In ADO Den Haag’s final pre-season build up game they faced Spanish side Real Mallorca in the Kyocera stadium. After a run of three straight defeats against. English, Turkish and Greek opposition, they now faced their toughest challenge, which meant they would need to dig deep to turn things around before next week’s season opener at home to reigning champions PSV.
ADO Den Haag produced their best performance so far, showing some slick and fast paced passing. This could have been a great game, but sadly Mallorca didn’t want to play. The first half saw them have only one shot on target from a free kick, which ADO keeper Martin Hanson saved with ease. They just sat behind the ball and let ADO have possession.
Mallorca’s attitude was surprising considering ADO’s blistering start to the game. In the second minute Kenji Gorré moved forward, he wasn’t closed down and then he let fly from distance. The shot gave Jesus Cabrero in the visitors goal no chance as it thundered in off the cross bar, great strike, 1-0.
The home side were in complete control and should have gone in at half time more than one goal in front. Roland Alberg missed two good chances and Gorré had an opportunity to double his tally.
Mallorca changed their team for the second half and it was an improvement. It was thanks to the Danish keeper that prevented ADO from quickly conceding two goals, with two top drawer saves. By the hour mark, Mallorca had retreated into their own half again as ADO forced them to defend.
Real Mallorca could not deal with ADO’s play. The pace down the wings was great, as were the crosses. Michiel Kramer almost scoring with a fierce header that just missed the target. Other chances came and went, only the agility of Cabrero in the Spanish sides goal kept the score down.
At the final whistle the fans rose to applaud a solid performance by their team. Gorré and Hansen getting their names chanted after good displays. If only Mallorca had offered up some stronger style of play it would have been a truly exciting game. But a win in the final game before the season starts next week was good enough. Everybody left happy, so bring on PSV next Saturday.
ADO man of the match: Kenji Gorré
Attendance: 2, 136