ADO Den Haag 1 v 2 FC Utrecht
On Sunday ADO hosted FC Utrecht in the Kyocera stadium. A good vocal crowd were set to encourage the players. A lot of the fans were also there to pay their final respects to a well known supporter of the club, Silvio Roosa who died and was laid to rest last week. The fans and club offering their condolences, this again showing what a peoples club ADO Den Haag is.
Before kick-off as the players warmed up, the former Ajax keeper who was the target of the Pizza chanting two season ago was in the side for FC Utrecht, the ADO fans again chanted “Pizza” at him. He loved it and was laughing at it all, as he finished warming up he applauded the Midden Noord who in turn clapped him, this was to set the tone for the next fifteen minutes.
The players came out to a welcome of Green and yellow smoke as the Midden Noord started to say its farewells to Silvio. For the opening minutes the crowd were more interested in the emotion in the stands than the game in front of them.
I am not the emotional type but as the minutes passed by, Myself and many others had tears in their eyes as the fans of Den Haag and the fans of FC Utrecht joined together to mark the death of Silvio. Considering both ADO and Utrecht have very bad reputations for hooliganism, the day showed how over hyped in the media these accusations are. Both sets of fans applauded each other and chanted each others name and the name of Silvio. A surprise to many was the banner unveiled by the visitors saying “R.I.P. Silvio” A wonderful touch from them, one that was welcomed vociferously by the ADO fans. If this does not show what a community, family club ADO is, then nothing will.
Ok, I have delayed writing about the match long enough. It was a dreadful performance by the home team. From the kick-off Utrecht looked the stronger and more up for the fight. The first ten minutes saw the visitors test Zwinkels on a few occasions, but nothing to cause much panic.
In the fifteenth minute ADO moved forward. Toornstra played a bal into the penalty area for Chery to chase. The ADO player got there first and was tripped by Robbin Ruiter in the Utrecht goal. The referee, Pieter Vink had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. After a small elay Holla took the kick placing the ball into the back of the net with ease, 1-0.
FC Utrecht were soon back on level terms as in the Twenty second minute Alexander Gerndt fired the ball passed Zwinkels to put the game square, 1-1.
Utrecht became stronger as the game passed on; winning the midfield battle with ease, the frustration from the ADO fans was understandable.
In the fortieth minute Utrecht got themselves in front. A cross from the right by Adam Sorota into the danger area saw a sublime whipped finish by Jacob Mulenga as he flashed a shot into the far corner out of the reach of Zwinkels, 1-2.
The start of the second half saw the introduction of Vicento in place of Jansen. The change very much welcomed by the ADO support. However the fans anger began to show and they turned on the very ineffectual Poepon who was having a nightmare of a game, no confidence, and no control and looked lost. Poepon has not yet really shown the ADO fans what he is capable of, and their patience are wearing thin.
The second half in total was a basic non event. ADO could not beat the Utrecht players to headers or fifty-fifty balls. They looked at a complete loss on as how they should play together. If it was not for the drive of van Duinen and Vicento ADO would have been in a lot more trouble.
Zwinkels was kept alert and forced into several saves as the home defence could not contain an adventurous Utrecht front line.
Yet despite the mauling ADO were getting, they almost got an equaliser in the ninetieth minute. ADOP got into the danger area and the ball ended up in the six yard box, a scramble to get the ball over the line involving Meijers and van Duinen saw them go close, but the visiting team got away with it and in the end with the three points.
This was a dour, boring game that only the fans behaviour saved.
ADO man of the match: No player deserved this award, only the fans of both ADO and FC Utrecht come away from this game with any credit whatsoever.