The big question for ADO’s final game of this season was, would they perform and put on a decent farewell display to their supporters? The answer was, no.
The ADO ladies show off their trophy
A lot happened around the game. Before kick-off, the ladies team paraded their championship trophy on a lap of honour to a rapturous ovation from all the fans. Then followed what is a tradition at ADO Den Haag on the last home match of the season. There was a minute’s applause in memory of all those who had passed away during the season, not only ex-players, but also families and friends and supporters, a touching tribute that was also honoured by the visiting supporters.
The game itself; well, what a topsy turvey affair it was. Despite eight goals being scored, it was not a great, exciting game to watch.
ADO took the lead in the eleventh minute, when Vicento headed home a free-kick taken by Chery, 1-0.
Vicento celebrates his goal
In the thirteenth minute Graafschap back on terms when whilst trying to clear a cross to safety, Radosavljevic spectacularly headed the ball into his own net with a flying header that any centre forward would have been proud of, 1-1.
Twenty-three minutes played and ADO takes the lead again. Confusion between the goal keeper Yves de Winter and defender Vito Wormgoor (An ADO player next season) allowed Immers to skip through and roll the ball into an empty net, 2-1.
Immers beats the keeper to score
The lead was short lived as Michael de Leeuw cuts inside from the left before firing into the far corner a minute later, good finish, 2-2.
The rest of the first half ebbed and flowed with few chances being made.
The second half saw more goals flying in. Yet the game was not a great spectacle. What made the day more enjoyable was the banter between the fans on the Midden Noord and those in Vak G. They taunted each other throughout, some great stuff being sung and the choreography was hilarious at times, especially to “Quack, Quack!” Don’t ask, just go and watch a game next season, it will have you laughing till it hurts great supporters!
Immers got his second and ADO’s third in the fifty-fifth minute: Wrong footing the defence before finishing neatly, 3-2.
Immers flies into a challenge
On the hour it was all equal again: Chery giving the ball away allowing Leeuw to claim his second goal, 3-3.
In the sixty-seventh minute Rydell Poepon (has been linked to ADO) played in Gil Vermouth to finish of a good move by slotting the ball past Coutinho into the far corner, 3-4.
ADO had made substitutions but the urgency up front faded. The ball being wasted time and time again, or when in front of goal, the shots were either wild or too weak, nothing forcing de Winter into making a seriously difficult save. The crowd got a bit restless and there were a few chants about wanting the manager to leave, a sure sign of frustration.
De Graafschap got their fifth and final goal in the seventy-eighth minute. Soufian El Hassnaoul receives the ball from a throw-in. He runs forward be unleashing a superb strike into the back of the net giving the ADO keeper no chance, 3-5.
Vicento gets fouled
The final whistle blew which was met firstly by jeers from the crowd, before turing to applause as the players trudged around the pitch offering their thanks for a seasons support.
After the final whistle, three awards were handed out. The best new comer of the season went to Mike van Duinen. The top goal scorer went to Lex Immers and the final award was for the player of the season. This went to Gino Coutinho, who also won the ADO for Expats award, a trophy well deserved.
Attendance: 14, 237
ADO Man of the Match: Charlton Vicento worked the entire game, chased everything with a fight of determination, great effort.
The next home game is, your guess is as good as mine until the new fixtures are announced.
Text & Photos by Neal McClimon