Jong AZ ends 2023 on a low note with a defeat against ADO Den Haag

Jong AZ enters the winter break as number 12 in the first division. Jan Sierksma’s team lost the last match of 2023 1-2 to ADO Den Haag.

Lewis Schouten on the ball on behalf of Jong AZ, Henk Veerman looks on – Photo: Orange Pictures

At Jong AZ there was again a starting place for goalkeeper Tristan Kuijsten. Due to the long list of injured goalkeepers within AZ, trainer Jan Sierksma of the Alkmaar talents also had little choice in terms of goalkeepers.

The 18-year-old Kuijsten was well alert in the 22nd minute when Daryl van Mieghem was sent into the depth. However, the former FC Volendam player was unable to properly control the through ball. A minute later, Jong AZ again got away well. A long shot from midfielder Matteo Waem exploded on the outside of the post.

On the counter

Jong AZ had the best chance of scoring the opening goal in the 35th minute. Ricuenio Kewal had escaped the defense of the Hagenezen, but the ball wide to the Mexx Meerdink who was walking along was not careful enough. The Jong AZ striker was therefore unable to shoot the ball properly on target.

Meerdink’s chance was the starting signal of a good phase for Jong AZ. Just before half-time, Ro-Zangelo Daal rewarded his team’s strong period with a goal. The wingers made the 1-0 halftime score with a dry shot from the edge of the penalty area.

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Goalkeeper Tristan Kuijsten tries to punch the ball away before Henk Veerman can head it – Photo: PRO SHOTS / Vincent de Vries

After the break it was a long wait for opportunities for both teams. ADO Den Haag, which was in third place prior to this match, would eventually come alongside. Henk Veerman laid the ball ready for substitute Malik Sellouki, who scored the equalizer behind Kuijsten from a difficult angle.

Backlog reversed

Less than two minutes later the visitors scored again. Jort van de Sande passed the ball from the right to the running Joel Ideho. The left winger from ADO did not fail to finish and thus ensured the 1-2 lead.

Young AZ was hardly involved in the last half hour and a final offensive did not get off the ground. Kewal still had a chance with a shot from distance. However, the winger’s attempt went high over the enemy goal.

So the score remained at 1-2 and we now find Jong AZ in twelfth place in the rankings. After the winter break, Jong AZ will visit fellow provincial Telstar on Friday, January 12.

AZ setup: Kuijsten; Stam, Goes, Dekker, Van Aken (Gerold/87); Kwakman, Schouten (Mastoras/72), Smit; Meerdink, Daal (Reverson/78), Kewal

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