Ex player sinks ADO Den Haag
After two heavy 4-0 defeats with varying performances this was a tough game for ADO to try and get their season and a fight for a European place back on track.
The performance was better, much better than last week, yet ADO failed to pick up any points for the third game running. ADO’s former star midfielder Jens Toornstra scoring the goal in the seventy first minute that won FC Utrecht the game.
The game was pretty much even throughout, ADO slightly edging the first half and Utrecht the second. The can could not be described as a thriller, but it had its moments.
ADO had two great opportunities to take the lead, firstly in the twenty third minute after some great pass and move down the right involving Chery and van Duinen, the ball went into the danger area to the waiting Santi Kolk, all he had to do was pass the ball into the back of the net, but his touch was unsure making it easy for Utrecht to clear to safety.
Thirty two minutes played and this time some great work down the left wing resulted in Koppers crossing the ball perfectly onto the head of van Duinen, whose header was powerful but brilliantly tipped over the bar by Robbin Ruiter in the Utrecht goal.
In the forty second minute Coutinho produced a fantastic flying save to prevent a long range effort by Tommy Oar going in.
In the second half Utrecht bossed the the first twenty minutes, firing shots in on the ADO goal at regular intervals whilst ADO could not get out of their half.
FC Utrecht got what proved to be the winning goal in the seventy first minute. AS the ball came into the ADO box, Coutinho produced a fine double save from Mark van der Maarel and Nana Asare; the rebound from the final shot went to Toornstra who had to tap the ball into an open goal, 1-0.
Van Duinen almost put ADO level when the ball rolled into the Utrecht penalty area he beat the keeper to prod the ball goalwards, only for Maarel to block the effort with his body.
With just minutes remaining Toornstra almost got his second when he took a free-kick from outside the box, as the ball whipped through ADO’s defence; a fine finger tip save from Coutinho pushed the ball onto the base of the post.
At the end of the game Maurice Steijn looked gutted; he walked onto the pitch and congratulated his former player on Utrecht’s win. I can understand his pain; at the winter break both ADO and FC Utrecht stated their target was European play-of spots. Then ADO sold one of their best players, Jens Toornstra to a major European play-off rival, and for him to score the goal that is making ADO’s dream more difficult must be so grinding in Steijn’s mind, you really do have to feel sorry for him.
Man of the Match: Gino Coutinho; made a series of fine saves that kept ADO in the hunt for a point until the end.