ADO Den Haag ladies come away from FC Twente with all three points! The match was not a joy to watch as it was a pure battle of attrition in the midfield, neither side giving much space for the other to exploit.
The first good chance fell to Twente. A free-kick from outside the area was placed with power and accuracy goal bound, some how ADO keeper Barbara Lorsheyd flung herself across the goal to finger tip the ball away, amazing save.
In the twenty sixth minute ADO took the lead. Following a free-kick by Renate Jansen, the ball bobbled around the danger area before Michelle Vrieling latched onto it to score a vital goal for ADO, 0-1.
Twente pulled level in the thirty seventh minute. A long range shot from Twente’s captain Anouk Dekker flew past Lorsheyd just inside the post, 1-1.
The second half saw Twente come flying at ADO from the start and in the forty seventh minute an opportunistic shot from 35m out saw the ball crash aganst the crossbar, ADO lucky to escape with that effort.
ADO almost took the lead in the fifty seventh minute when Lineth Beerensteyn forced her way into the penalty area, Only quick action by Sari van Veenendaal to close down the ADO winger prevented a certain goal, top class goal keeping.
In the eighty second minute Lorsheyd pulled her second breath taking save of the match, it looked odds on that Twente would take the lead as Maayke Heuver raced in on goal forcing the ADO keeper to make a valiant point blank save.
With two minutes remaining Jansen raced down the right wing. She looked up and sent a looping shot high over the keeper into the far corner of the net, a truly amazing piece of skill that would have graced any match anywhere at any level, simply stunning, 1-2.
At the final whistle the ADO players and staff cheered wildly after this great win at their biggest rivals.
On the journey home I asked Renate the obvious question, did she mean that shot to go in?
“I looked up and saw a chance, inside of me Kitty Susan who was in front of goal was screaming at me don’t shoot! Don’t shoot! I could see it so went for the lob and it went in.” She was very humble as I praised the shot again.
Woman of the Match: Renate Jansen, that one sublime bit of skill would have won her best player anywhere.