ADO’s new season got off to a start at home to PSV Eindhoven which turned out to be quite a feisty affair. After last seasons hammerings, a 1-6 home defeat and a 7-0 drubbing in Eindhoven, I think most supporters were just hoping to see a closer game.
From the kick-off it was clear to see this was not going to be boring. Both sides pushing forward and the tackles were flying in hard from the off. Referee Bas Nijhuis again seemed to be favouring the opposition over ADO, something that seems to happen on an all too regular basis. Both sides were tough in the tackle, there was no real dirty foul play, yet three yellows to ADO and one to PSV.
ADO put a lot pf pressure on the PSV goal, Cabral and van Duinen having efforts, whilst from free-kicks and corners Beugelsdijk and Jansen were putting themselves in hard on the keeper Jeroen Zoet hoping to force errors, it was good determined play from the home side.
Despite the fair share of play, ADO fans began to watch yet another PSV disaster materialize in front of their eyes as they took a three goal lead with thirty minutes.
In the twelfth minute the visitors took the lead after Stijn Schaars beat two defenders before passing the ball on to Georginio Wijnaldum to beat Coutinho, 0-1.
In the twenty fifth minute Wijnaldum crossed the ball into the ADO penalty area. ADO captain Danny Holla rose to head the ball clear but only succeeded in looping the ball high over Coutinho into the back of his own net, 0-2.
On the half hour ADO went further behind after Jetro Willems was allowed time to pick his spot to make it 0-3.
The good thing to come from this was to see that the heads of the ADO players did not drop. They continued to fight and in the forty third minute from a cross by Ninos Gouriye on the right, Holla swept the ball right footed into the corner of the net, making up for his earlier error, 1-3.
At the start pf the second half, Mitchell Schet replace Gouriye; now ADO had two quick wingers on the pitch, both Schet and Jerson Cabral twisting PSV defenders inside and out. ADO went looking for another goal but PSV were strong and withstood a concerted effort by the home side to get a vital goal.
Due to a pause for players to take on water and some minor scuffles between players the referee added an extra five minutes of play. In the first of these an attempted clearance by PSV’s Jeffrey Bouma was completely missed, the ball falling to Mike van Duinen who kept his cool and slotted the ball into the far corner, 2-3.
Crowd favourite Beugelsdijk was roaring at the fans to get behind the players, the supporters responded with passion. ADO had four minutes to grab and equalizer and pushed PSV until the final whistle.
After the game manager Maurice Steijn said he saw some great stuff from his team, great spirit and against a team as good as PSV he was not too down hearted, there were a lot of positives to be taken from the game.
ADO man of the Match: Tom Beugelsedijk