The second round of the Cup saw BEFC tied against Dutch FC, an opponent that caused some trouble for the team in the previous season.
BEFC started the game well, pressing high and forcing mistakes from the Dutch FC defense. The final ball through was not quite accurate enough yet in the early stage of the game, and BEFC was unlucky to have a goal ruled out for offside on one occasion.
After around 10 minutes, the tide turned and Dutch found their attacking groove more. Their first attempt ended with a delightful chip hitting the crossbar, after passing their way through defense a little too easily. Dutch made no mistakes the second opportunity, and took the lead halfway through the second half.
BEFCs reacted well, but could not find any clearcut chances from open play. A free kick was needed to break the deadlock - Katsu delivering a clever low ball in from the edge of the box, with Ririo Bato quickest to react at the front post.
Two goals from relentless striker Witvliet then set up BEFC for a half time lead. The first poached in after a shot from Uwatsu was blocked inside the box. The second after a nicely crafted move, with Takahashi chesting down a cross into Witvlied's path to score. Witvliet came close to a third with Takahashi played through and laying off selfishly, but Dutch's defender did just enough.
The second half saw BEFC defend cleverly against a more attacking Dutch side. This also allowed our team more attacking space, which BEFC used well, especially on the wings.
The game's decider seemingly had come with what can only be called a classic Takahashi, following an interception and taking it on the volley from 40 yards out.
Dutch kept trying however and came close twice, and eventually got their second of the day with a nicely taken long range shot.
This did not inspire a comeback however, with Ririo Bato scoring another unlikely 40 yarder (at which time the sideline started questioning the goalies positioning), and Witvliet getting his third of the night with an EPL style goal latching on a through ball and overpowering the defender.
Witvliet's performance was unanimously hailed as most valuable player worthy, by being undefendable, pressing hard, and for getting his first career hattrick!