ADO Den Haag travelled to Leeuwarden on Saturday to take on SC Cambuur. The visitors went into the game full of confidence after last weekend’s 3-0 victory over FC Groningen.
The game started well for ADO, in the third minute Dion Malone released Xander Houtkoop into the far right corner, his cross was met by Michiel Kramer who forced the Cambuur keeper, Leonard Nienhuis into a good save. In the tenth minute Aaron Meijers ran down the left wing and crossed the ball into Kramer, but he crashed his effort against the cross bar, so close. straight from the rebound Cambuur broke and the ball played inside to Bartholomew Ogbeche and his shot hit the top of the cross bar, there had to be goals in this game.
Cambuur went close again in the twentieth minute. A corner on the right hand side was take by Dejan Melag, the in swinging cross almost beating Martin Hansen at his near post, only quick reflexes prevented a freak goal.
For the rest of the half the home side took the advantage in play, ADO looked stretched at times, on two occasions Cambuur ripped through the ADO back line, only for the final ball to let them down. However, in the fortieth minute they got their reward. An attack down the left again saw ADO struggle to mark the forwards, a few passes later and the ball came to Erik Bakker. His shot was going to be saved by Hansen, but the ball deflected off the back of Wilfried Kanon, diverting the ball into the net, 1-0.
The second started off much better for ADO than the first half ended. They looked more energized and were really willing to chase down everything. Kramer was like a man possessed and Roland Alberg was dictating the midfield along side Thomas Kristensen. The new invigorated ADO soon got themselves back in the game.
Firstly from a free-kick, the returning Timothy Derijck had a header well saved in the forty eighth minute. In the fifty third minute ADO drew level. A long ball forward by Malone released Kramer in to a one on one race with the home side keeper. Kramer kept calm, but Nienhuis had a mad moment as he charged out of his area, the striker poked the ball passed him and slid it into the back of the net, 1-1.
In the fifty fifth minute ADO went ahead. Kanon hit a long ball forward to Houtkoop, his first touch was exquisite, in one movement he controlled the ball and then put the ball passed the keeper, a stunning goal of the highest quality, 1-2.
Kramer almost made it 1-3 in the sixty second minute. Another one on one with the Cambuur Keeper saw the goalie win the contest this time. This miss was soon to be proved crucial as Cambuur picked the pace up.
Firstly in the sixty fifth minute Hansen was called upon to make a low save to his right, the ball remained in play and Cambuur pushed everybody forward. Some trickery got the ball through to Albert Rusnak, he beat one defender before Derijck jumped in and fouled the striker, no complaints really, a stone wall penalty. With the ball on the spot, Bakker hit the ball accurately passed Hansen to score his and Cambuur’s second goal, 2-2.
Two corners in quick succession in the seventy ninth minute resulted in ADO heart break. From the second one taken on the right, the ball was cleared to just outside the penalty area. Lucas Bijker ran in and thundered a goal bound shot into a packed area, a simple flick by Michiel Hemmen took it on its way in passed Hansen 3-2.
The stadium was rocking, as all four side of the ground were bouncing up and down, a great sight. It is just a sahme that ADO fans were not allowed to travel, as with some of their own vocal backing, ADO may just have held on to a point that would have been deserved in what was a very entertaining game.
ADO man of the Match: Kramer, did all he could for the team, on another day he’d have got a hat trick.
Attendance: 9, 279
ADO team: Hansen; Malone, Zuiverloon (25. Derijck), Kanon, Meijers; Jansen, Alberg (80. Bakker), Kristensen (87. Owobowale); Schet, Kramer, Houtkoop