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|Heine Otto (19)||
Michael O'Neill (56)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Beukenkamp for Stam (46)
Gruhko for Lems (46)
Vriesde for Van Oostern (66)
Scott Kopel for Dave Bowman (46)
Mixu Paatelainen for Jim McInally (46)
Darren Jackson for Freddy van der Hoorn (58)
John O'Neil for Ray McKinnon (76)
Paddy Connolly for Christian Dailly (86)
And so to the final match of a week of intensive match practice. This was against Den Haag, undoubtedly the best side we were to face and again conditions were very hot and sticky. The Dutch First Division side mainly through exMiddlesborough striker Heine Otto was to cause us considerable problems in the early stages, he posted notice of this in the fourth minute when he flashed a header past the near post.
We replied ten minutes later when Jim Mclnally volleyed over and then combined with Christian Dailly, starting a first team match for the first time, but the teenager's shot was too high. Four minutes later Aoekhan crossed from right on the bye-line and Otto's looping header beat Alan Main. The former Ayrsome Park man then shot over from a good scoring position.
Until the 33rd minute, neither goalkeeper had really been tested, but within a minute both were in the thick of the action. Van Alphen sent in a shot which had Alan Main twisting and turning to his right to block. Three minutes later Grinsvens had to react quickly to block a pile-driver from Alex Cleland after Dave Bowman had played the ball into his path. We looked like getting back on level terms a couple of times before the interval, but a run by Christian Dailly was blocked and right on the interval Michael O'Neill just failed to get enough on a near post header after a fine move involving Freddy Van Der Hoorn and Ray McKinnon.
Two minutes after the re-start Michael O'Neill's fiercely struck drive rebounded from their goalkeeper's chest, but the equaliser was only delayed. Freddy Van Der Hoorn gets most of the credit for the goal, but the Dutchman had to pay a high price for his efforts, having to be carried from the field after teeing up our equaliser. After a run from deep inside his own half Freddy released Christian Dailly down the left. The youngster's return pass to Freddy carried him into the heart of their penalty area where he fell, but he prodded out a foot and the ball landed at O'Neill's feet and he dispatched the ball into the net. Den Haag applied quite a lot of pressure towards the end. but we held out to deservedly draw with undoubtedly the best side we met on the tour. Manager Jim McLean felt the tour was a major success. "The trip was a magnificent exercise," he declared, "with the exception of Dave Narey. every player took part in at least three of the five games."
No league table has been added for this season.