ADO Den Haag 3 v 1 Heracles Almelo
ADO took on Heracles Almelo in the Kyocera stadium hoping to continue their recent run of good form and results. After the two previous home wins and a well deserved point at Ajax last weekend the mood in the stadium was one of high expectancy, but could ADO deliver?
ADO was still without inspirational captain Danny Holla but by was no means weakened; from the kick-off drove forward in wave after wave of attaching football. This pressure early on got the crowd on ADO’s side and produced what must be one of the best atmospheres in the stadium this season. The three sides all singing loudly, great to hear ADO get such strong support.
ADO had nearly all of the first half possession but despite that they could not get the breakthrough. In fact it was Heracles who could have gone in at half time two goals up, Coutinho again back to the form he was in last season, making two unbelievable saves to keep the visitors out.
The second half was the same story again: ADO the stronger team and pushing forward at every opportunity.
ADO finally got the goal their play had deserved in the sixty fifth minute. A long ball forward saw van Duinen race forward and his persistence got its reward with a shot that nestled in the back of the net, 1-0.
The chants of “Haag Kwartiertje” had just died down when Heracles got back on equal terms. Geoffrey Castillion forced his way through and placing the ball across Coutinho into the back of the net, 1-1.
In the eighty first minute Coutinho pulled off another great save and from that the ball was played instantly to Chery, he ran forward before laying the ball off to van Duinen to stroke home his second, 2-1.
ADO killed the game off in the eighty seventh minute. Santi Kolk putting the ball invitingly in front of Chery to put the ball passed Remko Pasveer in the Heracles goal, 3-1.
Maurice Steijn then did something great for van Duinen, the player had been immense all game and scored two goal, so with a minute remaining he substituted him and allowed him to receive all the cheers for himself, nice touch. Van Duinen’s display had been so good that at the end when the team did a lap of honour, they pushed him forward on his own in front of the Midden Noord supporters.
ADO’s run continues, that is now ten points from the last four games.
ADO man of the match: Mike van Duinen, totally unplayable and unstoppable.
Attendance: 11, 147