After last week’s disappointing result away at De Graafschap (1-1 draw), the team were eager to get a much needed three points. ADO created chances again last week, but there is no natural scorer in the team – no player who can touch the ball maybe five times during a game but get two goals. 

Unfortunately, the lack of a top striker cost ADO dearly. The home side started brilliantly, the opening fifteen minutes were outstanding! They created some excellent chances: Warner Hahn saved well from Lex Immers, Immers then saw a good effort blocked by Lucas Woudenberg. John Goossens’ effort saw an amazing block Daniel Høegh which somehow kept the game goalless. 

Photo courtesy of and with thanks to Marc of www.adofans.nl

Heerenveen were not even in the game, then, suddenly, one chance equaled one goal. After twenty-one minutes Michel Vlap was given time and space to line up a shot that was placed well out of the reach of keeper Robert Zwinkels, 0-1. 

Following the goal, Heerenveen took over as ADO simply seemed to give up – the visitors had so much space down the left side it was unbelievable. Zwinkels was kept busy and kept ADO in the game with some good, brave goalkeeping. The first half ended with Heerenveen a goal in front. 

The second half started as the first ended, Heerenveen on top. The crowd were getting frustrated with the performance, that was until defender Tommie Beugelsdijk decided to take on the opponents alone. Collecting the ball on the halfway line, he weaved his way through the midfield and defence of the visitors as though they were not there. Sadly he didn’t finish with a goal, but the stadium exploded into life and it lifted team spirits. 

ADO got level in the sixty-fourth minute. Nasser El Khayati picking out Thomas Necid at the far post to head home, 1-1, game on! 

Heerenveen were soon back, Vlap scoring from a free kick, curled right into the top corner: 1-2. ADO went for the equaliser straight after the restart, but the vital goal didn’t come. Aaron Meijers and Goossens tried to chip the ball over the keeper, both missing by centimetres. Beugelsdijk came close to a goal, his header caught on the line. 

Photo courtesy of and with thanks to Marc of www.adofans.nl

Beugelsdijk was being a real pain to the opponents, his passion there for all to see – something which is sadly missing from several of ADO’s players. The efforts in the final ten minutes saw plenty of possession, but in the ninety-second minute, Heerenveen killed the game off, Sam Lammers making the score 1-3. 

ADO got a second goal a minute later, one penalty to ADO converted with ease by Khayati, 2-3. That was the final score, a very disappointing result, made worse by the fact Beugelsdijk got a yellow card, meaning he misses next week’s game at FC Groningen. 

ADO team: Zwinkels; Troupée (56. Malone), Beugelsdijk, Kanon (56. Pinas), Meijers; Immers, El Khayati, Bakker (75. Goppel); Becker, Necid, Goossens. 

ADO’s next home game is on Saturday 30th March against Vitesse Arnhem, kick-off 18:30. A club Card is not needed for this game.

Text Neal McClimon of www.adoforexpats.com

Photos by Marc of www.adofans.nl