Sc Heerenveen 4 v 0 ADO
ADO took the long trip to Heerenveen in the Friesland area of the country to take on a team that currently sat in two places and one point above ADO in the Eredivisie standings. The supporters in the Abe Lenstra Stadion gave a lively and warm welcome to both teams on a very mild Saturday evening.
At the end of the game the ADO players trudged of the pitch not believing how the score line could read 4-0. It certainly flattered the hosts, something their manager Ron Jans admitted to during the post match press conference.
The first action saw ADO charge straight down towards the Heerenveen goal, Chery got free and fired a powerful shot which was blocked bravely by Ramon Zomer, who for his efforts was totally flattened and required some attention from the medical staff.
Five minutes played and Coutinho made a fine finger tip save pushing the ball onto the bar from a shot by Daryl Janmaat.
As the half continued the hosts began to gain control of the midfield and were pushing forward at every opportunity.
ADO showed what they were capable on rare occasions, as for two spells in the half, they were playing passing triangles, it was quick and incisive, training round routines paying off on a match day. Chery, Toornstra and W. Verhoek playing keep ball, but despite this show, they could not get a decent ball into the penalty area and put the home sides goal under any serious threat.
In the forty fourth minute the deadlock was broken. A long ball through the middle by Filip Djuricic dissected the ADO defence and say Luciano Narsingh to slip the ball into the net easily beating Coutinho, 1-0.
The second half was for thirty minutes all ADO, they over ran and dominated the Heerenveen midfield. Time and time again ADO attacked down the right wing. The triangular passing was working even better as Ammi joined in with some intricate passing, Immers also offering himself as an outlet to try and get the ball across.
There was only one moment of real danger. W. Verhoek played Ammi down the line and his cross was met by J. Verhoek close to the penalty spot, only for Brian Vandenbussche to make a good point blank save. It is sad to say, but on nights like this, they certainly miss a Bulykin type of striker. John Verhoek is a hard working forward, who has to work at getting into the right place. A player like Bulykin, who is a natural goal poacher, just drifts into spaces unnoticed to get goals: If someone like him had been up front for ADO, the goals would have come.
In the seventy seventh minute ADO rued their lack of finishing. Heerenveen were awarded a penalty and Supusepa got a red card after he mistimed an interception and then clipped the foot of Narsingh who fell easily. It was a definite penalty and there were no real complaints by the ADO players as referee Nijhuis dismissed the unfortunate defender to the dressing room. Bas Dost took the kick and smashed straight down the middle as Coutinho dived to his right, 2-0.
Five minutes later Heerenveen were awarded another penalty after Horvath was adjudged to have pulled back Dost as he went for the ball. After watching replays, it looked a little harsh, but only a yellow card. Bas Dost making easy work of his second spot kick, despatching it in the same way as his first, 3-0.
Another five minutes passed and Dost got his hat-trick, only this time not a penalty. Narsingh, ADO’s chief tormentor toyed with Kum before firing in the ball low across the goal mouth allowing Dost the easiest of tap in from almost on the goal line, 4-0.
ADO had played really well, and their performance deserved at least a point. They must get more aggressive when going forward. As the next game is the difficult task of taking on AZ away next Sunday.
ADO man of the match: Tjaronn Chery; Grafted hard throughout t the game for the team.
Attendance: 25, 000