On Sunday afternoon ADO played away at Cambuur Leeuwarden and hoped to see a turnaround in their fortunes. So far this season the Hague side has won only the once, a 1-4 win at FC Twente.
ADO returned home after the game having gained a point in a 1-1 draw. Mike Havenaar scoring in the forty seventh minute for ADO and only four minutes later the home side equalised thanks to a goal from Furdjel Narsingh.
The first half was a very nervous affair, both sides looking as though they had too much to lose than to go for a win. Chances were at a premium but nothing that could be converted. In fact only one real chance per team in the opening forty five minutes.
The only point of note is that on the fourteenth minute the whole stadium stood as one to offer support for Holland’s most famous player, Johan Cruijff who has been diagnosed with cancer.
The second half saw both teams step up their performances. ADO opened well and from a cross by Edouard Duplan saw ADO top scorer, Mike Havenaar, jump and hang high in the air, easily beating the defenders to powerfully head the ball home, 0-1.
The hosts got level after an ADO free kick. From inside the penalty area the ball was hoofed up field. Aaron Meijers looked certain to win the ball. He seemed to lose the flight of the ball and so let it bounce. Sad to say but he then tripped over himself, falling to the floor, this allowed Narsingh to race in on Martin Hansen and slide the ball neatly into the back of the netting. A disaster for Meijers who over the last two seasons has been Mister consistent, 1-1.
The game had a few more opportunities, Hansen saving brilliantly from former ADO player Xander Houtkoop. ADO’s best chance was for Vito Wormgoor as the clock ticked down to full time.
There were some bright parts to ADO’s play, but too few. First half defence looked solid, second period, at times it fell apart. Another point to note was that regular first team pick and captain, Roland Alberg didn’t even make the substitutes bench, no injuries, but dropped to watching his team from the stands. Next up, Feyenoord at home on Sunday, things will need to tighten up quickly.