De Graafschap suffered a very painful defeat in the Kitchen Champion Division on Monday. The club from Doetinchem was already 5-1 behind Young AZ after a disastrous first half and eventually lost 7-3. Later in the evening, NAC Breda won 0-2 against Jong FC Utrecht.
NAC remains flawless
After more than 40 minutes, it was 5-0 for the unleashed Jong AZ, which De Graafschap still spared. Mohamed Taabouni (twice), Zakaria Aboukhlal, Thijs Oosting and Hakon Evjen scored for the home team.
Just before half-time it became 5-1 by Ralf Seuntjens, who was seriously injured shortly afterwards. The captain of De Graafschap clapped his ankle, shouted and was carried off the field by stretcher.
Early in the second half, Elmo Lieftink took care of the second Doetinchem goal. For a moment, a comeback from De Graafschap seemed in the making, but twenty minutes before the end, Tijjani Reijnders made it 6-2 on behalf of Young AZ.
Not much later, the Alkmaar U23 team had to continue with one man less after Evjen’s second yellow card. Daryl van Mieghem made it 6-3, but the last word was to Aboukhlal on behalf of the home team.
De Graafschap suffered its first defeat of the season in Wijdewormer and now has six points from three games. Young AZ recorded the second victory and has just as many points, but played with one more game.
The serious injury of Ralf Seuntjens was perhaps the biggest blemish on the evening for De Graafschap. (Photo: Pro Shots)
In contrast to De Graafschap, NAC had a fairly problem-free evening. The Breda team were too strong for FC Utrecht’s U23 team due to goals from Nick Venema – he scored against the club, so that he is rented out – and Sydney van Hooijdonk.
For the son of Pierre van Hooijdonk it was already his fifth goal in three league matches. The twenty-year-old striker is nevertheless dissatisfied: he started on the bench in the previous matches and does not rule out his departure.
The NAC of trainer Maurice Steijn was the only one to win the first four games in the Kitchen Champion Division. As the leader, the club is two points ahead of Almere City.
Sydney van Hooijdonk once again proved its worth for NAC Breda. (Photo: Pro Shots)