ADO sign off 2012 with a win
On a very wet and rainy Saturday night, ADO Den Haag finished off 2012 with a performance that was ful of ups and downs.
ADO began as with most games at a high tempo, forcing NEC to defend from the start. The thing different about this home game was that continued to play the whole first half this way. This was the first time this season they had brought their away form to the Kyocera.
The star man in the first twenty minute was Mike van Duinen, he exploited every space that NEC left unguarded, unfortunately for the forward, he seemed to have left his shooting boots back in the changing rooms: All his efforts being blocked, saved or being put just past the woodwork.
The omens were looking even better when in the twenty second minute when a rash challenge on Meijers saw NEC’s Kevin Conboy get a red card from Belgian referee Alexandre Boucan. Now with the extra man advantage could ADO keep oppressing?
The advantage soon showed itself as ADO attacks increased and the unfortunate van Duinen still couldn’t find the back of the net. In the thirty second minute this changed when it was Toornstra who found himself inside the NEC penalty area after a sweet pass from Wormgoor. Toornstra neatly tucked the ball passed Khalid Sinouh to give the home side the vital breakthrough, 1-0.
The second half saw a change in ADO. They seemed to adapt a more defensive and casual approach to the game, whereas the NEC manager Alex Pastoor had time to reorganise his ten man team and it was the visitors who appeared to be the stronger. It is amazing in all football matches that a side educed to men can somehow boost their work rate and force the side with eleven men to struggle.
Coutinho in the ADO goal had been mostly an observer during the first half but was called into action twice early in the second half as NEC looked to get back on level terms.
On the hour mark ADO almost got a decisive second goal, Toornstra played in Poepon who hit a shot through the keepers’ hands and the ball scooped onto the crossbar. At least in this game Poepon was doing more to find dangerous positions; hopefully his luck will change in the second half of the season.
The game began a bit untidy and you could feel the tension in the crowd as NEC was allowed a lot of possession in the centre of the field.
In the eighty sixth minute ADO put the game to bed. Vicento managed to get the ball out wide on the left to Meijers despite being challenged heavily, the referee playing a great advantage. Meijers looked up and played the ball across the area to find Toornstra who slid the ball home giving ADO the killer two goal lead, 2-0.
Just before the final whistle Steijn replaced Toornstra allowing him to get the full adulation he deserved and the fans gave him a great cheer.
This was only ADO’s second home win of the season; they have collected fewer points at home than they have on their travels. The crowd therefore went home happy after a lap of honour and some players throwing their shirts into the crowd.
There were many great performances from ADO players, it was hard to pick a man of the match; Omeruo, Malone, Holla and van Duinen all playing with Hague pride.
ADO man of the match: Toornstra; two cool finishes and a high work rate.
Attendance: 11, 229