On Saturday evening ADO again took to the pitch in search of the three valuable points to aid in their fight against an end of season relegation panic. The crowd were in good voice and were creating a great atmosphere inside the Kyocera stadium.
ADO played a tight compact game yet again. The system that Henk Fraser is playing works well with the players at his disposal. The tsctics make the team harder to break down and also giving them confidence to push forward quicker.
The game was very even in the first half, both sides had chances, but it was only Coutinho in the ADO goal who had to pull off any kind of notable save.
The second half was much more of a spectacle. ADO pushing on time after time down the wings. It was a joy to watch ADO not wasting possession and offering wayward crosses that was happening all too often a few months back.
Aaron Meijers was patrolling across the pitch, running the midfield. Alberg and Schet were causing the Groningen defence plenty to worry about with their speed and agility. Fan favourite Tommie Beugelsdijk, who is growing in stature week after week is looking more like a holding midfielder at the back. His confidence to bring the ball out of the defence and into the opposition half to start attacks is making him a most watched player.
ADO took the lead in the sixty third minute. A superb long ball from Mike van Duinen saw Alberg in a race with Groningen’s Eric Botteghin. The defender couldn’t keep up with Alberg and pulled him to the floor. The foul was clearly outside the penalty area, yet referee Wiedenmeijer pointed to the penalty spot. There was extra punishment as the Brazilian was also shown a red card. Alberg took the spot kick himself, placing the ball with ease into the back of the net, 1-0.
ADO have always had problems when facing teams with only ten men, again this looked to be the same as in the seventy eighth minute the visitors got back on level terms. Wormgoor was caught out and as the ball came across the box, Richairo Zivkovic turn his body and fired a thunderous shot into the roof of the net, giving Coutinho no chance to make a save, a great strike, 1-1.
Alberg and Schet in the remainder of the game chased after everything, a great never say die attitude and in the final minute their work rate was rewarded from a surprising source. Schet played the ball to Alberg, then from nowhere Dion Malone appeared in the bax to engage with a neat intricate two touch with Alberg which saw Malone able to guide the ball into the net, to score his first ever ADO goal, 2-1.
The place went crazy and at the final whistle the coaching staff were delirious. That is now six games without defeat. Three wins and three draws. Things looking up for our local team!
ADO man of the match: Roland Alberg, an excellent performance from start to finish.