RICH FIDLER - Sunday, February 3, 2008
Red hot Michael Bradley scored his 16th goal of the season as Heerenveen continued their stunning play by routing Vitesse Arnhem, while TOP Oss were also victorious over the weekend.
Heerenveen 7 - 0 Vitesse Arnhem
Heerenveen's amazing run to start the second half of the season continued with the incredible destruction of Vitesse on Saturday evening.
The game was opened in the first ten minutes when young Serbian Miralem Sulejmani ran on to a pass from Gerald Sibon and slotted the ball under the visitors goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen. Midfielder Danijel Pranjic scored his sixth goal of the season in the 25th minute when his low strike found the back of the net.
The halftime whistle couldn't come soon enough for the visitors, but it was the just start of what was a five goal second half for the Frisians.
Bradley would fire a rocket in the 50th minute that plastered the top corner of the net. The American would become provider eight minutes later when his through ball found Gianni Zuilverloon, who drilled home a shot from the right edge of the penalty area.
Second half substitute Roy Beerens, who came on for Bradley in the 63rd minute, would magically weave his way through three defenders and goalkeeper before easily tapping home from close range.
The 20-year old striker would net his second in the 80th minute when he tapped in a cross from Pranjic.
Thomas Prager, who entered for Geert Arend Roorda in the second half would complete the scoring when the Austrian midfielder scored with a ferocious shot from just outside the penalty area.
Heerenveen, now third in the standnigs, will travel to face league-leading PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.
TOP Oss 2 - 0 AGOVV Apeldoorn
TOP Oss enjoyed a two goal victory at home against AGOVV Apeldoorn on Friday evening in a match which American Charles Kazlauskas enjoyed his 100th appearance for the club.
TOP started off the match with little possession, but TOP's Wouter van den Herik went close early in the match. Belgium's 20-year old midfielder Dries Mertens looked certain to score ten minutes in for AGOVV, but Wilko de Vogt was up for the challenge and was able to parry the shot from a lay off just wide.
Four minutes later it was van den Herik who would put the home team ahead by slotting home from a perfect through ball from defender Bart van Hintum. AGOVV's striker Jeremy Bokila would be denied the equalizing goal moments later when de Vogt came up big.
Kazlauskas would nearly net his own goal at the end of the first half when he found himself through the defense and alone against the goalkeeper, but the American's poor touch drew the ball to the endline and left himself with a bad angle and the side of the net.
Erik Quekel would add to his team leading goal scoring list when he lobbed the ball over an on-rushing keeper to give the home side a two goal lead. Kazlauskas nearly scored at the final whistle, but his slight touch on a free kick dribbled just wide.
TOP will head on the road next Friday night where they'll face Cambuur Leeuwarden a team they defeated 3-2 last September.