ADO’s relegation fight starts now!

On Sunday 2nd April at 14:30, ADO Den Haag host Roda JC in a real relegation battle for the three points. A win for ADO is vital, as defeat would put the club deep into a fight they do not want to be in. With seven games left to play, ADO are one from bottom in seventeenth place. The team in eighteenth place, currently Go Ahead Eagles go straight down into the Jupiler league. Teams in Sixteenth and seventeenth position go into a play-off game against a team from the second to fifth place in the Jupiler league to be in the Eredivisie. It is in ADO’s own hands as they face Roda JC at home this Sunday, They also go away to another relegation candidate in Sparta Rotterdam. The final game of the season is at home to another team under threat of relegation, Excelsior of Rotterdam. If ADO can win all three, pretty sure ADO would be safe from even the play-offs.

So the club want you, the fans in the stadium next Sunday!! Support your local team, get behind the green and yellow stripes. Be a part of the fight! Be a part of your city! If you support the Hague in its football, you will feel part of the Hague. It is easy to get a ticket, no club card is required. Go to the stadium during the week.

Ticket opening times are:

Tuesday – Thursday 12:00 – 17:30

Friday 12:00 – 20:00

Saturday 10:30 – 17:30

On match day itself, the ticket office will be open from 11:30.

To get your tickets, just go along and be sure to take a form of photo ID with you, passport or driving license is good enough. You need an ID for each ticket being purchased. This is club rules, everyone in the stadium has their photo ID on file.

The atmosphere will be loud, colourful and tense in the Kyocera stadium. If you have not been to see your local side play live, then this is the game to go to. Feel the Haagse Bluff! Feel a part of your community. I know it is hard to get to know the locals, but supporting their football club instantly gets your treated as one of their own. Trust me, I know! So bring your friends, family and kids with you, it is going to be electrifying.

ADO ladies lose to FC Twente

After two successive heavy defeats, would ADO ladies be able to get back to winning ways was the question being asked before they took on FC Twente in the Kyocera stadium early on Saturday evening.

Sadly ADO ladies tasted defeat again, but the performance was much higher than last time out. It was Twente who started strongest in the opening period, keeping ADO pegged back outside their own penalty area. In the fourth minute former ADO favourite Renate Jansen hit a shot from distance which crashed against the crossbar. Early warning signs of what was to come.

Jennifer Vreugdenhil was back in goal and she was made to work. Twente were being kept away from the danger area and were firing in shots from long range, not wasteful ones either. The ADO keeper was on top form, many times using her full length to get finger tips to prevent goal. Midway through the first half Jill Roord got into ADO’s box, she fired a shot that should have resulted in a goal, miraculously somehow Vreugdenhil pulled off a real world class save. The Twente keeper in front of me was cheering for a goal, she too could not believe it wasn’t a goal. Had to be Eredivisie women’s save of the season.

ADO didn’t threaten the goal much, but Sharona Tieleman and Victoria Pelova worked well on the right providing an outlet for the hardworking ADO defence. They managed to earn a couple of corners, but lacked any real directness. As the end of the half approached, another ex ADO favourite Lineth Beerensteyn forced Vreugdenhil into another great save. So 0-0 at the break.

Second half saw Twente coming close to scoring in the opening minutes, then the game settled down in the midfield area. Tieleman had ADO’s best sight on goal, sadly her effort went just over the bar, a miss ADO were soon to regret.

On the hour FC Twente went ahead. The ball coming to Sherida Spitse on the edge of the area. She turned and fired in a low shot just inside the post and out of the reach of the ADO keeper, to celebrate she raced across into the arms of the coaching staff, 0-1

ADO went looking for an equalizer but didn’t create enough to break the defensive line of the visitors. ADO made some substitutions, but it did not help with the attack. It was good to see the return of Lisanne Grimberg, her third spell at ADO. She is a class player and showed some wonderful touches when tightly marked. Great to have her back in the team.

Eighty one minutes played and Twente put the game out of ADO’s reach. A long ball found Jill Roord. The  ADO defence switched off for the first time in the game, allowed her time to shoot into the far bottom corner. Vreugdenhil went ballistic at the players in front of her, she was so angry, 0-2.

The game ended at 0-2. The result a fair one. Twente’s forward line were great, matched equally by some hard working defensive play by ADO’s defenders, especially the aggressive Yvette van der Veen, who ran herself into the ground. If not for player of the match, Jennifer Vreugdenhil, the defeat would have been by a far bigger margin.

Scorers: 60. Sherida Spitse 0-1, 81. Jill Roord 0-2

Attendance: 423

ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil; Yvette van der Veen, Hélène Heemskerk ©, Jessie van Leeuwen (75. Mijke Roelfsema), Priscilla Mesker; Victoria Pelova, Carmen Simonis, Michelle Vrieling; Sharona Tieleman (66. Nadine Noordam), Annouk Boshuizen (75. Lisanne Grimberg), Nance van der Meer

ADO ladies have more game to play in the first phase of the league, away at Ajax next Friday. There is then a long break before the play-offs start. ADO will face Ajax at home. So far the date is set as Friday 21st April, but this maybe switched to the Saturday due to television coverage. You can see the play-ff fixtures HERE.

ADO ladies Michelle Vrieling on promo tour of India

ADO ladies Michelle Vrieling departs on Monday 3rd April to India. The 21 year old player  will promote a week of women’s football at the local football Greenfield Cubs All Kerala Soccer Games PVT LTD. From Sports Networking Michelle has been asked to lead this project. There was no doubt from her side as there was immediately a clear answer from the social player: “What I hope to do with my visit to India is get the girls keen on football and in particular, offer a different perspective. They need to be made aware that football is not just for boys, and that they can play the game. Even in addition to their studies or work. I really want to tell my story to many Indian girls and hopefully get them motivated to play football too.”

Also Ryan Spencer, on the board of Foundation Power Vrouwen is very excited about Michelle’s visit to India: “We are extremely proud of Michelle for going far beyond our borders, she will have the opportunity to meet other women and offer the power to inspire.”

Greenfield Cubs All Kerala Soccer Games PVT LTD is committed to change the current image of youth football in India. This will grow through the (girls) football to develop locally. It is a good combination of education, mental and physical health that is important.

ADO beat VfL Bochum in secret friendly

ADO Den Haag won a friendly game with VfL Bochum by a score of 1-2. German side  VfL Bochum are eleventh in the second Bundesliga. Randy Wolters and Sheraldo Becker scored for ADO.

The game was kept secret, it was known about, but time and location was not. The game kicked-off at 14:15 on one of the pitches of the Vonovia Ruhrstadion.

ADO team: Rody de Boer; Trevor David, Thomas Meißner, Tom Beugelsdijk, Abel Tamata; Achraf el Mahdioui, Nasser el Khayati, Tom Trybull; Sheraldo Becker, Mike Havenaar en Randy Wolters (75. Schouten).

Free ADO v Roda ticket when you spend €40 in fanshop

On Sunday 2nd April, ADO Den Haag plays a vital game against Roda JC, for which the club needs as much support as possible. So for anyone who from Wednesday 22nd March spends € 40 or more in the Fanshop at the Kyocera Stadium will get a voucher for a free ticket for the match against Roda JC.

So come to the Fanshop at the Kyocera Stadium and get a free card for ADO Den Haag – Roda JC!

– Valid only for ADO Den Haag – Roda JC
– Limited number of vouchers available, so gone is GONE!
– Valid only in the Fanshop at the Kyocera Stadium (and not through the online fan shop)
– Valid only for blocks D to W

ADO ladies play at home this Saturday

Due to the international break, it is only the ADO ladies team that are in action. They play at home on Saturday in the Kyocera stadium at 18:30.

For some reason, in the last two games ADO have been letting in many goals and have been a mess at the back. They will hope to change this against FC Twente, who have in their ranks many of ADO ladies former great players to deal with. So go along and  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEAM!!!

ADO ladies hammered by Telstar

The biggest crowd for an ADO ladies game this season watched as Telstar totally demolished the home side. My previous post to this stated there would be plenty of goals and attacking football, but I never thought it would be against ADO.

The game began slowly, no side looking to apply any attacking pressure, very slow. The game came to life in the fifteenth minute when Telstar broke down the right wing, the ball eventually falling to Babiche Roof, who finished with ease, 0-1.

ADO began to pick up pace and it was once again captain Hélène Heemskerk and the ever industrious Victoria Pelova who were directing play. It all looked promising until Telstar broke again. Thirty eight minutes played saw Katja Snoeijs work her way around ADO’s number two keeper Isa Pothof and slot the ball into the net, 0-2.

ADO were finding it hard to deliver a ball into the danger area. The home said then had a goal ruled out for offside before in the fortieth minute Pia Rijsdijk intercepted a bad pass to the keeper. She latched onto the ball, went around Nicolle Martens in the visitors goal and calmly put the ball away, 1-2 the score that was the score at half time.

The crowd were expecting to see ADO come out and go straight on the offensive and get back in charge of the match. Sadly, ADO completely lost all of their organisation in defence and midfield and Telstar were given too much time and space, plus simple individual errors from the women in green and yellow saw Telstar just runaway with the game.

From the fiftieth minute Telstar got three goals in ten minutes, racing into a 1-5 lead. ADO looked as though they had fell asleep as Telstar cut through them like a hot knife through butter. Goals were coming from all angles and from long range. The pouring rain didn’t help Pothof in the ADO goal, as shots slipped off the surface at a lower angle than normal, making her job harder than it would be. Snoeijs completed her hattrick and Linda Bakker pouncing.

Snoeijs got her fourth goal of the night in the sixty third minute and Roof got her second in the eighty sixth. Both goals from distance and slipping inside the posts passed a distressed keeper. It could have been double figures easily for the visitors who also hit the frame of the goal and had numerous chances blocked close to the goal line.

The referee finally blew the full time whistle to end ADO’s nightmare. I have never witnessed the team play that badly before. It is just a shame that in front of a big crowd the team didn’t do themselves justice.

ADO ladies play at home again next Saturday, 25th March against FC Twente, kick-off 18:30. Enough time to get tonight’s problems sorted out and return to the side we normally enjoy watching in the Kyocera stadium.

Scorers: 15. Babiche Roof 0-1, 38. Katja Snoeijs 0-2, 40. Pia Rijsdijk 1-2, 50. Katja Snoeijs 1-3, 53. Linda Bakker 4-1, 56. Katja Snoeijs 1-5, 63. Katja Snoeijs 1-6, 86. Babiche Roof 1-7

Attendance: 2,041

ADO ladies team: Isa Pothof; Nikki Ridder, Mijke Roelfsema (56. Michelle Vrieling), Hélène Heemskerk ©, Priscilla Mesker; Nadine Noordam, Vesna Veltrop, Victoria Pelova; Sharona Tieleman (63. Carmen Simonis), Pia Rijsdijk, Shanique Dessing.

ADO ladies play tonight

Please do not forget to come to the Kyocera stadium tonight to watch ADO ladies take on Telstar. ADO ladies have already qualified for the championship winning play-offs, but winning the league still depends on points gained in the remaining games of phase one of the season, as well as goal difference, so expect to see plenty of attacking football tonight.