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NZ youngster Thomas revels in PEC Zwolle's Dutch Cup triumph

PEC Zwolle ran away with the 2014 KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) with a 5-1 hammering of Dutch powerhouse Ajax on Sunday.

A major contributor in the Bluefingers' triumph was New Zealand teenager Ryan Thomas who netted a brace at the Stadion Feyenoord in Rotterdam.

The 19-year old attacking midfielder cancelled out Ricardo van Rhijn's early opener with a deflected effort in the eighth minute before edging Zwolle ahead in the 12th minute when firing home after a free-kick had crashed into the upright.

Those two goals set the scene for the rest of the encounter with Guyon Fernandez netting a brace before the break prior to Bram van Polen's 50th-minute goal which gave PEC a dream win over Holland's most successful club.

In the wake of his match-winning performance, Thomas was in dreamland after helping guide Zwolle to their first ever Dutch cup.

"We hoped to catch them out with a sneaky win like 2-1, but 5-1 ...nobody expected that," Thomas told Dutch reporters.

"Everyone is really happy for me back home. It's been a fantastic first season for me in Zwolle and this has been a great way to finish the year."

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Andrew Slevison
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