On a cold Saturday night in the Kyocera ADO Den Haag played hosts to Feyenoord from Rotterdam. With ADO currently languishing in last place of the Eredivisie table and with the fans starting to show their frustrations towards the staff and players, a good performance was needed. Before the kick-off most fans would have been happy with a valuable point.
The opening period was quite even, only a goal for Feyenoord by former ADO favourite Lex Immers that was ruled out for off-side was the only scare.
After the fifteen minute mark, Feyenoord began to push forward and had ADO on the retreat. Despite the possession, Feyenoord were faced against a hard working wall of green and yellow. ADO’s defence were doing well, yet when ADO got the ball, the final ball was bad and the crowd began to get restless.
On the half hour Gino Coutinho was called into action for the first time, making an excellent block from close range, keeping a forceful Feyenoord at bay.
In the thirty sixth minutes the game changed. ADO were awarded a corner on the right; from the resulting kick, the ball came over to a totally unmarked Tommie Beugelsdijk who directed his free header into the far corner, 1-0.
Mike van Duinen had to get some lengthy treatment which meant there was two minutes of extra injury time to be played. In the final seconds of the half Ricky van Haaren from inside his own half skilfully moved forward before playing the ball wide to Schet then onto Malone on the right. His well timed cross was met by a stooping, diving header by Bakker which saw the ball fly past the keeper into the net, unbelievable, 2-0.
The second half exploded into life and what a forty five minutes it turned out to be. Within two minutes Coutinho was saving at point blank range from Graziano Pelle. The game was end to end, both teams going for a goal. Tackles were flying in as the rain poured down onto the artificial surface.
Coutinho was called into action again in the sixty second minute, this time from his own defender. Malone looping a header goal wards, the ADO keeper managed to tip the ball over the bar, but his head hit the advertising boards as he fell, it was worrying for a few moments, but was ok to continue.
Sixty seven minutes played and Feyenoord got a goal back. After some solid pressure the ball was played out to Jordi Clasie, he hit a right foot screamer into the top corner of the net, leaving Coutinho grabbing at thin air, great strike, 2-1.
Just six minutes later ADO’s Aaron Meijers had a nightmare moment, losing concentration in the danger zone. The ball was played out to Immers who played the ball inside to Pelle who stroked the ball into the net, 2-2.
The game just got more and more incredible; both teams went for the win and it was ADO who got the killer goal. In the seventy seventh minute Holla out muscled Immers in an aerial duel. The loose ball fell to Roland Alberg, a quick, smart interchange with van Duinen saw Alberg then fire the ball into the far corner, the stadium erupted, Feyenoord looked shell shocked, 3-2.
The game came to end inside a rocking Kyocera stadium. Yet again ADO beat a team at the tp of the league at home, following on from wins against Vitesse and Twente. It is a shame they can’t do it against the teams around them in the relegation zone. Hopefully this is the turnaround for our club.
Starting Eleven: Coutinho; Zuiverloon, Bakker, Beugelsdijk, Meijers; Malone, Holla, Van Haaren; Alberg, Van Duinen, Schet
ADO man of the Match: Tommie Beugelsdijk, a real warrior and goal scorer. ADO will do well to keep him at this rate, super performance.
Photos courtesy and with thanks to Robert Henderson