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Adam Humphrey capitalises on a mix-up in the Saints’ defence to send us on our way.

Brook Street stormed to an emphatic 6-0 win away to MacAuleys Saints which secured the Division IV.13 league title at the first time of asking, and with it, brings a Division III Play-Off next weekend against Kobis.

Brook Street got off to a flying start as young Adam Humphrey pounced on a defensive mistake to fire the New Home Park side into the lead with only five minutes on the clock.

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure and only an outstanding save from Saints’ keeper Florian Pułka prevented Andrew Cleary from increasing the lead, but it was only a matter of time before Brook Street did find away through.

And when it came, it was a real beauty. Alex Clapperton had been tormenting Saints’ left-back Arthur Moore throughout the opening period, and with twenty minutes gone, he left the defender for dead before swinging over a teasing, tempting cross which Adam Humphrey met full on the volley to almost lifted the rigging off the goal frame.

Brook Street had their tails up by now and went straight for the kill. Andrew Cleary hit his twenty-second goal of the season in the twenty-sixth minute, and Phil Mullally all but made the game safe eight minutes before the break.

With the Championship in the bag by half-time, all that remained for Brook Street was to improve their goal difference to try to secure a more favourable play-off draw, and the visitors wasted no time in setting about their task.

With just two minutes played after the re-start Andrew Cleary rifled home his second goal of the game to make it 5-0 and secure his place as the league’s top scorer. Then, with sixty-eight minutes on the clock, it fell to Fraser Caragher to complete the scoring with a drilled shot following another defensive error.

So, next Saturday Brook Street will face Kobis in the Division III play-off, but when interviewed after the celebrations had moved on to local hostelries or the fans had headed back down the road, the coach reckons that this match has come too early for his side.

“We’ve been playing to a gameplan which is focussed around building a side capable of challenging in Division II at least. That, I feel, will take around two to three seasons, so while it’s fantastic that we have won the title, if I’m being brutally honest, I think we’ll struggle against Kobis. They are a very strong side in what looks like a really tough league. We’ve played a few of the sides there before, usually in the Scottish Cup, so we are well aware of how good they are”.

He continued, “We’ll give it our best shot, but I think it’s a step too far for us, especially as we’re playing at their ground. It’s been a great season for us in the end, and given time, this can become a great team.

Matt Cocker slams in his eighth goal of the season to open the scoring against C.D. Tetescoses this afternoon.

This afternoon’s excellent 2-0 victory over C.D. Tetescoses at New Home Park leaves Brook Street knowing that a point away to MacAuleys Saints next Saturday should be ample to secure the league title, however even at this late stage Eike refuses to be drawn on title celebrations next weekend.

“It is just another game to us”, said the German. “We don’t ‘play for draws’, that’s not the Brook Street way; it never has been. We go into every game looking to win it, and next week’s game will be no different”.

Pressed on whether Brook Street’s twelve goal advantage over FC Scourie effectively meant that a point was all that is all that is required, Eike, clearly annoyed retorted, “Look guys, I’m here to talk about a terrific win for Brook Street today. Let’s concentrate on that, eh? I’m not going to answer any questions about next week, so it that’s all you’ve got, I’ll be leaving and going to get my foot fixed”.

Warning heeded, the media asked firstly about his own injury.

“Yeah, I’ve got a gash in my foot, it’s just one of those things but that’s my season over”. He added with a wry smile, “It’s very sore, hence I’m a bit tetchy tonight, in case you hadn’t noticed”.

Turning to the match itself he said, “Tetescoses are a real tough nut to crack, they keep things really tight and are a superb defensive unit. No-one scores many goals against them, so to score twice was truly excellent from us”.

He continued, “It also showed that we are not solely reliant on our forwards, and we can score goals all over the park. The fact that Matt [Cocker] scored his eighth league goal today, and Attila [Gyöngyösi] his sixth just goes to prove this”.

Finishing the press conference abruptly, Eike said, “My foot is really hurting now so I’m afraid ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to cut this short and head off to hospital. Thank you”.

No-one could begrudge the Brook Street coach this, especially after the effort he has put into turning the club around following last season’s relegation back into Division IV. Regardless of what happens next week in the Highlands, Brook Street are on sound foundations and the re-building process is well under way.

Andrew Cleary nets his fourth goal of the game to wrap up the scoring at a 9-1 win to Brook Street.

Brook Street romped to an emphatic 9-1 demolition of BK Flowers in the Highlands this afternoon, with Andrew Cleary, the league’s top marksman, netting four of the goals.

“We did what we had to do”, said Brook Street’s coach Eike Alanne at full-time. “It wasn’t a classic”, he admitted, “but it’s another important three points. At this point in the season, that’s all that matters”.

Andrew Cleary fired the league leaders into the lead in the fifth minute, but it wasn’t until after half an hour that he added his, and Brook Street’s second.

Brook Street then added a third through Attila Gyöngyösi, but the home side quickly fired back, Ben-Zion Eshhar reducing the lead to two.

Conceding a goal clearly annoyed the Brook Street players however, and within sixty seconds the three-goal advantage was restored, Sam Ferretto breaking through to blast home.

Brook Street weren’t finished there however, and Andrew Cleary made sure he was taking the match ball home two minutes before the break.

The Monifieth side were out of site by this point, and it became a question of ‘how many’? However, it took until seventy-three minutes before Brook Street found the net again, this time through Phil Mullally.

Sam Ferretto made it 7-1 five minutes later, before Phil Mullally made it eight, five minutes from time. Brook Street weren’t finished yet, and it was tormentor-in-chief Andrew Cleary who wrapped up the scoring with a real predator’s strike a minute later.

The win keeps Brook Street a point ahead of MacAulays Saints and two ahead of fc scourie. With these two facing each other next weekend, someone is going to lose out and with only three games remaining, it could prove pivotal at a crucial time in the season.

Despair for Alex Clapperton as he pulls his shot wide late in the second half.

Despair for Alex Clapperton as he pulls his shot wide late in the second half.

“If I live to be a hundred years old, I will never know how we lost that game”, was Eike Alanne’s assessment of Brook Street’s 1-0 defeat away to Swiss Ranger, where Louis Crook’s sixty-second strike brought to an end Brook Street’s long unbeaten run.

“We had chances to win it and didn’t take them; they had one shot on target and that’s all it took. Man for man, we’re better than them yet it’s us going home empty-handed. Football can be a cruel sport”.

“What is again disappointing is the fact we lost another very soft goal from a set piece”, he continued. “We totally gifted them it by switching off again.”

The defeat saw Brook Street slip to fourth place, being leapfrogged by MacAuleys Saints and Swiss Ranger.

Sam Ferretto rises high to power in the opening goal, but lapses would cost Brook Street dear.

Sam Ferretto rises high to power in the opening goal, but lapses would cost Brook Street dear.

Momentary lapses in concentration cost Brook Street dear in the league opener against MacAulays Saints at New Home Park this afternoon. Despite taking an early lead through Sam Ferretto, Brook Street spent most of the remaining eighty-five minutes chasing the game.

“We were out-thought and out-fought which is hugely disappointing”, admitted Eike at full-time. “We switched-off in the second half and were punished for it”, he added. “We simply can’t do that and expect to get anything from games”.

He continued, “Although we got a goal back late on, we didn’t have enough in the tank to push for the equaliser; we’d simply given ourselves too much to do”.

“I guess we’re still getting used to the new system, and that will take time. We aren’t going to be world-beaters overnight, but as long as we learn from our mistakes and don’t repeat them, then I will be satisfied”.

17 year-old wing-back Finlay Morton became the latest addition to the ranks at New Home Park this evening, signing from Division II side Wild Goose in an £82,000 deal.

“Finlay will give us a number of options, so we wanted to make sure we got him on board”, said Eike making the announcement. “He can play on the wing, wing-back or in central defence, so he covers a few bases for us which is a huge bonus”.

He continued, “The squad is taking shape now, so I think we’re maybe looking for one or two more signings in the short term. From then on, I think we have the foundations in place to build a really strong side”.

Finlay will join up with his new team mates tomorrow, ahead of Saturday’s league opener against MacAuley Saints at New Home Park.