After a great 2-4 win at Excelsior last Sunday, On Friday night ADO Den Haag played host to PEC Zwolle, who before kick-off were one position and two points above ADO.
The performance from ADO was good. PEC Zwolle were happy to allow the home side to have possession of the ball, as they sat back. The first half was short on goal mouth action.
As the clock ticked into the final minute Zwolle finally made a spirited effort to attack ADO and got the reward. A break down the right wing saw, the cross was deep and then neatly chipped up for Rick Dekker to hit a right foot volley into the roof of the net, 0-1.
During the break, two of ADO’s former stars Mike van Duinen and Michiel Kramer were presented with gifts thanking them for their time at the club.
The second half was very similar to the first. No chances on goal. Then in the seventy fifth minute how ADO did not score is anybody’s guess. A cross from the right by Ludcinio Marengo was first powerfully headed goalwards by Mike Havenaar that forced the keeper into a great reaction save. The rebound from the save saw last week’s super sub Dennis van der Heijden first head the ball against the crossbar, from that rebound he got a second chance to score with his head, this effort then hitting the post. Unbelievable action, also a sign it was not going to be ADO’s night.
In the eightieth minute Zwolle almost doubled their lead. A cross from the left saw Lars Veldwijk power a header on target that was stopped by a stunning reaction save by Martin Hansen.
Then in added time Zwolle sealed the points. A cross swung in from the left saw Veldwijk from a tight angle smash a stunning volley into the net with such power that Hansen stood no chance, 0-2.
This was a game ADO should have won, they dominated possession, had chances, but Zwolle rode their luck and stole the three points. If ADO continue to play in the same manner, they will certainly win more than they lose.
ADO starting eleven: Hansen, Malone, Wormgoor, Beugelsdijk, Meijers, Jansen, Derijck, Bakker, Marengo, Havenaar, Duplan
A huge thank you to Robert John Henderson for the photos. Check his website HERE for more great images.