‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Top amateur side WSV played host to the newly crowned cup winners Thursday evening, as Feyenoord ran out 4-1 winners in Apeldoorn in the first in a series of wind-down matches. Roy Makkay scored three of the Rotterdammers’ goals, with Andwelé Slory getting the other. Feyenoord even had time to miss a penalty – Denny Landzaat saw his effort blocked by the keeper, in a game that Georginio Wijnaldum was forced out of on the half-hour with an ankle injury.
The only goal of the first half came as early as the seventh minute. Roy Makaay was sent deep by Georgino Wijnaldum, crashing in a drive that keeper Rudi Kamphuis took the sting out of but was unable to prevent from limping over the goal line.
The game was forty minutes old before Feyenoord started to create some good opportunities to extend the lead. Andwelé Slory went close not once but twice with a shot from the edge of the box, but the keeper was up to the task on both occasions. Makaay looked likely to add to his tally when he was given the time and space to charge towards the home goal. This time though Kamphuis was ready for the Feyenoord striker, saving his effort.
The hosts were down to ten men by then. After 35 minutes Serkan Albayrak went in hard on Wijnaldum’s ankle and the referee reached for red. Wijnaldum was also taken off.
The game was at the 50-minute mark when the home side threatened the visitors’ goal for the first time. Striker Joey Ngarigota – an indoor soccer international – powered in a low corner, but Erwin Mulder punched clear.
Feyenoord were more successful on 57 minutes. After a flowing attacking move, Slory found the ball at his feet. The resulting shot from around 20 metres out whizzed into the top corner to double the Rotterdammers’ lead.
Neither side seemed willing to drive up the pace of the game, but it didn’t stop Feyenoord from adding to their tally in the last fifteen minutes. Nicky Hofs sent in a high cross from the right and Roy Makaay had all the time he needed to nod the ball into the net to make it three. With five minutes left Makaay had the chance to grab his third of the evening. He took it with aplomb. This time the cross came from the left and Makaay finished with his foot, but the outcome was the same.
By that time Feyenoord had had the chance to put significant daylight between themselves and the hosts, when Slory was brought down in the box. Denny Landzaat stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but his effort was weak and the home keeper saved it.
The penalty save brought loud cheers from the crowd, who had even more to celebrate when Steven Berghuis finished a neat one-two by netting.
WSV Apeldoorn – Feyenoord 1-4
7’ 0-1 Makaay
57’ 0-2 Slory
75’ 0-3 Makaay
79’ 1-3 Berghuis
85’ 1-4 Makaay
Sending off: Albayrak
Referee: De Man
Timmer (46’ Mulder); Buijs, Greene, Bahia, De Cler; Wijnaldum (36’ Landzaat), Van Bronckhorst (46’ De Guzman), Hofs; Bruins (69’ Lucius), Makaay, Slory