ADO v VVV Venlo

ADO’s first home win of the season.

The joys of being a football fan, this fixture last year had everybody dreaming of an easy high scoring win for the home team. This season there is a feeling of trepidation at what may be, and desperation for any kind of win against the strugglers of VVV Venlo. Performances of late have not been good and at times lack lustre, so a good victory was imperative for the club to regain some belief in themselves, for the sakes of all involved with the club.

ADO took to the task right from the kick-off. There was a look about them which showed an eagerness I had not witnessed yet this season. Chery and Wesley Verhoek attacked down the wings; John Verhoek was making his presence felt on the Venlo defenders. Immers and Toornstra just slightly behind. It was an attacking line-up that gave Venlo plenty of headaches.

The Venlo team looked at a loss as they could get to hold the ball for more than thirty seconds at a time. The ADO midfield pushed forward and concentrated all the action in the Venlo third of the pitch. ADO was having chance after chance. Both Verhoek’s, Toornstra, Kum and Chery all peppering Dennis Gentenar in the Venlo goal.

ADO thought they had taken the lead in the fifteenth minute when Immers and Wesley Verhoek combined to play the ball into the penalty for John Verhoek to steer the ball home. The joy turned to despair as the referees assistant flagged for off-side. Television replays later proved it was the correct decision.

The twenty first minute saw ADO finally take the lead their play deserved. A corner by Chery was not dealt with by the Venlo defence. Toornstra and Supusepa between them got the ball under control and crossed it into the area. Horvath muscled his way to win the ball that then fell kindly for John Verhoek who was left totally unmarked in the middle of the area, allowing him to settle before lashing the ball home into the back of the net, the place erupted with noise, 1-0.

ADO’s domination was almost total, Venlo only rarely managing to get into the ADO half. There was not a threat on the goal at all by the Venlo forward line, had to be the easiest half of football that Coutinho has ever not been involved in.

Five minutes before the break ADO won a corner on the left. There was definitely rush to take the kick as Wesley Verhoek just strolled over very slowly to take the corner. So much time was being taken that one of the Venlo defenders at that time decided to crouch down and ties his boot laces. Quick as a flask, Wesley took the kick short to Toornstra who returned it instantly taking the defence completely by surprise. The ball then whipped hard in towards the penalty spot where Horvath accepted his chance directing the ball easily into the net. The players ran to Wesley as his thinking was what created that goal, clever stuff, 2-0.

The second half began as the first had finished: ADO surging forward at will and Venlo looking lost and totally out of it. What ever the Venlo manager Glen de Boeck said at half time to his players was obviously not listened or adhered to.

This was the ADO from last season, marauding runs down the wings, the forwards fully backed up by the midfielders, it was a great display that rallied the supporters into making a superb vibrant atmosphere.

On the hour mark Toornstra handled the ball inside his own half near the centre circle. Barry Maguire took a direct free-kick that was over thirty metres from goal; his shot was a looping effort which crashed back off the cross bar as Coutinho struggled to meet it. This proved to be the only effort worth mentioning from Venlo throughout the entire game.

Wesley Verhoek was substituted in the sixty seventh minute due to injury, didn’t look serious, just as a precaution I think, his replacement Stanley Elbers Thirty minute display earned himself some plaudits from the stands, full of energy and skilful ball control at speed, one to watch for the future?

ADO continued to dominate the game and the closest to a third goal was when Immers played a delightful ball to Chery on the right; Chery moved to his left passing two defenders before his low driven shot hit the base of the right hand upright, such a shame, as his performance merited a goal.

The final whistle blew and the relief was there for all to see, ADO’s first goals and first win at home in the league this season. A stunning performance and it was great to see the faces of both the fans and the players lit up with huge beaming smiles.

ADO man of the match: John Verhoek; a tough choice to make in this game, but John just edges past the rest, great performance, full of purpose and fight, great to see Steijn substitute him late on, allowing for him to receive a well deserved standing ovation of his own from the supporters.

Attendance: 11, 884

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