ADO unlucky to get just the one point
Sunday afternoon saw ADO’s biggest home of the season take place against Ajax of Amsterdam. The stadium was almost full to capacity and was rocking with the great sound of the ADO supporters as the teams came onto the pitch.
ADO set about Ajax fro the very start, piling forward immediately putting Ajax on the back foot: The main threats coming from the hard working duo of Chery and van Duinen. Twice in the opening minutes ADO almost took the lead, van Duinen just putting the ball over the bar and soon followed by Toornstra whose volley was superbly saved by Kenneth Vermeer in the visitor’s goal.
ADO got the goal their play deserved in the fourteenth minute. A corner taken on the left by Holla floated to far the side of the penalty area. Tom Beugelsdijk was left unmarked and just had to stoop down to head the ball into the back of the net. The Kyocera stadium erupted as the fans went wild, 1-0.
It was not only the ADO forwards and midfielders working hard. The defensive group were all over any Ajax player who ventured close to the area. As soon as an Ajax player got the ball in any kind of danger area, two or three defenders were onto them, giving them no time to settle. The team were well and truly up for this match.
In the twentieth minute, Ajax got their first real sight of goal. Ryan Babel played in Jody Lukoki who steadied himself before firing in a shot across goal. Robert Zwinkels in the ADO, replacing the injured Coutinho saved with his legs.
For the rest of the first half, ADO kept Ajax at bay by constantly pushing forward. Ajax were not in the game for long periods, a point made later by their manager Frank de Boer. As the half time whistle blew the players were cheered off by some very happy home supporters, who were enjoying watching ADO make Ajax look a second rate team.
The second half began with Ajax looking a totally different team from the first, a huge change in their attitude towards the game. They began to get behind the ADO midfield and get some shots on goal, thankfully all were weak efforts that did not trouble Zwinkels.
In the sixty second minute Ajax got back on level terms, a lapse in concentration by Omeruo saw his attempted flick clearance fall to Babel who did not need asking twice to put the ball past Zwinkels into the net. The stadium fell silent as there were no visiting supporters to cheer the goal, 1-1.
The goal woke ADO up again and they began to muster more attacks. They began to play long balls over the top for the forwards to run on to. Twice Poepon was in a direct confrontation with Vermeer and twice he lost his cool and wasted the chances. Substitute Vicento also had a race through on goal, He just managed to beat Vermeer to the ball and loft the ball just a little bit too wide. The game looked destined to be a draw.
Ajax had their chances, hitting the woodwork and keeping Zwinkels on his toes, but in injury time Ajax was awarded a free-kick outside the area. A big defensive wall of players stood between Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani and the ADO goal. The free-kick was perfectly placed up and over the wall heading into the top corner, some Zwinkels flung himself across and an outstretched hand managed to push the ball away, a truly world class save.
The final whistle blew and the home players and fans were hapy, taking a point from their bitter rivals was good, but it could have been much better has some of ADO’s finishing been more accurate. On the balance of play and possession, ADO Den Haag were the better team and did desrve the three points on offer.
ADO man of the match: Mike van Duinen; forced the pace of the game and fought tooth and nail for the club.