ADO v Heracles Almelo

Recently ADO have been on a roller coaster run of results, some good wins and some shock defeats, which ADO Den Haag would turn up on Sunday when they welcomed Heracles Almelo to the Cars Jeans stadium was anybodies guess?

The opening phase saw ADO have most of the possession, but they could not turn the advantages into clear cut chances.  They were made to pay for this in the tenth minute. A free flowing moving the full length and width of the pitch eventually saw Reuven Niemeijer unmarked in the centre of the penalty area to easily put the visitors ahead, 0-1.

Tyronne Ebuehi went closest after twelve minutes when his cross from the right almost deceived Bram Castro in the Heracles goal and went just over the bar. ADO had to work hard to get the ball, as Heracles were happy to play the ball simply across the pitch. A tactic which eventually cost them.

Aaron Meijers lead by example, a charging run forward and shot stung the hands of Castro. Then in the twenty eighth minute ADO snatched the ball again. The resulting corner lead to a pinball of madness, saves, shots, blocks before Melvyn Lorenzen managed to fire the ball into the back of the net, 1-1.

The first half came to an end, as a spectacle it wasn’t great, but you could see ADO’s effort. Lex Immers and Danny Bakker fighting hard. The second half opened with a glorious chance for ADO to take the lead. Erik Falkenburg was open in front of goal, but completely missed his footing.

Heracles almost got back in front after seventy two minutes. Jamiro Monteiro raced clear of the ADO defence. He ran unchecked inside the penalty box, Robert Zwinkels raced out to meet him. The attacker looked sure to score, but his shot went well wide of the upright, a real let off for the home side.

The famous Haagse Kwartiertje for once was silenced. The reason, Nasser El Khayati proved what a gifted and talented goal scorer he is. Surrounded by three defenders, with nowhere to go and no one to pass to, he twisted and turned, and through the eye of a needle angled a shot through the legs into the corner of the net, leaving Castro bewildered and flatfooted, stunning strike, 2-1.

ADO took complete control for the remainder of the game, the crowd getting louder and louder by the minute. ADO’s third goal came in the eighty fourth minute. A corner was played in, Immers saw his shot well blocked, however the rebound fell nicely to Bjørn Johnsen who shot home from a tight angle, 3-1.

ADO did not hold back and went looking for more. They were running Heracles ragged. In the final minute of normal time a beautiful break saw Elson Hooi race free, beat the keeper with ease before scoring the easiest of tap ins he will ever score, 4-1.

At the final whistle the stadium exploded into a mass of noise and colour. The players went crazy as they celebrated in front of the fans on the Midden Noord. A great result that now sees ADO go into ninth place in the Eredivisie.

Attendance: 11,175.