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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Vitesse Arnhem's training complex, contained within the Dutch NOC's training complex at Papendaal, just outside Arnhem, recently played host to Chelsea when they visited Holland for a pre-season training get-together, combined with a friendly against Vitesse at the Gelredome Stadium in Arnhem.

It also played host to the Dutch U-17 (or B1) Cup Final on 30/5/14 between Vitesse and PSV Eindhoven, and among those in the visiting party was none other than Mark van Bommel. The ex-Dutch international, PSV and Bayern München player was completing the first season in his quest to obtain a KNVB coaching badge.

HE NOSE, YOU KNOWS: Ex-Dutch international Mark van Bommel enters the fray just in front of match officials Rob van Lier (referee), Bernard Schenk (linesman) and Bram Witsiers (linesman, partly hidden)

The game itself, played in wonderfully summery conditions, began with Vitesse on the attack, for whom Marc Bouwman had the first effort on goal after three minutes, which eventually went out for a throw-in. Team-mate Marlon Versteeg almost caught out the PSV defence moments later, latching on to a slack back-pass, but PSV goalkeeper and captain Yanick van Osch was alert to the danger, rushing out of his penalty-area to clear the danger.

PSV's first moment of danger came with seven minutes on the clock, when Dani van der Moot collected the ball at the edge of the right-hand side of the penalty-area, cut down the goal-line and proceeded to belly-flop just inside the goal-line, with the ball eventually running out of play for a goal-kick.

Vitesse ran the show during the first ten minutes, but PSV began to dominate somewhat thereafter, with van der Moot's winning the ball of a dawdling Marc Bouwman inside the home penalty-area leading to close-range effort from the angle of the six-yard box, which was well saved by Vitesse 'keeper Filippos Zachariadis. A period of pressure in the 16th minute led to Matthias Verreth's shot from ten yards out flying past Zachariadis' left-hand post.

Vitesse had the ball in the PSV net four minutes later, Anil Marcan bundling the ball home after an Amine Ennali corner from the left-hand side fell into a congested penalty-area, but the goal was correctly ruled out by referee Rob van Lier, who spotted a handball in amongst the melée.

The goal might have been disallowed, but it still gave Vitesse renewed hope, and a cheeky 30-yard sidefooted volley from Leeroy Schorea, caught in the end by van Osch, was followed by an attack in the 27th minute down the left-hand side. A ball in from Ennali, who, along with Julian Lelieveld and Ennali, was superb in the first half, eluded Niek van der Berg by centimetres, but it trundled on and eluded everybody else in the penalty-area, including a static van Osch in the PSV goal, who was doubtless relieved to see it nudge the post and rebound out to his feet.

PSV were doing their best to come more into the game, with van der Moot and Dante Rigo coming up with some of their most enterprising play, but Vitesse were looking the more likely to score, with Anil Mercan and Versteeg failing to do better with promising chances. At the other end, Kenneth Paal went on a run, beating two opponents in the process, only to see his shot from 25 yards skewer wide. He was also involved in one of the last meaningful move of the first half, with his run and low cross from the right being met by van der Moot, but his shot was not cleanly struck and the ball was eventually cleared.

 PERSONAL TUSSLE: PSV's Lennnerd Daneels and VItesse forward Marlon Versteeg in a tussle for the ball as their team-mates look on

The second half began with more pressure from the home team, with Versteeg at the end of of a flowing four-man move, but his shot was well saved by van Osch. PSV broke, and van der Moot's effort was acrobatically turned away by Zachariadis.Van der Moot almost put PSV in front in the 49th minute, but his flick-on from a corner bounced off the Vitesse custodian's right-hand post.

PSV began to dominate now, and Maarten Peijnenburg headed a Matthias Verreth corner wide. Verreth then went on a mazy run through the Vitesse defence only to be fouled some 23 yards from goal; Philippe Rommens' free-kick from 23 yards only just eluded Zachariadis' left-hand post. Verreth and Rommens both had shots on the Vitesse goal. The deadlock was finally broken in the 63rd minute, a fine through ball picking out Kenneth Paal, who delicately hooked the ball past the onrushing Zachariadis, just inside the left-hand post.

The Vitesse team seemed to lose heart almost immediately, apart from second-half substitute Marco Weymans, who caused van Osch some difficulty with a cross-shot, and was himself almost on the end of a cross a few moments after.

Vitesse were becoming desperate, but it was PSV's Steven Bergwijn who scored the game's second goal in the 70th minute, who ran into the penalty-area, dribbled round two defenders, and then from 8 yards out slid the ball past Zachariadis and just inside his left-hand post.

There was only one team who was going to lift the cup now, and it wasn't going to be Vitesse, who were becoming increasingly ragged as the game neared its conclusion. PSV were now playing with a certain assurance, and substitute Reyer van Doorn almost added a third in injuty-time, but Zachariadis saved well to divert van Doorn's sidefooted strike to his left; the resulting corner-kick was flung across goal and ended up just wide of the Vitesse goal.

CONTRASTING EMOTIONS: PSV Eindhoven's Under-17 team celebrate while their counterparts from Vitesse Arnhem look on

It was a deserved win for the youngsters from Eindhoven, who weathered some good first-half pressure from a Vitesse team who wilted badly as the game went on and were, at the end, a mere shadow of the team who looked at times during the first half as though they might steamroller PSV.

Julian Lelieveld, Amine Ennali and Marlon Versteeg impressed for Vitesse, whilst Philippe Rommens, Dani van der Moot, Kenneth Paal and Matthias Verreth caught the eye for PSV; the match officials also performed competently, efficiently controlling a competitive, occasionally feisty but never nasty match which was deservedly won by the lads in red and white.

VITESSE ARNHEM U-17 (B1): 1 Filippos ZACHARIADIS, 2 Leeroy SCHOREA, 3 Mark BOUWMAN (14 Reyer VAN DOORN, 4 Özgur AKTAS, 5 Julian LELIEVELD, 6 Anil MERCAN, 7 Amine ENNALI 15 Kai KORENIUK), 8 Sven VAN DOORN (CAP), 9 Marlon VERSTEEG, 10 Hidde VAN DIJK (16 Jesse SCHUURMAN), 11 Niek VAN DEN BERG

SUBSTITUTES (not used): 12 Jelmer NIJBURG, 13 Omid HASSANI, 17 Lars TEN TEIJE

PSV EINDHOVEN U-17 (B1): 1 Yanick VAN OSCH, 2 Dirk ABELS, 3 Philippe ROMMENS, 4 Maarten PEIJNENBURG, 5 Lassana FAYE, 6 Dante RIGO (17 Marten BERDEN), 7 Steven BERGWIJN, 8 Lennerd DANEELS (15 Marco WEYMANS), 9 Dani VAN DER MOOT, 10 Kenneth PAAL (14 Sam LAMMERS), 11 Matthias VERRETH

SUBSTITUTES (not used): 12 Taoufiq NACIRI, 16 Youri ROULAUX, 18 Joey KONINGS, 19 Arnaut GROENEVELD



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