The last test before the start of the competition resulted in a meager 3-1 victory over KV Mechelen under 21 for Helmond Sport. The Helmonders had a chance of a chance, especially before half-time, but they did not have their sights set on the very young Belgian team (average just 18 years).
Helmond Sport presented the two newest additions before the match: Mike Havekotte and Keyennu Lont signed a contract at De Braak. Havekotte also started in the starting line-up and had nothing, absolutely nothing, to do before the break. The home team dictated and had a chance after a chance: Jelle Goselink hit the post, missed another open chance and a shot by Jules Houttequiet was removed just before the line. The only one to score before halftime was Gaetan Bosiers; he tapped the ball in the 12th minute from a fine cross by Jellert van Landschoot: 1-0.
The 1-0 halftime score was a meager reflection of the balance of power, the Mechelen promises dug themselves mainly in the first half. After the break Helmond Sport had less trouble scoring, Van Landschoot – remember that name – shot the ball accurately from a cross by Arno Van Keilegom. After that, the promises of KV Mechelen, the cooperation partner from whom Helmond Sport is renting five players this year, threw off the hesitation.
Left winger Malik Wanya Belco-Cisse cut through the Helmond defense in the 51st minute and shot the ball through goalkeeper Havekotte: 2-1. A little bit for Helmond Sport, which had some trouble recovering. That worked out better towards the final phase: Goselink shot the ball straight in from a free kick by Van Keilegom: 3-1.
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Keyennu Lont showed a number of promising actions during his substitute against KV Mechelen under 21. © Pro Shots / Peter van Gogh
In the end, that was also the case at De Braak. And so Helmond Sport ends the practice campaign with two victories (VVV was also defeated, with 1-4), a defeat (3-0 against PEC Zwolle) and one draw (against VV Gemert 2-2). Next Friday, Wil Boessen’s team will play its first competition match at FC Den Bosch.
Score history: 12. Bosiers 1-0, 47. Van Landschoot 2-0, 51. Belco-Cisse 2-1, 68. Goselink 3-1.
Yellow card: Chardey (KV Mechelen under 21).
Helmond Sport line-up: Havekotte; Reith (74. Breugelmans), De Bie, Van der Meer, Van der Sluijs; Van Landschoot (74. Vereijken), Bosiers (74. Hendrikx), Lion (46. Fosu-Mensah); Van Keilegom (74. Seys), Goselink (74. Thomassen), Houttequiet (65. Wick)
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Helmond Sport ends practice campaign with simple victory over promise team KV Mechelen | Kitchen Champion Division
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