RECAP: WEEKEND DUTCH ACTION
Juan Agudelo continued to provide a spark up top for FC Utrecht, but RKC Waalwijk poured on the goals late to send Utrecht home with another loss.
RKC Waalwijk 5 - 2 FC Utrecht
Juan Agudelo impressed once again for FC Utrecht, but four second half goals by RKC Waalwijk sent Utrecht home with their sixth league loss in their last seven games.
Romeo Castaelen put Waalwijk ahead in the eighth minute, running onto a poor backwards header from Utrecht midfielder Yassin Ayoub which he slid into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Utrecht struck back quickly however, as Waalwijk defender Prince Desir Gouano was called for a handball in the penalty area, and Utrecht midfielder Jens Toornstra converted the ensuing penalty in the 10th minute.
The game remained tied into the second half, and Agudelo nearly helped Utrecht take the lead, but Waalwijk goalie Jan Seda made an impressive save on a nice header from the American to keep the score knotted at 1-1.
Goals from Daniel de Ridder and Kenny Anderson, in the 79th and 81st minute respectively, gave Waalwijk a two goal advantage, but Steve De Ridder brought Utrecht back within one goal in the 83rd minute.
Toornstra had another penalty opportunity in the 87th minute, but his second penalty struck the post and the visitors were unable to find the equalizer.
Waalwijk weren't done, and completed their demolition of the Utrecht defense with a 90th minute goal from Jean David Beauguel as well as a 93rd minute goal from Aurelien Joachim to make it 5-2.
Agudelo and Utrecht take on Aron Johannsson's team AZ next Saturday, while Waalwijk face NEC the same day.
Notes: Aron Johannsson was held out of AZ's 2-1 loss to Go Ahead Eagles with a thigh strain...Dion Watson was an unused substitute in Fortuna Sittard's 5-0 win over Telstar...Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport take on Jong PSV on Monday.
Jong PSV 3 - 0 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas played the whole game for Helmond Sport, picking up a yellow card in the process, as the guest's were thrashed on the road by Jong PSV.
Georginio Wijnaldum put the hosts up early. The 23 year old Dutch international, who has started 63 games for PSV's senior team over the last three years, was making his first appearance since September due to a long term back injury and waited only 11 minutes to put the host's ahead 1-0 with Alex Schalk providing the assist.
Schalk grabbed two goals of his own on the evening, the first of which came in the 14th minute. Helmond keeper Wouter van der Steen punched an Aleksandar Boljevic shot away from the goal, but the rebound went directly to a waiting Schalk, who was able to slot it home to extend Jong PSV's lead to 2-0.
Schalk added an insurance goal for the hosts one minute into second half stoppage time. With Helmond pushing everyone forward, Jong PSV found an opportunity to pour forward, generating three successive scoring chances, the last of which was a point blank header from Schalk which van der Steen had no chance to keep out of the net.
Helmond are back in action Friday when they host FC Oss, while Jong PSV take on Telstar the same day.