On a freezing night in the Cars Jeans stadium, ADO ladies faced vv Alkmaar in a must win game. ADO ladies were in seventh place prior to kick-off, meaning ADO would miss out on the championship play-off league for the second half of the season if they lost, even then other results had to go ADO’s way.
With ADO needing the win, the pressure looked to take its toll on the home players. The action was minimal as the teams cancelled each other. Victoria Pelova and Maartje Looijen had plenty of possession, yet all the moves came to a dead end.
It was not until the twenty fourth minute that the game came to life. Pelova first hitting a shot just wide of the upright. Vesna Veltrop then forced Pauline Quaye in the visitors goal to make a good save from a long range effort.
ADO began to dominate, Veltrop going close again. Not until the final moments of the half did Alkmaar get close to scoring. An error in midfield saw them break forward and the lone figure of ADO keeper Barbara Lorsheyd was still left untroubled as the ball went over the bar. At the break it was goalless.
ADO began the second half at high pace, after fifty one minutes they almost went ahead, a long range strike from Sharon Kok smashed against the crossbar, the bull went straight up before again bouncing on the frame of the goal, Quaye was lost for a moment before punching clear, the clearance fell to Kok who fired a shot in that went just over the bar.
Fifty six minutes played and ADO got the lead they deserved. Looijen played a ball into Nadine Noordam, her attempt was blocked, the rebound went back to her, the ball then came across to Annouk Boshuizen, who hit the shot low into the net, 1-0.
On the hour Noordam herself went close to doubling ADO’s lead, her shot going just wide. ADO were pushing hard up front and left space at the back. A solid strike by Gisele de Win threatened the ADO goal, quickly followed by a double chance that fell to Katja Snoeijs.
In the seventieth minute ADO looked to have made the game safe. Pelova gained the ball in midfield, her skill got her past a few defenders, momentarily she lost control. He strength won her the ball back, she got towards the penalty spot before cooly twisting the defenders in front of her to fire the ball home, stunning goal, 2-0.
All was looking good for ADO, then within ninety seconds the visitors pulled a goal back. Snoeijs drilled in a powerful shot into the corner of the goal, 2-1. ADO didn’t panic and closed the game out, winning 2-1.
Despite doing what they had to do, ADO’s hopes of qualifying for the championship play-offs were dead. The other results needed did not go their way, so a top five finish was just out of reach, ending in sixth place.
ADO ladies: Barbara Lorsheyd ©, Allyssa Daal, Sabine Kuilenburg, Sharon Kok, Sharona Tieleman, Vesna Veltrop, Victoria Pelova, Nadine Noordam, Chasity Grant, Annouk Boshuizen, Maartje Looijen (86. Shanique Dessing)