Jong Ajax won its sixth game in a row on Tuesday. At the Toekomst sports complex, Ajax’s reserves were too strong for Jong Vitesse/ AGOVV, 1-0. Jody Lukoki scored the only goal of the evening.
Lukoki celebrated his goal against Vitesse midway through the second half with a beautiful flip. On a pass from Lucas Andersen, the quick right winger scored the winning goal for his team. Moreover, Jong Ajax rises to second place in the reserves competition thanks to this win. This confirms the team’s strong form, which has brought them nothing but victories in the last six weeks. This is a world of difference with Jong Vitesse, currently in second to last place, and still looking for its first win since December 3, 2012.
Days after the finals of the AEGON Future Cup, sports complex de Toekomst’s main field was the stage for a reserves competition match. After a fairly equal first half hour, Jong Ajax started to take more and more control of the match. Especially in first half’s last five minutes, the home team came close to scoring several times. Tobias Sana saw his great shot sail past the wrong side of the post. A bit later, this opportunity was followed up by a disqualified goal by Sana, due to offside. Danny Hoesen also made himself heard shortly before the break. Jong Ajax’s centre forward had the opening goal at his feet just like Sana had had, but was forced to recognize Vitesse keeper Eloy Room’s superiority when he came into duel with him.
At Jong Vitesse, former Ajax keeper Stanley Menzo sat on the bench as the man in charge for the first time. The assistant coach from Vitesse’s first team takes over from Gerry Hamstra, who is now focusing on re-engineering Vitesse’s academy, until the end of this season. It was also a special game for Jong Ajax coach Gery Vink, since his son Wimilio was in Jong Vitesse’s starting line-up. A showdown between Vink senior and junior is nothing new to these two, since they have met several times before in earlier matches between (Jong) Ajax and Vitesse.
In the second half, the opportunities were bigger and more significant, both for Jong Ajax and later for Jong Vitesse. Although Ajax was nursing a 1-0 lead as of the 65th minute, the visitors remained dangerous. Because Gery Vink’s team didn’t manage to score a second goal, Wimilio Vink’s team continued to seek out its opportunities. Both Elmo Lieftink and Mohammed Osman both had big chances to score a tying goal in the last ten minutes. To the relief of Jong Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen, both shots missed and Lukoki thus was crowned as the match winner.
On Tuesday next week, Jong Ajax takes on Jong Feyenoord/Excelsior in Rotterdam. The next home game is on the agenda for April 15th, when the FC Utrecht reserves come to the Toekomst. Both games start at 6:30p.m.
Score summary: 65. Lukoki 1-0
Jong Ajax line-up: Cillessen, Ligeon, Veltman (46. Dijks), Denswil, Boilesen (73. De Sa), De Kamps (62. Boccara), Serero, Andersen, Lukoki, Hoesen, Sana.
The summary of Jong Ajax – Jong Vitesse can be seen on Ajax TV as of Wednesday evening.