Young Feyenoord secured the First Division title Monday evening with a 2-1 home win against Young Fortuna. Raymond Verheijen’s side fell behind early on, but goals by Jerson Anes Ribeiro and Tim Vincken won the day for the Rotterdammers. It means that the Young Feyenoord return to the top flight after one year’s absence.

Feyenoord’s game plan was clearly focused on engineering the win that would secure the title, after two unsuccessful attempts in recent weeks. The hosts came out looking hungry in front of a large crowd that generated a carnival atmosphere at kickoff, with fireworks.

The show did threaten to go off the rails after 10 minutes or so however. Feyenoord pushed the visitors back into their own half from the first whistle, but a fast-paced counterattack did for the Rotterdammers. Panagiotis Vouis passed keeper Eric Cummins before slotting the ball into the net to give his side the edge.

Feyenoord did not lose their composure though and immediately put the visitors under pressure. The reward came within two minutes. Anes Ribeiro caught out keeper Tom Grootaers with a rasping drive to level.

Tim Vincken drove the hosts on and it was no surprise that Vincken himself got the goal that put the Rotterdammers ahead. On 29 minutes he moved down the left before firing in a diagonal shot that crossed the line via the inside of the post.

Young Feyenoord could have put the game beyond all reasonable doubt before the break. Jemayel Maruanj floored Vincken in the box on 33 minutes, but Michael Thé saw his effort saved by Grootaers, who turned the ball round for a corner.

The second half was less entertaining, but the tension was almost tangible. Anes Ribeiro skied an effort from close by just after the break. The biggest opportunities fell to substitute Luis Pedro. First he was caught off step by a wicked cross that he should have done better with than a tame mistimed header. His second attempt was an improvement, but keeper Grootaers got in front of the shot.

Feyenoord looked to be in control of the game, but a lapse in concentration was all that was needed to lose the narrowest of advantages. Especially when the hosts were reduced to ten men late on. The home side had already used their three subs, so they were forced to play with a man less when Jacob Lensky removed to the dressing room with an injury. Feyenoord kept their composure however and were able to contain Fortuna.

Young Feyenoord – Young Fortuna Sittard 2-1
11’ 0-1 Vouis
13’ 1-1 Anes Ribeiro
29’ 2-1 Vincken

Notes: Thé missed penalty (33’)

Young Feyenoord
Cummins; Davids, Nieveld, Özçelik, Waisapij (69’ Pedro); Lensky, Vincken, Anes Ribeiro; Leerdam, Wattamaelo, Thé (46’ Poldervaart/53’ Pattinama).
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