After last weekend’s hard fought point at relegation rivals NAC Breda, ADO took on another team struggling in the Eredivisie, FC Dordrecht. A Friday night kick-off never really attracts the crowds, however, those who went to the game created a great atmosphere that the players responded to. The fans would also be keeping a close eye on the match official Richard Liesveld, due to numerous refereeing injustices this season made by other refs, as again happened last week.
ADO had been hit by injuries and suspensions for this game, leaving them weaker than hoped. Captain Roland Alberg, Timothy Derijck, Danny Baker and Mitchell Schet all out with injury; along with those, Wilfried Kanon was out due to suspension following last weeks red card.
There was also a tribute to Marnix Rueb, the creator of the comic strip and Den Haag legend “Haagse Harry.” who died of lung cancer on Thursday.
ADO began well and threatened in the first minute, creating panic in the visitors backline. This immediately got the crowd fired up. The play then sadly did not match the support. ADO settled into a pattern that was good for holding the ball in midfield, but showed attack.
In the fifteenth minute it was the visitors who had the first good chance of the game, yet again it was the Danish keeper that saved ADO. Former ADO player Ricky van Haaren split the home defence with an accurate diagonal ball into the path of Robin Gosens; he had time and space as Martin Hansen came out, the ADO keeper making a superb block.
That near miss lifted ADO into being more attack minded and it soon paid off. ADO raced down the field and Kevin Jansen was fouled. From the resulting free kick Gianni Zuiverloon rose high and his header was clawed away by Filip Kurto in the Dordrecht goal. One minute later, a fantastic long ball from the returning Vito Wormgoor found Xander Houtkoop on the left, his ball into the area was met by Michiel Kramer who stroked the ball home left footed into the net, his eighth goal of the season, 1-0.
The game died a death for a long period, ADO had the possession but did nothing with it. FC Dordrecht looked clueless, yet in the thirty fifth minute they almost got level. From a corner on the right, ADO could not clear the danger, the ball bounced around before a quick turn and shot by Ilias Haddad, his effort luckily for ADO hit Aaron Meijers and went just wide of the upright. A minute later ADO were called upon again to get a vital defensive block in, as a fierce shot from Ibrahim Touré was put wide for a corner.
ADO were relieved to hear the half time whistle as Dordrecht were getting more dangerous as time passed by.
ADO started the second half as Dordrecht had ended it. They were more attack minded and Mathias Gehrt began to control the midfield and show of exceptional skill and pace. The fifty first minute saw Gehrt set up a chance for Kramer, his effort just blocked and went for a corner. In the fifty eighth minute another cross from the right by the Danish dynamo was met by the head of Wormgoor, forcing the keeper to scramble the ball to safety.
On the hour Dordrecht sprang back into life. Twice in sixty seconds threatening the ADO goal, not seriously, but it was a warning. This sparked ADO back into action, Mike van Duinen in on goal but thwarted by a great defensive challenge.
In the seventieth minute the whole stadium stood to offer applause for the memory Marnix Rueb, the supporters of FC Dordrecht also joining in, which was greatly appreciated by all at ADO.
In the seventy fourth minute ADO sealed the win. The ball was high in the centre circle, Kramer got his head to the ball and pushed it forward. Gehrt ran in on goal, facing a one on one with the keeper. He kept his coal, chipped the keeper before chasing around to put the ball into the net, 2-0.
In the final fifteen minutes the game slowed down to a very sedate pace. A small chance for both sides, but that was all. The final whistle greeted with cheers and smiles all around. A solid and much needed victory.
ADO man of the match: Mathias Gehrt, dominated the midfield, especially in second half and creator of all that was good about ADO.
ADO team: Hansen; Malone, Wormgoor, Kristensen, Jansen; Meijers, Van Duinen ©, Gehrt (89. Smith); Houtkoop (73. Hevel), Kramer, Zuiverloon