Friday night saw ADO play their penultimate home game of the season against Vitesse Arnhem. The stadium was almost a sell out as the fans continue with their “Bring back the passion” actions.
The game sadly did not match the expectations of the crowd. Vitesse did not look interested. ADO had more possession, but not going full throttle at a team that looked ready to be beaten.
ADO got the first chance. Mike van Duinen raced down the left wing, got to the dead ball line and fired a low cross into the danger area. The Vitesse keeper, Eloy Room got a hand to the ball to push it away, yet no ADO forwards were there to latch on to the chance.
In the tenth minute Kevin Jansen fired in a long range shot that the visiting keeper managed to palm it aside with a diving save. In the twenty first minute ADO were awarded a free-kick after a handball. Roland Alberg floated the ball towards the far post. Michiel Kramer rose highest and powered his header into the back of the net. Joy soon turned to anger as the assistant referee flagged for off-side. The replays later showing he was level.
In the twenty sixth minute a similar refereeing decision, this time against the visitors. A long cross into the penalty area caught out Dion Malone who was rushing back to chase an attacker. As he jumped for the ball he headed goalwards, and from 16m out, looped a stunning header over his own keeper into the net. There looked to be nothing wrong with the goal, but the Vitesse striker Uros Djurdjevic, was given off-side. Yet another harsh decision. At least it evened things up on the dubious refereeing side of things.
Kramer had another effort on goal well saved by the keeper. The ADO striker was working really hard, chasing everything, what you need from your centre forward. He was an outlet for the team, yet when he got the ball on his head, chest or to feet, there was rarely anybody close enough to him to continue a forceful attack.
The opening ten minutes of the second half saw ADO have three chances on goal, the best coming from a whipped cross by Alberg. ADO defender Vito Wormgoor bravely flung himself to where the boots were flying to get a strong header on target, but at the keeper.
ADO were still having more of the ball, yet after sixty eight minutes Vitesse came to life. A good move down the right eventually saw Djurdjevic fire a shot towards the ADO goal, Martin Hansen, the clubs new cult hero stood up strong to block the shot, a warning to ADO that the club from Arnhem were still dangerous.
As the “Haagse Kwartiertje” and air raid siren boomed around the stadium, both teams went for the win. Both keepers were kept o their toes as shots flew in and pin balled around each penalty area. It was agonizing to watching, as ADO were in need of the three points.
Then in the eight fifth minute ADO got the goal that sent the stadium into raptures of delight. A long kick from Hansen caused Wallace to misjudge his positioning. A slight hesitation saw Kramer take the ball on his chest, go around the keeper and put the ball into the net from a tight angle, 1-0.
Four minutes of injury time were added, but no more happened. ADO ran the clock down as the fans chanted “We are staying up!” A great party in the stands. In reality ADO are safe from the relegation play-offs. Only a series of very crazy results could see that change, but one more point from the final two games will make it mathematically certain, unless the teams below them fail to win over the wekend.
Attendance: 14, 837
ADO man of the match: Michiel Kramer, worked so hard for the team and got the goal he deserved, his seventeenth of the season.