ADO beat NAC in the snow
On Saturday just over 8000 spectators braved the wintery conditions to watch ADO Den Haag gain a valuable three points by beating NAC Breda.
The first half was a non event: Very little happened on the pitch to inspire the crowd into much vocal support. The fans from Breda were also quiet, but as it was their carnival period, many who had travelled were in fancy dress, looked good and they had good humour to go with it.
Two good chances came to ADO in the first half: In the tenth minute Holla hit a solid drive from 25m out which was well turned aside by the visiting keeper.
NAC had one chance to score; in the twelfth minute the ball was played through by Anouar Hadouir to the feet of Rick ten Voorde. The forward took the ball too close to Coutinho who dived at the strikers’ feet to block the ball.
Mike van Duinen had the best chance in the twentieth minute after a weak back pass by Sepp de Roover. The ADO player gained control and lined up a shot, but keeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar was out quick to narrow the angle and make a fine save.
In the fourth minute of the second half ADO earned a corner on the left. Holla floats the ball in, van Duinen gets a head to the ball which is then knocked away by the defence. The ball falls in the area and bounces free; Vicento is sharpest to react and strikes the ball awkwardly into the back of the net through a crowded penalty box, 1-0.
NAC were reduced to ten men after a second yellow card for Jens Janse after a wild tackle on van Duinen. The NAC keeper was also booked for remonstrating to harshly at referee Ruud Bossen.
On sixty seven minutes ADO increased their lead. Malone was tackled close to the half way line. The ball rolled inside and Kevin Jansen played the ultimate first time ball, perfectly weighted for Chery to race onto with no defenders near and despatch the ball calmly left footed into the back of the goal, 2-0.
NAC Breda pulled a goal back in the eighty first minute. Jordy Buijs sends over a free kick from the left side deep into the penalty box; ten Voorde leaped highest and the ball went in off the back of his head into the roof of the net, 2-1.
Ten men NAC almost got a share of the points in the eighty fifth minute. Nemanja Gudelj hit a ball across the area for NAC substitute Elson Hooi to run on to. Only quick reactions and bravery by Coutinho prevented the second Breda goal as the ball ballooned over the bar after hitting Coutinho’s shoulder.
The final whistle blew and smiles lit up the cold stadium. The fans happy to se their team win for only the third time at home this season. It was a valuable three points as if they would have lost, they could have tumbled down the league table as the positions in the middle of the league see seven clubs separated by three points. ADO will now remain in eighth spot after the weekend.
ADO man of the match: Dion Malone, becoming a vita part of ADO’s defence.