SVV Scheveningen v ADO

SVV Scheveningen v ADO in the Dutch cup.

Early yesterday evening saw a much anticipated football match between SVV Scheveningen in the fourth tier of Dutch football taking on the local Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag. The kick off time of 17:00 was necessary due to the home side having no floodlights, so as evenings are getting darker early, the match time was brought forward.

SVV were founded on July 1 1919 and play at the Houtrust sports park, which is close to the Haagse Ziekenhuis. Their home ground has a capacity of 3500 which was limited to 3000 for yesterday’s game. The average home attendance is around 1000 people, and an entry price of just 6 Euros. All the home league games of the club are played on Saturday afternoons, so if you need a Saturday afternoon football fix, I can recommend a visit to the club. Visit SVV Scheveningen for more info on fixtures.

Despite the anticipation for the game in the city, it was also a potential banana skin for the ADO team: After a run of poor performances leaving players and fans alike with a lack of confidence. This was a game that could boost or completely destroy the mental frame of mind within the ADO team.

I spoke to a few ADO fans on the way to the game, they said when the draw was made, they felt it would be an easy win with a score in double figures, but now any win would do for them.

A wonderful friendly atmosphere in the ground, very relaxed, almost too much so, as easy to forget a game was taking place, and for the first forty five minutes I think ADO forgot they were in a cup match.

ADO started poorly and SVV took the initiative, anybody not aware of who was who on the pitch would have struggled to tell which the professional team was and who the amateur one was. ADO lacked confidence, cohesion and drive. The atmosphere in the ground was dead, it was a surreal feeling sitting on the touchline.

After five minutes SVV really began to apply pressure and stormed forward at will and eventually the pressure told as when one ball was loose in ADO’s penalty area SVV’s Joel Tillema was fouled bu Mitja Mörec. Ex ADO player Sjaak Polak beat Robert Zwinkels in the ADO goal, 1-0 after just sixteen minutes.

The fact ADO had gone behind didn’t seem to bother ADO as they didn’t pick up the gauntlet thrown at them by the amateurs. Not until the half hour mark did ADO shown any signs of threatening the goal, as both John Verhoek and Toornstra went close i quick succession.

In the forty first minute ADO got the equalizer they were searching for. A good interchange between J. Verhoek and Immers put Horvath in on goal with only the keeper standing in front of him. Horvath kept his cool and slid the ball home. The sigh of relief from all those involved with ADO could be heard back at the Kyocera, 1-1.

The second half was a better display from ADO, their skill and enegy levels increased 200% from the dour first half efforts. ADO played some good flowing football and SVV began to find it difficult to chase down the ball.

In the fifty eighth minute; Hocher was replaced by Chery and what an inspired substitution that was by Steijn. Chery came on and his drive and spirit lifted his team mates. Chery was demanding the ball at every opportunity, his willingness to drive forward and power through the opposition midfield was superb. He was what ADO needed.

With ten minutes to go Chery drove forward between several SVV defenders before laying the ball inside to Toornstra who after a few touches placed the ball into the back of the net, 1-2.

Six minutes later Chery was in all action mode again. Forcing himself to get forward and his determination got him through and was able to finish the move himself with a lucky but well earned finish. Credit must be given to John Verhoek whose selfless running off the ball dragged defenders towards him opening up the vital space for Chery to get his goal, 1-3.

 Ninety minutes up and the whistle blew for full time. There were no celebrations after that display. The SVV players can hold their heads high after causing ADO so many difficulties. ADO must now wait to discover who they will face in the third round of the KNVB Beker.

ADO man of the match: Tjaronn Chery, showed fight and aggression, made ADO look like the Eredivisie side they are.

Attendance: 2,500



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