cheers again mate
Ajax 0-2 PSV | Johaan Cruijff Schaal | Fabio Silva x2
The stage was set at the Johaan Cruijff ArenA - Home to Ajax - for another De Topper classic as PSV and Ajax set out to go head to head once more and win the Johaan Cruijff Schaal.
Last season's tie pitted the same sides against one another in a game Ajax came very much out on top, battering PSV 5-0 in only Arjen Robben's second game in charge of the club.
Lots of things have changed in a year though with comings and goings, and a full season for the club to familiarise itself with new surroundings. This contest would be an entirely different ball game for Ten Haag's Champions.
Off they kicked with the first blow of the whistle as both sets of fans went wild for each other. It begun a fairly aggressive affair Kik Pierie absolutely clattering Ihattaren outside of his box. Leading to a free kick, Rosario viciously whipped it around the wall but to no avail.
It would be a day to remember for youngster Dylan Hopman who was given his first start in midfield since his promotion from the academy. Dylan put in a fine performance throughout the game doing all he could to repay his managers faith.
21 minutes into the game this hotly contested match-up would be sent into disarray for De Godenzonen after another reckless challenge from Kik Pierie was met by the referee's red card.
PSV now had the advantage although both sides would go into the second half all square at 0-0. With no real chances to touch upon, something needed to be done for either side to make a breakthrough.
In the second half as you would expect PSV dominated possession taking full advantage of their extra man. More chances were swinging in their favour and it was looking likely that any moment now they would take the lead against their old rivals.
The first goal wasn't to be seen for another 40 minutes. In the 85th minute Fabio Silva picked up a pass on the edge of the box, turned and darted past his marker. Blind turned with him to make the tackle but missed the ball, and a penalty was awarded.
Fabio Silva stepped up, a year on from joining the club. Took one deep breath, and with 2 steps...Coolly slotted home for Boeren.
With only a few minutes left to go it was looking like Eindhoven's day. Robben would soon be stepping up to celebrate his first trophy with the club. Not before Silva had one final say in the matter though, running on to a lofted ball on the left hand side, beating his man and bending a beautiful strike into the bottom corner of the far post.
It was PSV's day after all! The old enemy were beaten in their own back yard, and they'd celebrate this one long into the night.