Den Haag defeat Heracles

Mike van Duinen opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Lex

Immers made the points safe nine minutes from time. The win was the

home side’s second in a row as they made it eight points from the

last 12 on offer. The visitors were the first to threaten when

Willy Overtoom met Lerin Duarte’s corner on the run, but fired wide

of the left post. But instead of scoring, Overtoom was at fault as

ADO went in front. The midfielder lost the ball at the back to Van

Duinen, who was left with a clear run on goal and duly beat keeper

Remko Pasveer. Heracles almost shot themselves in the foot again

when Jens Toornstra intercepted a wayward pass and sent Van Duinen

away, but his angled shot flew wide. The visitors looked to a

response and Duarte’s free-kick flew over, before ADO defender

Kevin Visser almost gifted them an equaliser when his attempted

clearance from Everton’s corner hit the post. ADO started the

second half the brighter and Toornstra brought an athletic save out

of Pasveer with a shot from the edge of the area. Ali Boussaboun

then twice tried his luck with bicycle kicks, the first blocked by

Pasveer than second going wide. At the other end Duarte got his

head to Anmar Almubaraki’s ball in but was unable to beat Gino

Coutinho. Immers doubled ADO’s lead in the 81st minute, receiving

the ball from John Verhoek and sending a low shot into the right

corner from just outside the area. Immers had the ball in the net

again three minutes later when he crashed a shot high into the net

following Toornstra’s free-kick, but it was ruled out for offside.