CONNOLLY RETURNS WITH A GOAL
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Irishman made his return in the Feyenoord squad after three years. He had problems with the former Feyenoord manager, Leo Beenhakker being loaned out to the Wolves and Excelsior, but he has now been recalled following the departure of his former boss.
The game started poorly for the visitors, Dennis Gerritsen scoring the opening goal for Fortuna.
However, on 14 minutes, Connoly marked his return with a goal, knocking home a rebound from a strike by Patrice Paauwe.
Four minutes later Paauwe got his name on the scoresheet, firing home a tremendous goal from a free-kick.
Feyenoord started to stamp their class on the game, with both Pauwee and Jon Dahl Tomasson going close.
In the 42nd minute, the youngster Ebi Smolerek, the son of the legendary Wlodi Smolerek, a former Feyenoord and a hero in Poland, scored his first goal for the first team.
After the break Fortuna created chances but it was still Feyenoord who were on top. Bonaventure Kalou forced a fine save from Fortuna`s former Barca goalkeeper Ruud Hesp, but Paauwe pounced on the rebound to tee-up Tomasson, who scored his ninth goal of the season.
Feyenoord moved into cruise control and let Fortuna play their game, which resulted in a goal for Dennis Krijgsman.
However, the Rotterdam side were able to control the remainder of the game and claim all three points.
The other Rotterdam side, Sparta, were not so fortunate, as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of NAC Breda.
All the goals came in the second half, as Rick Versteeg and Rob Penders gave the visitors a two-goal cushion, before Ali Elkhattabi scored, what proved to be, a consolation with quarter-of-an-hour remaining.
Vitesse Arnhem scored twice in the last 10 minutes to secure a 3-2 home win over AZ Alkmaar.
Bob Peeters gave Vitesse the lead, but a second half brace by Robin Nelisse looked to have given the visitors a surprise win.
However, Mahamadou Diarra and Mbamba were the men on target to give the home side the points.
In the other game, an Arno Arts penalty gave Willem II a 1-0 win at Heerenveen.