FULL-TIME: Haaglandia 0 Swans 10
10th July 2013
The Swans hit double figures against third-tier side Haaglandia in a 10-0 win in their penultimate Dutch tour friendly at Laakkwartier Football Club.
Michael Laudrup's side put in their best performance of the tour so far, with the Great Dane utilising all of his squad, minus Jordi Amat (tight calt) and Dutch duo Michel Vorm and Jonathan de Guzman as they had only recently met up with the squad.
In a game set up following the cancellation of the scheduled NAC Breda friendly, the Swans ran riot against the third-tier side.
Michu got the scoreboard ticking over after 18 minutes, volleying home after Angel Rangel's initial shot rebounded off the crossbar.
Then last season's top scorer doubled the lead - and his account - three minutes later thanks to an excellent pass from Jonjo Shelvey.
England international Shelvey then scored his first goal since arriving from Liverpool as he fired into the bottom corner before Rangel got in on the act to make it 4-0.
Nathan Dyer then finished off the scoring in the first half, but more followed after the restart.
Despite making nine changes at the break, the Swans continued to find the net at regular periods.
Spanish international Pablo Hernandez headed home Ki Sung-Yueng's cross and Kenji Gorre side-footed home goal number seven before the hour mark.
Rory Donnelly then bagged a nine-minute hat-trick as double figures were reached, with the Swans easing off for the remaining ten minutes.
SWANS (first half): Gerhard Tremmel, Angel Rangel, Garry Monk, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, Leon Britton, Jonjo Shelvey, Alejandro Pozuelo, Nathan Dyer, Roland Lamah, Michu.
SWANS (second half): Gerhard Tremmel (Gregor Zabret, 68), Jazz Richards, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams (Ben Davies, 68), Neil Taylor, Jose Canas, Ki Sung-Yueng, Kenji Gorre, Pablo Hernandez, Wayne Routledge, Rory Donnelly.
The Swans started well against third-tier side Haaglandia, who stepped in as late opponents due to the cancellation of original opponents NAC Breda.
Following some neat link-up play between Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer, the Spaniard's through ball was perfect down the right for the winger, but Dyer's low cross failed to find a white shirt.
Rangel then saw his cross deflect off the hand of a Haaglandia defender, but the referee played down the penalty appeals.
Then the Swans carved open the best opportunity of the game so far with Jonjo Shelvey beating the keeper to Dyer's through ball but Michu couldn't keep his header down while under pressure after 15 minutes.
But three minutes later, the Swans did take the lead.
Alejandro Pozuelo's finely threaded pass sent Rangel in on goal, and when his shot beat the keeper but rebounded off the crossbar, Michu was on hand to volley in the net from five yards.
And there wasn't a long wait for the Swans' second goal as Michu fired past the keeper with 21 minutes on the clock after Shelvey's sublime pass found him at the far post with the Haaglandia defence caught flat-footed.
Soon enough, it was 3-0 as the Swans carved open the Haaglandia defence once more. Dyer slotted through a pass which left the defence, operating a high line, trailing as Shelvey raced on and found the far corner with a right-footed effort after 26 minutes.
The goals continued to flow, with the Swans really getting into their groove.
Dyer switched inside to Michu, whose exquisite first-touch pass sent Rangel in on goal, and the Spaniard made no mistake this time after 31 minutes.
The wave of Swans pressure continued, Pozuelo's trickery seeing him beat his marker before his cross was deflected just past the far post for a corner via a last-gasp Haaglandia clearance.
Pozuelo did have the ball in the net seconds later, latching onto Dyer's neat pass before firing past the keeper, only to be denied by the offside flag.
They were not to be denied in the 38th minutes, with goal number five arriving.
Ben Davies' curling, bouncing cross evaded the Haaglandia defence and Dyer rounded the keeper before tapping home.
Half-time: Haaglandia 0 Swans 5
Michael Laudrup made nine changes for the second half, with Gerhard Tremmel and Ashley Williams the only to remain from the opening 45.
It didn't take long for the much-changed Swans to make an impression, with Pablo Hernandez neatly volleying Neil Taylor's cross past the keeper after 50 minutes, only for the offside flag to deny him.
But 60 seconds later, Hernandez had the ball in the net again as he headed Ki Sung-Yueng's cross into the net for the sixth goal.
Kenji Gorre then should have added another soon after, with Rory Donnelly teeing him up after robbing the defender of possession 25 yards out. But Gorre's effort beat the keeper but drifted wide of the near post.
But Gorre was not to be denied, as Wayne Routledge and Ki linked for a one-two at the edge of the box, and the Korean's cut-back found Gorre, who side-footed home with 58 minutes on the clock.
Donnelly was then denied by the keeper from point-blank as he headed Ki's cross goalward, before Laudrup made two substitutions with Gregor Zabret replacing Gerhard Tremmel and Davies reintroduced in place of Ashley Williams.
Then Donnelly took over, as he bagged a nine-minute hat-trick.
First, he nipped ahead of the keeper following a weak back-pass and slotted home, and then he controlled Routledge's pass before racing on and shooting low into the corner.
With 78 minutes gone, he completed his hat-trick as he tapped home from close range after linking up with Gorre.
That was the end of the action, with the Swans looking to finish the tour unbeaten when they take on ADO Den Haag on Saturday.