ADO ended their pre season build up with a game against Spanish top flight side Levante UD and produced a dynamic display of skill and commitment as they outplayed the Primera division team.
ADO started the game well and were soon dominating play, everything was looking good when in the sixteenth minute ADO were forced to make a substitution after Mitchell Schet had to leave the field injured, he was replaced by the tall striker Michiel Kramer, as it turned out, not a bad thing.
With ADO continually pushing forward, the visitors were able to force ADO keeper Martin Hansen into a couple of decent saves. Roland Alberg was sharp and hit the side netting when under pressure. ADO got the goal they deserved in the twenty sixth minute. Xander Houtkoop played a ball into the path of Kramer who put the shot past Alejandro Zagala in the Levante goal, 1-0.
The rest of the first half was to and fro, both teams had chances, Houtkoop going closest to extending ADO’s lead.
The second half was different, the home side simple over powered their opponents, and after only five minutes extended their lead. Papito Merencia combined with Aaron Meijers, the ball played again to Kramer who put the ball into the corner, 2-0.
The fifty seventh minute saw the visitors somehow escaping going further behind. Kramer played in Alberg, whose shot hits the crossbar, the ball is back out and again Kramer plays in Alberg, who this time hits the post.
Rarely did the Spanish side get into the ADO half. Vito Wormgoor was marshalling everybody well at the back, and instead of the long ball out, they built attacks slowly from defence, to midfield to the fowards, it was great football to watch.
In the seventy third minute ADO hit the woodwork yet again. This time Kramer played Mike van Duinen into the area, the red haired striker steered the ball past Zagala, only to see it hit the base of the post and go to safety, unbelievable luck!
ADO finished the game in total control of the game, even with the introduction of a few substitutes, everyone linked up well. At the final whistle the players received great applause from the fans. A very satisfying way to end the pre season build up. With only one blip against Turkish side Konyaspor, ADO have improved with each and every game. Next Sunday the season starts for real at home to Feyenoord.
Attendance: 2, 640
ADO man of the match: Michiel Kramer.
ADO team: Hansen; Malone, Wormgoor (87. Buwalda), Zuiverloon, Meijers (68. Kanon); Alberg (68. Van Haaren), Kristensen, Jansen (87. Ebuehi) ; Schet (16. Kramer) , Van Duinen, Houtkoop (46. Merencia)