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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.

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.

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”.

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.

Muhammad Noorani signed off for the season with two goals this morning.

Muhammad Noorani signed off for the season with two goals this morning.

Whilst it is always interesting to face teams from overseas in friendly match, the scoreline in this morning’s friendly against Serbian visitors, Idijoti Belosvecki 9/11 was without doubt the least important consideration for the management team.

With Saturday’s title showdown with The Tiny Spacemen looming, ensuring the squad will be at maximum possible strength far outweighed the 6-2 scoreline today.

“We never meant to play the first team in this match”, admitted Leoš Loos, “that was an error on our part, but fortunately not a costly one as far as injuries goes”.

Andrew Cleary and Muhammad Noorani both helped themselves to braces, with Brook Street’s other goals coming from Leoš and an Emanuel Bohucký spot-kick as the home side turned on the style in front of over 3,200 fans.

“We were slack at the back again and that’s not good enough”, complained Leoš. “We’ll have to be far sharper on Saturday, as we’ll be facing a far better side”.

He continued, “We switched off and it cost us goals again, just as it did on Saturday. A repeat this Saturday could mean another season in this Division which is not good enough for this Club”.

Meanwhile, following the game, winger Liam Christie was paraded as the latest graduate of the Academy to be called up to the senior side.

“We’ve been keeping tabs on both Liam and midfielder Lachlan MacKinnon who will be joining the senior side next week, and I’ve been impressed with both of them”.

He continued, “Liam is lightning fast and Lachlan has a maturity beyond his years. Both have bags of talent and will be excellent additions to the senior squad”.

The two youngsters will make their public bow at half-time on Saturday.

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