On Saturday afternoon, in yet another location, this time at the home of HVV Laakkwartier, ADO continued their pre season schedule with a game against Turkish side Konyaspor, a game that most thought would prove difficult for the side from Den Haag, and so it proved.
ADO had two of their top players from last season back, Aaron Meijers and Roland Alberg after sustaining early pre season injuries. ADO did not settle well into the game, whereas Konyaspor were fluid from the start. It looked like ADO were playing a friendly as opposed to the Turkish side who played like it was the opening game of their league season. They were stronger and more determined from the first whistle.
Konyaspor had some early chances and ADO weathered the storm before hitting back with efforts from Houtkoop and Alberg. Dion Malone was a threat, working well along side Mitchell Schet, time and time again they raced down the right wing.
With the game at the sixteen minute mark, the referee called all the players to the center circle. On seventeen minutes a one minute silence was observed in memory of those who were robbed of their lives on flight MH17 last week.
The first goal of the game came in the thirty fourth minute. Djalma was able to put the ball into the back of the net after a scramble, 0-1. This got the sizeable Turkish support going wild, which also lifted the team too. Two minutes later Konyaspor made it 0-2. Hasan Salih got free to hammer the ball home. Visibily the heads of the ADO players dropped.
The visitors just got stronger and just before half time they got a third. Yet again it was Hasan Salih who finished well, making it 0-3. ADO were shell shocked and pleased to hear the half time whistle.
ADO began with some of their youngsters being given a chance to show what they had. Unfortunately it did not change the flow of the game. Konyaspor scored again in the second minute of the half. A free kick was awarded, some distance from goal. Ozgur lined it up and smashed an effort goal bound. Robert Zwinkels was beaten all ends up by the balls amazing movement in the air, unbelievable strike, 0-4.
When Mike van Duinen came on at the hour mark, he exploded into the game, putting the Turkish defenders on the back foot. He looked threatening and he was linking well with Schet, who was again doing his best to apply pressure to the defence. Despite this the rest of the game ebbed away. Konyaspor happy at 0-4. ADO looked lost, passes were going astray, not nice to watch. The best team one fair and square.
Despite the result, it was good for manager Henk Fraser to see at what level his player were at. I think he still does not yet know his best starting eleven. From my point of view, he has his attacking option down the right sorted. A bit more tinkering in the final two friendly games should allow him to be ready for Feyenoord at home on August 10th.
ADO man of the match: Mitchell Schet
ADO Den Haag: Zwinkels; Malone, Wormgoor (46. Buwalda), Zuiverloon, Meijers (46. Kanon); Kristensen (60. Van Haaren), Jansen (70. Merencia), Alberg (46. Ebuehi); Houtkoop (80. Korte), Kramer (60. Van Duinen), Schet (82. Poepon)