On Thursday afternoon ADO Den Haag took on RKC Waalwijk in the Kyocera stadium for a friendly fixture. The side from the second tier of Dutch football, the Jupiler league, were the opposition for this game that was arranged to fill in the gap of weekend football due to the international break.
The first half was a dull affair, the visitors edging the possession in the midfield battle. Again certain ADO players showed a lack of interest in the game, this has to change soon! Despite Waalwijk having more of the play, it was ADO who came closest to going ahead. Tom Trybull putting the ball into the net, before it was ruled out for off-side.
RKC made some good chances to score, the wing play was good, but with Robert Zwinkels in the ADO goal, the defence showed they had confidence in him, allowing him to come and claim the ball with ease, not once dropping it. Must be putting pressure on the number one keeper Ernesto Setkus.
The second half saw ADO come out stronger and with fight. The hosts certainly took the game to RKC who struggled to match the speed of ADO’s attacks. There were many changes at the start of the second half, the introduction of Edouard Duplan and Trevor David saw the wing attacks flow. This inspired Ludcinio Marengo to play harder and he got his rewards.
Marengo scored twice in the fifty fourth and eightieth minutes, both goals taken skilfully and calmly. He could have easily claimed a hattrick, it was only a series of good saves from the RKC keeper Etienne Vaessen and his replacement Martijn Bijdevierthat stopped that.
ADO’s final goal came in the eighty eighth minute when Chovanie Amatkarijo cut in from the left wing before placing the ball into the far corner to make it 3-0.
So in general, first half, bad, second was much better. Next up is the big game at home to Ajax on Sunday 16th October.