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Jake MacConnechy watches on as his 73rd minute strike powers into the net.

Jake MacConnechy watches on as his 73rd minute
strike powers into the net.

Brook Street go into the final week of the season knowing exactly what is required of them; our 2-2 draw away to sooside this afternoon means that a draw next week with Much Rucking is all that is required to secure us a play-off place whilst sending the Fife side down.

“It’s pretty much cut and dried”, claimed Marcus at the post-match press conference. “As long as we avoid defeat, we’ll be in the play-offs”.

The coach however bemoaned his team’s profligacy in front of goal, which included a missed penalty.

“We threw away two points today, and fortunately given Much Rucking’s result, it’s not adversely affected us. However we cannot and must not be so wasteful in front of goal. We’re playing a very risky game if we do”.

He added, “We know exactly what we have to do next weekend. We’ll be looking to score, but we’ve got to keep things tight at the back. Much Rucking don’t score many goals, but they don’t concede many either so it’s bound to be a tight game. We’ve just got to hold our nerve both on and off the park”.

Brook Street became the first and only side to take points off sooside in Glasgow this season and we opened the scoring five minutes before the break when Nemanja Janković pounced to capitalise on the havoc created in the home side’s penalty box by Jake MacConnechy’s free-kick.

Three minutes into the second half, Jake passed-up a gilt-edged chance to put Brook Street two up from the penalty spot by blazing his spot kick well wide.

This miss was to prove costly as the home side levelled midway through the half though Tommi Hekkala, however Jake redeemed himself in seventy-three minutes when he converted Abel Soffia’s pass from the left to edge us back in front.

But the lead was short-lived, all of three minutes to be precise before Xacobe León Rodrigo knocked in the equaliser to ensure a share of the spoils.

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Igor Bulatov

Igor Bulatov

Brook Street are sad to announce that injury has forced Igor Bulatov to hang up his boots.

“Igor’s injury has not responded to treatment, and with a further lengthy absence likely, he has taken the very difficult decision to retire from playing”, said a club spokesman.

Igor himself said, “It was the hardest decision of my life, but I know that it is the correct one”. He continued, “I probably knew deep down that my career was over before the specialist gave me the bad news, but it didn’t make it any easier. I’ve had a good career and I have no regrets”.

During his eleven-season career with Brook Street, he played 107 competitive matches for the club, scoring 37 goals in the process.

Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman was left a frustrated man this afternoon after watching his side lose out by 2-1 away to league leaders kaos c.f this afternoon.

Two goals from Bob Jensen either side of half-time had toe home side cruising before Yann Scories pulled a goal back with eleven minutes remaining. There was however to be no miraculous fightback as Athletic crashed to their second defeat of the season to kaos.

“We can’t give away stupid goals like that and expect to take anything from the game”, said Marcus afterwards. “We showed Jensen far too much respect and stood off him for the both goals. He should have been closed down quickly and, as a defender myself, I am particularly annoyed that we didn’t”.

“To be honest”, he continued, “I feel the scoreline flattered us and we could have lost by a far greater margin. That doesn’t make this defeat any easier to stomach though and we really let ourselves down. I was convinced we could take something from this match, but we really shot ourselves in the foot with this display”.

The New Home Park side were not helped by losing Igor Bulatov to a bad injury which appears to have ended his season, but Marcus was in no mood for excuses.

“We were already a goal down by that point and could have easily been two down but for a great save by Ville. Losing Igor was a blow tactically, but we were already on the ropes as far as I’m concerned”.

“We were completely outplayed and now need to pick ourselves up for what is a difficult run in”.

The defeat saw Brook Street slip to fourth, and with Carbrain moving to within two points and the two sides meeting in Cumbernauld next week, Marcus threw down the gauntlet to the players.

“We’ve won there before against the odds, and now we must do it again. Carbrain are on a two-match unbeaten run, so they’re clearly on a high. We’ve got to put today’s setback behind us and go out there to win”.

Late last night Brook Street completed the signing of 17 year old Georgian winger Garabed Palasyan from Serbian side Newcastle Kuzmin in a deal worth £980,000.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Marcus said, “We’d been tracking Garabed all evening and got him for the asking price. It was maybe a bit more than I’d have liked to have paid, however this is a lad who we feel could be going places and is well worth the fee paid”.

With two new wingers signed in recent weeks, the coach was asked if this would see veterans Yann Schories and Igor Bulatov leaving the club, however he refuted this saying, “Both Yann and Igor are very much in my plans and neither will be moving on any time soon. I see the recent signings as being more for the long term, so in some respects they have been brought in to replace the older players, however at present I see them as being back-up to Yann, Igor and Nemanja”.

Turning specifically to the signing of Garabed he said, “He is a real talent, and I think that although we have paid a lot for him, we will see the dividend in the next few years”.

He added, “If he continues to progress as he has done so far, I can see this lad playing for his country one day”.

Garabed is due to arrive later today and will meet up with his new team mates at this afternoon’s training session.

José Eransus drives home the opening goal to send us on the road to victory.

After what seems to have been a very long week, Brook Street finally got down to playing their first league game under the charge of Marcus Lövman this afternoon.

Following our poor display against kaos c.f last weekend, the trip to Lothian to face Comenses could have been perceived as a potential banana skin given their own comprehensive dismantling of Carbrain on Saturday.

However, it was to prove a far more comfortable afternoon than anyone could have expected.

The home side had chosen to try to soak up any pressure and hit on the break, but had bizarrely surrendered midfield, and with José Eransus, Oleg Zhigalov and Paul O’Healihy in good form, this could quite easily have been seen as suicidal.

And so it was to prove. Brook Street were quite content to knock the ball about and seek out any weaknesses, but once they found them, they were ruthlessly exploited. José Eransus was having a field day and it was he who opened the scoring with eighteen minutes played.

Oleg Zhigalov made the most of the extra space offered him in thirty-four minutes to storm through the home defence, round the keeper and knock the ball home, and just three minutes later the game was over; Igor Bulatov punishing a mistake on the home side’s right.

With the match effectively over, the tempo dropped in the second half, but the best chance of the half fell to Attila Gyöngyösi who having rounded the keeper, could only watch agonizingly as his net-bound shot was cleared off the line.

Seldom will Brook Street have such a comfortable afternoon, as Marcus alluded to at the post-match press conference.

“I was confident we could secure the win before kick-off, but once I saw Comenses were playing without an inner midfield, I knew the win was almost assured”.

“This week has seemed to be an eternity, so it was good to get back to league football. We’ve been smarting since last weekend’s result, so it was important we got a good reaction here. I couldn’t have asked for any better reaction than I got from the players today”.

Asked about how it felt to be his own boss he said, “It was a bit strange at first not having Arjen in the dug-out, but after the game kicked-off I can’t say I really noticed as I was focussed on what was going on out on the pitch. He’d called earlier to wish us luck though, and I’m sure he will be just as happy as I am with the result”.

Igor Bulatov fires in his second, and Brook Street’s seventh goal of the game against dunfermline.

Igor Bulatov hit a hat-trick and Andy Hunter two goals as Brook Street strolled to a 9-0 Scottish Cup win in Dunfermline this morning. The Fife side were never in the match and from the fifth minute when Emanuel Bohucký hit the opener, there was only ever going to be one winner.

“We put in a very good shift, and the lads can be justly pleased with the outcome”, said Arjen at full-time.

He continued, “We dominated the match as anticipated, but we still had to put in the effort to ensure the victory”.
Five up at half-time through Bohucký, Andy Hunter’s brace, along with goals from Dario Zintu and Kenny Corney, Brook Street were cruising, and when Igor Bulatov slammed home a penalty two minutes after the break, then an outstanding free-kick a minute and a half later, the game was dead and buried.

Daniel Hasnaş, who had come on for Dario Zintu got in on the scoring act just before the hour mark, before Igor completed his hat-trick in the seventieth minute to round off another comprehensive victory for the Angus men.
The Third Round draw took place this afternoon and saw us paired with Division IV.42 side Gowky Giants. Despite Brook Street spending two seasons in Division IV.42, this will be the first meeting of the sides, as Giants did not promote until the season before last.

The match takes place at Giants’ El Gigante ground and kicks-off at 1030 BST next Wednesday.

Goal hero Andy Hunter challenges for the ball in his first start for the senior side.

Brook Street performed another classic smash and grab in Germany this evening, coming back late on to secure a 2-1 victory over BFC Büderich 05 that, with five minutes remaining even the most ardent of Brook Street fans would have thought unlikely.

Trailing to Nino Döner’s sixth minute strike, playing with an unusual and uncharacteristic line-up, and having been under the cosh for long spells, even grabbing a point in our final Group Phase match seemed a tall order until Igor Bulatov found himself clear in front of goal with four minutes remaining.

The Ukrainian doesn’t pass up opportunities such as this, and duly drilled the ball home to apparently earn Brook Street an unlikely and undeserved draw. However worse was yet to come for the home side just two minutes later.

Having signed up for the senior side at the weekend, Andy Hunter had made a quiet but accomplished start to his senior career leading the line, however like a true predator, he pounced on a mistake by Ernest Bürger to fire home his first senior goal with two minutes remaining.

BFC couldn’t believe what had happened in the space of two minutes, and although Nino Döner had a chance to level the scores in the final minute, he blazed the ball over and the match, which five minutes earlier looked to be in the bag, had been lost.

Even Arjen Bogaert couldn’t believe his eyes.

“In all my years of management, I’ve never seen a match finish like that before. I think I can only say I’m embarrassed that we’ve come away from here with the win tonight”.

He added, “We had absolutely no right to get a draw from this match, let alone the win, so I’m completely gobsmacked that we’ve pulled this one out of the fire. At least there was nothing really at stake”.

Germán Olmos Ribas flashes home a header to make the score 3-0 in this morning’s match.

Athletic moved closer to the semi-finals of Edition 9 of the Brook Street Cup with a 6-0 win over Seaview at New Home Park this morning. Igor Bulatov hit a hat-trick while our other goals came from Liran Tzur, Germán Olmos Ribas and Kenny Corney.

“The gulf between the two sides was clear to those who attended the match”, said Arjen afterwards. “We totally dominated the match and didn’t really have to get out of second gear”.

He added, “We always had something in the tank, just in case it was needed, and could have upped the pace if required”.

It could have been a whole different match for hat-trick hero Igor Bulatov though, the Ukrainian being just seconds from being substituted after picking up a knock. Fortunately, he was given a chance to run it off, as within a minute he scored the first of his three goals”.

Arjen admitted, “We decided to give him five minutes to see if he could run it off”, but we seriously considered withdrawing him as a precaution”.

“Fortunately, he was fine though, which was just as well for us!” laughed the coach.

Brook Street now know that a win or draw against Zwart-geel in Belgium next week will almost certainly be enough to earn us a place in the semi-finals.

Brook Street’s reserves eased past Superlativos Absolutos in our hastily arranged friendly match at New Home Park this morning, winning 3-0 through two first-half goals from Emanuel Bohucký and Daniel Hasnaş, and an Igor Bulatov free-kick three minutes from time.

At full-time Arjen expressed his satisfaction with the display, saying, “It was a decent workout for the lads, and I thought there were many positives to take from it”.

“Emanuel put in another excellent ninety minutes and is almost back to full fitness, while the midfield as a whole were ticking along like a well-oiled machine”.

He continued, “It’s important that we have competition for places, and the younger players are starting to come good. On today’s performance, it won’t be too long before they are pressing for a place in the first team”.

The club as a whole would like to thank everyone at Superlativos Absolutos for agreeing to play the friendly at fairly short notice.

José Eransus turns the ball in off a cross from the right to put us in front.

Brook Street continued their excellent start to the season with a fine 3-0 win over Much Rucking at New Home Park this afternoon.

All of the goals came in the first half of a match that Arjen Bogaert described as “one of the finest displays I have seen during my thime here”.

With the visitors pressing the game as anticipated, Brook Street’s quick pass and rush game caught the visitors out time and again and had them chasing shadows for much of the match.

José Eransus opened the scoring with twenty-two minutes on the clock; deftly turning in a cross from the right, and within seven minutes it was 2-0, Igor Bulatov on the scoresheet this time as Brook Street ramped up the pressure.

Igor turned provider ten minutes before the break, playing through Onésimo Murube who fired home low and hard from the angle to make the game all but safe.

Rucking came out in the second half with the intention of stifling the game, and to a certain extent they succeeded, although both Onésimo Murube and Dario Zintu had chances to extend the lead. To be fair however, the Brook Street players were on cruise control with the win already in the bag.

At the post-match press conference, Arjen said, “Our tactics were spot-on again today and every thing worked like clockwork. I saw some worried glances in my direction when Yann Schories was announced as playing at left wing-back, however he performed very well and helped close down that left wing which was all part of the game-plan”.

He continued, “We’re well on our way to our target points total of fourteen for the season already, and once that tally is reached, we’ll have to raise the bar higher. That’s no bad thing however, and once the bar is raised, we’ll be looking for something better than a play-off place”.

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