Swansea City’s pre-season preparations were thrown into disarray this week when they had to cancel a friendly against Eredivisie side NAC Breda at the last minute. At 15:30 yesterday the announcement was made that the game, which had already been moved venues once, would be cancelled altogether over security fears raised by the local police and mayor.
But luckily for The Swans they found a willing team ready to step in at the very last minute.
Haaglandia were the team in question and they jumped at the chance to take on Michael Laudrup’s men at the Laakkwartier Football Club in Den Haag.
The game would take place before ADO Den Haag also played at the venue against fellow Dutch outfit Top Oss.
Who are Haaglandia you ask?
Formed in 2005 they currently play in the Topklaase; Dutch footballs third tier and are a group of semi-professional footballers.
So they were likely keen to sink their teeth into their Premier League opposition.
However we think that they might have regretted that decision after 90 minutes.
Swansea dealt out a thrashing; romping home 10-0.
And there were two goalscorer’s of note.
Michu’s brace was no surprise and Angel Rangel, Nathan Dyer and Ki Seung-Yeung were also on target.
Kenji Gorre, the former Manchester United whizzkid, netted for the club again but the other two scorers were also interesting names.
Jonjo Shelvey signed for the club from Liverpool on Friday for a fee in the region of £6 million and he took little time introducing himself to any die-hard Swan fan who made the trip to The Netherlands.
He tucked the ball away from a Nathan Dyer assist on the 27th minute.
But the rout was finished off by three goals from a man almost forgotten at the club; Rory Donnelly.
The Northern Irish teen was signed in 2011 from under the noses of Everton and Liverpool; where Kenny Dalglish was very keen to bring him in to Anfield.
But he has struggled to make an impact since his move from Cliftonville playing just once in a League Cup tie against Crawley Town.
But he bagged three goals in the space of ten minutes to complete the rout and hopefully give him a chance of playing first team football next season.
But the forward may not be in luck; as £12 million new boy Wilfried Bony watched on from the stands.
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