Ajax U17 kicked off the Future Cup with a scoreless tie against the JLeague youths. Gery Vink’s team often had possession, but was unable to make much happen against the well-organized Japanese defense.
The teams, who were completely unknown to each other, kicked off the first match of the tournament. J-League began the game tentatively, resulting in a few minor opportunities for the Ajacieds. The first shot by Jurgen Ekkelenkamp sailed several meters above the opponent’s goal.
It appeared to be a preview of a round-up on Japanese team’s half. Their defense was disorganized for the first ten minutes. Via a counter, Akito Tanahashi and Toichi Suzuki created the greatest danger of the first half. The JLeague forwards’ shots lacked the required precision for an opening goal.
Ajax coach Gery Vink was dissatisfied and didn’t hide his displeasure at halftime. Things needed to improve, as Mitchell Bakker also knew. The left back, who normally plays with the Ajax U19s, shot a free kick onto the post shortly after the break.
Ten minutes before the end, JLeague almost took the 0-1 lead via forward Akito Tanahashi. This brought joy to the Japanese side, but the referee spoiled the party. The ball appeared to have previously passed the back line.
In the final minutes, both teams lacked the creativity and venom to score. The game was in balance, which resulted in a scoreless tie. On the other field, pool-mates Benfica U17 defeated Juventus U17 by 3-1.
Ajax U17 – Jleague U17 0-0 (0-0)
Line-up Ajax U17: Reiziger; Dest, Van Gelderen, Botman, Bakker; Ekkelenkamp (42. Maddy), J. Maduro (45. Q. Maduro), Gravenberch; Sint (45. Brobbey), De La Vega, Schön.