CUP DISAPPOINTMENT FOR FEYENOORD

Feyenoord Reserves failed in their bid to lift the Amstel Malt Cup, the knockout competition for reserve teams after Mario Been's boys lost the final by the odd goal in five to old rivals Ajax Reserves. Rotterdam goals came from Lurling and Swerts. The win hands the Amsterdammers a league and cup double, but the disappointment of a trophy-less season is tempered somewhat by the news that their performance has earned Feyenoord Reserves a place in next campaign's Amstel Cup.

Feyenoord started well. First Joep van den Ouweland went close with a header, then the Swede Labinot Harbuzi threatened, before the Rotterdammers didn't have to wait long before taking the lead in the seventh minute through Lurling.

Feyenoord continued to be the better side after the breakthrough and Lurling might have doubled the lead, but his shot flashed the wrong side of the post. That seemed to fire up Ajax and the Amsterdammers levelled things just before the break through Robin Muller van Moppes.

Feyenoord found things tough after the turnaround as Ajax took a stranglehold on the game, netting twice to take a robust lead and even a late penalty converted by Swerts and a red card for an Ajax defender couldn't rouse the Maassiders enough to save the game. 

Ajax Reserves-Feyenoord Reserves 3-2 (1-1) 7' Lurling 0-1, 43' Mulles van Moppes 1-1, 60' Krohn-Delil 2-1, 70' Abora 3-1, 80' Swerts (pen) 3-2

Feyenoord Reserves line-up:

Malkowski; Bandjar, Gyan, Breinburg, Brown; Acuña, Swerts, Van den Ouweland; Harbuzi, Lurling, Maitimo.

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