Van Bronckhorst reloaded his Feyenoord career wearing the captain’s armband and carrying a mike, congratulating the host club on its anniversary to loud applause. It was a poignant moment for the son of Varkenaard, who was hugged by De Kuip legend masseur Gerard Meijer.
The midfielder showed some nice touches, but there was a touch of frustration now and then, which somewhat mirrored Feyenoord’s first half as a whole. Despite the many positives, it was clear that it was still mid July as the visitors found it hard to find their rhythm. Royston Drenthe for one was a constant threat, but he couldn’t find his length more often than not, while Jonathan de Guzman and Makaay – the epitome of sharpness in recent weeks – were also clearly lacking precision in Voorschoten.
While Van Marwijk’s men were not as sharp as in recent games, there was still a gulf of class that Feyenoord were able to exploit without too much trouble. By the break the Rotterdammers were four goals to the good, although it took an own goal by Ian Witvliet on ten minutes to get the ball rolling. Within a minute Makaay had doubled the lead and Feyennoord were well on their way when Castelen grabbed the third. Bruins made it four on the stroke of half time.
Castelen was the centre of attention in the first half thanks to his blistering runs, but after the break the winger was less of a threat on the flanks, moving into the centre of attack more often. It earned Castelen two goals, bring the score up to six, and tap ins from Danny Buijs and Hofs took it up to eight. Hofs also grabbed the last of the evening, after a clever attacking move that lead to Castelen’s dangerous cross being left by Mols so that Hofs could finish it off.
Jordy Buijs thought he had the tenth, but referee Schaap ruled the effort out. The whistle was misinterpreted by some of the young fans who invaded the pitch thinking the encounter was over and the referee decided that it was as good a time as any to put an official end to proceedings. Not that anyone minded much of course, least of all Bert van Marwijk and his assistants who strolled off to the dressing room griming like a posse of Cheshire cats. Voorschoten ’97 – Feyenoord 0-9
10’ 0-1 Witvliet (o.g)
11’ 0-2 Makaay
24’ 0-3 Castelen
45’ 0-4 Bruins
55’ 0-5 Castelen
65’ 0-6 Castelen
71’ 0-7 D. Buijs
75’ 0-8 Hofs
79’ 0-9 Hofs Referee: Schaap Feyenoord:
Ekramy; Lucius (46’ D. Buijs), Vlaar (65’ J. Buijs), Bahia, De Cler (65’ Lensky); Bruins (60’ Sahin), Van Bronckhorst (65’ Wijnaldum), De Guzman (65’ Hofs); Castelen, Makaay (60’ Mols), Drenthe (65’ Biseswar)