ADO suffered a 0-1 defeat to the premiership side Swansea City at the Kyocera yesterday in a stadium bathed in warm sunshine. There were estimated to be around 400 Swansea supporters in the stadium all mixed in with the home supporters. A great atmosphere welcomed the players onto the pitch.
The game had gained a lot of media interest as Swansea’s new record signing Wilfriend Bony formerly of Vitesse Arnhem was expected to make his debut. The game was as previous games a typical pre-season friendly, only rarely did the game really go into a more serious style of play.
Swansea were the more inventive of the sides early on, having said that ADO had the first site on goal with an effort from Holla. Swansea’s new players were gelling well and former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey was strong in the midfield. It was a ball from Shelvey that gave Wayne Routhledge the chance to give Swansea the lead, expertly lobbing the ball over Coutinho into the back of the net, 0-1.
Towards the end of the half the game got a bit of edge to it as several tackles flew in, one by Michu on Wormgoor causing a melee between the rivals, earning Michu a yellow card.
The second half saw a good improvement from ADO Den Haag, their movement and passing much better. New signing Ninos Gouriye was having a lot of joy down the wing and looks to be a great addition to the squad.
ADO had several shots on goal and at times kept Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel on his toes, but only once did he have any real danger to cope with.
Bony made his debut and at times it was clear that his new team mates were trying to hand him his first club goal, even wasting much better chances themselves to do so.
As the game progressed the atmosphere inside the stadium lifted, the yellow and green air raid siren was sounded raising the crowd volume, plus there was the traditional Haagse Kwartiertje.
At the final whistle applause rang around the stadium. It was entertaining enough; it was nice to see a premier league team in the Kyocera stadium. ADO can take many positive things away from this game. The shooting still needs to be sharpened, but the attacking options had definitely increased since last season.
ADO Man of the Match: Ninos Gouriye
Attendance, 7, 250
Next ADO pre-season matches are on Tuesday 16th July, kick-off 19.00 against FC Dordrecht, followed by Saturday 20th July, kick-off 14.30 against SBV Excelsior. The games to be played at the home of HVV Laakkwartier.