Vitesse v ADO in the Dutch cup.
ADO travelled to the Gelredome in Arnhem to take on Vitesse in the Dutch version of the English FA Cup: The KNVB Beker. After the goalless first match of the season between these two clubs, Maurice Steijn had another chance to inflict defeat on his former boss John v/d Brom.
The game got of to a bad start for ADO as Vitesse settled quickly and got in to their stride. Their passing was sharp and incisive. They efforts were rewarded as early as the sixth minute. A goal scored by Marcus Pederson from what looked like an offside decision, 1-0.
ADO was struggling to keep their feet as the game continued. Players were slipping all over the place, leading to the ball being given away far too often; poor Vicento suffered worse, every time he stretched, over he went. At one point, half the ADO team rushed over to the bench to change their footwear and hopefully the new studs would be of use.
In the twentieth minute ADO got back on level terms: Chery finishing off a move that started inside the ADO half, with a very calm finish, 1-1.
The rest of the half saw both teams pushing forward hard. The marking from both sets of defenders was excellent, real close, tight man to man marking, making it difficult for anybody to get clear in on goal. These battles began to get heated as tackles began flying in accompanied by the niggling kicks at ankles.
The start of the second half saw the home side begin to take control of the game. Lots of good movement by the forwards had the ADO defence on its toes. Only on the odd occasion did ADO get any time on the ball and when they did, it was Toornstra and Wesley Verhoek who kept coming down the right wing causing Vitesse’s defence to double up on them to stop the crosses going in.
In the sixty eighth minute the deadlock was broken. Vitesse’s star striker Wilfried Bony got an opportunity to finish ADO off and he took it well, Zwinkels in the ADO goal had no chance as the forward hit the back of the net, 2-1.
ADO tried in vain to claw back another equalizing goal, but it was not going to happen. Toornstra and W. Verhoek bombing down the right with Chery working hard down the left. You could not fault the attitude of the ADO players; they were giving it their all.
Gabor Horvath again got himself sent off, this time for two yellow cards. If he is not careful he is going to be a watched man by match officials. He needs to calm his tackling and challenges down. There was nothing vicious in his tackles, but his timing was a bit out, also his moaning at the referees does not help either.
At the final whistle, John v/d Brom looked relieved to have got the win he desired over his former team. He shook hands with all the ADO players as they left the field, it was hard to judge the ADO players feelings towards their former boss.
So ADO are now out of the cup and have only the league to concentrate on. Next up is another away game at Heerenveen on Saturday night, a long trip that will prove another tough challenge. It will come good! This time last year ADO were winning even though not playing as well as they are now. The performances are there, just not the goals right now. Some one soon is going to get a real hammering by ADO in the very near future I believe.
ADO man of the match: Toornstra; a work horse performance, full of energy and fight.