Saturday saw ADO Den Haag start their 2016/2017 campaign with victory over newly promoted Go Ahead Eagles from Deventer. The crowd were in great voice from the start as the Kyocera stadium echoed to a raucous vibrant atmosphere within its walls. The pre match build up started with a corteo (march) to the stadium by many fans, singing songs, waving banners and letting off yellow and green smoke. This is an effort by all fan groups to increase the atmosphere inside the stadium at home games.
ADO started the game well, they came down the wings time and time again, Ruben Schaken and Gervane Kastaneer were dominant, actually this was the best performance by Kastaneer so far in an ADO shirt.
ADO should have been in front after nine minutes. From a deep cross Mike Havenaar managed to lift the ball back across the goal line towards Edouard Duplan. The Frenchman was only a metre from goal, was unmarked, but managed to put his header wide of the post.
After fifteen minutes ADO were awarded a penalty after Duplan raced into the penalty area where he was felled by Henrik Ojamaa. Havenaar placed the ball on the spot before putting the ball calmly to the keepers left, 1-0.
The visitors had their first chance in the thirty first minute, forcing new ADO keeper Ernestas Setkus into a good save. The game was flowing well, ADO playing some great free flowing football, crisp neat passing was a joy to watch. Before the break Schaken put a difficult chance just wide of the post. Go Ahead were also thwarted again by a double save from Setkus.
The second half was not as enthrawling as the first, but again it was the home side that dominated the game.
Eight minutes into the second period Go Ahead Eagles were unlucky not to draw level. From a corner, the defender Xandro Schenk rose highest to head the ball, only to see his effort curling away and hitting the base of the upright.
ADO doubled their lead in the seventieth minute. Schaken whipped in a great cross from the right. It was slightly too high for Kastaneer, yet Havenaar was lurking at the far post and was able to stoop in low and head the ball into the goal, 2-0.
In the eighty second minute ADO sealed the victory. A long ball found Ludcinio Marengo close to the corner flag. He twisted passed his marker before floating the ball towards the penalty spot where it found the head of Tyronne Ebuehi to nod the ball into the net. His first professional goal, 3-0.
At the final whistle the crowd went wild, a brilliant noise coming from the stands as the players did what will hopefully be a regular occurrence, a lap of honour around the pitch. Excellent performance and no fear going into next weekend’s match at Vitesse Arnhem and their former coach, Henk Fraser.