On Tuesday night ADO faced Greek side OFI Kreta in their penultimate friendly of the pre season. After the heavy defeat suffered last weekend to Turkish side Konyaspor, nobody was sure what to expect.
The game was the best display by ADO in all their pre season games. The night illuminated by a stunning goal, a great goal keeping display and the antics of the OFI Kreta manager.
Firstly the manager, Gennaro Gattuso of OFI, a former Italian international midfield star with a tough reputation and a world cup winner in 2006. I was lucky enough to be sat close to the dugout and was able to enjoy his passion, anger and frustration on the touchline. His rants were constant, kicking water bottles and in the face of the fourth official. Great to see someone so passionate about the game.
ADO began well against a much bigger team, the good thing was ADO were positive, their passing crisp and accurate, plus you could hear the players communicate, all of which had been missing last Saturday. ADO were comfortable on the ball and yet again the wings were their release. Mike van Duinen had the first chane inside the first fifteen minutes, a ball from Mitchell Schet releasing the striker who shot was just wide.
In goal for ADO was Martin Hansen, he was kept busy by the visitors but nothing to real put his goal at any real risk. It was a game that ADO could win, you could see gaps in the OFI defence all too often, eventually the defensive wall cracked.
In the thirty ninth minute ADO produced one of the best attacking moves I have ever witnessed from them. Roland Alberg got the ball twenty five metres from goal. He moved forward, first a quick one two with van Duinen, then a one two with Schet before a stunning confident strike into the back of the net, it got everybody of their seats, Great move, great goal, 1-0.
The first half had been quite entertaining, a refreshing change from previous pre season outings, the second half did not match the first, but Both sides still attacked and went close, Hansen in the ADO goal called upon twice to make low diving saves to keep the Greeks at bay.
Tyronne Ebuehi, the former ADO youth player was showing what he was capable of, at one point he went on a mazy dribble that left defenders in his wake, it looked like another great goal was coming before the youngster was hacked down in full flight.
In the final minute Michiel Kramer was sent clear and raced forward with only the keeper to beat. Kramer seemed to lack confidence to finish the job as the OFI keeper came out fast to meet him and block the shot.
The final whistle blew, ADO manager Henk Fraser looked happy at result and display, they now face one more friendly before the serious business of the Eredivisie starts on August 10th with a home game against Feyenoord of Rotterdam.
ADO team: Hansen; Ebuehi, Wormgoor (46. Kanon), Buwalda, Meijers (46. Van Haaren); Malone, Jansen (46. Merencia), Alberg (46. Poepon); Schet (46. Kramer), Van Duinen (85. De Vlugt), Houtkoop (85. Korte)