On Saturday afternoon, ADO Den Haag played their final warm up game before the start of the new Eredivisie league campaign against the Greek side Iraklis Saloniki.
The game was again a typical pre-season friendly, hardly any action to report. Yet the tackles came thick, and fast, many brutal challenges that saw trainers from both sides on the pitch on more than one occasion.
ADO had their new keeper, Ernestas Setkus in goal making his debut. He didn’t have much to do throughout the entire game. Both sides had sights on goal but nothing of any real danger. The crowd were subdued until the twenty fourth minute when a blocked shot from Gervane Kastaneer fell nicely for Edouard Duplan. The Frenchmen was calm as he twisted away from a defenders attention before slotting the ball into the back of the net, 1-0.
There were some long range efforts from ADO in the remainder of the half, and when Setkus flapped at a ball, it was his defence that came to his aid, to ensure ADO went in at half time a goal up.
The second half was a similar story to that of the first. Chance were rare and the tackles came flying in. ADO were awarded a penalty, but Mike Havenaar saw his spot kicked saved by Makis Giannikoglou, who got down to his left well.
The end of the game saw the end of ADO’s pre-season build up. Playing seven games, winning all of them, something which has not happened for many seasons in the pre season games. ADO scoring a total of nineteen goals, conceding only one. A good set of results that they will look to carrying forward into next Saturday’s league opener at home to Go Ahead Eagles.