SCHIJNDEL UNABLE TO STAY THE PACE THIS TIME ROUND: 0-6

A Pierre van Hooijdonk hat trick helped ensure that Schijndel were unable to repeat last years preseason draw when the sides met in Brabant Saturday. The amateurs managed to hold the Rotterdammers 2-2 twelve months ago, but this time Big Petes triple strike helped Feyenoord run out six-nil winners. Nicky Hofs, André Bahia and Ali Boussaboun also found the net in a game that saw Henk Timmer get his first start since his return to De Kuip.

Feyenoord would have wanted to impose themselves against a side that had held them to a draw last year, but the home side appeared ready for a tough afternoon, getting everyone behind the ball from the off. The pros tried to break through the Schijndel wall with a passing game, but the pace was too slow to really put their opponents under pressure. As a result, it took 14 minutes for the visitors to get the breakthrough and it was Nicky Hofs who delivered it, via a twent! y-metre drive that went in off the far post. It must have been sweet for a player who was stretchered off in last years game after picking up a knee injury that would keep him out for half the season.

The second goal came just two minutes later. An impressive Jonathan de Guzman found Pierre van Hooijdonk, who let the ball run through to Hofs, but just as the little man positioned himself for a shot he was chopped down from behind and referee Wiedemeijer had no choice but to point to the spot. Van Hooijdonk stepped up to fire the penalty into the net.

Van Hooijdonk it was who added to the lead six minutes before the break, after being brought down for the umpteenth time just outside the box. The striker was clearly unhappy with the welcome reserved for him by the home defence, but he responded in the best possible fashion, smashing the free kick right in the top corner.

The game changed a little after the turnaround as Schijndel tried to play their way back! into the game, with two or three up front, but Feyenoord exploited the extra space that created further down the field. Four minutes in, Pierre van Hooijdonk converted Stein Huysegems pass to make it four.

Four goals to the good, Koeman decided to mix things up in his formation. The coach had already replaced Timmer with Lodewijks and Castelen with De Ceulaer at the break and now he made a further three substitutions, as Pascal Bosschaart took over at left back from Drenthe, Boussaboun replaced Van Hooijdonk and Pardo came in for Hofs.

The Chilean was the source of Feyenoords fifth goal not long after, sending in a free kick that André Bahia headed into the net, before another substitute had the desired impact closer to the end when Ali Boussaboun scored.

SCHIJNDEL  FEYENOORD 0-6 (0-3)
0-1 Hofs (14)
0-2 Van Hooijdonk (penalty, 16)
0-3 Van Hooijdonk (39)
0-4 Van Hooijdonk (49)
0-5 Bahia (57)
0-6 Boussaboun (84)

Referee: Wiedemeijer

Feyenoord:
Timmer (Lodewijks, 45); Collen, Vlaar, Bahia (Davids, 81), Drenthe (Bosschaart, 55); Hofs (Pardo, 55), Greene (Abubakari, 77), De Guzman (Vincken, 77); Castelen (De Ceulaer, 45), Van Hooijdonk (Boussabou, 55), Huysegems (Kolkka, 65)

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