Sunday saw the biggest home game of the season for out local football team, ADO Den Haag when they took on Ajax of Amsterdam in the Kyocera stadium. The crowd was pumped up in the build up and an explosion of noise greeted the gladiators as they emerged from the tunnel onto the pitch.
The game was not great, it was an effort to watch it, let alone play in it. It was a game that lacked quality and urgency from both sides. Yet the visitors where the ones who left the Kyocera in a happy mood after a four goal victory, a score line that flattered them.
As for ADO it was the same story as last week’s defeat to FC Utrecht. They had plenty of possession yet could do nothing with it to harm the team from Amsterdam. Sad to say, but Jerson Cabral who had earlier in the week stated he was only using ADO as a springboard to further his career had a torrid time. He saw a lot of the ball, but all too often he was beating the same man three or four times before losing the ball, frustrating for the forwards waiting for an instant cross, the crowd soon got on his back and jeered him.
ADO went into the half time break two goals down. The first goal coming in the tenth minute when Then Klaassen headed the ball home passed Gino Coutinho. There second came when Viktor Fischer hit the back of the net in the thirty fourth minute.
In fact the Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen only had to make two decent saves during the whole game. In the first half denying a header from Vito Wormgoor and in the second stopping a powerful header by Kramer, who earlier had elbowed him in the face, but not seen by referee, I think Kramer will hear more about that challenge later.
The second half so no visible improvement from ADO. They kept the ball well at times, yet again the lack of a natural goal scorer haunted ADO. Michiel Kramer and van Duinen where shooting, but nothing was threatening in nature.
In the sixty eighth minute ADO conceded a third goal, a nightmare for Coutinho. Ricardo van Rhijn fired in a long range shot which went directly at the ADO keeper, yet inexplicably his misjudged the ball, it hit his hands and somehow squirmed into the back of the goal, a real disaster for the keeper, 0-3.
In the final minute of the game Ajax put the final nail into ADO’s coffin. A neat move ended with Bojan Krkic sliding the ball into the corner, A fourth goal did not reflect the balance of play, but it did show the difference that players confident in front of goal can make, even when not playing well.
The defeat was hard to take for the supporters. Beaten far too easily by their fiercest and bitterest rivals. Now to move on to Wednesday when they play their extra game in hand at home to sc Heerenveen, a game everybody knows they must win, or a tough relegation battle will be facing them in the second part of the season.
ADO man of the match: Tommie Beugelsdijk, strong and a willing fighter to the cause.
Attendance: 13, 236