MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Sebastian Soto made his return to the starting lineup for Telstar after serving a two-game suspension as they pipped Jong Ajax in league action in the Eerste Divisie.
Ajax II 1 - 2 Telstar
Sebastian Soto got the nod and started in Amsterdam but was substituted at the half with Jong Ajax leading by a goal to nil, but two second-half strikes sealed the deal and all the points for the White Lions. Alex Mendez however did not make the team sheet for Ajax II on the night.
The second half strikes came from Telstar has finally managed to beat Young AFC Ajax at sports park De Toekomst. After an early goal for the young Ajax players, Telstar is recovering. After Hassane Bandé had been sent away, the team from Velsen won the game 1-2. The goals are in the name of Rashaan Fernandes and substitute Niels van Wetten.
The Ajax youngsters got the scoring underway after just 11 minutes with an impressive attack that Ar'jany Martha nodded home after a fine ball from Youri Regeer. The hosts dominated the first half and put the Telstar defense to the test but were unable to add to their early strike. Soto tried the keeper at the other end with a head shot but there wasn't enough power behind it to trouble the keeper. A late Telstar free-kick saw the Ajax defense flapping around in trouble but in the end keeper Dominik Kotarski collected the ball to guarantee that his team went into the locker room with the lead intact.
After the break, Welat Cagro came in for Sebastian Soto, who picked up an injury that is being assessed by the medical staff. And three minutes later Hassane Bande's foul on Rashann Fernandes was enough for the Burkina Faso to be shown a straight red card and leave his side a man down.
It didn't take long for Telstar to take advantage of their numerical superiority because in the 54th minute that very same fouled Fernandes got revenge after Max de Waal's shot was saved by Jasper Schendelaar, but the Ajax keeper couldn't hold onto it and the attacker picked up the pieces and rippled the back of the net to bring the teams on level terms.
With the visitors on the front foot, it did however take them until very late to get that deciding goal. It came just six minutes before full time. After an attack on the left flank, the ball finds its way to Welat Cagro and he picks out Niels van Wetten, who came on in the 60th minute for Fernandes. The 21-year-old midfielder blasts it and lights up the scoreboard with the eventual game-winner.
The three points are enough for Telstar to secure ninth place, just a point out of a playoff spot. They'll be back in action in the new year when they welcome Nijmegen to town.
Heerenveen went up against Heracles but both Americans, Ulysses Llanez for Heerenveen and Luca de la Torre for the Almelo outfit, started on the bench. Llanez came on in the 58th minute and de la Torre in the 71st but all the scoring was already done as Heracles came out on top, 2-1. It's off to fourth place Feyenoord for Llanez and to Groningen for the latter. Both games will be held midweek.
Desevio Payne didn't take part in FC Emmen's scoreless draw against PEC Zwolle. Having picked up just one point, they still find themselves in dead last and in a relegation battle. They'll try to right the ship when they welcome Utrecht on Tuesday night.
Mael Corboz came on in the second half for the Go Ahead Eagles as they embarrassed Roda JC, putting three past them with no reply. The victory keeps them in a playoff spot so they'll enjoy their short break and return on January 5th when they travel to take on Jong PSV.
Chris Gloster wasn't on the field or the bench as PSV II suffered a home defeat at the hands of second place Almere City. Their early first-half lead disappeared in the second half, as well as any chance at a point thanks to a 94th-minute strike. The final score of 2-1 leaves the Eindhoven outfit in 16th place. Their next contest will be after the holidays against Go Ahead Eagles.