‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord won the first of two training matches in Limburg Thursday in convincing fashion. The Rotterdammers eased aside the challenge of amateur club BSV Limburgia, rattling in eleven goals without reply. Former Feyenoord player Tininho pulled on a Feyenoord shirt as a guest and knocked in two. The remaining strikes came from Nicky Hofs (3), Theo Lucius (2), Kevin Wattamaleo (2), Michael Mols and André Bahia.
The unavailable of over half of the squad due to international commitments and injuries forced Bert van Marwijk to bring a handful of youth players into the fold. Kevin Hofland, who had knee surgery earlier in the week and was therefore on crutches, was one of the missing, but he did have a great reason to be in Brunssum. The local mayor made the defender an honorary citizen of the town ahead of kick off.
The presentation was unfortunately more entertaining than the early stages of the match itself. Feyenoord threatened in the person of speed merchant Andwelé Slory, but were looking jaded in front of goal. When they did come, the opening two goals revolved very much around Nicky Hofs. The attacking midfielder was brought down in the box for the first; Lucius converted the resulting spot-kick. That came on eight minutes, and Feyenoord had to wait until the 24th minute to extend the lead. Hofs started the move, André Bahia tapping in to finish.
Feyenoord only really got up a head of steam in the last fifteen minutes of the first half. Two goals in a minute doubled the Rotterdammers lead to four. The first came courtesy of Michael Mols, who made and finished himself; Kevin Wattamaleo scored the second straight from the restart.
That knocked the stuffing out of Limburgia, and Feyenoord rattled in another five before the break. Guest player Tininho and Hofs got two each, with Lucius adding Feyenoord’s seventh of the evening on the stroke of half time.
The pros had a tougher time at the start of the second half and it would take them nigh on a quarter of an hour to add to their tally. In the end it was Wattamaleo who made the breakthrough, netting his second with a long-distance drive that went in off the inside of the post. Hofs made it eleven six minutes later with a subtle lob.
It would be the last goal for the Rotterdammers, as the game slowly wound down in the final twenty minutes. Feyenoord did have opportunities to add to their haul, but neither Hofs nor substitutes Jordao Pattinama and Michael The were sharp enough to convert them.
BSV Limburgia – Feyenoord 0-11
8’ 0-1 Lucius (pen)
24’ 0-2 Bahia
30’ 0-3 Mols
30’ 0-4 Wattamaleo
36’ 0-5 Hofs
37’ 0-6 Tininho
39’ 0-7 Tininho
43’ 0-8 Hofs
45’ 0-9 Lucius
58’ 0-10 Wattamaleo
69’ 0-11 Hofs
Darley (46’ Cummins); Davids, Greene (66’ Monteiro), Bahia, Lensky; Wattamaleo (74’ Pattinama), Lucius, Tininho; Hofs, Mols (46’ Thé), Slory (60’ Ribeiro)