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Sam Ferretto drives home his first goal of the game to make the score 5-0.

Brook Street consigned AFC Gooners 1886 to an early return to Division V with an easy 8-0 win in Fife this afternoon. Doubles from Andrew Cleary, Attila Gyöngyösi and Sam Ferretto, along with singles from Matt Cocker and Krsto Grubić did the damage in a game that the New Home Park club dominated from start to finish.

“My players showed real commitment, professionalism and desire to win, and that played a big part in our win”, said Eike Alanne at the post-match press conference. “We eased up in the second half as the game was already won, and there was no real point in pressing the game”.

“We dominated the game right from the kick-off and played some great football”, he continued. “It was important that we kept the pressure on the teams chasing us, and we’ve done exactly that with our display today”.

“We’ve got a huge game next weekend against C.D. Tetescoces, and this result sets us up nicely for that”, he concluded.

Elsewhere, second-placed FC Scourie were 8-0 away winners at Swiss Ranger, C.D. Tetescoces had a good 2-0 win at MacAulays Saints, and BK Flowers ran out 3-0 winners in Dumfries against D & G Rovers.

Adam Humphrey celebrates as he completes his first senior hat-trick

Brook Street hit double figures this afternoon as they ran out 10-0 winners against Swiss Ranger at New Home Park. Seventeen year-old striker Adam Humphrey hit a career first hat-trick and top scorer Andrew Cleary a brace as Brook Street ran riot.

“I’m told it was like shooting fish in a barrel”, said Eike afterwards. “I have no idea what that means, but I guess it is something along the lines of we couldn’t fail to win, yes?”

He continued, “We never had to get out of second gear, and I think that speaks volumes. It’s the club’s biggest win in quite some time, and it keeps us ahead at the top of the league, so there is lots to be pleased about”.

“I’m particularly pleased for young Adam Humphrey”, he added. “He showed a real predator’s instinct and I’m delighted he scored his career first hat-trick today. It’s a real confidence boost for him, and I’ll be looking for him to kick on from here”.

“The team are starting to click and we’re getting used to playing the new style. We had a lot of upheaval during the close season, but it’s starting to pay dividends”, he concluded.

Eike opened the scoring from the penalty spot in six minutes and Krsto Grubić made it two with nineteen minutes on the clock.

Adam Humphrey netted the first of his three goals eleven minutes before the break, but it wasn’t until three minutes after the break that Andrew Cleary fired in number four.

At this point, Brook Street were raiding at will and Adam Humphrey hit his second with sixty-two minutes played, and Nicky Breaden made it 6-0 ten minutes later.

Teams have a tendency to sit back at this point, but not Brook Street who went for the jugular. The visitors managed to hold out until six minutes from time when the floodgates opened.

Andrew Cleary made it 7-0 in eighty-four minutes, before Adam Humphrey completed his hat-trick a minute later. Nicky Breaden struck to make it 9-0 four minutes from time and Conor Meldrum lobbed in Brook Street’s tenth to wrap up the scoring with three minutes to go.

The win keeps the New Home Park side a point ahead of MacAulays Saints and two ahead of fc scourie.

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 in his second goal of the afternoon to make the score 3-0.

Matt Cocker slams in his second goal of the afternoon to make the score 3-0.

In easily one of their best league performances in recent times, Brook Street routed league leaders FC Scourie 7-1 at New Home Park. The Highlanders had been unbeaten up until this afternoon, but they were no match for a rampant Brook Street side who are now right back in the mix.

Andrew Cleary opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute, and a quick double from Matt Cocker had Brook Street three-up inside forty minutes. Kembele Madimba reduced the lead just before the break, but Fraser Carragher restored the three-goal advantage four minutes after the re-start, before three goals in quick succession around the hour mark from Attila Gyöngyösi, Krsto Grubić and Alex Clapperton wrapped up the win and killed the game stone dead.

“My players were absolutely fantastic”, beamed a clearly delighted Eike Alanne at the post-match press briefing. “We dominated the match from start to finish, and our passing and finishing were simply outstanding. We showed everyone just how good a side we are”.

He added, “We switched the line-up and formation slightly and it paid dividends. We’ve been caught out in the last couple of games by teams packing the midfield, so we learned from our mistakes and the players rose to the occasion today”.

“We’re now right back in contention in the title race, and while promotion is not our aim, we naturally want to finish as high as we can. Whoever wins this league will not gain automatic promotion, so we’ve got to give ourselves the best possible chance to secure a lucrative play-off match”. He added, “We’ve blown the title race wide open, and it’s up to us to now capitalise on what we have achieved today”.

Nicky Breaden slides the ball home to tie the game at 3-3 and take it into extra-time.

Nicky Breaden slides the ball home to tie the game at 3-3 and take it into extra-time.

Brook Street this morning bowed out of the Scottish Cup after a 4-3 extra-time defeat at fellow Division IV side, NDW FC. However, far from being disappointed, Eike claimed that there were far more positives to take from the game than negatives.

“OK, we lost and we’re out of the Scottish Cup, but the players showed a terrific workrate, and but for the width of the crossbar we could have actually gone through in regulation time”.

He continued, “We showed real character and fight to get the score back to 3-3 after being 2-0 down early on, when it was looking like we could be facing a real hammering. Let’s also not forget that our side included four 17 year-olds and two were 18. That’s probably the youngest side ever fielded by the club, and I think they did very well”.

“We also had Conor Meldrum making his debut after signing late last night, so all in all I am very satisfied with our performance despite the final outcome”, he said.

NDW were fast out of the traps and within seventeen minutes found themselves two-up through an Asad Salman. Sam Ferretto slammed the ball home to get Brook Street back in the tie with twenty minutes played. Richard Gabriel had the chance to level the scores midway through the half but rushed his shot and rattled the woodwork instead of the rigging.

Despite all Brook Street’s good work, it was the home side who scored the next goal, Graeme Toney firing home after a fine solo run eleven minutes into the second half.

Sam Ferretto was left kicking himself after fluffing his lines with a quarter of an hour to go, but Brook Street finally got the goal their hard work deserved eleven minutes from time when Krsto Grubić lobbed the home keeper from the edge of the box.

Brook Street were in the ascendancy now, and after a chance for Lachlan MacKinnon had been cleared, the home side finally succumbed to the incessant pressure four minutes from time when Nicky Breaden hammered home the equaliser.

After such a spirited fightback, it was a huge blow to the Brook Street players that after only two minutes of extra-time, Graeme Toney hit his second goal of the game to make it 4-3 to the home team.

Sam Ferretto thought he had levelled the scoring a minute into the second period of extra-time, but a defender popped-up on the line to clear to safety. That was to be the last of the goalmouth action as fatigue played it’s part in the match petering out into a dour midfield slog.

So despite a very good effort, it’s the Tartan Cup for Brook Street next week, and a trip over to Fife to face Urban Gorillas.

Adam Humphrey creates a piece of history, scoring his first senior goal to make the score 3-0

Adam Humphrey creates a piece of history, scoring his first senior goal to make the score 3-0

Brook Street stormed into the Scottish Cup second round this afternoon with an emphatic 8-0 demolition of Mauchline United. Eike Alanne’s side lined up 3-5-2 with recent signings Richard Gabriel and Adam Humphrey both in the starting line-up.

Brook Street quickly set about their business and within eight minutes were 1-0 up, Nicky Breaden thundering the ball into the United net. When Sam Ferretto was up-ended just inside the box with twenty minutes on the clock, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Fraser Carragher stepped up and calmly rolled the ball home, sending the home keeper the wrong way.

Five minutes later and it was 3-0. Some fine movement down the left wing saw the ball cut back to debutante Adam Humphrey and the teenager drilled the ball home like a veteran to net his senior goal.

Then, just three minutes later, Brook Street were awarded their second penalty of the game. Fraser Carragher stepped up and slammed an unstoppable penalty into the top left corner, once again sending the keeper the wrong way.

Brook Street had the match won by then, but added a fifth goal eleven minutes before the break. Alex Clapperton was announced as the scorer as the home fans headed en masse for the exits.

Despite the match being won, Brook Street pressed forward in the second half and made it 6-0 on the hour mark when Nicky Breaden capitalised on a slip-up in the home defence to slide the ball home.

Within the next six minutes, Brook Street ran riot and netted a further two goals. With sixty-four minutes played, Sam Ferretto latched onto a magnificent through ball and lashed it into the net, then two minutes later Krsto Grubić made it 8-0, after a well-rehearsed set piece move left him with the easiest of tap-ins.

The players were obviously told to ‘take it easy’ from then on in as the tempo visibly dropped, to save their energy for Saturday’s league opener.

“The game was won, so there was no point in doing anything stupid”, said Eike at the post-match press conference. “Picking up an injury which could have put a player out of Saturday’s match would have been totally pointless and potentially costly, so with the game won we told them to slow down”.

Asked how he felt about the performance, he replied, “I think we were very professional in the way we approached the match. We got the win, and we did so playing attractive football. I can’t ask for more”.

“We had a young side out there today, and two players making their debuts. We still won convincingly and as far as I’m concerned, I’m delighted with the performance of all the players. Ok, there will be days when we don’t play this well, but that’s only to be expected”.

Asked specifically about the debuts for Richard and Adam he replied, “Both had very good games. Richard didn’t have a lot to do, but when called into action he dealt easily with everything that came his way. Adam took his goal really well and although he tired later on, he acquitted himself very well too. Once he grows a bit and fills out, you can see he’s going to be a handful for defenders”.

Brook Street’s reward for the win is another away game, this time to face NDW FC in the Highlands.

Matt Cocker slams the ball into the net to send Brook Street on their way to the Second Round.

Matt Cocker slams the ball into the net to send Brook Street on their way to the Second Round.

A professional first half display which saw Brook Street hit five goals without reply comfortably into the Saltire Cup Second Round.

Chieftans had no reply to the onslaught which saw Matt Cocker, Phil Mullally, Eliseo Albeiros find the net along with captain Fraser Carragher who netted a brace, all within the first thirty-seven minutes.

This allowed youngsters Liam Christie and Lachlan MacKinnon to enter the fray in the second half, to gain important match time.

“That was always our intention”, said coach Leoš Loos afterwards, “regardless of the score”. He continued, “The fact that we were up by five goals at the time was an added bonus as it meant that the heat was off us, so we could let the lads gain experience without being under any form of pressure”.

However, it wasn’t all good news for Brook Street as both Matt Cocker and Krsto Grubić picked up injuries late in the second half.

But the coach allayed any fears of long-term injuries by saying, “I’ve spoken with the medical team and they reckon the knocks are minor and both players will be available for the next round of the Cup, and probably even Saturday’s fixture against Nessie FC”.

In that ‘next round’, Brook Street have been against Division IV side Ants Army F.C. With the match scheduled to take place at New Home Park nest Wednesday.

“They look like they’re a very strong side, but we’ll be resisting the temptation to field our strongest team”, said Leoš. “This competition is all about gaining experience for our fringe players and reserves, and we won’t approach this game any differently”.

Sam Ferretto prods the ball home to complete his hat-trick.

Sam Ferretto prods the ball home to complete his hat-trick.

Brook Street’s reserves completed a terrific week for the club with a demolition job on Croatian side NK Mrežnica at New Home Park this morning.

Sam Ferretto hit a hat-trick in the 8-0 win with our other goals being scored by Nicky Breaden, Matt Cocker, Fraser Carragher, Muhammad Noorani and Krsto Grubić.

The game also saw debuts for recent Academy graduates in the shape of Liam Christie and Lachlan MacKinnon, both of whom put in solid performances.

“It’s always difficult for the youngsters coming in as the pace is so much faster”, said captain Fraser Carragher, “but I think the lads acquitted themselves very well. They’ll get up to speed soon enough though, and then we’ll get a true indication of what they’re capable of”.

Turning to the game as a whole he said, “It was a good overall performance from us, and I don’t think the scoreline flattered us at all. We dominated the game across the pitch, and played some decent football”.

He continued, “Stick the ball in front of Sam or Muhammad and we know what to expect, and today they hit the net four times between them”.

On his own counter Fraser said, “Yeah, I’ve had a couple of those this season where I’ve run at the defence and knocked it home. The gaffer’s always telling me to get forward and put pressure on their back line, but on occasion their defence parts like today and I get lucky”.

Meanwhile, a friendly match is being lined-up for Saturday at New Home Park to bring the season to a close. Details are unknown at present.

Krsto Grubić fires home to make it 3-0 in this morning's friendly.

Krsto Grubić fires home to make it 3-0 in this morning’s friendly.

This morning’s friendly against Chilean side Wanderers club probed to be a stroll in the park for Brook Street’s reserves with braces for Muhammad Noorani, Nicky Breaden and Fraser Carragher, along with strikes from Krsto Grubić and Sam Ferretto giving the New Home Park side an 8-0 win.

The game also marked the debut for Paco Palleras who put in a solid if unspectacular performance at right-back.

“Unspectacular is fine by me”, said Leoš Loos when asked to comment afterwards. He continued, “Paco was asked to do a specific job, he did exactly that and I’m very happy with his performance. He’s a totally different kind of player to Zsolt, so anyone who was expecting more of the same will be disappointed. I knew exactly what I was getting, and that’s why I signed him”.

Turning his attention back to the result, he said, “I think we totally dominated the game, but we really only played for about an hour”. He continued, “It’s hard to keep going when you’re so far in front, and so it proved today. This is in stark contrast to last week’s friendly, and to be perfectly honest, I would prefer matches like last week’s to today’s”.

Third time lucky: Matt Cocker finally finds the net against Crushers.

Third time lucky: Matt Cocker finally finds the net against Crushers.

Brook Street are safely through to the next round of the Saltire Cup having defeated Swiss-Castel-Crushers 4-0 at New Home Park this afternoon. But it was not all good news for the Monifieth side as they now look like being without Sam Ferretto for at least a week following an ankle injury.

“We’ll reassess it in the morning, but he’s almost certainly out for the next week, possibly two”, admitted Leoš Loos after the match. “It’s really disappointing for him as he’d scored our opening goal today, and also in our match against Sparta”. He continued, “Sam’s been in very good form since the start of the season so it’s disappointing for him that he’s picked up the injury”.

Although Sam had opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute, Brook Street could have been one-up after only eleven minutes, but Matt Cocker’s drive was an inch and a half too high and the shot rattled off the crossbar.

The visitors weren’t seen as an attacking force despite having as much possession as Brook Street, and they almost paid the price after thirty-four minutes when Matt broke through again. This time however, they had keeper Jacobo Miquilena to thank for keeping the score 1-0 with an excellent block.

Into the second half, and Brook Street carried on as they had left off. Finally, with fifty-five minutes on the clock, the breakthrough was made and it came from the boot of Matt Cocker. Breaking through the middle, he was able to run onto a through-ball from Phil Mullally and calmly slid it under Miquilena in the Crusher goal.

Krsto Grubić almost added to the scoreline with fourteen minutes left, but for a spectacular stop by Jacobo Miquilena yet again.

However, the decisive point of the game came five minutes later when the referee awarded Brook Street a penalty. No-one could work out why, but Fraser Carragher wasted no time in planting the ball into the visitors’ net.

All was going to plan for Brook Street, but a minute later Sam Ferretto was limping out of the game to be replaced by the player-coach.

And it was Leoš Loos himself who supplied the coup de grace three minutes after coming on, latching onto a Matt Cocker head-flick at a corner and blasting home from about three yards out.

“It was a good workout and we’re happy to be through”, was Leoš’s final assessment on the game.

The next round draw has given Brook Street another home tie, this time against Division III side Toon of the South. On hearing the draw, Leoš said, “It will be interesting to try ourselves out against another Division III side, but as I say every week, the League is our number one priority”.

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