ADO’s biggest home game of the season against Ajax or Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon saw an almost full stadium treated to an amazing atmosphere. The players came out to a huge banner, 4,500 flags, smoke, fireworks and a DJ on the pitch created an energy that could be felt to your core.
The game started nervously by both teams, but the visitors soon began to take conrol of the game and in the eighth minute they took the lead, They gained the ball in the centre circle, some nice passing brought them forward to the edge of the ADO area, Ricardo Kishna crossed the ball to the far post, Arkadiusz Milik headed the ball back towards the penalty area where an unmarked Davy Klaassen raced in to smash the ball home, 0-1.
In the 12th minute, as a mark of respect to two Legia Warsaw supporters, (a club with a close bond to ADO) who died while traveling home from a Europa league in Belgium against Lokeren, a game attended by many Hague supporters. Filet and Pajer Rest In Peace. This applause was also for the passing of an Old respected ADO fan Max de Lange and for a still born child named Chiara, whose father Amar is another well known fan. After the minutes applause the fans sang “You’ll never walk alone” a moving tribute to all. Something the fans should be very proud of.
The rest of the first half lacked any goal mouth action or excitement. ADO played with no width, so any crosses that did come in towards Michiel Kramer could not really be redirected. His hold up play was great, but many times there was nobody there to support him. Mike van Duinen was having a good game, his energy levels had seemed low, but today he was chasing everything with gusto. At the back Wilfried Kanon was in charge and was leading from the back, all good signs for the home team.
The second half was much better on the excitement scale. Aaron Meijers and Roland Alberg got themselves more into the action. Finally in the fifty second minute ADO got their first shot at goal, sadly Gianni Zuiverloon could only hook the ball over the bar.
In the fifty seventh minute ADO almost got level. A whipped in cross from the left by Meijers saw van Duinen rise high and head the ball towards the top corner, only for the Ajax and Dutch number one Jasper Cillessen to pull off a great save, just tipping the ball over the bar. ADO began to pick up on the attacking and were now being a lot more aggressive in their willingness to get back equal with the Amsterdammers.
Ajax had two half decent chance to double their lead, but were unable to get the shots on target. In the seventy second minute ADO tried battering their way through the Ajax defence. Alberg lobbed a pass over the visitors defensive line, Zuiverloon blasted a shot, only to see it cannon back off the keeper, Ajax were in a panic and could not clear their lines as Vito Wormgoor tried his luck from distance, only to see it blocked by an unwitting defender.
Kanon then took charge, collecting the ball deep inside his own half; head down off he went bursting through four defenders before being bundled over by two more inside the penalty area, a sure penalty? The referee Serdar Gözübüyük just waved the protests away.
The stadium erupted in the eighty fifth minute. A neat build up saw Kramer play the ball out wide left to Xander Houtkoop, an instant cross to the far post was clipped back aross the area, van Duinen stretched his neck muscles to make sure the ball drop for Kramer who shot the ball into the net, 1-1.
Ajax almost got themselves back in front, but Danish keeper Martin Hansen saved brilliantly as he dived across his goal line. In the fourth minute of added time, Zuiverloon made a reckless challenge which resulted in his second yellow card of the game, earning him a red. Only seconds later the final whistle blew and the stadium was deliriously happy, deafening noise. A great point earned by the home side.
ADO man of the Match: Michiel Kramer, just unplayable.
ADO Team: Martin Hansen, Dion Malone, Vito Wormgoor, Gianni Zuiverloon,Wilfried Kanon, Kevin Jansen, Mathias Gehrt, Aaron Meijers, Mike van Duinen, Roland Alberg, Michiel Kramer