RECAP: WEEKEND DUTCH ACTION
Charles Kazlauskas played a large role in helping Helmond Sport secure their first win of the season, while Aron Johannsson made a 19 minute cameo at the end of AZ's tie with Vitesse
Achilles '29 2 - 3 Helmond Sport
Nine men were all Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport needed to grab their first win of the season against Achilles on Friday.
Helmond started brightly thanks to a pair of early goals from Davy Brouwers. In the fourth minute, the Belgian striker unleashed a long shot which goalkeeper Christian de Haan allowed to trickle through his legs. In the 13th minute Serhat Koc played the striker into the box for an easy finish and his second goal of the young game.
Achilles were able to cut the lead in half in the 36th minute thanks to Jop van Steen. Helmond look poised to blow a halftime lead for the fourth time this season when a 46th minute Koen Weuts red card gifted Achilles a penalty which Freek Thoone converted to tie the game.
Helmond were not to be denied their first victory however, and Kazlauskas was the man to set up the game winner. The American, who slid into central defense from right back after Ferry de Regt became Helmond's second central defender sent off in the 65th minute, sent a free kick from just across midfield into Achilles' penalty area, which Serhat Koc was able to put it in the net.
In addition to Weuts and de Regt's red cards, Stanley Elbers and Gillian Justiana both received yellow cards for the victors.
Helmond are back at it on Monday when they face FC Emmen while Achilles face Oss on the same day.
Aron Johannsson received a rest Sunday, coming on in the 71st minute of AZ's 1-1 tie with Vitesse