On Tuesday evening ADO Den Haag took on FC Dordrecht from the second tier of Dutch football. The game turned out to be something of a damp squib; from the start it was easy to tell the tactics in the minds of both sides.
The visitors were content in sitting back and letting ADO come at them, something they were very good at doing, their defence was well regimented and strong. ADO on the other hand did not really force the issue and were happy to play the ball from side to side across the midfirld. The crowd got restless as there was absolutely no hint of attack from either side.
When chances were created they came initially from Dordrect, they forced two fine saves from Coutinho who prevented any ADO blushes. Yet it was ADO in the thirty seventh minute who got themselves in front. Malone collected the ball wide on the left and delivered a killer ball into the feet of Mike van Duinen inside the penalty area and he swept the ball into the back of the net, 1-0.
One minute from the break ADO extended their lead thanks to a bullet header from Tommie Beugelsdijk after a corner kick. He rose high above the defence to nod the ball high into the goal, giving the keeper no chance.
The half time score of 2-0 was an unfair reflection of the game, Dordrecht should have been at 2-2, but their is no justice in sport, you have to take your chances.
The second half saw ADO with a totally new eleven players on the pitch, all younger, inexperienced players apart from keeper de Zwart and Supusepa. The game livened up as both teams looked to attack a bit more.
FC Dordrecht still had their solid defence but their midfield grew as the game progressed. Their touches were swift and at times a joy to watch com[pared to watching ADO attempt a long ball game that failed miserably, far too many passes going astray, even the simplest ones.
The visitors had the ball cleared off the line as they pressured ADO, eventually they got the goal they deserved in the seventieth minute thanks to some level headed forward play from Adnan Alisic, 2-1.
The game ebbed and flowed but after the Dordrecht goal there was no real pattern to the play. The game ticked down to the final whistle. At the end Dordrecht had to have been the happier team. If the game was decided on clear chances alone, they would have won, a draw would have been the fair result.
Attendance: 1, 211