshko Stoev lacked conviction and his shot slid past the post.

Brook Street were starting to pick Torpedo off in the middle of the park, and with seventy-one minutes on the clock Oleg Zhigalov ran through before unleashing a real thunderbolt that tore into the net.

With the game looking safe, we were attacking more or less at will and when Daniel Hasnaş was up-ended just inside the box in the seventieth minute, it was almost a forgone conclusion that Igor Bulatov would make the score 5-1.

At the end of the match Arjen said, “We played much better in the second half, but once again we were far to lax in the first half. We have to cut this out and play for the whole match, not just for the second half”.

He did however praise Igor Bulatov for retaining his composure at the two penalties.

“Igor could have buckled under the intense pressure, particularly at the first penalty, but he really deserves all the plaudits. No only did he strike the ball well, but he also out-foxed the home keeper twice”.

He concluded the interview by saying, “We’ve now given ourselves a great chance to progress to the semi-finals for the first time since Edition III. He are however only halfway there, and we’ve got to maintain our concentration levels far better than we have been of late”.

Athletic will go into next weekend’s first leg of the derby double-header against second placed Handball Rovers with a two-point advantage. While Handball were seeing off speccy’s saints, Athletic were sweeping aside Berceloona.

The truth of the matter is that although Athletic scored eight without reply, they rarely got out of second gear. Indeed, had it not been for the intervention of the woodwork, the score could have been greater.

Athletic got off to a real flier this afternoon, and only ten minutes into the game were already 3-0 up and the match was over as a contest.

Eldvinas Šumlinskas opened the scoring six minutes in, and added the second just a minute and a half later. A fine piece of play at a corner by Kyle Fair in the ninth minute left Fons Consheim with a straightforward chance, which the full-back whipped in off the far post.

The home keeper was left rooted to the spot as Paul O’Healihy’s superb free-kick in the twenty-fifth minute flew past him into the net, and could do nothing to prevent Andy Hautala from upping the score five minutes later and give Brook Street a 5-0 half time lead.

Athletic were clearly “taking it easy” when the match resumed, but it burst into life on the hour mark when Igor Bulatov rattled the home crossbar with the keeper no-where.

Kyle Fair then beat home keeper Leendert Zwaan to the ball in the seventy-second minute, but his lob was just a bit to high and the ball bounced to safety off the top of the crossbar.

Two minutes later however, and the captain made no mistake to make it 6-0 having been played through following a fine move in the middle of the park.

Then with only eleven minutes left, an almost a carbon-copy move had the same outcome and Kyle made it 7-0.

Finally, with eight minutes to go, Andy Hautala made a bit of space for himself and unleashed a rasping drive that gat the home keeper no chance to make it 8-0.

When asked how he felt about the performance after the full-time whistle, Arjen candidly said, “We can play a lot better, but when you’ve got the game won before the clock has hit double figures, then it can be a bit difficult to keep things going”.

He continued, “We did what we had to do, and got the points which was the main thing. We shouldn’t forget however that although we didn’t play as well as we can, that was Berceloona’s heaviest defeat of the season so far, so we couldn’t have been too bad!”

He was then asked about the series match of the day with Handball next weekend and said, “We’ve got a perfect record against them to date, and I fully intend to keep that. We will however give Handball the respect they deserve; they’re on a great run themselves, so we’ve got to be on our guard. I would very much doubt there being many goals in the game, but we have home advantage and the game is already sold out, so we’ve got to make that count. Three points is my sole objective; anything else is a bonus”.

Fons Consheim evades the Cruzalemddy defenders en route to scoring the winning extra-time goal.

A golden goal from Fons Consheim ten minutes into extra time rounded off an excellent fightback by Athletic against Nicaraguan side Cruzalemddy FC at New Home Park this morning.

However with the match only five minutes old, it looked like it would have a completely different outcome, as the visitors raced to a 2-0 lead with a brace from João Fabiano Melo Alves.

Athletic pulled one back through Bruno Le Ber with eleven minutes played, but a minute later a foul by Mustafa Can Turkan on Dario Zintu saw the youngster limp off to be replaced by Andy Hautala.

Despite having the lion’s share of possession, Athletic struggled to break down the well organised Cruzalemddy defence, and it took until the fifty-ninth minute to finally make the breakthrough.

Yet another Athletic attack had been repulsed when the ball broke out to Jake MacConnechy. He slid the ball sideways to Oleg Zhigalov, and from the edge of the box, the Russian curled a superb shot beyond the reach of the visiting keeper and into the net.

Eldvinas Šumlinskas was making his comeback from injury, and it was at this point that Arjen Bogaert decided to replace the big centre-back with Fons Consheim.

Andy Hautala almost got on the end of an Igor Bulatov free-kick on the hour mark but the ball slipped agonisingly past, as did a shot by Danial Hasnaş in seventy-eight minutes as Athletic turned up the heat.

Oleg Zhigalov almost turned from saint to sinner with only seven minutes left as he almost gifted a goal for the visitors, but there was to be no further goals as the game went into extra time.

The game had slowed somewhat, and seemed to be edging towards stalemate when Fons Consheim picked up the ball on the left flank with ten minutes of extra time played.

The Cruzalemddy players backed off as he advanced, no doubt expecting the ball to be swung into the box, however Fons had different ideas and having evaded a couple of challenges cracked the ball into the net to give Athletic the Golden Goal.

Arjen was satisfied with the performance, but not with the defending for the two Cruzalemdy goals.

“We were given a stern challenge today, and that was good for the players. We have got used to steamrollering teams, so it was good for them to come up against a team as good as Cruzalemddy”.

He continued, “They caught us cold at the start, and we lost two bad goals. The boys did show a lot of character to come back from that, and deserve credit for that”.

When asked about Dario Zintu’s injury he said, “It doesn’t look too bad now that we’ve taken a look at it. Hopefully he’ll be back for next week’s match, but he will definitely be unavailable for Saturday”.

Brook Street’s reserve side cruised into the Third Round of the Scottish Cup, courtesy of a 7-0 win against Strathmore in Stirling. The win however relied on two goal bursts, which swept the hosts aside.

Daniel Hasnaş opened the scoring in the twenty-second minute following fine build-up work by Vítor Leocádio, who in turn knocked in the second five minutes later, having rounded the home keeper.

Within two minutes, Athletic doubled their lead. Emil Vasiu capitalised on a defensive blunder with twenty-eight minutes on the click to make it 3-0, and recent signing Dario Zintu blasted home his first senior goal a minute later.

With the match well and truly won, the second half was played at the pace of a training match; which it had effectively become.

Despite this however, Athletic still found the net on three occasions within as many minutes very late in the half.

Bruno Le Ber had come on as a substitute for Fons Consheim in the seventieth minute, and it was he who scored the first of the second half goals with only four minutes of the game left..

An Igor Bulatov corner a minute later was powered home by Liran Tzur to make the score 6-0, and within it was 7-0 as Dario Zintu thundered a volley home to score his second goal. Indeed the young Italian could have netted a hat-trick, but for the width of the crossbar.

On qualifying for the Third Round, Arjen said, “Overall, I’m pleased with our performance. We dominated the match from start to finish, and got the big win despite taking things easy”.

He continued, “There were many pluses to come from this match, but the only minus was the injury to Vítor Leocádio. We’re hopeful however that that he’ll be alright for the weekend”.

In the next round, we have been drawn away to Fife side Andy’s XVR.

“It looks like we will face their first team, but there’s no way we will be playing our first eleven”, said the coach. “The league is far more important to us than the Cup”.

He continued, “I suppose we won’t be surprised if we are knocked out next week, but I am not prepared to field our first team simply to get to the next round of a cup we have absolutely no chance of winning”.

Brook Street’s reserves rounded off the season on a high, with a 5-0 win over Rio Cobre United in Jamaica last night.

In a devastating first half performance, our hosts were simply blown away by goals from Maranaj Batusha, Yann Schories, Jake MacConnechy and Fons Consheim. Athletic took the foot off the pedal in the second half, but were still able to add a fifth goal from Emil Vasiu.

After the match, Arjen Bogaert said, “It was a very good workout for the boys in humid conditions, and under the circumstances we played really well”.

He concluded by saying, “It’s good to finish a very trying season on a high”.

Oleg Zhigalov is fires home the opening goal in our match with Büderich.

Athletic got their Brook Street Cup VII campaign back on track with a 3-0 win over BFC Büderich 05 in Germany yesterday evening. Two first half goals from Oleg Zhigalov and Nemanja Jankovic were added to late on by Fons Consheim to give the New Home Park side the points.

“That was much more like the kind of performance I’m looking for”, said a happy Arjen Bogaert after the match.

“We were much more in control and dominated the game, and created a lot of chances. My only concern is that once again our front players failed to score”.

It was not all good news for Athletic though, as recent signing Emil Vasiu had to be helped from the field following a heavy challenge. He now looks like spending some time on the treatment table.

“It doesn’t look good for the boy”, said the coach. He added, “Emil took a real sore one, and from initial reports suggest that he may be out for up to two weeks. This is really tough for the boy as he had settled in well and was really coming on well”.

He concluded, “We’ll give him time to get back to full fitness before bringing him back in. He’s a quick healer, but there’s no way we’ll be rushing him back too soon”.

In the other Group 1 match this evening, Knights Alliance defeated FC URBURT 3-1 in Porto to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the table.
Elsewhere this week, in Group 2 tomfire’s Eleven received a default win over Újpest Partisans, while in the other match, Hardy’s defeated Manlostudio F.C. 3-1.

In Group 3 there was a shock as current cup-holders sapho fc crashed to a 0-3 home defeat to Bergzilla FC, while in Romania, francezii defeated FC Sandhasen Vorderpfalz 2-0.

Hertha Berliner Sportclub were awarded a default win against Kristberg in Group 4 while in the other group match, Car Dusan had a narrow 1-0 win in Switzerland against FC Chalbermatti.

With BSC VII starting next week, Athletic completed their schedule of International Friendlies for the time being with an entertaining 2-0 win over Peruvian side NuevaVilla at New Home Park this morning.

Fons Consheim opened the scoring in thirty-four minutes finishing off a pass from the left with the touch of a striker, and making up for his earlier opportunity that NuevaVilla keeper Antonio Olaechea blocked brilliantly.

Debutant striker Giuseppe Failla almost doubled the lead a minute later but for a blocking challenge by Neptali Caro, and the home side took the narrowest of leads into the break.

The youngster however only had to wait until just after the hour mark to open his scoring account for Brook Street as he raced in from the left before firing home from an acute angle.

Giuseppe turned from saint to sinner within the space of nine minutes however.

Three minutes after scoring he was booked for shirt pulling, then with sixty-nine minutes on the clock he committed the cardinal sin of going into a 50-50 challenge with a straight leg and his studs showing. This gave the referee his easiest decision of the morning, producing a yellow card followed by a red.

Although the Italian’s inexperience probably played a part in the poor decision making; however his new coach was in no mood to make excuses.

“He simply can’t go around making rash tackles like that when he’s sitting on a yellow card, and I’ve let him know it in no uncertain terms”.

Arjen continued, “He’s also been told that he’s no good to this club if he’s sitting in the stand. He showed just how good a finisher he can be and took his goal very well, but then went and blotted his copybook”.

“The first yellow was stupid, and he maybe got away with shirt-pulling in Italy, but he certainly won’t here. As for the challenge he went into, I am lost for words. He’s now well aware that he’s on probation now, and another red card could see him shown the door”.

Amidst the furore over one player’s debut, another made a far less controversial start to his Brook Street career. Coming on as a seventieth minute substitute for Maranaj Batusha was 17 year-old wing-back Gavin Brandrick, who was surprisingly promoted from the youth set-up last week.

“Gavin made a solid if unspectacular start to his career with the senior team, and gives us a number of options down the left-hand side”, said the coach. He added, “We’ll keep an eye on him and see how he progresses”.

Fons Consheim shoots Athletic into a 2-0 lead but two late goals for the home side spoilt the party.

Anyone who left Victoria Park early this afternoon could be forgiven for thinking that Brook Street had completed the league campaign with a win against runners-up FC MUNRO.

With four minutes remaining, Athletic were strolling to victory courtesy of first half strikes from Jose Eransus and Fons Consheim, however within the space of sixty breathtaking seconds, the home side netted twice to secure the most improbable of draws.

“We completely switched off in the last few minutes which was unforgivable, and we’ve paid a very heavy price”, was Arjen’s assessment afterwards.

He continued, “Up until the final three minutes, we’d never been under any pressure and I think the players suspected they had to just see out the final few minutes and that MUNRO were a spent force. This couldn’t have been further from the truth”.

“We were sitting further and further back which just invites trouble, and I was urging the back line to push out. The opening goal was a wake-up call for us, but it also knocked the players off their stride and we got caught by a sucker punch a few seconds later”.

The dropped points saw Brook Street drop to thirtieth position in the ranking table, and while the club will still automatically promote to Division III, our new league is now certain to be a much more difficult proposition than it could otherwise have been.

Just how costly the slip up could be will not be confirmed until after the Qualification matches are played next weekend, however unofficial sources indicate that Brook Street Athletic will be plying their trade in Division III.6 next season. If this proves to be correct, it couldn’t get much harder for the New Home Park side.




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