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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.

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.

Eike Alanne fires us into the lead with less that 120 seconds played.

Brook Street recorded a comfortable 6-0 win over Swedish visitors, zeni, at New Home Park this morning, but Coach Eike Alanne surprised everyone in the ground by fielding the full strength first team.

Defending the decision he said, “We face the now ownerless and managerless Swiss Ranger here on Saturday, and in light of this we perhaps have more leeway than normal in our team selection for the weekend match”.

“As a result, we’ll be fielding some of our younger players which will give them more experience. This will be more beneficial to them and to the club than fielding them in a friendly, so we too the decision to field the first team”.

He continued, “We haven’t picked up any injuries, so it’s been a win/win for us today”.

Brook Street were quick off the mark again this morning, hitting three goals in the opening five minutes through Eike Alanne, Alex Clapperton and Sam Ferretto.

Andrew Cleary made it 4-0 before half an hour had elapsed, with the other goals from Phil Mullally and Attila Gyöngyösi coming in the second half.

Sam Ferretto celebrates the second of his two goals against fox-blue this afternoon.

French side fox-blue were caught in the Brook Street juggernaut headlights this afternoon as the Scots romped to a 7-0 win in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Conor Meldrum fired the visitors into a seventh minute lead, which Sam Ferretto doubled with twenty-five minutes played. Just on for the injured Lewis Espley, Alex Clapperton fired in our third goal just after the half-hour mark before two goals in three minutes from Sam Ferretto and Nicky Breaden had Brook Street five-up at the break.

With the game well and truly won, Eike Alanne’s charges took the foot off the gas in the second half, but still managed to find the net twice through Krsto Grubić and Nicky Breaden to wrap up a very convincing win.

“We’re really starting to click”, said Eike afterwards. “We’re playing some outstanding football and the youngsters are all progressing very well. I’m very pleased how things are turning out”.

Turning to the injury sustained by Lewis Espley he said, “He’s got a thigh injury and it looks initially as if he could be missing for up to a fortnight. Obviously, we’re hopeful he’ll be back before that, but it’ll take as long as it takes; we’ll not be rushing him back”.

He continued, “Lewis’s injury aside, it’s been a very good trip for us, and sets us up nicely for our trip to the Highlands to face FC Scourie on Saturday”.

Matt Cocker slams the ball into the net to open the scoring in this morning's friendly at NHP.

Matt Cocker slams the ball into the net to open the scoring in this morning’s friendly at NHP.

Two goals in each half saw Brook Street ease to a comfortable 4-1 win over German Liga VII side Sportfreunde Veischedetal at New Home Park as preparations for the new season step up a gear.

Matt Cocker fired Brook Street into the lead in the fourth minute, and Phil Mullally doubled the lead nine minutes later.

Eike rang the changes at half-time and took himself, Matt Cocker and Zeke Alexandrino off to be replaced by Nicky Breaden, Lachlan MacKinnon and Jim Barnstaple respectively.

The substitutions didn’t seem to affect the fluidity of the game however, and within four minutes of the restart, Andrew Cleary slotted home number three.

Were it not for Jim Barnstaple being in outstanding form, Brook street could have been punished for taking their foot off the gas. With sixty-five minutes played he somehow got a fingertip to Shunta Furukawa’s netbound shot to turn it over, before denying Jérémy Sainte-Luce moments later.

Phil Mullally put the result beyond doubt in the seventy-fourth minute, but Carlo Maria Tiso fired in a consolation goal for the visitors seven minutes from time to wrap up the scoring.

While Eike was pleased with the result, he accepted that perhaps his team had been a little ‘lucky’.

“I think we owe Jim [Barnstaple] a huge vote of thanks for this win as without his two top-class saves, the result could have been very different. That said, I will be very happy if this is a lucky team”.

Asked if the starting line-up was his preferred one, he candidly said, “I don’t honestly think I’ve thought about my preferred starting line-up yet. Everyone has to, and will, get their chance to impress. Whoever starts will be in the side on merit”.

Emanuel Bohucký in action

Emanuel Bohucký in action.

Meanwhile, Emanuel Bohucký who sat out the game on the bench, has bid farewell to the club after a stay of some fifteen seasons to fly home to complete his signing for Slovakian V Liga side Futbalový klub Mladosť Petrovec.

“I would have liked to keep Manny here”, admitted Eike, “but I couldn’t guarantee him first team football, and at 34 he knows he’s perhaps only got a few seasons left. It would have been unfair to keep him here and not play him, and he would’ve been a very expensive luxury to be warming the bench. So there was really only one likely outcome, and I’m glad he’s found a club back home”.

“He hit seventy goals in a hundred and seventy-nine competitive appearances from midfield which is a fantastic strike rate and he will be undoubtedly be missed. He is more than capable of being a big player at a good level until he retires, and I wish him the very best of luck”, he added.

Andrew Cleary begins the rout of königliche at New Home Park this morning.

Andrew Cleary begins the rout of königliche at New Home Park this morning.

A near full-strength Brook Street Athletic kicked off the Eike Alanne era with a comprehensive 7-0 thumping of Swiss VII Liga side königliche at New Home Park this morning.

Andrew Cleary netted the opener after only three minutes, coach Eike Alanne added a second with seventeen played, Andrew Cleary fired in his second via a deflection two minutes later, along with subsequent goals from Muhammad Noorani, Matt Cocker and Alex Clapperton had Brook Street out of sight with only thirty-six minutes played.

Fortunately for the visitors however, the home side eased up in the second half and only added one more goal through Matt Cocker after sixty-six minutes.

“It was a real mismatch in the end, but we showed up well which is all I’m concerned with”, said Eike after the match.

“We played some really good incisive football, our finishing was excellent, and our passing was first-rate too”.

He concluded by saying, “I’m delighted by our performance, but would have preferred it to be more of a challenge than it turned out to be”.

With a stunning volley, Matt Cocker blasts the ball into the St Kilda net to open the scoring.

With a stunning volley, Matt Cocker blasts the ball into the St Kilda net to open the scoring.

Although the gloom descending over New Home Park may take some time to lift following Saturday’s defeat, the reserves did their bit to lift the mood this morning with a 5-1 win over Division IV side FC St Kilda in Monifieth.

Matt Cocker opened the scoring with twelve minutes gone with a breathtaking volley before Liam Christie doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark with his first senior goal.

Sam Ferretto increased the lead to three with a fine solo effort in thirty-six minutes, and Alex Clapperton made it 4-0 three minutes later.

Antonio De Pretto reduced the lead with a well-taken goal for the visitors ten minutes into the second half, however this reprieve was short-lived and Matt Cocker powered in an unstoppable header a minute later to restore the four-goal advantage and make his personal tally two.

Matt could have got his hat-trick later in the half, but his shot hit the post and rebounded to safety.

“It was a very accomplished performance, and I don’t think anyone could deny that we deserved the win”, said Leoš Loos at full-time.

“We scored some breathtaking goals and our passing was first-rate”, he continued. “It’s been a difficult week, and we needed a lift. The players gave us exactly that this morning”.

An added bonus for the coach was that no players picked up any knocks, so he will have a full squad to pick from for Saturday’s make or break match at Padawan United.

Phil Mullally completes his first half hat-trick in our 7-2 win over HIFK this morning. He would hit his fourth goal after the break.

Phil Mullally completes his first half hat-trick in our 7-2 win over HIFK this morning. He would hit his fourth goal after the break.

The reserves romped to an impressive 7-2 win over Finnish side HIFK’ 13 at New Home Park this morning with Phil Mullally hitting four of the goals. Sam Ferretto got two goals and Matt Cocker the other as Brook Street threatened to run riot.

The visitors had opened the scoring on the half-hour mark through Roope Moronen, but Sam Ferretto levelled in the thirty-sixth minute. Within sixty seconds, the game was turned on its head when Phil Mullally hit the first of his four goals.

However, in an amazing final minute of the half and stoppage time the teams managed to score a further four goals between them to make it 5-2 at the break. Phil Mullally netted his second goal then Matt Cocker got his counter. Roope Moronen hit his second goal for the visitors to reduce the lead, however Phil struck right back to complete his hattrick.

The second half was understandably something of a let-down following the excitement of the first forty-five minutes, but still yielded two goals in the space of two minutes.

With seventy-six minutes on the clock Phil Mullally fired in his fourth goal of the game before Sam Ferretto wound things up with his second goal of the game.

“It was a very professional performance”, claimed Brook Street coach Leoš Loos afterwards. “It was a strange game too; I’ve never taken part in a game before where so many goals have been scored in such a short time”.

While happy at the performance, Leoš admitted, “The biggest winners were the fans who watched the match!”

Lachlan MacKinnon blasts home his first senior goal following a mix-up in the visitors' defence.

Lachlan MacKinnon blasts home his first senior goal following a mix-up in the visitors’ defence.

Brook Street’s reserves fought back from being behind twice to defeat Brazilian visitors Bambala F.C 3-2 this morning to record their first win of the season.

Bohumil Winnen stunned the home side with the opener after only two minutes, but with his first ever senior goal, Lachlan MacKinnon levelled in the twenty-third minute.

Bambala hit the front again five minutes from the break through Joãozinho Kühl, but Brook Street struck right back, Matt Cocker being the man on target.

Fraser Carragher rattled the frame of the goal with a peach of a free-kick after sixty-eight minutes, but Brook Street were right on target five minutes later when from a cross from the right wing, Sam Ferretto thundered what was to prove the decisive volley home.

“It was good to record a win”, admitted Leoš Loos who added, “as we’ve been on the wrong end of some heavy defeats in this season’s friendly programme”.

“We rode our luck at times and had Jim Barnstaple not been on his game today, we could have easily lost”. He continued, “That said, we’ve hit the woodwork twice, so I guess it all levels itself out”.

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