FC Groningen 4 v 2 ADO
Starting with some important news from the ADO camp; over the weekend Timothy Derijck left the club to join PSV Eindhoven. He will be sorely missed by ADO who must now replace the giant defender before the end of August. ADO must seek a replacement as well as an out and out striker, a position that is vital for the club. Strange how things turn out isn’t it? Derijcks debut for PSV could be against ADO in the Kyocera stadion next Sunday. I am sure the fans will give him a fantastic reception on his return.
A difficult game was made even harder due to the injury crisis suffered by ADO during the week. So along with the departed Derijck, other first team players missing were Verhoek and Vicento, big losses to the team.
Now to the game, on the last visit to the Euroborg stadium, ADO left with a place in Europe, after the ninety minutes of this game they left with a heavy defeat.
The opening skirmishes of the first half were even and at times ADO looked capable of taking the game to and beyond the home side.
Tim Matavz soon became a huge thorn in ADO’s side. A hat-trick in thirty seven minutes says it all about ADO’s fragile defence. Two tap ins and a header resulting from a misdirected clearance hitting the cross bar. ADO looked lost and clueless on who was responsible for marking who. It is not nice to point the finger and blame an individual, well everybody is entitled to a bad day at the office, for Leeuwin it was a nightmare day at the office.
The second half got off to a horrid start for the visitors as Groningen increased their lead to four goals in front: Tim Matavz again at the centre of things, only this time this time playing a neat ball inside the penalty box for Leandro Bacuna to finish with aplomb.
This was the revenge FC Groningen was seeking after last season’s play-off defeat. I believe they thought they were in for routing ADO, only for their over confidence to almost backfire.
Two goals in the fifty first minute from a bullet header by Immers, followed in the fifty eighth by a good poachers goal by Mike van Duinen.
ADO looked to be on the up and up and Brian van Loo in the Groningen goal was going mental at his defence. Unfortunately for the whole stadium, the game then just died a death, no clear cut chances or any excitement to speak off.
After the match Maurice Steijn was interviewed and you can’t help feeling sorry for his predicament. His first job in football as head coach, everybody is trying to poach his best players, the whole squad is being rocked by rumour and counter rumour, you could see the emotion in his eyes, and he really is suffering a baptism of fire in his first managerial job: At one point almost begging to be left alone with a squad to actually manage and train to the best of his ability. The bad news is that the transfer window is open for another two weeks, so it’ll be worse before it improves. Then from September on, a better togetherness within the club will exist and improvements will start to appear!
ADO man of the Match: Jens Toornstra, yet again his effort was good and his desire to win for ADO was clearly there for all to see.
Next home game is next Sunday, the 21 August against PSV Eindhoven. Kick-off time is 16:30. It is an open sale so the owning of a clubcard is not necessary. You may collect tickets from the stadium ticket office as long as you provide legitimate photo ID such as driving license or passport.