ADO beat NEC Nijmegen
NEC; the team from Nijmegen were the visitors to the Kyocera stadion on Saturday night. After a run of topsy turvey results over the last few weeks, nobody was sure what to expect result wise. The general thought before kick-off was that is would be a game of many goals with ADO winning. Well as it turned out, most people were wrong about the amount of goals, but ADO’s performance was excellent.
With Ammi not fully fit and Horvath suspended due to last weeks red card, the ADO defence had two players drafted in, Mitja Mörec and Ramon Leeuwin. The two players slotted in easily and looked confident in the established defensive ranks.
The opening exchanges were to and fro, nothing that seemed meaningful, but as the game progressed, ADO’s midfield began to dominate. Toornstra, W. Verhoek, Radosavljevic and Immers were chasing down every loose ball, the NEC players allowed no time to settle and play with any ease. It was a dynamic display by the quartet. This aggressive passion was supported by Chery and J. Verhoek who ran themselves ragged, it was a show of pride after last weeks defeat, a display which the home support latched on to as the cheers grew by the minute.
As the half passed, chances were coming ADO’s way, but there was a lack of the finishing touch, it was not until the twenty fifth minute that ADO got their deserved break through. Toornstra got the ball in the centre of midfield before he slid the perfect inch perfect pass to John Verhoek. The ADO forward had a lot of work to do as NEC defenders closed in on him. His control saw him slip past two defenders and before the third could get a challenge in, he despatched the ball into the back of the net just inside the left hand post, great skill and finish, 1-0.
From the restart NEC tried in vain to get a quick equalizer. Several long range shots rained in on Coutinho, only one of which caused a heart stopping moment as the ADO number one had to pull off one world class save.
The half time whistle blew and the players and the crowd looked to be happy with how the first forty five minutes had gone.
The second half began badly for ADO, especially for Leeuwin. As he cleared the ball long up field he collapsed in agony holding his knee. Nobody was near him when it happened, but it was easy to tell that this was a serious injury. He was stretched off to a standing ovation from the fans. I have seen similar injuries happen and I hope I am wrong, but it looked like a cruciate ligament injury. If I am right, that would be Leeuwin’s season over. Fingers crossed for him and the out come of his hospital tests.
Ammi took to the field to replace Leeuwin and looked sharp. ADO picked up the momentum and had NEC firmly encamped in their own half. Some of the tackles flying in from the visitors looked more in desperation that a clear attempts to get the ball at times.
The second goal would just not come for ADO. The Verhoek’s, Toornstra, Radosavljevic and Chery all went close to getting an all important second goal. That goal just would not come. As the goal did not come NEC finally began to push forward, seeking a point from the game. It was not until the ninety third minute that they almost broke ADO’s hearts. A scramble in the penalty box saw ADO only keep the three points thanks to some quick hands and reactions by Coutinho in the ADO goal
The final whistle blew and there could be no arguments that the best team on the night won. Good to see the players milking the cheers of the fans and better still seeing a huge happy smile on the face of Maurice Steijn the ADO manager.
ADO man of the match: John Verhoek, a tough decision, but he was the man who yet again worked his socks off for the team.
Attendance: 13, 133