Excelsior v ADO

ADO Den Haag took the short trip to Rotterdam on Friday night as second place ADO  took on third placed S.B.V. Excelsior in the Woudestein stadium. Two unfashionable teams in the eyes of many, surprising the rest of the Eredivisie with their openings to the season, both winning their two opening games.

At the final whistle it was the hosts left feeling disappointed as ADO have their best start to a top flight season since season 1970/71.  The game was almost a carbon copy of ADO’s last game at Vitesse.  The home side starting at a blistering pace and taking an early lead.

From a corner kick, defender Jurgen Mattheij powered home a close range header, giving Ernestas Setkus in the ADO goal no chance, 1-0.

Considering the stadium is the smallest in the Eredivisie, the atmosphere created was amazing, both sets of fans making plenty of noise, with the ADO fans winning that vocal battle off the field.

It took a while for ADO to get into the game, but soon Ruben Schaken, Edouard Duplan and Mike Havenaar started to create chances. They started to look more dangerous as time passed. Then in the twenty fifth minute, Jose San Roman tricked his way brilliantly passed to defenders, his poked cross found Gervane Kastaneer inside the area, his strike was fierce and beat Tom Muyters inside the near post, 1-1.

As the clock ticked towards half time, it was only some brave goal keeping by Setkus, who got a kick to the head from a flying boot as he dived bravely at a forwards feet. After a few minutes of running repairs he was deemed fit to continue.

The first half had been an enjoyable game to watch, the second half not so much. It was former ADO player Stanley Elbers who almost got the home side in front, getting to the dead ball line, before smashing a shot against the outside of the post.

In the sixty eighth minute ADO took the lead. A corner on the right was swung deep by Duplan, the Excelsior defence did not pick up on the movement of Tommie Beugelsdijk who scored with a magnificent full stretch diving header, 1-2.

As the game neared its end, ADO manager Zeljko Petrovic made some tactical substitutions. Excelsior pressed hard for an equalizer, but it wasn’t to be. The defence help firm, throwing their bodies in front of everything.

At the end of the game the fans and players partied together, winning goal scorer Beugelsdijk leading the antics in front of the travelling supporters. Next up is a home game next weekend against Heracles Almelo.

If they continue winning like this, the Kyocera will soon be putting up the SOLD OUT signs. There really is a strong bond developing amongst the ADO squad, they look happy and are working well as a solid unit. Petrovic is doing a great job so far.