Tuesday evening saw ADO play their first pre-season friendly since the summer training camp. This was also their match in the newly named Cars Jeans stadium. The game was against Jupiler league (Division two) side, MVV Maastricht.
Considering this was a pre-season friendly, it was very entertaining. ADO played some very fast one touch football. They were strong, fluid and determined. If this was what trainer Fons Groenendijk desired, he would have been happy with ADO’s commitment.
ADO were almost in front after two minutes, Sheraldo Becker forcing a save from MVV keeper Jannich Storch. Youngster Delano Ladan was put through by Lex Immers, however the effort was cleared from the line.
ADO got the goal their dominant play deserved, an excellent finish by Danny Bakker in the twenty seventh minute from a corner placed into the net, just below the frame of the goal, 0-1.
After the break ADO’s first choice keeper Robert Zwinkels was replaced by Tim Coremans. The keeper was forced into making a couple of really fine saves, earning applause from the crowd of 1,500.
As the second half went on, more substitutions were made and still ADO remained in charge. The wing play was good, really driving forward to get their crosses in. Chances came and went as the youngster ran riot. Mats van Kins continuing his good pre-season form.
The highlight of the second half was the performance of Trevor David. He showed skill and passion, and with five minutes remaining, his close control beat three defenders, he looked up and from twenty meters smashed the ball over the keeper, but unfortunately against the crossbar, the whole stadium couldn’t believe it, stunning strike.
Game over, everybody looked happy including the ADO technical staff. If ADO can continue to play with this intensity, it could well be an interesting season ahead.
ADO play another friendly this coming Saturday afternoon in the Cars Jeans stadium, this time against De Graafschap, another side from the Jupiler league. Kick-off 14:30.