Saturday night saw a good sized crowd turn up to the Kyocera stadium to watch ADO take on newly promoted Willem II. There had been a special offer on children’s tickets, which saw areas of the stadium packed with little kids, this helped the atmosphere with their high pitched creams of “ÄDO” which the regulars added “Den Haag.” It was so funny.
The game itself started well for ADO, in one minute and seconds they were in front. A slick passing moving between Dion Malone and Roland Alberg saw the ball thread out wide to Mattias Gehrt, the Dane was cool as he slotted the ball across Kostas Lamprou in the Willem II into the far corner inside the post, 1-0.
From then on ADO faultered, allowing the visitors plenty of possession, thankfully for ADO Willem II could not benefit from the domination. Martin Hansen in the ADO goal was a virtual spectator as his defence kept the team from Brabant away from the danger area.
It took the home side until the thirtieth minute to start playing again as a team. Gerht, Malone and Alberg working the central midfield well and Michiel Kramer was constantly looking for an opening, an opening that came up in the thirty fifth minute.
ADO’s midfield worked well keeping the ball, playing small triangular passes, sharp, direct and accurate. Willem II’s defence were solid and repelled the ADO attacks, then what happened should be the goal of the season. The ball looked lost, but Malone dinked the ball back into the penalty area. Kramer controlled the ball with his right foot, juggled the ball 6 times as he twisted and turned through three Willem II defenders who were tight on him before putting the ball into the back of the net. A stunning piece of individual brilliance. If that goal had been scored by Messi or Ronaldo it would have been flashed around the world within minutes, 2-0.
The first half came to a quiet end, ADO fans happy and all looked good. No idea what happened during the interval, but Willem II came out with heads held high and ADO reappeared looking as though their confidence had been removed.
Willem II started strongly and dominated the play. ADO could not pass straight, the visitors were winning ever fifty fifty ball. Willem II had complete control and within five minutes of the restart pulled a goal back. From inside ADO’s penalty area the visitors raced up field, good pass and move, ADO could not get near them. There still looked to be no danger, then Stijn Wuytens got the ball outside the area, he skipped through three defenders as if they were not there before placing a shot under the outstretched hands of Hansen, 2-1.
ADO almost replied instantly, A fierce shot on the volley by Alberg flew just wide of the upright. Willem II were still looking the more likely to score and indeed they did in the sixty first minute. Hansen totally misjudged a cross allowing the ball to go for a corner on the right. The resulting corner was hit to the edge of the area, the ball then played wide to Mitchell Dijks who crossed the ball to the far post where Samuel Armenteros was lurking, he rose high and headed the ball home, 2-2.
In the seventy second minute and against the run of play ADO were awarded a penalty. Mike van Duinen played the ball to Aaron Meijers who raced down the left into the area, Terell Ondaan slid through the ADO players legs making the award of a spot kick easy for the referee Eric Braamhaar. Alberg placed the ball, he stalled his run up before blasting the ball straight down the middle, 3-2.
After going a goal behind again Willem II really went for ADO. The final fifteen minutes, plus an extra five of injury time saw a backs against the wall defensive effort from the hosts. Armenteros was a real threat, shots rained in on goal, Hansen making two great saves plus an superb clearace by Malone saved ADO and kept the visitors at bay, just.
At the final whistle there was much relief around the stadium. Willem II had dominated most of the game, but somehow ADO got the three points. A win is important, more so than the performance in ADO’s position, but lessons need to be learned quickly, as they won’t be so lucky next time they play like that.
Attendance: 13, 139
ADO man of the Match: Roland Alberg, whatever ADO did, he was behind it.
ADO Team. Hansen, Malone, Wormgoor, Kanon, Kristensen, Meijers, van Duinen, Gerht, Alberg, Kramer, Zuiverloon. (Subs) Zwinkels, Derijck, Jansen, Houtkoop, Ebuehi, Owobowale, Merencia.