ADO 3 v 0 NAC Breda
The last two games have been draws so Saturday’s game meant that three points were of vital importance for ADO, who need them to get away from being dragged into any future relegation issues. There were injury concerns about both Gino Coutinho and Charlton Vicento, however both were passed fit to play.
Before the kick-off the ADO team lined up in their tribute shirts to Aad Mansveld: A hero of The Hague supporters, who always make a point of remembering him on the anniversary of his death. The idea was to wear the yellow kit during the game, but the Dutch football association, the KNVB blocked its use and in the process made themselves very unpopular within the stadium.
From the start of the game, ADO was flying. Their tempo and energy was at full throttle and the visitors just could not stem the wave of attacks. ADO were making chances but time after time the opportunities went begging. Vicento being the main culprit as he could have easily have got himself a hat-trick before ADO broke the deadlock.
The opening goal came in the thirty forth minute. A weak clearance by Kees Luijckx fell kindly for Immers. His almost instant pass forward was so accurate for Vicento to run on to. Despite fluffing three earlier golder chances; Vicento kept his head and flicked the ball passed the oncoming keeper, Jelle tem Rouwelaar and the ball went in off the far post. Relief was written all over Vicento’s face as he was congratulated by his team mates, 1-0.
ADO kept forcing the pace with Ammi, Chery, van Duinen and Vicento working the ball well across the midfield and down the flanks. The work rate of every player was there to be seen. Immers was putting himself about and was really enjoying the physical side of his game.
The half time whistle blew andthe teams walked off, I think all the players and fans inside the stadium could not believe there had only been the solitary goal, it was a simple fact, ADO dominated the entire first forty five minutes.
The second half was more or less a carbon copy of the first. Every ADO player totally up for this match, it was great to watch as they chased after everything, even the obvious lost causes, they were certainly on a mission to prove some doubters wrong.
With thirty minutes to go, Vicento was replaced by the new emergency signing and former ADO player Ali Boussaboun. He got a great reception from the home fans. He fitted into the game easily and followed the examples being shown by his team mates.
The second goal came in the sixty sixth minute. Chery had the ball wide right near the corner flag, some magic feet enable him enough space to get a cross in. The NAC defence didn’t react as Toornstra slid in and poked the ball over the line through the legs of a startled defender: Right place, right time and 2-0.
In the eightieth minute another substitution: Marc Hocher replacing the hard working Mike van Duinen. As with the introduction of Boussaboun, Hocher slipped straight into ADO’s attack mined formation. He was racing down the left wing time after time and in the eighty fifth mnute got his reward.
The NAC defenders stood off him again and let him close in on goal. He looked up and smashed a glorious shot into the roof of the net. He has had to bide his time on the subs bench for long periods this season, but now two games in a row, he has shown what he is capable of, 3-0.
As the final minutes ticked away, the home fans created so much noise, it was great. They knew they were watching the players really fight for their club and in return the fans expressed their appreciation. At the final whistle the players lined up to acknowledge the fans in the Midden Noord and to those behind the goal.
A 3-0 win was a good result for ADO, yet it could have easily have been 7 or 8-0. ADO were so strong and dominant throughout. If they can carry this through to the end of this year, it would be fantastic for all those involved with the club.
ADO man of the match: Ahmed Ammi, a truly fantastic performance that deserves it plaudits.
Attendance: 11, 884