Cercle opened their cup campaign last night at home against KVK Tienen. The Groen-Zwart wanted to set the tone from kick-off and put the visitors under heavy pressure. Tienen resisted for half an hour stand until Denkey opened the scoring. With an eye on sealing the result, Matondo added the second before Cassaert made it 3-0 following a corner kick midway through the second half.
Yves Vanderhaeghe had rung the changes for this cup match; Deman and Denkey lead the attack alongside Matondo. In goal, Warleson received a starting place and in defense, Miangue and Popovic flanked Utkus with Velkovski and Decostere deployed as wingbacks.
Cercle started with plenty of chances, as Matondo missed an excellent opportunity after four minutes to open the scoring, being denied by the legs of Tienen goalkeeper Bouzian. Halfway through the first half, the intensity had dropped a bit, but just the past half an hour Utkus picked out Denkey with a long ball as the central defender delivered a pass towards goal from slightly past the center line. Bouzian came off his line, but it was too late, and Denkey would head the ball over the goalkeeper, making it 1-0. With three minutes to play in the first half, Matondo would have an effort from the edge of the box. The Welshman turned on the skill to beat Jochmans and gave the visiting goalkeeper no chance this time to put his side up 2-0 at the interval.
The Groen-Zwart would continue to dominate after the break. On the hour, Coach Vanderhaeghe brought on three new faces in the form of Hotic, van der Bruggen and Cassaert. This change would make a difference immediately, as Cassaert had been on for only two minutes before heading home at the near post from Hotic's corner.
Cercle would remain the most dangerous side as every corner seemed to offer up a chance but there would only be a few more efforts on goal, and the match would remain at 3-0. It was an authoritative performance from a strikingly eager Groen-Zwart, a result that will boost the team's confidence in the run-up to their trip to Antwerp this coming Sunday.
Cercle: Warleson, Popovic, Utkus (Cassaert 61'), Decostere, Denkey (Millàn 69'), Matondo (Hotic 61'), Vanhoutte (van der Bruggen 61'), Miangue, Velkovski (Ackx 78'), da Silva Lopes And Deman
Tienen: Bouzian, Meeus, Farin, Yagan, Singh, Claes (Vos 61'), Jochmans (Struys 61'), Spaenhoven, Laureys (Coenen 80'), Osei-Berkoe (Mputu 46') and Kempeneers.