Vitesse 2 v 2 ADO
For third season running ADO were pitted against Vitesse Arnhem on the first day of the Eredivisie season. Would this match be third time lucky and a win after the previous two ended in a loss and a draw? Well it turned out to be a draw.
For the start of a new season the Gelredome in Arnhem was looking sparse as far as home support was concerned, a shame considering the atmosphere they tried to bring to the opening day.
The first half saw Vitesse ahead on the possession side of things, they had two goal disallowed in the first forty five minutes while ADO just seemed to collect yellow cards. When they say officials can be swayed by a home crowd, this was a good game to prove it happens. One time a tackle was just going to be let off with a warning, the booing there after saw the referee, Bjorn Kuijpers change his mind and reach for his pocket to show a yellow card, ADO ended up receiving six yellow cards whilst the home side were given not one throughout the match.
The second half was a different game altogether. Both sides went into attack mode and forced the defences into some last minute well timed challenges. It was obvious that goals were going to come during the second period, and indeed they did.
In the fifty third minute Vitesse just could not clear the ball from around the penalty area. The ball seeming to be attracted to Chery’s fet, after a final attempt to clear the ball, it rolled again to Chery. Chery took two steps inside before unleashing the most perfect of drives into the far top corner of the goal from over 30m out, already goal of the season, could be, 0-1.
ADO were pulled back to level terms within the the minute. A break down the right hand side saw Marco van Ginkel cross the ball into the area hard and low. Horvath completely lost his bearings allowing the ball to reach Wilfried Bony who slotted the ball into the back of the net easily, 1-1.
Fifty seven minutes played and the third goal in four minutes. This tiome it was the Vitesse defence who went AWOL and allowed Rydell Poepon to cut the ball into the penalty box to find an unmarked Danny Holla to stroke the ball home, sending ADO’s travelling support into ecstacy.1-2.
ADO seemed to want to settle for that score line and began to slow things down, at times with obvious time wasting techniques, Holla getting a booking and then continued to argue with the referee, I was half expecting to see a red card, but thankfully not.
Vitesse applied the pressure and in the seventy second minute were awarded a free-kick in what looked like a not so dangerous position. Wrong! Jonathan Reis struck a free kick up and over the wall, beating a diving Coutinho low to the ground, a well taken free-kick and back to all square, 2-2.
The game then entered an extra five minutes of injury time, the home side still on top. The five minutes were up and was entering the ninety seventh minute when only a superb, diving, finger tip save by Coutinho prevented Nicky Hofs from stealing the win.
There were a few lapses from ADO in defence, but still a big improvement in heart and fight from the Hague side. After the first weekend of football, ADO lie in fifth spot, long may it continue!
ADO man of the match: Vito Wormgoor; Strong, powerful, brave and threw himself into every challenge.
Attendance: 13, 499