MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The Americans down in the Eerste Divisie saw most of the action over the weekend while those in the top flight found playing time hard to come by
Go Ahead Eagles 3-0 FC Eindhoven
Mael Corboz got the nod and put in an 88-minute shift, helping his Eagles to a 3-0 victory in their third league match in eight days. It was Eindhoven though who were the most threatening and Jay Gorter, the Eagles keeper, was called into action just five minutes into the game. Another chance ten minutes later should have given the visitor's the lead but Lorenzo van Kleef missed the target from close range and put it over the top. Gorter made another fine save five minutes later.
It was of course the Eagles who made the breakthrough in the 28th minute. It was actually the hosts' first sniff at goal. Bradly van Hoeven's free-kick met the head of Sam Beukema for his second goal of the season. Eindhoven did have two more good chances to get on the board before the half but both shots were wasted and missed the target.
Five minutes into the second half Frank Ross could have doubled the score for the Eagles, followed by three more attempts weren't good enough to find the back of the net. It took until the last ten minutes for the next two goals to come. Jacob Mulenga came on as a sub for his debut and 13 minutes later was celebrating his first goal. Bas Kuipers added the third one as the referee blew for full time.
Up to sixth place, over the weekend will be a trip to Nijmegen to take on NEC.
Volendam 5-1 PSV II
Richard Ledezma went the distance for Jong PSV as they got spanked by 10th place Volendam. Chris Gloster never got off the bench though for the Eindhoven team.
It was a game that Jong PSV would rather forget although they played the first half of the game to a 0-0 score, but it was the second half where The Other Orange dismantled them one goal at a time. It was actually their first home win of the season.
The first goal could be said to be a gift when Jong PSV's goalkeeper, Vincent Müller let the ball slip through his fingers, allowing Francesco Antonucci to light up the scoreboard. The second goal was scored 18 minutes later by Boy Deul from close range and 10 minutes later the Curaçao midfielder scored his second of the night.
After Samuele Mulattieri scored the fifth goal, PSV II got a goal back but by no means got back into the game. It was an 82nd-minute goal by Norwegian Mathias Kjølø. To add insult to injury, however, Greek debutant GiannisIatroudis struck the final goal in the 91st minute.
Looking to do better in the next game, Jong PSV will hope to do better this weekend when they take on NEC.
Ajax II 3-2 Alkmaar II
Alex Mendez played all but two minutes as Jong Ajax came from a goal behind to claim victory over Jong Alkmaar at Sportpark De Toekomst in Amsterdam.
The visitors got the scoring underway after just seven minutes when Peer Koopmeiners found the back of the net. But they would have to wait a while for another goal because their hosts scored the next three.
Spaniard Enric Llansana got his team on level terms just seven minutes later. The midfielder was set up for the goal by Méndez. Minutes before intermission Brian Brobbey was set up by Devyne Rensch, giving Ajax the lead to take into the locker room.
Things only got better and the third goal, which would be the eventual winner, flew into the back of the net just five minutes after the restart. It was the 18-year-old Brobbey again but this time from the penalty spot. AZ found themselves back in the game just eight minutes later but after Richonell Margaret's strike, neither team could do no more and the spoils stayed in Amsterdam.
Next up for the youngsters is a trip to Maastrict over the weekend.
Roda JC 1-1 Telstar
Sebastian Soto was in the starting lineup for Telstar and went the distance in this game that ended up a stalemate in Roda. The scoring didn't get underway until the second half with the first goal coming in the 51st minute and Telstar having to fight their way back where they did grab a point via a penalty kick.
Roda got the better start and had a couple of early chances but one sailed well wide of the target and the next one flew over the crossbar. The first real threat didn't come until the 38th minute but Telstar's keeper, Jaspar Schendelaar made a very nice save from Erik Falkenburg's sweet shot.
Just six minutes into the second half came the first goal. A cross from the left was met by the head of Falkenburg and Schendelaar couldn't react quick enough to keep in out of the back of his net. Telstar then took the game by the scruff of the neck and Shane Pattynama got the chance to tie things up but his shot was blocked. Soto then got in a low and hard shot but the keeper got fingers to it and pushed the effort to safety.
As time ticked away Telstar seemed to show a sense of urgency and kept putting on the pressure. Pattynama put in a nice cross for his American colleague but it sailed over the top of the crossbar. The saving grace was in the 87th minute when a Roda defender handled the ball in the box and Belgian substitute Welat Cagro put the ball on the spot and made it count.
Telstar will stay at home over the weekend where they'll host Helmond Sport.
Luca del la Torre was the only American to see action in the Eredivisie as he came off the bench to play four minutes and some change in Heracles' 1-0 loss to RKC Waalwijk. The team will head to Rotterdam next weekend to take on Sparta.
Ulysses Llanez was spared the humilation as he remained on the bench to watch Heerenveen's 5-1 thrashing by Ajax. They will play host to FC Emmen next weekend.
Desevio Paine remained on the bench as FC Emmen drew at home, 2-2, on Sunday night against Fortuna Sittard. The hosts found themselves two goals down in the 23rd minute but managed to regroup after the intermission and score a couple themselves, leveling the score on the hour mark.