ADO V PEC Zwolle

ADO faced PEC Zwolle in the Kyocera on Saturday evening. ADO have been on a good run of home form. Not beaten in their own stadium since the 2-3 loss to AZ Alkmaar on 27th September. Since that game, seven without defeat. Zwolle are a tough team to beat, so a tough game was expected.

The game turned out to be an exciting heart stopper until the very end. If you love action packed exciting football, this was the game for you. The Stadium was almost a sell out and those who attended leaving a few years older and with a few more grey hairs.

The game started with ADO edging the play, first chance coming in the sixth minute. Michiel Kramer chasing onto a long ball forward, looked to be in on goal, only for a superbly timed challenge by Maikel van der Werff to put the ball to safety.

The only chance the visitors had in the first half came in the eighth minute. Sheraldo Becker released down the left, he cut inside, a challenge from Gianni Zuiverloon did enough to force the strikers effort wide’, and his follow through resulting in an injury which eventually forced  Becker off the pitch.

From then on it was ADO in charge. They flowed foward like an unstoppable tide. The Zwolle keeper Warner Hahn really had to be alert and was kept busy, if not for him, Zwolle would have been hammered. A free-lick by Roland Alberg was tipped over the bar. Then Kramer headed over the bar from close range.

In the forty third minute ADO got the breakthrough. Mike van Duinen’s willingness to chase a lost cause earned ADO a corner. The ball was fed to Alberg, the defenders gave him space, he was allowed time and took advantage, his effort passing through the defence, deceiving Hahn and hitting the back of the net, 1-0.

In the one minute of added time ADO were awarded another free-kick. This time Vito Wormgoor lining up the shot. It was a sneaky effort that was curled gently towards the bottom corner, Hahn doing well to stop the shot.

The second half that followed was a joy to watch, if you were supporting the home side. Within six minutes Hahn had to block a close range effort from van Duinen. ADO had the majority of the play, making their battle against relegation look false.

Fifty nine minutes played an ADO doubled their lead. Aaron Meijers played a long ball for Wilson Eduardo to chase, at pace, he cut inside two defenders, before from outside the penalty area unleashing a right footed thunderbolt low in the corner, 2-0.

That should have game over, but the visitors had other ideas. In the seventy second minuteZwolle pulled a goal back. ADO’s defence was a bit slack, enough defenders in the area to clear the ball, but Ben Rienstra managed to poke the ball passed the ADO keeper into the net, 2-1.

ADO continued to dominate possession until the clock hit ninety minutes, then it all went crazy.  In the first minute of stoppage time, again ADO failed to deal with the ball on the edge of their own area. Timothy Derijck’s attempted clearance was not strong enough, the ball fell nicely to Mustafa Saymak who smashed the ball home from 20m out. Martin Hansen, the ADO keeper lay hitting the pitch in frustration. The crowd went silent, players fell to the floor, ADO had blown three points, or had they, 2-2.

From the restart, the crowd in the Kyocera stadium roared out to the players. The players showed, urgency, spirit and fight. ADO poured forward. A long ball by Wormgoor cleared the defence. Kramer controlled the ball before firing back across the Zwolle keeper and hitting the far corner of the net, unbelievable, the stadium exploded with joy, 3-2.

That was it, game over, ADO were amazing with their powers of recovery, the Hague spirit is once again thriving at the football club.

Attendance: 13, 895

ADO man of the match: Wilson Eduardo.

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