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Brook Street this evening parted company with three players as the club look to restructure. The players leaving are Leandro Di Gaudio who joins Spanish Liga VI outfit La Linea F.C.; Germán Olmos Ribas who leaves for Greek V Ethniki side Olympiakos . FC; and youngster Brad Flint who will now ply his trade in Switzerland for Liga VI side Roter Stern FK.

Admitting that the decision to sell the players, who brought in over £800,000 in transfer fees, would be seen as the side ‘throwing in the towel’ on this season’s league campaign, coach Leoš Loos said, “This is a restructuring that in all honesty I should have carried out at the end of last season, but you always hope for ‘just one more season’ and I’m afraid that isn’t going to happen”.

He continued, “Yes, there will be some who see this as us cutting costs before being relegated, but regardless of whether we stay up or go down, we’ve got to look to the future, and moving on two of our higher wage earners will certainly help us in that”.

“We’ve also got to get the best return we can on more senior players, so while I would like to keep everyone, it’s simply not good in the long term. Brad is a bit different in that he’s down the pecking order for starting places and it would be unfair to keep him here sitting in the stand. He’s a good lad and will do well given the correct coaching”.

“Leo and Germán have been tremendous servants of this club over six and thirteen seasons respectively, and along with Brad, they leave with our very best wishes for the future”.

During those thirteen seasons, Germán made a total of 107 appearances, netting 18 times, while in his six seasons at the club, Leandro Di Gaudio played 73 times for the first team, scoring 3 goals. Brad Flint’s appearances were generally limited to the Cups following his graduation from the Academy, and scored 3 goals in his 9 first team appearances.

We wish them well.

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Germán Olmos Ribas blasts home our fifth goal against EK Tuggers this afternoon.

Germán Olmos Ribas blasts home our fifth goal against EK Tuggers this afternoon.

Brook Street’s revival continued this afternoon with an impressive 6-1 win over EK Tuggers at New Home Park, the win taking us to within four points of top.

Leoš Loos hit a hat-trick with our other goals coming from Abel Soffia, Andrew Cleary and Germán Olmos Ribas as the home team ran out comfortable winners.

When asked about the performance at the post-match press conference, Marcus Lövman said, “We effectively killed off the game in the first half which was pleasing from our point of view, and even when Tuggers pulled a goal back, we went right up the park and restored our advantage immediately”.

He continued, “The players showed great determination and commitment this afternoon, an no shortage of skill too, so they can be justly proud of their efforts and the win that they have earned”.

It wasn’t all good news for Brook Street though as Nemanja Janković limped out of the match just before half time.

“Well have to wait and see how things develop overnight”, said Marcus, “but we’ve got our fingers crossed it’s not serious”.

Elsewhere, Sejers Sons became the first club to take points off Vodikavkaz this season, as the sides battled out a 2-2 draw. The chasing pack also kept up the pressure on the leaders: Sparta Bragg hitting four without reply against Kessler’s Eleven, and Vines Cross defeated FC Auld Reekie 2-0 at Vides Estadio.

Andrew Cleary fires in the second of his three goals against Armageddon999 this afternoon.

Andrew Cleary fires in the second of his three goals against Armageddon999 this afternoon.

In what could be their final home game of the season, Brook Street swept Armageddon999 aside with a devastating display of attacking to win 10-0 this afternoon.

Andrew Cleary hit a hat-trick and there were braces for Leoš Loos, Nemanja Janković and Eyüphan Toga. Germán Olmos Ribas scored our other goal with a real collectors item – a header.

Speaking afterwards, Marcus Lövman admitted, “With the pressure off, the lads really went for it today”. He continued, “It’s been a difficult season, so it was good to see them play with such flair. It’s just a shame there weren’t too many people here to see it”.

The side will fly out to Angola tomorrow, but it is still unclear whether they will be travelling on to Vietnam for the final friendly of the close season next weekend.

“It would certainly make sense to travel directly there rather than come home again, but we won’t know until Monday at the earliest if we’re playing away or at home”, the coach said.

He concluded, “It doesn’t really matter too much to us where we play, but at least now we’ve a pretty good idea what all of the options are”.

The reserves have romped to victory in Tunisia this afternoon, running out 8-1 winners against Boca Junyors in Sousse.

Ironically, it had been the hosts who had opened the scoring in the twenty-second minute through Mansour Thabet before Matt Cocker, Muhammad Noorani (2), Andy Harte, Andrew Cleary, Germán Olmos Ribas, Zsolt Baboss and Phil Mullally netted without reply.

“It was a good display from us”, said Marcus Lövman afterwards, “and for once we turned our possession into goals”. He continued, “We also hit goals from all over the pitch which was probably the most pleasing aspect of the win”.

However it wasn’t all good news, as Garaben Palasyan had to be helped off with only eighteen minutes played.

“The prognosis isn’t looking good”, admitted the coach. “It could well be that Garabed’s season is over which is a real blow. We’ll just have to wait and see. He was certainly clattered and we’ll have to await the results of scans we’ll have done as soon as we arrive home”.

Leoš Loos watches on as his shot hits the back of the net to start making history.

Leoš Loos watches on as his shot hits the back of the net to start making history.

Brook Street created a piece of history this morning as their 4-1 win over Kobis at New Home Park saw them reach the Hattrick Scottish Cup Sixth Round for the first time.

With both sides fielding their first teams, the match raged from end to end in front of the noisy 47,909 crowd. The first chance fell to the visitors but Corey Dearmouth slammed the ball against the post when it seemed easier to score.

This was to prove costly six minutes from the break when Brook Street captain Leoš Loos fired home the opening goal from close range.

Germán Olmos Ribas broke through to double Brook Street’s lead in the sixty-fifth minute, and Leoš rose high to power home a header seven minutes later to make the tie all but safe.

But back came Kobis, and Charlie Arran pulled a goal back with eleven minutes remaining, but it was to be too little too late, and Jake MacConnechy hammered the final nail into the coffin with six minutes to go.

“We were absolutely superb this morning”, beamed a delighted Marcus Lővman at full-time. “We knew they’d field a very strong side, so we thought we’d match up and go for it”.

He continued, “The lads have created history this morning and we can’t wait to see who we get in the draw”.

This afternoon, that Sixth Round draw saw us paired with League II side Swansea FC.

“It will be a huge test for us”, admitted Marcus on hearing the draw, “as they’re flying high in their division and are on a long unbeaten run. We however have a tremendous team spirit and regularly punch well above our weight. With this in mind, it’s certain to be a great game”.

He added, “It’s sure to be a very big crowd, and we can’t wait until next week”.

The match at Brockville United’s 111,291 capacity Kevin McAllister Stadium in Falkirk takes place next Wednesday with a 1030 kick-off.

Andrew Cleary watches on as his extra-time shot enters the net to secure the win.

Andrew Cleary watches on as his extra-time shot enters the net to secure the win.

Brook Street were given a real scare in this morning’s Hattirck Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie with AthleticScotland, and it took an extra-time Andrew Cleary strike to send the New Home Park side into this afternoon’s Fifth Round draw.

The match had ended regulation time tied at 3-3, thanks to a last minute Germán Olmos Ribas equaliser which broke the hearts of the home support who were already celebrating victory.

Indeed, the home side had made all the running and were 2-0 up after just over half an hour thanks to goals from Barry Robshaw and Kerewin de Wilde. Fraser Carragher and Andrew Cleary then fired Brook Street level, before the grandly titled Hauke-Klaus Niemeyer-Wasserer netted to send the League IV side into the break in front.

And so the scoreline remained until the final minute when Germán Olmos Ribas struck to send the tie into extra-time.

It was hard for the home side to lift themselves following such a crushing blow, and things got even worse for them midway through the first period of extra-time as, a fine play on the left gave Andrew Cleary the kind of chance the just doesn’t miss, and the Scotland U-20 Internationalist made no mistake to fire Brook Street into the Fifth Round for the first time in four seasons.

“We got very, very lucky today”, admitted Marcus afterwards, “but then again we’ve been on the receiving end of results like this in the past, so I think we were due a break”.

The coach praised his side for their ‘never say die’ attitude saying, “Even at 2-0 down we kept playing away and to pull it back to 2-2 was an excellent effort”.

However with full-time approaching and trailing 3-2 he feared the worst.

“I’ve got to admit I thought we would be bowing out as usual in the Fourth Round when Germán popped up to produce an outstandingly composed finish to tie the game”. He continued, “We knew that losing the goal so late would have really affected them, so we went into extra-time, not only buoyed by the late, late goal, but by also knowing that they were on the back foot and reeling”.

“Sure enough, when Andrew netted what proved to be the winner, you could visibly see them deflate”.

Brook Street’s reward for reaching the Fifth Round is our first home tie in the Scottish Cup for four seasons, and sees us face fellow League III side Kobis.

The sides have met once before in the Scottish Cup, in the Fourth Round four seasons ago. Brook Street ran out 2-0 winners at Kobi Park that day with Oleg Zhigalov and Onésimo Murube scoring the goals.

Next weeks match takes place on Wednesday with a 10:30 kick-off.

Jake MacConnechy unleashes a thunderbolt to double our lead.

Jake MacConnechy unleashes a thunderbolt to double our lead.

Brook Street’s league campaign fired into life this afternoon with a 2-0 win over Sparta Bragg at New Home Park. Following last weekend’s disappointing defeat to EK Tuggers it was important to take something from the game against the side that played in League II last season.

Before the match, even the most optimistic of the side’s followers would have thought that it was a ‘big ask’, but in true Brook Street Athletic style, Marcus Lövman’s side conjured up a performance which produced the goods.

Marcus had changed the formation with Germán Olmos Ribas coming in to play a sitting midfielder role, and Andy Harte dropping to the bench.

Brook Street got off to a flying start, and in what proved to be the only highlight of a dour first half, Leandro Di Gaudio fired home his first competitive goal for the club with only four minutes played.

Fortunately, the match improved in the second half, and Sparta keeper Yılmaz Ergenç had to look lively to tip Attila Gyöngyösi’s curling shot round the post with sixty-four minutes on the clock.

He was however powerless to stop Jake MacConnechy’s thunderbolt of a shot from all of thirty-five yards crashing into the net four minutes later to double Brook Street’s lead.

Sparta were dangerous on the break, and it took two attempts for Ezequiel Alexandrino to gather Dorian Bezhani’s shot following a mazy run by the Italian. However, this was to prove the visitors’ only chance of the half, and Brook Street held on to record their first points of the season.

“We shook things up a bit and it seemed to work well”, said Marcus afterwards. “Our best form of defence was attack, and we tried to flood the midfield at every opportunity”.

He added, “Up until now, a lot of our results owed more to good luck, but today’s was down to sheer endeavour. The lads put in an excellent shift, and we’ve got the result our play deserved”.

Continuing, he said, “Now we’ve got to keep this momentum going. Every game in this division is a ‘big’ game, and we’ve got Kessler’s visiting next weekend”.

Asked whether 2-5-3 would become his preferred formation Marcus said, “No, not necessarily. We set up the team to play each opponent individually, and I think today was the first time we’d played 2-5-3 in a league match”.

“Yes it worked, and we got a tremendous win, but on another day we could have been on the wrong end of a hiding”, he admitted.

“Tactics certainly have their part to play, and some matches are almost as tactical as a game of chess. It comes down to who gets their tactics right on the day. We got ours right today”.

Andrew Cleary pounces to smash the loose ball home and wrap up the scoring.

Andrew Cleary pounces to smash the loose ball home and wrap up the scoring.

Two goals in each half saw Brook Street comfortably win 4-0 against AIM FC this morning to go through to the Scottish Cup Third Round. There, we’ll have an away trip to face League IV side Glenfiddich Marbles.

Brook Street took the lead in controversial circumstances just after half an hour, having been awarded a penalty when Andrew Cleary was apparently tripped in the box. It appears he’d slipped and the award was harsh, but the referee was unmoved by the home side’s protests and the decision stood. Fraser Carragher stepped up to calmly slot the ball home.

AIM were rattled by this, and with six minutes of the half remaining found themselves another goal down, Leoš Loos firing home after a fine through ball.

The home side were clearly feeling hard done by, which for the first goal they were certainly justified, but there were no complaints ten minutes after the restart when Germán Olmos Ribas fired home after a terrific move down the left wing.

Even by this point, it was clear that the result was decided, but Brook Street weren’t quite finished and rounded off the scoring in the seventy-first minute when Andrew Cleary knocked the ball home after a mix-up in the home defence.

It wasn’t all good news for Brook Street however as Muhammad Noorani had to be helped from the field following a nasty collision and now faces a period on the sidelines.

“Muhammad looks like he’ll be out for a week or two”, admitted Marcus afterwards. “It’s a real blow for him, there’s no two doubts about it, but hopefully he’ll make a speedy recovery. We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes”, he added.

On the penalty decision he said, “I’ve asked Andrew about it and he admitted he slipped. He told the referee this, but the referee being the referee knew best and awarded the penalty”.

He continued, “The decision was very harsh, and wrong. We’ve been on the other end of decisions like this, so I completely sympathise with AIM FC regarding this. The only saving grace was that this wasn’t the only goal of the game. It did however have a profound effect upon it though”.

Turning back to his own side’s performance he said, “We were probably efficient without being spectacular”. He added, “We took our chances when they arose, but we got a big break with the opener”.

Phil Mullally fires in our opening goal against Concord Veymandoo this morning.

Phil Mullally fires in our opening goal against Concord Veymandoo this morning.

Three goals in each half eased Brook Street’s reserves to a 6-1 friendly win over Maldives side Concord Veymandoo at New Home Park this morning.

First half strikes from Phil Mullally, Garabed Palasyan and Andrew Cleary were added to in the second by Germán Olmos Ribas, Lloyd Stephen and substitute Jake MacConnechy who had come on for the injured Matt Cocker.

Although Concord had pulled a goal back at 2-0, once the third goal went in there was no way back for the side from the Maldives.

“We knocked the ball about well today and controlled the game for long spells”, claimed Marcus afterwards. “We got to grips with midfield and despite some really heavy challenges going in, we kept our composure to secure the win”.

He went on to praise Jake MacConnechy who had come on as a substitute when Matt Cocker twisted his ankle in the nineteenth minute.

“Jake wasn’t expecting to be playing this morning, but when he was called into action he took command of the midfield and his goal was just reward for his efforts”.

He continued, “It was a solid team performance but special mentions should also go out to Germán and Andrew who both covered every blade of grass this morning. Their workrate was tremendous and both took their goals well. That’s not to say the others don’t deserve a mention too, as everyone played their part”.

On Matt Cocker’s injury he said, “Matt was really unfortunate as he slipped on the wet grass and went over his ankle. We don’t think the injury is too bad and he might even be back in time for next Wednesday, but at the moment I’d say it’s fair to say he’s almost certainly out of the game at Forfar on Saturday”.

“These things happen though, and we just have to get on with it”, he concluded.

Leoš Loos just fails to make contact with Fraser Carragher's cross against Airth Castle.

Leoš Loos just fails to make contact with Fraser Carragher’s cross against Airth Castle.

Brook Street were edged out 3-2 against Airth Castle Rovers at The Turret this afternoon. First half goals from Darren Urquhart and Moreno Lindenberg had us chasing the game.

Although after the break, we netted goals from Germán Olmos Ribas and Emanuel Bohucký, either side of Darren Urquhart’s second goal for the home side, we couldn’t find an equaliser and fell two points off the pace as a result.

“We simply can’t give sides a two-goal start and expect to take anything from the game”, bemoaned Marcus at full-time. “I thought we’d seen the last of this, but it’s made an unwelcome reappearance today”.

“Rovers are a very good side, so having a first half like that was handing the game to them on the plate. They were in command for much of the game, which is even more disappointing, and we probably took what we deserved out of the game”.

He continued, “Now we’re at the sharp end of the season, and we cannot afford to make slip-ups like todays. Ok, were safe from relegation, but we should be looking up the way, not down. That’s what annoys me the most about this performance”.

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