Ajax ends season true to style

Ajax ends season true to style

The 2014-2015 football year is over. Ajax was surprised in the last game by degraded FC Dordrecht: 2-1. A goal by Ricky van Haren in extra time was fatal for Ajax.

Ajax ended its tumultuous 2014-2015 season in the Riwal Hoogwerkers Stadium. On the artificial turf of FC Dordrecht, Frank de Boer started with a different squad compared to the team’s last competition match. The Ajax coach had already announced a starting spot for Diederik Boer on Friday. The same was true for Kenny Tete. The right back earned a spot again at the expense of his competitor, Ricardo van Rhijn. De Boer also rewarded the youngster for his solid performance in the home game against Cambuur.

Other standouts in De Boer’s selection were the defensive duo of Mike van der Hoorn-Jairo Riedewald, as well as Lasse Schöne’s role as midfielder. Captain Nicolai Boilesen returnd as left back. Niklas Moisander, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson and Jasper Cillessen were not in the selection and thus had their first day of holidays. Moisander can report directly to his new club, Sampdoria. Reserve keeper Andre Onana warmed the bench.

It was a tough afternoon in Dordrecht. The home team was able to keep up easily with the ousted national champion. The last-place team had clearly decided to leave the Eredivisie with their head held high. The South Holland team was pumped up for one last dance. Without Boer ever really being in trouble, most shots on goal were taken on Ajax’s goal before halftime. Ajax also created a few good opportunities. After eight minutes, Anwar El Ghazi sent a header just wide of Filip Kurto’s goal. Shortly before halftime, Van der Hoorn sent a ball from a corner over the goal.

Ajax didn’t only bid farewell to the 2004-2015 season. The Amsterdam team enjoyed the cozy stadium on the Krommedijk for the last time. For FC Dordrecht, the Eredivisie adventure would be limited to one season. Hopefully for the Dordrecht team, it won’t take twenty more years before they face Ajax again in competition play. On February 19, 1995, Ajax played – with Frank de Boer in its ranks – its first and last game against the pride of Dordrecht. Louis van Gaal’s Ajax won that day, 1-3. De Boer scored one of the goals. Marc Overmars and Nwankwo Kanu also scored that day.

On October 29, 2009, Ajax did meet Dordrecht in a cup match. That was also a forgettable match. Urby Emanuelson finally lifted Ajax to a win in the final minutes of overtime with his 1-2 goal, leading the team into the next cup round. The frivolous lefty scored both Ajax goals that night. With Dordrecht coach Jan Everse, another Ajax connection could be made on Sunday. The successor of Ernie Brandts, who was fired earlier this season, played in 95 official Ajax matches between 1977 and 1980.

Centre forward Viktor Fischer brought the visitors into the lead in the 57th minute. The Dane at first stumbled on goalie Kurto, who had come far out. After a short scrimmage, Fischer sent the ball into the Dordrecht goal: 0-1. It was the forward’s last play of ’14-’15. The Dane made way for Arek Milik in the last half hour. Daley Sinkgraven also conceded his spot to Thulani Serero.

Boer made a good save in the final minutes on centre forward Ricky van Haaren. Boer and Ajax had been lucky three minutes earlier when a shot from Giovanni Korte ended up on the post. The miss was typical of Dordrecht this season. The club has played 33 Eredivisie games and only scored 22 goals. The team has had 75 goals against so far this season. Dordrecht will re-join the Jupiler League next season.

Dordrecht redeemed itself in the last minutes of the season. Sean Klaiber provided Dordrecht’s last Eredivisie match with some shine. The substitute scored into the near corner: 1-1 Ajax didn’t manage much more than a header onto the crossbar by Van der Hoorn. Thus it happened that the Amsterdam team lost to the Dordrecht team in extra time. Van Haaren sent a long-distance ball past Boer in the final minutes: 2-1.

At 16:21, it was all over. The first defeat in the Eredivisie at the hands of Dordrecht was in the books, as well as Ajax’s first defeat on artificial turf. Ajax ended the season true to style: without any prizes and with a hangover.