With a double playing round in the Jupiler League and the regular hustle and bustle of the youth sides, the Toekomst was packed again this weekend with some interesting games. But main man of this round was U19’s winger Che Nunnely, whom recorded a hattrick of assists against Sparta on Tuesday to send his side on the 10th win in a row!
On Friday, Jong Ajax kicked off the weekend against Telstar. An inspired Telstar, might I add. In beginning of the first half, the club from Velsen-Zuid dominated and managed to contain Keizer’s side, with Ajax not recording a single chance. After Telstar missed the first chances to score, the home side finally came to live; resulting in a huge chance for Frenkie de Jong. It proved to be a warning of what was to come, as El Ghazi sped past two opponents before finishing in the top left corner. A few minutes later, Frenkie de Jong scored with a stylish lob to make it 2-0 at half time.
The second half, Ajax started slowly and got punished for it; Mahmudov netting the 2-1 just 50 minutes in. Despite Telstar scoring, the youngster held onto the game though and managed to create multiple chances to extend their lead. In the 77th minute, Walian was replaced by teenage sensation Kaj Sierhuis but his debut was not lit up with a goal (nor was the debut of Justin Kluivert as a starter). 2-1 proved to be the final score.
Saturday, youth day. First up were the U15’s, against FC Twente. After a penalty kick, the young Ajacieden never looked in trouble; running away from the Tukkers with a 3-0 win. Goals came from Kasanwirjo (penalty), Beelen and Hoogewerf. After that,the U17’s entertained AZ’s age-mates at De Toekomst. In a tight first half, the play went up and down but no goals were scored. In the second half, AZ found their composure and managed to find the net twice; finishing the game in a 0-2 win for them. Daishawn Redan was eventually sent off, with two yellow cards after some harsh fouls.
The U19’s played an away game in Arnhem, against Vitesse. The home side proved to be a cakeride for the youngsters this time around, as a 0-4 win on the road was recorded; the U19’s ninth win in a row. In the first half, Schuurman scored an own goal for Vitesse before Zian Flemming made the second of the afternoon. In the second half, Mees de Wit and Kaj Sierhuis hit the back of the net to complete the scoring route for Ajax.
Monday featured another Jupiler League playing round, with a very strong Jong Ajax facing FC Dordrecht at De Krommedijk. Tim Krul, Matthijs de Ligt, Jaire Riedewald, Frenkie de Jong, Abdelhak Nouri, Vaclav Cerny and Matteo Cassierra all featured at the start, with in-form Anwar starting on the bench.
Ajax played a strong first half, controlling the play and combining steadily however there was no end-product. Coremans kept his goal clean for a long time, as Ajax operated with a real sting. Just before half time, Clement and Appie Nouri once again proved their worth though; Clement assisting the young starlet for the 0-1.
The second half was marked by lots of possession for Marcel Keizer’s side, though there was a distinct lack of chances. Anwar El Ghazi eventually brought definitive defeat upon Dordrecht, creating the 0-2 of Clement in an impressive post-sub performance. It proved to be the full time score, with Jong Ajax finally winning an away game since Almere City.
Last but not least, Ajax U19 played a league game against Sparta U19 to record their 10th straight win of the season. Che Nunnely outshone the rest, recording 3 assists in an excellent game. Sparta opened up the score in the first half but Ajax struck back, with Nunnely putting a perfect cross on Martijn Kaars’ head to level it up.
In the second half, Nunnely inspired Ajax into driving on; delivering another beauty on Dani de Wit’s forehead for the 2-1. In the 89th minute, Justin Kluivert netted from an intelligent through ball by the winger to record the 3-1.