Tuesday evening saw ADO Den Haag take on FC Dordrecht in their fourth pre season friendly. A good sized crowd watched the game in glorious sunshine. ADO could only improve on their last performance, couldn’t they?
Well ADO certainly started strong, Most attacks coming down the right wing. Newly crowned captain Mike van Duinen was closest in an opening period of pressure, clipping the ball just wide.
In the ninth minute ADO got themselves in front. A corner on the right was hit to the far side of the penalty area, Vito Wormgoor rose magnificently to send a high looping header over the keeper into the back of the net, 1-0 and what ADO deserved.
Great to see ADO dominate proceedings, restricting fellow Eredivisie side Dordrecht to only one decent chance in the thirty ninth minute, they came forward and ADO’s new Danish Keeper, Martin Hansen came out to narrow the angle, a save that got the fans on his side.
ADO increased their lead in the fortieth minute, Kevin Jansen, who since returning to action from long term injury already looks to be at a good peak of fitness intercepted a loose pass out by the keeper. Jansen looked a certainty to score, only to see his effort hit the inside of the post, he reacted quickly to get to the ball and instead of scoring himself, laid the ball to Dion Malone to score the simplest goal of his career so far, 2-0.
Second half began as the first, ADO storming forward, van Duinen going close from the off. The game slowed down a bit, heat was tiring, despite the breaks for water. At one point there was some slow handclapping from the supporters.
Things livened up as Dordrecht drove to get onto the score sheet. They had several chances, they were however denied by Hansen who pulled off a series of decent saves, and one which drew gasps from the crowd, a real world class save.
ADO weathered the storm and were back on top with numerous attacks coming down the flanks. Malone was having a great game, very impressive performance. ADO had some crazy goal mouth scrambles, but just couldn’t get the ball on target, when they did, the Dordrecht keeper was flinging himself around his goal area, matching Hansen’s athleticism.
The final goal of the game came in the eight eighth minute. After much pressure, Dordrecht finally cracked again. Malcolm Esajas slamming the ball home calmly from inside the area, 3-0.
Final whistle was met with applause, some of ADO’s passing was looking better and players looking more confident to actually have a shot on goal. The remaining three friendly matches are against foreign opposition which should give the ADO side a few headaches, but looking good for the new season.
ADO Man of the Match: Dion Malone