Jong Ajax suffered a loss at the hands of Jong AZ on Monday evening. Coach Gery Vink’s team lost to the Alkmaar reserves, 2-1. Former AZ forward Gino van Kessel scored the only Ajax goal after the break. Derk Boerrigter played for one hour.
One day after the Ajax – AZ confrontation in the ArenA, the two team’s reserves faced each other in Alkmaar. It was the first match in a new formula for the reserves competition, in which eight teams in three pools compete against each other. After seven weeks, the best four teams from each pool move on to play against each other in a pool of twelve teams. “It’s a challenge, because you need to be ready from the very first minute”, said Gery Vink beforehand.
Jong Ajax started with Derk Boerrigter in the basis. It’s important for the left winger to play as many match minutes as possible in order to be well prepared when he re-joins Frank de Boer’s team. After forty-five minutes last week against Jong FC Twente (Supercup), the hour in Alkmaar was a welcome addition in order to achieve complete match fitness.
Under the watchful eye of Marc Overmars, director of football affairs, and Frank de Boer, Jong AZ took the lead after half an hour thanks to a goal by Steven Berghuis. Ajax’s reserves didn’t manage to answer offensively. “Our side was a bit flat”, said Vink afterwards. It’s only after the break that Vink’s team showed more aggression. After seven minutes, Gino Kessel scored the tying goal. The centre forward has recently moved from AZ to Ajax. Van Kessel brought Ajax even on a pass from Lesley de Sa.
Six minutes later, the home team took the lead for the second time. A mistake from Dico Koppers led to Rosheuvel making a scoring pass to Ruud Boymans. The forward, who was a substitute last Sunday in the ArenA, was finally the one who won the match, as Ajax didn’t manage to pull even again. Substitute Danzell Gravenberch and Davy Klaassen had three ‘sure things’ among them, but the score remained 2-1. So AZ got ‘double points’ and Jong Ajax still has six matches in which to try to become one of the top four teams. The next one will be next Monday, at home against FC Groningen’s reserves.
Vink: “We can’t afford to not end among the first four teams. That’s why we need to get ourselves together for next week’s game against Groningen. Don’t forget that AZ is a strong team, and we played with a young team tonight. Many of the guys were still A-juniors last season. At this level, everything goes faster. But it doesn’t take away the fact that tonight, we had an unnecessary loss. And that’s a shame.”
Score summary: 26. Berghuis 1-0, 52. Van Kessel 1-1, 58. Boymans 2-1.
Jong Ajax line up: Cillessen, Ligeon, Nieuwpoort (46. Van Kessel), Denswil, Koppers, Sporkslede, Boccara (82. El Hasnaoui), Bonevacia, De Sa, Klaassen, Boerrigter (63. Gravenberch).