The KNVB Cup first round concluded on Thursday evening with four matches. Below is a round-up of the action.

SDC Putten 0-4 PSV

Adam Maher had a starring role as PSV Eindhoven beat SDC Putten 4-0 to reach the KNVB Cup 2nd round.

Maher hadn’t yet appeared for the club this season, but was named in the starting line-up on Thursday. He took his chance with an excellent performance that saw him play a part in all four goals.

After only six minutes, Maher opened the scoring with a beautiful strike into the top corner before he crossed for Derrick Luckassen to head in a second on 61 minutes. Nine minutes later Maher netted his second of the evening by volleying Jurgen Locadia’s cross into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

Minutes before the end, Maher set Albert Gudmundsson free with an excellent pass and the winger found Sam Lammers to slide in a fourth.

PSV now prepare to visit Utrecht on Sunday and it will be interesting to see if Maher plays a role.

 USV Hercules 2-4 Groningen

Groningen had some trouble with amateur side USV Hercules but eventually eased through 4-2.

The hosts made the perfect start with Fouad Belarbi finishing of a well-worked move on eleven minutes to make it 1-0. Groningen struggled after the opener but eventually equalised just before the break through Oussama Idrissi. Ritsu Doan came off the bench at half time and a minute into the second half the Japanese winger netted to put Groningen ahead.

A Juninho Bacuna free kick made it 3-1 before Ajdin Hrustic put the game beyond doubt with Groningen’s fourth. Leroy Oehlers pulled back a consolation for Hercules with a few minutes left.

De Meern 0-5 PEC Zwolle 

PEC Zwolle had no trouble in hammering amateur’s De Meern.

Stef Nijland opened the scoring on eleven minutes before Younes Namli and a Piotr Parzyszek penalty made it 3-0 at the break. In the second half Wouter Marinus and Youness Mokhtar rounded off a comfortable win.

Blauw Geel’38 0-3 VVV Venlo

Three first half goals saw VVV Venlo ease into the second round at the expense of Blauw geel’38.

VVV initially struggled to find the opening goal but on 29 minutes, Damian van Bruggen shot hard into the bottom corner to make it 1-0. Etienne Amenyido quickly made it 2-0 before Terry Antonis wrapped up the victory with a nice goal on 41 minutes.

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