On Monday night in the Kyocera stadium, the ADO Den Haag second team faced Roda JC’s second team in a friendly. The game was organised to firstly see what four of ADO’s trial players could do and secondly, to again give Aaron Meijers and Dion Malone another proper match work out to build up their strength and stamina after long term injuries.
As it turned out, before kick-off, three of the four trialists had gotten their futures with ADO sorted. Donny Gorter and Guyon Fernandez will be at ADO until the end of the season. Jan Wuytens will not be staying. The last player on trial, Abel Tamata has a few more days to wait his future.
The game itself was very physical, plenty of strong and wild challenges going on, many unpunished by the referee. ADO started well, making a few opportunities, however the main blockade for Roda was from their man mountain of a captain, Doriano Kortstam. He has the style of play I admire, strong, the ball may bet past, the player may get past, but not both together. Love to see him in an ADO shirt along side Tommie Beugelsdijk and Thomas Meissner.
The visitors started to lift their game and after fifteen minutes took the lead. A corner on the right headed home by Kahraman Demirtas, 0-1. ADO were making chances, Chovanie Amatkarijo going close twice, before ADO went 0-2 down in the thirty seventh minute. A floated cross totally deceived Robert Zwinkels in the ADO goal. He missed the cross and Celestien Djim had the simple task to nod the ball home.
As with all friendly games, after the break many changes were made. Meijers went off a minute into the half. Malone stayed on until the seventieth, good signs both are on the return trail.
Then four minutes of madness. ADO went a third goal behind in the fifty eighth minute. Djim firing low into the far corner, 0-3. All looked loss, then Roda switched off defensively. Two terrible mix ups in front of their own goal allowed first Gorter to score and easy goal in the fifty ninth minute, 1-3. Then in the sixty first minute Fernandez had the easy chance to knock the ball home, 2-3. Exciting stuff.
A dramatic share of points was not to be. With three minutes remaining Djim completed his hat-trick and the scoring, 2-4.
It was a good test for the players on trial, a tough work out against a solid team. Have to say, I thought Gorter looked the best of the three on display. ADO need new faces, hopefully these will give ADO a boost in their desire to fight the drop.