ADO travelled to non-league G.V.V.V. from Veenendaal for their first game in this season’s KNVB Beker (Cup). The top clubs in Holland enter the competition in the second round.
There was a small number of ADO fans who travelled to the game, I spoke to a few and all had an uneasy feeling about what may happen. Despite being critical of the team, the fans gave a lot of encouragement to the individual players which was great to hear. There was no moaning about what had happened in the previous games, this was the cup and they were out to enjoy it.
The first half was goalless despite some nice attacking moves, it was the home side who almost took the lead in the fifteenth minute. Sherwin Grot beat two ADO defenders and cut inside from the left, he poked a shot goal bound, the home support cheered, but too early as the ball was just about cleared off the line from Aaron Meijers.
ADO were dangerous mainly through the threats of Mike van Duinen and Jerson Cabral, yet despite being in and around the hosts penalty area, no real chances were created.
The second half saw ADO begin to edge due to their fitness levels. The professionals of ADO dictating the pace and play all over the pitch. On the hour ADO took the lead. A free kick award outside the area. Surprisingly it was Vito Wormgoor who took the kick, curling it low into the bottom corner, leaving the keeper rooted to the spot, 0-1.
The goal deflated the hopes of the amateur side. They tried to battle away as in the first half, but the ball wouldn’t run for them. ADO were domination possession and looked to score more. Two more goal came as the clock ticked down.
In the seventy eighth minute van Duinen laid the ball on for Mathias Gehrt to sweep the ball home to make it 0-2, and give Gehrt his second goal in two games. Four minutes later van Duinen drove forward, before unleashing a powerful shot that went straight through the hands of the keeper into the net, game over, 0-3.
At the final whistle the players looked relieved to have got through this difficult test. The fans who travelled were rewarded as some players gave them their match shirts, a nice souvenir for som and a good sign of the bond between them both.
ADO man of the Match: Mike van Duinen