ADO v Heerenveen

ADO returned to home action on Saturday evening after three games in a row on the road. Two league defeats and a cup victory on penalties were what has been happening since the club’s last home game.

The game turned into a nightmare for ADO, they got what they deserved, absolutely nothing as Heerenveen got an easy 0-3 win. ADO lacked fight, passion and were short of ideas.

The game started well for ADO and inside the first minute Sheraldo Becker broke free down the left, cut inside and fired, the goalkeeper doing well to do just enough to put the forward off his final shot.

After twelve minutes it was again Becker supplying the threat. From inside his own half the winger drove forward leaving the defenders in his wake. His cross towards the penalty spot was met by Kevin Jansen, who was sadly off balance when he struck the ball, ballooning it over the bar.

The game change totally after fifteen minutes, ADO’s captain Aaron Meijers and Heerenveen’s  and Arber Zeneli clashed knees when they collided. Both players were in pain. After treatment Meijers lasted only another five minutes and was replaced by Wilfried Kanon. For some unknown reason ADO went from a confident attacking force into a nervous defensive shell.

Heerenveen began to take over the game as ADO sat back. In the twenty fifth minute Reze Ghoochannejhad smashed the ball against the frame of the ADO goal. Just two minutes later the visitors where in front. A corner swung in from the  left. Ernesto Setkus in the ADO goal was not dominant enough as the ball came towards him, Kanon had to react quickly to block a defender heading the ball, but unfortunately his interception put the ball into his own net, 0-1.

The second half was a dismal affair as far as ADO were concerned. A couple of players looked totally disinterested in the game, they were lazy and had no heart for a battle. Passes were going astray. When there was space to run into and attack, the ball was played inside or across the width of the pitch. The fans were getting angry. Eduardo Duplan, Tommie Beugelsdijk and Becker were three players who tried to keep things together for the home side. But this was not a team playing as one.

Becker started the second half well, making his way into the box to fire a shot off, but it was directly at Erwin Mulder in the Heerenveen goal. ADO then made the game simple for Heerenveen, who were happy to play some keep ball before releasing it forward to go close on several occasions. ADO were just not in the game.

In the seventy ninth minute Heerenveen doubled their lead. A great passing move eventually came to Zeneli on the edge of the area unmarked, his low shot beating Setkus and making it 0-2.

Heerenveen put the final nail in ADO’s coffin with two minutes remaining. A beautiful build up to the goal, flicks and one touch passing broke ADO down and allowed Henk Veerman to finish off in style, a stunning goal, 0-3.

At the final whistle, the crowd who had been fully behind their team, singing throughout the game turned their anger towards the players. It was an abject performance from ADO. Some players should really be taking a close look at themselves in the coming days. A sad evening in the Kyocera.

Attendance: 10, 572