ADO were attempting to get their first win of the season after a defeat and a draw, both influenced by match officials, so this time hoping the referee would be on his game. ADO however need not have worried, as they played the best football I have ever seen them play. The passing was just perfection, fast, crisp and accurate. The first half was good, but the second half just blew FC Groningen away.
The first fifteen minutes saw the visitors have the early chances. Martin Hansen in the ADO goal had to stay alert as Groningen pushed forward in an effort to win their their third game in a row. Nick van der Velden found space and forced a save from ADO’s Danish keeper. ADO were tight at the back and were willing to play the ball to feet, instead of just hoofing the ball away into no man’s land.
In the eighteenth minute ADO had their best chance of the half. Wilfried Kanon hit a long ball forward to Michiel Kramer who headed the ball down towards Mike van Duinen. It looked as though it was the defenders ball, but van Duinen chased and got the ball back. His cross across the area came in front of Mitchell Schet, he had to stretch to the reach the ball, contact was good but direction not as the ball flew over the bar.
For the rest of the half ADO just kept the ball away FC Groningen. The passing was so good that the supporters were shouting the “Ole’s” to every completed pass, a lot of style and class being shown by the home side. Yet despite all their possession, the teams went in at half time goalless.
Eight minutes into the second half, the visitors broke free, Former ADO player Tjaronn Chery played a ball into the ADO half for another former ADO player Jarchinio Antonia to chase. Chery sped past and got the ball back before guiding a shot just wide of the far post.
ADO took the lead in the fifty sixth minute. A free kick taken quickly caught out the visitors defence. ADO’s passing picked up pace and after a series of excellent interchanges the ball come to Thomas Kristensen who calmly slots the ball into the far corner past Sergio Padt in the Groningen goal, 1-0.
In the sixty second minute Hansen was forced into action. From a free kick, Chery was in space inside the ADO box. Hansen closed down quickly to block the shot with his body, Chery was first to the rebound and forced the keeper into another good save. Ten minutes later Groningen were attacking again, forcing yet another great double save from Hansen.
ADO got their passing game even more precise and went at Groningen. In the eightieth minute Aaron Meijers ran down the lefy before hitting what looked like a cross come shot that hit the top of the bar. The crowd could sense a second goal as the terrace volume went up.
The expected goal came in the eighty second minute. A stunning long cross field ball from captain Roland Alberg found Kramer. his touch was instinctive as he lobbed the ball over the keeper into the back of the net, a stunning finish, 2-0.
A third goal arrived three minutes later. ADO gained possession on the edge of their own penalty area. Alberg was in charge as he pushed forward. His ball into the penalty saw Kramer collect it and skip around the oncoming Padt and left footed put the ball into an empty net, 3-0.
ADO kept pushing forward until the final whistle. The players and supporters celebrating in the sunshine. A magnificent display by ADO. Finally a result that they deserved. No iffy refereeing, just a pure solid performance.
ADO man of the Match: A difficult choice, but would have to go for Kramer, he was a real handful today.
Attendance: 10, 214
ADO Den Haag: Hansen; Malone, Zuiverloon, Kanon, Meijers ; Jansen (89. Ebuehi), Kristensen, Alberg (88. Bakker) ; Schet (88. Houtkoop), Kramer, Van Duinen