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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.

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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.

Hachem Baddou wheels away after heading his first goal for the club.

Hachem Baddou wheels away after heading his first goal for the club.

Just days after their 6-1 mauling at the hands of Hibernian MFC at the weekend, Leoš Loos rang the changes for this morning’s Scottish Cup tie at The Fighting Irish Celts.

Much to everyone’s surprise, the first team were fielded, with the coach dropped himself to the bench and bringing in recent signing Hachem Baddou at full-back as he swapped the formation to 3-5-2. However, it was a plan which was to fail quite spectacularly as the New Home Park side crashed to a 7-1 defeat.

“We were second to everything and they showed a real ruthless streak that we have been missing. We couldn’t live with them, and they showed just how far behind the top sides in the third tier we are”.

He continued, “I’m obviously bitterly disappointed, not only by the result but also the manner of it. We just gave up, and that’s not what I expect from my sides. Added to that was Muhammad Noorani’s moment of madness, which will see him miss the match against The Harriers on Saturday, just when we need all hands to the pump. He will be disciplined by the club”.

Indeed, the only crumb of comfort for the side was Hachem Baddou’s first goal for the club, albeit a late consolation one.

“He took the goal well”, said the coach, “and I would have been proud of that one too; it was a great header. But by then it was too little too late; the game was already lost”.

“We’ll analyse the performance tomorrow morning at training and see where we go from here”, he concluded.

Sam Ferretto rifles the ball into the net following a free kick routine straight from the training ground.

Sam Ferretto rifles the ball into the net following a free kick routine straight from the training ground.

The reserves’ managed to lurch into the Hattrick Scottish Cup Third Round this morning with a 4-3 win over the G team, but their performance has been likened to watching a drunk trying to exit a bar at closing time.

They made very heavy weather of it and although they were never behind, the New Home Park side were never fully in control before staggering over the finishing line.

“That was easily our worst performance for several seasons”, complained Brook Street coach Leoš Loos afterwards. “We were totally disjointed and we could barely string two passes together. I don’t know what was wrong with the players today, but they’ll have to play a whole lot better in the next round or our participation in this season’s Scottish Cup will end next week”.

He continued, “Our front line got us out of jail today, but time and again our defending shot us in the foot. It simply isn’t good enough and I may have to look at bringing players in”.

The coach’s exasperation at his defenders was clear to see, for this isn’t the first time sloppy defending has put games on the line. Clearly his patience is running out however.

Sam Ferretto fired Brook Street into the lead in the thirty-fourth minute, but the lead only lasted four minutes before Erlantz Ormaetxea levelled for the home side.

Muhammad Noorani struck in the forty-first minute to restore the advantage, but Ivano Ladu waltzed through the Brook Street central defence to slam in the equaliser right on half-time.

Goals from Sam Ferretto and Alex Clapperton looked to have sealed the deal, but back came the home side and Martín Murillo fired in a spot kick to make for a very uncomfortable last thirteen minutes.

Later, the Third Round Draw paired Brook Street with The Fighting Irish Celts, the tie taking place at Celts’ 80,000 capacity ‘Wish You Were Here’ ground.

“This is a huge game”, enthused Leoš afterwards. “This is the first time we’ve faced a side that has won the Scottish Cup, and although they are rebuilding their side at the moment, we’re going to face our toughest game for many seasons”.

Matt Cocker blasts the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick.

Matt Cocker blasts the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick.

Brook Street strolled into the Hattrick Scottish Cup Second Round and an away tie against Division IV side, the G Team, following the rout of Rads Sheephunters in this mornings First Round tie in Stonehaven.

Matt Cocker was the tormentor-in-chief with a hattrick, and there were also braces for Muhammad Noorani and Fraser Carragher. Brook Street’s other scorers were Nicky Breaden, and Sam Ferretto in the 9-0 demolition.

“We set out to kill the game as soon as possible so that we could use the match as more of a training exercise before we kick off the league campaign”, admitted Leoš Loos at the post-match press conference.

“A number of players have played themselves into reckoning for Saturday’s squad thanks to todays performance, so our set-up achieved its aims as far as that is concerned”, he added.

When asked if Matt Cocker was one, the coach said, “Yes, he is. Matt has had an excellent close season and he is starting to fulfill the potential I always knew he had”.

He continued, “Muhammad [Noorani], Fraser [Carragher] and Sam [Ferretto] are also in contention, but I’d guess we all knew that already”.

Brook Street’s reward for this mornings win is another away game, this time a trip west to face Division IV side, the G Team.

Andrew Cleary opened the scoring this afternoon with a stunning volley.

Andrew Cleary opened the scoring this afternoon with a stunning volley.

Brook Street completed their preparations for the new season with an emphatic 7-2 win over Yemeni League III side BeerDevils at New Home Park this afternoon.

The Monifieth side’s goals were spread throughout the team with Eike Alanne hitting a brace and our other counters coming from Andrew Cleary, Paco Palleras, Lope Cabrio, Garabed Palasyan and Sam Ferretto.

However, it was the injury to winger Eliseo Albeiros that was weighing on Leoš Loos’ mind after the match.

“The doc’s confirmed that Eliseo will be out for a fortnight, so will obviously miss the start of the season”, he said. “I’m not going to mess about; this is a real blow for us, but fortunately Garabed [Palasyan] can step straight into the team, so it could have been much worse”.

Turning back to today’s game, the coach said, “The players showed a real hunger and desire to win. They were outstanding and thoroughly deserved the win”.

“The players are in high spirits, and now itching to get started with competitive games”, he added.

He continued, “I thought our midfield was a real power house today. They sprayed balls around that were perfectly weighted and done so with pin-point accuracy. With service like that, our front line couldn’t help but score”.

“Furthermore, they got in on the scoring which in itself takes the pressure off the forwards too. All in all it was an excellent display that we will look to replicate in our Scottish Cup First Round tie on Wednesday when we take on Rads Sheephunters in Stonehaven”.

Lope Cabrio thunders in a beauty of an volley to open the scoring against FingersInCider.

Lope Cabrio thunders in a beauty of an volley to open the scoring against FingersInCider.

There was penalty heartbreak for Brook Street this morning as the Monifieth side bowed out of this season’s Hattrick Scottish Cup. Tied 4-4 after extra-time with FingersInCider, the game was decided on spot-kicks and it was the Division III.X pace-setters who prevailed, winning 3-1.

“I feel heartbroken for the players”, admitted Leoš Loos at the post-match press conference. “They gave me absolutely everything and to lose on penalties is a cruel way to go out”.

“They’re really deflated in the dressing-room, but they should be proud of their efforts. They kept battling away and even when we went behind in extra-time, back they came again to force the equaliser”.

He continued, “They showed they were able to match a very good side from the tier above, and that stands us in good stead for the season ahead. Now we have to dust ourselves down and get ready to go again in a very important match away to Sparta on Saturday”.

Brook Street got off to a flying start, and took the lead through a glorious Lope Cabrio half-volley in the thirteenth minute. Fingers struck right back and levelled instantly through Jordan Hainaut.

Eike Alanne restored Brook Street’s lead in the thirty-eighth minute and only a finger-tip save from Jim Barnstaple prevented Fingers from equalising three minutes later.

He was however powerless to prevent Jordan Hainaut from heading home to make the score 2-2 just two minutes before the break.

Into the second half and any thoughts that the game would slow down were quickly dispelled when, six minutes in, Jim Barnstaple blocked Eric Piquet’s netbound strike.

This proved to be even more important just before the hour mark when Abel Soffia’s cross from the right was met full on the volley by Lope Cabrio and the Spaniard’s shot thundered into the net.

With Brook Street pressing the game in the middle of the park, they were successfully running down the clock, but disaster was to strike for the home team with just ten minutes to go. A speculative ball had been played through and was expertly controlled by Fingers’ Eric Piquet. With a deft touch he was able to create enough space to get off a tremendous strike which nestled in the back of Jim Barnstaple’s net.

So with the match tied 3-3, extra-time beckoned.

The pace of the game slowed somewhat in the first period with neither side going forward to any effect, and the players were understandably taking a breather. However, a minute into the second period and Brook Street found themselves behind for the first time in the game. Fingers’ broke on the right and the ball was squared to Mircea Pistol who calmly slotted the ball home.

This was a hammer-blow to the Brook Street players, but to their credit their heads didn’t drop and they fought back to equalise with just four minutes remaining through Eike Alanne’s second goal of the game.

With the game tied at 4-4, it would have to be settled by penalties.

Sam Ferretto scored, but misses from Alex Clapperton, Muhammad Noorani and Krsto Grubic proved costly as only Fingers’ Eric Piquet missed his spot-kick.
So now Brook Street will enter the Saltire Cup next Wednesday with a match at New Home Park against fellow Division III side Swiss-Castel-Crusher, but as far as the coach is concerned this is nothing more than a sideline.

“The league is our sole focus now”, he said. “The Scottish Cup has been a pleasant distraction, but the league is more important to us. Now that we are out, we will be putting all our efforts into securing the league title. As such, the reserves will return to action for the Saltire Cup campaign”.

Eike Alanne blasts Brook Street into the lead in this morning's Scottish Cup tie.

Eike Alanne blasts Brook Street into the lead in this morning’s Scottish Cup tie.

Brook Street’s reward for comfortably seeing off barnstoneworth utd in this morning’s Hattrick Scottish Cup Second Round tie is a home tie against Division III sleeping giants FingersInCider next Wednesday.

Clearly enthusiastic about locking horns with one of the Scottish League’s bigger sides, Brook Street Coach Leoš Loos said, “It’s a big step up in class from what we’re used to, and even although they’ve been in the doldrums for the past few seasons, they’re still a big team. It’s games like this that are great to be involved in”.

He added, “We’ve got nothing to lose in games like this, so we can really go and ‘give it a go’. No-one will give us much of a chance of going through, so that works in our favour by taking the pressure right off. The players can go out and enjoy the experience, and who knows…”

Turning back to today’s game he said, “We pressed them all over the field and it forced them into making mistakes that we have capitalised upon. Three of our five goals came that way.”

He continued, “We also kept a clean sheet which was equally pleasing. Zsolt and Attila also got on the scoresheet, so it was a good day all round for the defence”.

Brook Street’s other goals came from an Eike Alanne solo effort after nineteen first-half minutes, an opportunist Muhammad Noorani  strike from close range after thirty-eight minutes, and a thunderous Abel Soffia volley with eleven minutes to go.

“We are getting up to full speed again, and we also managed to get through the match unscathed”, the coach added. “We’ll be at full strength again for Saturday which will be our sole focus this week”.

Nicky Breaden unleashes the howitzer that doubled our lead.

Nicky Breaden unleashes the howitzer that doubled our lead.

Brook Street eased into the Second Round of the Hattrick Scottish Cup this morning with a comprehensive dismantling of FC McMoney. Sam Ferretto bagged a hat-trick and Fraser Carragher a brace in the 8-0 win, with our other goals coming from Nicky Breaden, Muhammad Noorani and Alex Clapperton.

The New Home Park side had taken the lead in the eighth minute when Sam Ferretto pounced on a loose ball following a driven free-kick. The home side were providing stiff resistance until three quickfire goals before half-time killed them off.

“The three goals came at a good time for us”, claimed Leoš Loos. “Nicky’s was a great strike and to get the penalty straight from the restart had them really wobbling. We capitalised on that and Muhammad’s goal a minute later finished them off”.

“We showed a real killer instinct, the kind that I’ve been looking for, and we reaped the rewards. We were able to take the foot off the pedal a bit in the second half, but our opponents were shot and we were able to add to the tally in what became something of a training match”.

He continued, “The Second Round draw will see us travel to face barnstoneworth utd, who are not a side I recall facing before. In any case, it will certainly be a tougher proposition than today’s game. We don’t know anything about them to be honest, so we’ll have someone watch them at the weekend”.

Looking ahead to the weekend’s league opener away to The Tiny Spacemen, Leoš said, “It’s important we get off to a good start, and the fact that we go into the new campaign with a full strength squad is very important”.

He continued, “We know we can score goals, but we’ve got to keep things tight at the back. That’s the key, and what we’ve been working on in the close season. On Saturday we can put it into practise”.

Alex Clapperton looks on as his shot hits the back of the net.

Alex Clapperton watches on as his shot hits the back of the net.

The reserved bowed out of this seasons Hattrick Scottish Cup, going down 4-1 to Stirling Bridge in the Highlands this morning. Alex Clapperton got our counter in a match that the New Home Park side let slip away from them according to coach Leoš Loos.

“They had a lot of possession, but I feel we were holding our own in the first half. But we switched off at crucial times in the second half and were punished accordingly”, he said.

Despite his obvious disappointment at bowing out of the Cup at such an early stage, he was not too concerned saying, “It would have been nice to go on a long Cup run, but as we had zero chance of winning it, being knocked out is not something I’m worried about”.

He continued, “I say the same thing every year, even before a ball is kicked, that the league is our number one priority. That is no different this season, and I’ll be looking to my players to bounce back on Saturday when it matters.

When asked if fielding the reserves had been a mistake in that it might hand Stirling Bridge a psychological edge when the sides meet in the league Leoš clearly disagreed.

“No, I don’t believe that to be the case. It will be two very different sides that face each other in the league, so I wouldn’t read anything into this result at all. Had it been the two first teams who had faced each other then possibly, but it wasn’t”.

“We would approach a league match very differently, and I’m sure Stirling Bridge would do likewise. We’ll wish them good luck in the next round and continue preparing for Saturdays league match”.

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