KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Desevio Payne earned the start for Groningen and scored a goal in their defeat of Heracles as the Dutch Eredivisie returned to action after their winter break.
Heracles 1-4 Groningen
Groningen made a strong return to league action as they left the Polman Stadium with a big win over Heracles.
Payne had not featured for the Green-White Army so far this season, but with reports that preferred right back Hans Hateboer possibly leaving the team in the future, Groningen head coach Ernest Faber decided to push the 21-year-old American into the starting lineup to see what he can offer. And he did not fail to impress in this game.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 30th minute through Mimoun Mahi. Alexander Sorloth would capitalize on a mistake in the Heracles' area before passing the ball off to the winger, who lifted the ball past goalkeeper Bram Castro.
Payne would score his first senior goal for the team four minutes later when he blasted in his effort from the edge of the area. Juninho Bacuna provided the assist.
The goals kept coming for Groningen as they scored their third five minutes later as Sorloth was able to put the ball in the back of the net after a scramble in the area.
Mahi went on to add his second goal of the game in the 87th minute with a close range effort.
Heracles pulled one back in the 90th minute through Daryl van Mieghem.
The win moves Groningen up to ninth place in the standings with 23 points.
Matt Miazga came off the bench late in the game in Vitesse's 3-1 win over FC Twente.
In the Erste Division, Shane O'Neill and Rubio Rubin started for their respective teams in NAC Breda's 2-0 win over Utrecht II.