ADO beat Feyenoord
Finally a bright and warm day to watch football and the fans of ADO Den Haag certainly enjoyed their football on Sunday afternoon as they took on Feyenoord from Rotterdam.
The teams were welcomed onto the pitch by a mass of flags on the Midden Noord and some very loud fireworks which built the excitement up nicely.
ADO as with moist games started with some urgency and drive, only this time it continued unabated. ADO were showing a passion that had been missing for the past two months and they had the visitors on the back foot for most of the first half.
ADO’s efforts were rewarded in the tenth minute, Holla passing the ball into the area from the right as Mike van Duinen cut across his marker to whip the ball into the top corner of the goal giving Erwin Mulder in the Feyenoord goal no chance, 1-0.
In the twenty fifth minute Feyenoord lost their captain Stefan de Vrij after a collision with Charlton Vicento, after prolonged treatment he was carried off on a stretcher.
ADO continued to attack and had several near misses but could not finish the moves with the needed accuracy. The wasted chances look to have been costly as Feyenoord’s top scorer Graziano Pelle raced in on the ADO goal. Coutinho raced off his line to close down the forward and stop the shot at point blank save, Gino then recovered quickly to dive at the feet of Pelle to preserve ADO’s lead. Great play by the goal keeper who was later awarded with the player of the season award.
In the thirty seventh minute ADO was awarded a penalty kick after Chery was fouled inside the area. Captain reliable placed the ball on the spot before rifling the ball into the back of the net. The stadium erupted into euphoria as the players celebrated, 2-0.
In the forth minute of first half injury time ADO almost gave Feyenoord to pull a goal back. ADO had a mix up which allowed Ruben Schaken to go on goal, he rounded Coutinho only for his shot to be cleared away from a certain goal by Wormgoor.
The second half was a more even affair, end to end stuff that kept the fans engrossed in the game. Both teams had chances on goal, but none that threatened to add to the goal tally.
As the clock counted down fans on the Midden Noord let off the traditional last home game yellow and green smoke bombs which only added to the already bouncing atmosphere in the stands. The singing from them and those in Vak G created a wonderful atmosphere as they roared on their appreciation of the performance ADO were putting on.
With only seconds remaining of injury time Feyenoord were awarded a penalty. Top scorer Pelle looked confident as he placed the ball, took a few steps back before striking the ball over the crossbar to the delight of the ADO supporters. Then the referee Richard Liesveld blew for full-time, game over and a solid victory to finish the final home game of the season.
Man of the Match: Gino Coutinho; made some vital and brave saves.