ADO v RKC Waalwijk

ADO ARE STAYING UP!!!!

ADO Den Haag 4 v 0 RKC Waalwijk

The sun was out, the sky was blue, and no, I am not planning on singing. But these were the glorious conditions that greeted the two teams. The final home game of the season saw the home support produce a rapturous welcome for the team in green and yellow. The whole occasion had a carnival feel to it; but could ADO react with gusto and deliver the reward the fans wanted? Three valuable points.

ADO knew in advance of kick off, that if they won and the two teams below them failed to get maximum points, they were all but safe from the drop and the play offs. So with this in mind they lined up and accepted a minutes applause from the fans before the referee blew the whistle. Not sure being made to wait for the applause was a good thing considering the pressure the home team were under. But tradition is tradition and apparently must continue at all costs, maybe even to the detriment of the team?

The opening exchanges were a bit cagey, although ADO were the ones who looked more willing to put the foot in where it hurt. Five minutes and they almost take the lead. Kum races down the right wing and floats in a cross towards the RKC penalty spot. A mistimed clearance by Dustley Mulder goes only as far as Toornstra; who then taps the ball to his left to the oncoming Luijckx who shot from 30m out rifles just over the bar.

The resulting goal kick is dealt with easily by the ADO defence as RKC are not really pushing forward to create any threat. They were already relegated and it was showing in their approach to the game. The ball was fed out to the left where Toornstra took on and beat his marker inside and out, he was giving Mulder a torrid time as he had no answer to Toornstra pace and trickery. A cross was whipped in and Oper was unmarked by the back post, his control on the chest and instant volley deserved a goal, only a tremendous brave block by Ohad Levita in the RKC goal prevented ADO from taking the lead.

On fifteen minutes ADO earn a corner on the right. The ball is driven in at pace by Verhoek. Derijck is the first to react and bursts between two defenders, climbs high and heads the ball in to the ground and then bouncing over the line and in to the back of the net, 1-0. Sighs of relief were audible all around me.

Thirty four minutes played and a throw in from the right side by Buijs reached deep in to the RKC penalty area. The referee Roelof Kuinge spots Wouter Gudde tugging at Derijck’s shirt and immediately points to the spot. A soft penalty and no real complaints from the visitors, again telling its own story about there seemingly lack of interest in the match. Luijckx placed the ball on the penalty spot, took a short run up and blasted the ball high to the right of the keeper, 2-0.

From the start of the second half, ADO came out all guns blazing. Immers from a position wide on the left plays the sweetest long cross field ball to the feet of Verhoek on the right wing touch line. He headed directly to goal, terrorising Shkodran Metaj, who was left chasing shadows. Verhoek got the space to fire in a shot only to be deprived of a goal by another excellent save by Levita who tipped the shot on to the cross bar.

In the forty eighth minute some basic school boy defensive errors cost RKC another goal. Immers tried some fancy footwork on the left and lost control of the ball. The ball looked to be rolling out slowly for a goal kick and the RKC defender Anthony Obodai just watched as it went. Buijs was alert and jumped in forcing the ball to Oper. He plays the ball back in field and Buijs powers in a shot, Levita makes yet another fine save, unfortunately for him, this time the rebound goes to Oper who plants the ball in to the back of the net, 3-0. The RKC manager just hung his head, I don’t think even he could believe what he was seeing from his team.

RKC finally go forward in numbers in the fifty sixth minute. The ball is played across field from right to left, reaching Derk Boerrigter. He shows some lightning speed and quick skilful feet which took him past two lame tackles from ADO defenders. Once inside the ADO box he struck a low drive which beat Coutinho and unfortunately for him, the far post too. RKC’s best and only chance of the game.

With five minutes to go, the public address system announced the final score involving both of ADO’s relegation rivals. The news was that both Willem II and Sparta Rotterdam had lost. These results ensured ADO would be in the top league again next season and the stadium roared its approval. Chants of “We are staying up!” echoed within the stadium walls, enough to send a shudder down your spine.

Eighty seven minutes played and Cornelisse splits the defence with an inch perfect pass to Toornstra who was just onside. It was now a face off between him and Levita in the RKC goal. Toornstra remained composed and got around the keeper. He shot towards an empty goal; but Hans Mulder unwittingly ran across the line of the shot and the ball came off the goal line after hitting the back of his ankle. The ball bobbled away to where Buijs was waiting. He struck the ball on the half volley right footed in to the back of the net, 4-0.

The final whistle blew and the whole stadium erupted. The fans were going absolutely crazy, the players bouncing around as though they had just won the champions league and world cup finals put together. The noise was deafening, it was a scene of pure joy. The players did a lap of honour, several carrying their children with them to soak up the sun and the atmosphere, both of which were hot. “Liberte” and “You’ll never walk alone” was blasted out of the speakers; all the crowd joining in with the party mood.

ADO man of the match: Andres Oper, A real powerhouse performance, driving the team on, fought for the cause.

Attendance: 13, 843

That is it now, only one away match left against Heracles Almelo and that is ADO’s season over. At least this year they did not save it until the last day to ensure Eredivisie survival. The question now is who will leave and who will join ADO during the summer? Hopefully the playing staff will not change too much as I believe they have a nucleus of a good squad to compete better next season. All I would say is I think it is imperative that they get a real good goal poacher for in and around the box, so many times this season ADO missed golden opportunities to finish games when they were there for the winning.

Hope you enjoyed the match reports and they may tempt you to go to the games next season.

Have a great summer and enjoy the World Cup Finals.

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