De Graafschap 0 v 3 ADO
First some interesting news for all football fans in The Hague. SVV Scheveningen will play ADO Den Haag in the KNVB Beker (Dutch version of the FA Cup.) The game is to be played on Wednesday 21st September, kick-off 17.00; a great local derby for The Hague.
The staff and players had been saying all week that this game had taken on a greater importance than it would normally due to the poor start to the season. The team needed three points to help their league position and to lift the moral of the players and supporters. Manager Maurice Steijn saying that pressure was being felt by all, especially himself.
The first half early on was pretty open, the midfield was a battle zone, and De Graafschap took any early advantage they could. They rained in shots on the ADO goal but Coutinho was in inspired form, coping easily with everything the home sides forwards could throw at him.
In the twenty fifth minute ADO had to change tactic and shuffle the team. An innocuous heading duel saw Ammi somehow manage to head butt the shoulder of De Graafschap’s Michael de Leeuw. Ammi fell to the floor clutching his face in agony, an injury which saw him removed fro the pitch, he looked a real mess. Later it was said he had a broken nose and severe bruising, but nothing worse.
ADO then got the lead they craved but at some cost. In the forty forth minute Verhoek crossed the ball into the penalty area. Radosavljevic came racing in and flung his body foreard to get enough contact on the ball to get it over the line. Unfortunately his momentum took him forward and he crashed in the bottom of the left hand post. It looked bad immediately as he writhed in pain trying to push away his team mates who wanted to congratulate him. The game was held up for seven minutes before the game could restart. ADO was winning 0-1, but as Radosavljevic passed me he was showing signs of being in total agony. After the match it was said that the collar bone was not broken and he’ll be back in action very soon.
The second half began brightly for ADO, It was good to see Immers and the substitute Mike van Duinen really chasing down every ball that was loose in De Graafschap half. They pressurized the back line constantly; this is what ADO had been missing in their previous games this season.
De Graafschap had several chances to equalise but yet again Coutinho was a match for the forwards and other shots were sent wide or over the bar.
In the seventy fifth minute a long ball forward saw Verhoek in an acre of space with only the keeper to beat, Only Wesley will know how he managed to get the ball lost between his feet allowing Joost Terol in the De Graafschap goal to collect easily. People around me all agreed was that going to cost ADO the three points?
The seventy seventh minute saw ADO gain a man advantage as Purrel Frankel fouled van Duinen, receiving his second yellow card and was shown the red, after this it looked as though ADO would walk away with a 0-1 victory, but in the final ten minutes they really pressed forward their numerical supremacy.
Eighty three minutes played when Kum played the ball deep into the De Graafschap half for Chery to run on to. All I could hear was Verhoek screaming at Chery for the ball. A quick look up and an accurate pass was met by Verhoek who swept the ball into the corner of the net, a great move by ADO, 0-2.
Three minutes later and ADO took a three goal lead. Toornstra played van Duinen into a great position, the youngster controlled the ball well, beating and twisting Vito Wormgoor all ends up before lifting the ball into the far corner to finish off his great forty five minutes of football for him.
At the final whistle the ADO fans went crazy and wallowed in the first ADO victory of the season, and the players looked happy to have got a win under their belts.
ADO man of the Match: Mike van Duinen, his introduction in the second half lifted ADO’s whole spirit and even got the third goal, great performance in the second half.