ADO won for the second time in a row on Friday night, the first time this season they have managed to do this and the stadium was rocking.
Tonight ADO were full of pride, passion and heart, showing a team work ethic and bravery rarely seen this season. The Henk Fraser still in effect as ADO began the game at full throttle.
Within twelve minutes ADO were two goals up. The first coming in the fifth minute. Tommie Beugelsdijk supplying the long, perfect pass for Mike van Duinen to run on to. He remained calm as the Eagles keeper Stephan Andersen came forward to meet him, easily puttng the bal into the corner of the net, 1-0.
The second goal was scored in the twlfth minute. Danny Holla took a free-kick on the left hand side of the penalty area. The ball floated across where one of the smallest men on the pitch rose and beat those around him to place his header perfectly back across goal into the net, 2-0.
ADO looked to be heading for a big, they had the team from Deventer almost entirely on the back foot. Yet the visitors pulled a goal back in the Twenty third minute in an unfortunate manner for ADO. A defence splitting pass saw Eagles Erik Falkenburg race through one on one against Robert Zwinkels in the ADO goal. The keeper got his angles right and bravely blocked the shot, the rebound then hitting poor Gianni Zuiverloon, who had no way to avoid the ball going into the back of the net, 2-1.
Then the game really came to life, tactics looked to go out the window as both teams saw only attacking as the option to go for. It was end to end and it was great to see the fight in the ADO defenders. They threw themselves in front everything, block tackles, solid crunching tackles, this was keeping everybody entertained, the crowd lapped it up creating a super atmosphere in the stadium. The travelling supporters were amazing, never stopped singing throughout the game. It was turning into a true football night in every sense.
How the half ended only 2-1 was incredible, could easily have been 3-3.
ADO began the second half at an even higher tempo and got their reward in the fifty second minute. A goal of some class in the build up. van Duinen dribbled his way through from defence, twisting through several challenges before passing forward to Zuiverloon. Not to be out done he ran a mazy run into the Eagles penalty box, he turned sharply several times before defenders got back in number. There was a mad scramble inside a packed penalty area. The ball then came open allowing Roland Alberg to poke the ball into the net, 3-1.
The game remained a festival of attacking football. At times ADO’s confidence was running so hight that even Beugelsdijk was doing back heeled passes in the attacking third of the field, brilliant to watch.
Go Ahead Eagles got a second goal in the Seventy third minute after a good cross from the left saw a perfectly placed header from Marnix Kolder beat Zwinkels, 3-2 and game well and truly on.
The atmosphere was tense yet electric, both sets of supporters screaming their teams forward. When the fourth official showed an extra four minutes were to be played, you could feel the tension amongst the ADO fans, Those four minutes dragged as Go Ahead drove forward as ADO tried to waste time. The whistles coming from the stands was deafening. When the final whistle was eventually blown the place erupted.
It had been a great night of football passion and entertainment. Next up is another relegation rival at home next Saturday. Hopefully that will keep this up as they take on NAC Breda.
ADO man of the Match: Mike van Duinen, real driving force behind the team.