On Sunday afternoon in an almost sell out Kyocera stadium, ADO Den Haag took on Feyenoord of Rotterdam. Despite recent performances the atmosphere was rocking as the fans got behind their team from the start.
ADO began at a high tempo and within a minute almost took the lead. A cross by Aaron Meijers was met by Mike Havenaar who unleashed a powerful shot just wide of the post. Havenaar was to be a real thorn in Feyenoord’s side.
The home side were producing the form the fans had been longing to see. The inclusion of Timothy Derijck into the starting line gave the defence a solid balance, he marshalled them well as he barked out orders. Dion Malone was absolutely superb during the game, his fighting spirit was clear for all to see. Ruben Schaken went on some incredible runs, twisting the Feyenoord defenders inside and out.
The first shot on target came fro Feyenoord. In the fifteenth minute they broke free, former ADO player Eljero Elia broke free, played the ball forward to Simon Gustafson whose low shot was blocked by the legs of martin Hansen.
In the thirty first minute ADO came oh so close to breaking the deadlock. A quick break out of defence saw the team of The Hague race forward. Edouard Duplan ran forward, crossed the ball to Danny Bakker who headed the ball down to Havenaar. The forward clipped the ball and it trickled just wide of the upright.
For the remainder of the first half ADO were strong, they robbed the ball time after time from the Feyenoord midfielders. Both teams had chances that were headed over the bar, but no real goal mouth threats for either side to panic about.
At the half-time whistle, the fans all stood as one as they applauded the team from the pitch. Their energy, fight and passion, all things that had been missing of late were all there in abundance.
Three minutes into the second half ADO was awarded a corner kick on the right. The ball was headed on and Havenaar somehow managed an awkward high toe poke goalwards only to see his effort hit the crossbar.
In the sixty first minute ADO went close again. A long kick forward by Hansen found Schaken, he raced in on goal, one on one with the Feyenoord keeper Kenneth Vermeer who was brave and blocked the ball. The rebound fell to Havenaar, Vermeer charged again outside his box to block with his body, great goalkeeping.
Finally ADO got what their hard work deserved. In the sixty ninth minute the all important goal came. Schaken was released down the right wing. In the penalty boc Duplan and Havenaar were waiting. Then the ball fell into free space. The Feyenoord defender Sven van Beek had plenty of time to boot the ball clear, yet somehow he totally miskicked the ball, spinning it backwards into his own goal, unbelievable own goal. The stadium erupted as the fans went crazy, 1-0.
ADO’s cult hero earned his pay check in the seventy second minute. Feyenoord broke down the left wing, the cross found Colin Kazim Richards, his header was strong, but the cat like reflexes of Hansen kept the ball out, the ball fell kindly to Dirk Kuyt to tap home, but the keeper blocked that shot too, an amazing double save.
In the eighty second minute Duplan got involved in a strong tussle with Bilal Başaçıkoğlu. The Feyenoorder fell to the ground and Duplan stood on his leg right in front of the referee Kevin Blom. As instant red card was shown to the ADO player. Other ADO players reacted angrily as Başaçıkoğlu was seen to look up and show he was ok, before then rolling around screaming as though he’d been hit with a taser gun. Not good from either player.
The game closed out with Feyenoord attacking, but the three points were ADO’s. The stadium was echoing to the sounds of cheering fans celebrating not only the win, but the performance. It was only Feyenoord’s second defeat and ADO’s second win this season. Now all ADO have to do is keep playing this way!