ROOSENDAAL, February 24 (Eredivisie) - RBC Roosendaal finally broke their duck in the Eredivisie on Friday after they notched their first win of the season at the expense of NEC Nijmegen.
The result may be too little too late to save RBC's Eredivisie status, but second-half goals from Ebrima Sillar and Paul Kpaka secured the spoils for the basement club and earned them their first triumph and clean sheet in 25 league attempts.
Eighth-placed NEC, however, were left to rue a painful defeat which could also prove costly in the race to finish in the Champions League play-off places.
In fact the visitors came close to scoring in the opening minute with a Romano Denneboom header which was turned away by home goalkeeper Mark Volders.
But RBC replied quickly with a 25-yard effort from Edgar Marcelino which had to be tipped around the post by Raymon van Emmerik in the NEC goal.
Marcelino then supplied a perfect ball for Sidney Lammens who was twice denied by Van Emmerik from close range.
And the chances continued to come for the hosts, Henk Vos the next to catch a glimpse of goal when he volleyed a Marcelino free-kick inches over the bar.
Marcelino was proving a thorn in the side of the NEC defence and was unfortunate not to give his side the lead four minutes before the interval with a 25-yard bullet which came back off the crossbar.
And the Portuguese striker continued to inspire his team-mates in the second half with another long-range drive which was once more pushed away by Van Emmerik.
The breakthrough finally came in the 62nd minute for RBC, Sillah giving his Robert Maaskant's men a well-deserved lead with a powerful shot from 10 yards.
And the win was sealed 10 minutes later when Marcelino pounded a long ball into the area for Kpaka to fire past Van Emmerik.