On Sunday Afternoon, ADO Den Haag faced AZ in the Kyocera stadium for their final home game of this current season. The stadium was almost a sell out and the fans welcomed the teams on to the pitch with a mass of colour and noise, after already being treated to some lively pre-match entertainment. This was followed by a touching moment as the players gathered in the centre circle to remember all those related to the club who had passed away this season,
The match kicked off and was not what you would call a game full of passion. It seemed dead. There was a special moment after six minutes when both sets of fans applauded for the former ADO and Swansea City player Ferrie Bodde who only yesterday had come out of a coma.
As the game picked up pace, the more space ADO were finding, and in the twenty first minute ADO got themselves in front. Aaron Meijers on the left drifted inside and unleashed a powerful shot directly at AZ keeper Esteban, the ball did move in the air causing the keeper to fumble the ball. Mike van Duinen reacted quickets to force the ball home, 1-0.
This got the crowd going wild, as they knew ADO only needed a single point to be mathematically safe from relegation. The chant of “We are staying up!” echoed around the Kyocera.
The rest of the first half was a non event, however all that changed in the second half. ADO were much more of an attacking force, Michiel Kramer stroking the ball just wide of the post, Dion Malone saw his great strike smash against the crossbar.
It was not until the seventy third minute that AZ troubled Robert Zwinkels in the ADO goal. A break from midfield saw Johann Berg Gudmundsson at full pace approach the penalty area, he had support to his left, but instead decided to shoot, a great effort that Zwinkels did well to save.
In the eightieth minute Danny Holla played a nice one two with Kramer, Holla, not known for his quick nimble feet jinked his way through the AZ defence before blasting a shot into the far corner of the net giving Esteban no chance to make a save, 2-0.
AZ pulled a goal back in the eighty third minute. Roy Beerens got the ball on the corner of the ADO box, his neat pass to Markus Henriksen was sublime, and the forward fired across Zwinkels into the back of the net, 2-1.
In the final minute, Kramer raced from the hal way line, leaving defenders trailing behind him, he cut inside to face Esteban, this time the visiting keeper stading strong and blocking the ADO strikers effort.
At the final whistle and the usual handshakes between the teams, ADO players did a lap of honour around the stadium and got an amazing ovation from the fans. A great way to end off the home season. Aaron Meijers was presented with the clubs player of the season award, a well deserved accolade to a player yet to miss a minutes action this season.
ADO man of the Match: Roland Alberg, great display of drive and skill.