ADO v FC Utrecht

On Sunday afternoon looked to build on their great start to the season as they faced FC Utrecht in the Kyocera stadium. Thanks to the previous two results and the way ADO have played, plus the fact there was a special offer for season ticket holders, the stadium was almost a sell out and the atmosphere was enough to make your hair stand on end.

Utrecht started brightest, but ADO players harassed them, chased them and got into the visiting players, not allowing them to settle on the ball. Sadly ADO’s tempo dropped which gave more freedom for the Utrecht players. It was easy to see that Utrecht were not prepared to rush things, as from the first goal kick they were awarded, the keeper, Robbin Ruiter began time wasting and was forever taking an age to clear the ball, something the referee should have dealt with early on as it happened throughout the entire game.

FC Utrecht should have score first, when the ball came into the area after fifteen minutes, Louis Nganioni mistiming his effort and firing off target, a let off for ADO.

In the twenty third minute ADO got their first sight of goal after Edouard Duplan brilliantly tuned his marker and raced down the left wing. His cross was only a fraction too high of the forward rushing Mike Havenaar.

In the thirtieth minute, after ADO gave away a stupid penalty, the home side fell behind. Utrecht had been awarded a free-kick and as the ball came over, there was the usual melee of pushing, but Timothy Derijck for some reason just grabbed hold of Nacer Barazite and pulled him down, a simple penalty. Sebastien Haller then coolly converted the spot kick, 0-1.

Barazite was becoming a thorn in ADO’s side, a fantastic bit of skill saw him race down the flank, cross the ball to Bart Ramselaar who from close range headed the ball into the arms of Martin Hansen, a minute later in the thirty eighth minute, a long kick from Ruiter saw Derijck at fault again and he lost the flight of the ball allowing Ramselaar in on goal, Hansen pulling off a great save, before heatedly berating his defender.

By this time it looked as though nothing was going ADO’s way as every decision seemed to go against them. Pol van Boekel was not the only one to take abuse from the fans, but his assistants seemed set on not awarding the home side anything apart from when it was so clear cut, it would have been embarrassing not to award a free-kick ADO’s way.

The second half started with returning cult hero Tommie Beugelsdijk coming on as a substitute, a sight the fans wanted to see, as they had been chanting his name since the pre match warm up.

Utrecht had first chance of the second period, Hansen forced to turn the ball over the bar. After that ADO began to show some more effort in going forward. With plenty of height in the forward line plus the addition of Beugelsdijk, cross after cross came in, Havenaar coming closest to scoring on the hour mark.

In the seventy fifth minute Giovanni Korte  raced through on goal, his chip was almost perfectly executed, but sadly the ball just missed the frame of the goal. As the clock counted down ADO threw more caution to the wind. In the eighty second minute, they should have been awarded a clear penalty for handball, from my position it was definite penalty, but the referee waved it away.

In the eighty fifth minute Beugelsdijk almost got his dream goal, from a corner he rose highest and headed goalwards, beating the keeper only to be denied by Mark van der Maarel on the goal line.

After the aerial bombardment ADO finally got level. From the half-way line along ball from Aaron Meijers saw Havenaar out jump his marker near the penalty spot and loop a header over the head of Ruiter, a goal ADO deserved, 1-1.

So two points dropped at home, but after three games, ADO still remain unbeaten, a situation most fans didn’t dare dream about when the opening fixtures were announced. Next up, Ajax away.

Attendance: 12, 293

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