On a wet November’s day, ADO Den Haag continued their poor form with a 1-1 draw against SC Heerenveen.
ADO came into the game in poor form, with only 1 win in their last 5 games whilst Heerenveen came into the game winning their last 4, including one against Ajax. Both teams knew a win would help them achieve their objectives for the season. ADO started the game in 15th place, whilst Heerenveen started it in 8th.
ADO v Heerenveen Last 5 Head to Head:
ADO Won 0
Hereenveen Won 4
With the heavens opening before the game, a mistake could’ve seen the game swing in either favour. A lack of concentration allowed Heerenveen’s Odgaard to strike at goal after good work from Ejuke, however it came to nothing. Moments later, ADO countered and a superb pass from Goossens allowed Hooi to cross it to Immers on the edge of the box, whose shot was blocked, with moments later blazing over the bar.
The rest of the first 30 minutes was rather uneventful. However, in the 32rd minute Hooi sprang to life and countered from a Heerenveen corner, he laid it wide to Meijers who crossed it into Kramer who looked to lay it to a supporting player, but nobody was there to turn it in.
This then allowed for a counter from Heerenveen and the young Alen Halilović, currently on loan from AC Milan, found himself free on the right-hand side and attempted a curling effort that was just a whisker away from the far-left post. Controversy followed moments later as Heerenveen had a goal disallowed for offside, which will continue the fierce debate around VAR. Despite the flag for offside, a through ball from Van Rhijn sent Odgaard through who finished perfectly into the bottom left corner.
Half time came and it seemed fairly even to this point, with nothing much in it. Both teams had half-chances after the break with Odgaard from Heerenveen and Hooi from ADO both shooting straight at the respective keepers.
In what seemed a drab game, Cryensio Summerville, perhaps the brightest prospect for ADO this season, took the ball from his own half and ran into the Heerenveen box where he was promptly fouled by Floranus who pushed him in the back. The penalty was taken by Kramer who hit the bottom of the right post, sending Hahn the wrong way, but bounced in to put ADO ahead.
With ADO leading, it didn’t seem like much would change in what was just a game of a few, half-hearted chances. Dreyer, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion and Jordy Bruijn came on for Heerenveen in an attempt to force ADO back into their own half. This led to Heerenveen having many corners that went across the face of the goal, but with no luck.
However, the pressure from Heerenveen finally paid off. In the 88th minute, a cross from the left-hand side towards the back post from the substitute Sven Bruijn, evaded ADO’s defence and was nodded in by the unmarked Botman, sending the Heerenveen fans wild. Groenedijk sent Necid on in an attempt to try and grab a last-minute winner, but to no avail.
The draw meant both teams went up one place in the Eredivise. ADO to 14th above Zwolle and Heerenveen up to 7th, leapfrogging Heracles.
Final Score ADO Den Haag 1-1 Heerenveen.
Man of the Match: Crysencio Summerville
Referee: Sander Van der Eijk
ADO: Michiel Kremer (p)(60)
SC Heerenveen: Sven Botman (88)
ADO Den Haag:
Trainer: Fons Groenendijk
Aaron Meijers (C)
Lex Immers Off (83) On Bilal Oud-Chikh
Kramer (1) Off (88) Necid On
Elson Hooi Off (73) Falkenburg On
Trainer: Johnny Jansen
Hicham Faik (C)
Alen Halilović (Van Bergen injured in the warm up) Off (68) On Dreyer
Ricardo Van Rhijn
Joey Veerman Off (68) On Bruijn
Text and photo: Alastair Ryan