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The team celebrate lifting the title.

The team celebrate lifting the title.

In the end with Marcascotties’ 5-0 defeat away to Stirling Bridge effectively rendered outcome of Brook Street’s match against FC Poland meaningless, the New Home Park side were taking no chances and comprehensively dismantled their visitors with a devastating display of attacking football to seal the championship and with it a swift return to the third tier of the Hattrick Scottish League.

In front of over 54,000 spectators, Brook Street were a goal up inside the first two minutes through Zsolt Baboss and from then on there was no way there would be any slip-ups. FC Poland had set up in a defensive 5-3-2 but all this served to do was invite wave upon wave of Brook Street attacks. It was almost inevitable that Brook Street would run up a big score against a reserve side, and that they did, netting eleven without reply.

“We showed what we are capable of today and I’m delighted for the lads”, beamed Leoš Loos afterwards. They’ve worked very hard this season and now have their reward. We go back to Division III with renewed optimism, and while we know it will be a whole more difficult proposition at the higher level, we at least have the advantage of knowing what to expect”.

He continued, “We were fortunate to keep the team together after last season and that helped us greatly. However, I would expect that some players may move on now as we build for next season”.

When pressed on who he thought would be leaving he replied, “We’ll be looking at that in the close season, and the players concerned would be the first to know rather than the press. In the meantime we’ve still got a match left to play and we’ll be focussing on that this week rather than what will or won’t be happening in the build-up to next season”.

Emanuel Bohucký went home with the match ball after hitting his fourth career hat-trick, while both Nemanja Janković and Leoš Loos hit a brace. In addition to Zsolt Baboss’s opener, Brook Street’s other goals came from Attila Gyöngyösi, Andrew Cleary and Jake MacConnechy.

So Brook Street go into the final weekend fixture ironically away to runners-up, Marcascotties as Champions.

“It’s one of those things that crops up from time to time”, admitted the coach. “They’ve pushed us all season, but at least we’ll be able to enjoy the occasion a bit more. That’s not to say we’ll be taking the foot off the gas though”, he warned, “as there’s still a chance we could have to play a qualifier and I for one certainly don’t want that”.

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Jake MacConnechy blasts in our fourth goal this afternoon.

Jake MacConnechy blasts in our fourth goal this afternoon.

Brook Street braved storm ‘Desmond’ to open up a five-point lead at the top of the Division with a 5-0 demolition of second-placed Maxum this afternoon.

Emanuel Bohucký fired Brook Street into the lead in the opening minute from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged that one of the home defenders had handled the ball in the box. No-one seemed to know how or why the spot-kick was awarded, but Manny blasted the ball home nonetheless.

Andrew Cleary, the Division’s top scorer doubled the visitors’ lead in the eleventh minute as Brook Street threatened to run riot, however it took until just after the hour mark before player/coach Leoš Loos to add a third; Jake MacConnechy having rattled the crossbar in the interim.

Jake added Brook Street’s fourth with the pick of the bunch, a rasping drive in sixty-eight minutes, and Attila Gyöngyösi rounded off the scoring two minutes later when he prodded the ball home.

“Despite the horrendous conditions, we managed to play some decent football this afternoon”, said Leoš afterwards. “We like to get the ball down, and that paid dividends for us this afternoon. There was no point in ‘hoofing the ball up the park’ in conditions like those, as if we had, the ball would almost certainly have ended up in Edinburgh, such was the wind”.

However, when asked if today’s result meant that the ‘champagne could be put on ice’ he rounded on the questioner saying, “We’ve not even completed half the season yet and a lot could happen in the next eight weeks. To suggest that we’ve got the league sewn up is absolute nonsense and hugely insulting to the other sides in this league”.

He continued, “Yes we’re top of the Division, but there is always room for improvement and we constantly tell the players that. We will never sit on our laurels, as complacency is a huge threat, and we are certainly not in the business of setting ourselves up for a fall”.

Finishing the press-conference he said, “We will continue to focus on the next game we play, and no further, until the end of the season.

Zsolt Baboss chips the ball home to open the scoring this afternoon.

Zsolt Baboss chips the ball home to open the scoring this afternoon.

An equaliser by Sparta Macmerry’s Willie Taylor nine minutes from time in their match against Maxum was enough to see Brook Street take pole position in Division IV.7 this afternoon.

In their game, the New Home Park side had seen off Rebels London by six goals to nil although Brook Street boss Leoš Loos wasn’t too impressed by the performance.

“You know, to be honest we’ve played better and lost. We were decidedly off form today, and although it was probably a blip, it serves to show we can’t be complacent”.

He continued, “Perhaps I’m being too hard on the team, but it certainly wasn’t a vintage Brook Street performance. We’re top of the league now so I should be happy with that, but too many of our players were off form today, and against a better team that would have cost us”.

Brook Street certainly laboured in the early stages and it took a sublime Zsolt Baboss chip over the keeper to open the scoring with seventeen minutes gone. The prolific Andrew Cleary added a second with thirty-five minutes on the clock, but it wasn’t until Nemanja Janković netted five minutes into the second half that the victory was effectively clinched.

The game descended into a dour slog in midfield, bar flashes of individual brilliance such as Emanuel Bohucký’s marvellous free-kick just after the hour mark that tore into the Rebels’ rigging to make it 4-0.

Brook Street were attacking at will now and within the following twelve minutes, they added a further two goals that would round off the scoring; first Zsolt Bqaboss fired in his second of the game with sixty-seven minutes played, then Jake MacConnechy wrapped up the scoring in the seventy-fifth minute.

Brook Street may indeed have had an ‘off day’, but the fact that even so they were far too strong for Rebels could, in time, prove telling.

Andrew Cleary celebrates as his header puts us 3-0 up.

Andrew Cleary celebrates as his header puts us 3-0 up against Vines Cross this evening.

Brook Street answered their critics in the best possible way this evening by defeating reigning League Champions Vines Cross 3-1 at New Home Park. All the goals came in the first half as the home side raced to a 3-0 lead before losing the consolation goal late in the half.

“Winning the match was more important than the performance, but we managed to both win and play well at the same time”, said under pressure Brook Street coach Marcus Lövman afterwards.

“We played some really good football against a very good side, but it was important to secure the three points, and we’ve done just that”.

When questioned about taking off Eyüphan Toga right after the Turkish striker had put the team 2-0 up, the coach said, “It was important that we held onto the lead, and as we were playing a very attacking formation, we decided we should perhaps be less offensive and hold on to what we had. Withdrawing Eyüphan, adding another defender and flooding the midfield was all part of that plan. Tonight we are sitting with three points instead of zero, so you could say that we had achieved our aims”.

It wasn’t all good news for Brook Street this afternoon as Jake MacConnechy picked up an injury that will see him out of action for around three weeks.

“That was a really tough one as Jake had had a really good game”, said Marcus. It’s not looking too good at present, and it could be that he’ll be out until the end of the year”.

This evening’s win saw Brook Street off the bottom of the table and up to fifth place, while Vines on the back of their second defeat, dropped to seventh.

Elsewhere, Vodikavkaz continued their excellent start to the season with a 5-0 away win at Kessler’s Eleven, Sparta Bragg had a narrow 1-0 home win over Auld Reekie FC, and Sejers Sons edged out EK Tuggers by the same scoreline.

The pick of the bunch... Phil Mullally volleys home our eighth goal.

The pick of the bunch… Phil Mullally volleys home our eighth goal.

Ten-man Brook Street eased into the Hattrick Scottish Cup Second Round and a tie in the south-west against Flying Dutchman with an emphatic 10-0 demolition of The Polish Eagles in Glasgow this morning.

Indeed, given that the New Home Park side had to play the whole second half short-handed after Jake MacConnechy’s ordering off, that they managed to score half their goals after the break shows just how dominant they were.

That however didn’t lessen Marcus Lövman’s ire towards the errant veteran. “Jake should know better than to put in two tackles like that, and against a better side we would have been up against it. He knows that, and I’ve made a point of making him know my views”.

“He’s now suspended for the league opener which is what I was trying to avoid. We need everyone to play their part and not be sitting in the stand because of two stupid tackles”.

Muhammad Noorani will join MacConnechy in the stand on Saturday after the teenager was injured following a nasty collision.

“It was a really bad one, and he’s definitely out for the weekend; possibly the next two games after that as well”, admitted Marcus.

Turning back to the game itself, Marcus said, “We were ‘ok’, nothing more. We weren’t pushed hard, and we got a few breaks. We’ll certainly have to be much better on Saturday because if we play like that, Vodikavkaz will give us a hiding”.

A full report of this morning’s match is available here

Substitute Muhammad Noorani fires home his first league goal for the club and our fifth of the game.

Substitute Muhammad Noorani fires home his first league goal for the club and our fifth of the game.

Brook Street romped to a 6-2 victory over Vodikavkaz at New Home Park this afternoon as they retained their 100% home record. Leoš Loos was tormentor in chief, hitting a hat-trick before a succession of heavy challenges saw him pick up an injury that may well have ended his season.

Leoš opened the scoring in the fourteenth minute and doubled the lead five minutes later. Eduard Bobrenko had pulled a goal back for Vodikavkaz with twenty-one minutes played, but Andy Harte restored the two-goal advantage in the twenty-sixth minute.

Leoš completed his hat-trick just before the half-hour mark, but eight minutes before the break he had to be substituted. Muhammad Noorani came on as his replacement to make his league debut for the club.

The match settled down in the second half, but Dmitry Rakevich reduced the lead ten minutes after the break with a well-taken goal for Vodikavkaz.

The game had descended into a dour midfield slog in the rain, but it burst into life again in the last ten minutes when first Muhammad Noorani then Jake MacConnechy netted to kill off any hopes of a comeback.

“We were absolutely unstoppable today”, beamed Marcus Lövman after the match. “We played to our strengths and I feel we got our tactics spot on this afternoon”.

Jokingly, and with reference to his side’s contrasting away form he then said, “I only wish we could play all our games at home!”

Turning more serious, Marcus outlined the extent of the injury to Leoš Loos. “At the moment, it looks like his season is over, but Garaben Palasyan was given the same prognosis and is expected to be back sooner than that. We’ve all got our fingers crossed that this proves to be the same for Leoš”.

“We’ll wait and see what transpires over the next few days”.

The win saw Brook Street become the league’s top scorers, but their well-documented defensive frailties have cost them dearly this season.

Elsewhere today, EK Tuggers eased themselves closer to relative safety with a 4-2 win over Kesslers, bottom side Arenelle SC stunned Vines Cross with a 2-1 home win, and Airth Castle picked up an unexpected away point to leaders, Sparta.

Next weeks fixtures see the top two face each other at Itchypoo Park, Arnelle SC face Airth Castel at The Turret in a relegation six-pointer, Vines Cross are at home to EK Tuggers, while we travel to face Kessler’s in search of our first point on the road.

Eyüphan Toga finishes off a fine move with an unstoppable shot to tie the game at 2-2.

Eyüphan Toga finishes off a fine move with an unstoppable shot to tie the game at 2-2.

Brook Street have been producing real Jekyll and Hyde performance this season; unbeatable at home and hopeless away, and so it continued today.

Hopes were high at the club after last week’s 7-2 demolition of Arenelle at New Home Park that they might break that losing streak on the road. How wrong could they be, as Brook Street headed back up the road with tails firmly between their legs, as the division’s bottom dogs ran out 3-2 winners.

“We were second to everything today, and we got what we deserved”, admitted Marcus at full-time. “We were fortunate to get the score back to 2-2 after they took the early lead, but once they went back in front in the second half, you knew they were just going to roll down the shutters and shut up shop”. And so it proved.

Arenelle raced to a 2-0 lead with goals from Glen Haugaard in twenty-eight minutes and Vivian Dodan ten minutes later. Jake MacConnechy pulled a goal back five minutes before the break and Eyüphan Toga tied the game in the fifty-sixth minute, but with sixty-four minutes played, Eryk Pirrung scored what was to prove to be the decisive goal.

Elsewhere, Sparta got their revenge on EK Tuggers, winning 3-1 away from home, Vodikavkaz eased past Airth Castle by six goals to two, and Vines Cross moved ahead of Brook Street by defeating Kessler’s 3-0 at Vides Estadio.

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.

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”.

Goal scorers Jake MacConnechy and Nemanja Janković celebrate our second goal of the game.

Goal scorers Jake MacConnechy and Nemanja Janković celebrate our second goal of the game.

Brook Street stuttered to defeat in their opening match of the new league campaign, going down by the odd goal in seven to EK Tuggers at MacArthur Park yesterday.

All the first half goalmouth action came in the last five minutes. The home side had opened through Slovakian striker Béla Páger, but two quick replies from Nemanja Janković and Jake MacConnechy saw Brook Street go into the break in front.

That lead remained intact until midway through the half when Moritz Bräu scored via a wicked deflection to make it 2-2, however things went from bad to worse for Brook Street when first Páger then Alfred Tornero scored to give Tuggers a 4-2 lead.

Brook Street fought back though and set up a grandstand finish when Jake hit his second of the game with five minutes remaining, but it was not to be and Tuggers held on to get the win.

“We fell apart a bit after the equaliser”, admitted Marcus afterwards, “and we just couldn’t get back into the game”.

He added, “There was absolutely nothing between the teams, but they took their chances when they arose, and that made all the difference”.

“Now we’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again in the Cup on Wednesday. After that, we’ve got a really tough game against Sparta Bragg next weekend, so there’s no point in dwelling on today’s result”.

Elsewhere, next week’s visitors, Sparta Bragg had a thumping 5-0 win over Kessler’s Eleven, while the other two matches were drawn, Vines Cross and Airth Castle sharing two goals, while Arnelle SC and Vodkavkas finished goal-less.

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