ADO 2 v 1 sc Heerenveen
For a welcome change the players came onto the pitch greeted by a good sized crowd and glorious sunshine. The scene was set surely for another home victory? Plenty of press had gathered as there was mounting speculation that if Heerenveen lost, it could be their managers final game in charge that manager being former world star Marco van Basten. Would he see the day out?
ADO was looking a bit disjointed from the start. Heerenveen were gaining too much possession in the middle of the pitch and causing ADO a few difficulties. The fans saw this and were soon on the players backs, booing the al too often pass towards their own goal when going forward looked easier.
In the thirteenth minute the visitors took the lead. ADO could not clear the ball away from the danger area. The ball bounced nicely for Sven Kums to strike the ball home hard and low, 0-1.
After going a goal behind they had another score, only some great goal keeping and defending keeping Heerenveen at bay. ADO’s attitude changed after that and they began to look for the incisive move to get back on level terms. This they did in the twenty fifth minute when Holla was the first to react to a ball loose i the area, his tame shot rebounded off a defenders legs which took it just inside the post, 1-1.
ADO looked dangerous with every move they made and threatened to extend their lead on more than one occasion, but again it was passes that were slightly over hit or misdirected that was costing ADO any head way. The fine line between success and failure showing its ugly head as far as ADO were concerned.
After many chances ADO took the lead in the thirty sixth minute. A superb in swinging corner by Hola saw the ball hit the far post and bounce back towards the penalty spot. Santi Kolk latched onto the ball and smashed it home for his first ADO goal, 2-1.
In the final minute of the half, Heerenveen player Joey van den Berg received his second yellow card and earned his marching orders. The sending off was not good news for ADO who have proved in recent games that playing against ten men just does not suit them.
The second half saw ADO create very little and were lucky to survive some great attacks from Heerenveen’s forwards. The defenders being kept busy and Coutinho had to stay alert and pulled off some saves to preserve ADO’s lead.
As ninety minutes ticked down the linesman showed there were to be an extra four minutes played. You could hear the disbelief in the stadium, would ADO hold out? Actually did more than hold out. The last two minutes saw ADO almost increase their lead on two occasions, first by Chery and then Vicento whose stunning drive just passed the far post.
Final score was 2-1 and the crowd went home happy and Steijn had the biggest smile of the season so far as he embraced his players after they had completed their lap of honour. The win piled more pressure onto the under fire van Basten, it remains to be seen what lies him store for him now.
ADO man of the match: Mike van Duinen, seemed to be everywhere on the pitch.