ADO ladies v Lierse SK
On Friday evening in the Kyocera stadium ADO ladies took on Belgian side Lierse SK in the BeNe league. This was a game ADO was expected to win. However it was not to be.
There was a strange about the atmosphere in the stadium is was eerily quiet during the game, at times it was totally silent. The mood seemed low? This same feeling looked as though it had also transferred to the pitch. The game seemed to lack something; it was a very odd sensation.
The visitors were a big strong, physical tea. ADO ladies could normally power through their opponents, but last night they faced a fearsome foe. The individual battles began early on and carried through the ninety minutes. It really was a fight and Marelle Worm and Shelia v/d Bulk had to fight their hardest, great contests to witness as the ADO ladies stood up to the challenge.
Despite the physical presence of Lierse, ADO was on top. They were making great movement down the wing with Kitty Susan seeing a lot of the ball. ADO went close on several occasions and finally got a break through in the twenty third minute when Teresa Noyola put the ball in the back of the net following a corner by Renate Jansen, 1-0.
ADO kept a decent grip on the game and Lierse resulted in trying to play the long ball over the top. Sylvia Nooij was more than happy clearing up at the back and starting new attacks.
Lierse got a goal in the fortieth minute. A break down the left saw the ball arrive at the feet of Lotte Aertsen who slid the ball passed Barbara Lorsheyd into the net, 1-1.
The second half saw ADO start the stronger but fade a little as time passed by. The battles for possession were getting tougher, players from both sides really getting stuck into solid challenges. It was great football to watch, no for the skill level, but for the drive and determination by both sets of players not to lose.
At the final whistle ADO players looked dejected, they knew this was a game they should have won and after the great victory at Twente last weekend made the dropping of two points even harder to swallow.
After the game there was a shock announcement for everybody involved with ADO ladies. The midfield maestro Teresa Noyola had just played her last game for the club. She is in fact leaving to Portugal on Sunday to join up with the Mexican national squad for a tournament. Then she will be off to States to resume her footballing career with Seattle Reign FC. The news was a surprise to her team mates as it was kept quiet so that the pre match focus would be on the game. There were many sad faces and a few tears, but most of all there were lots of good luck wishes and hugs. She will be missed as she was a huge part of ADO this season.
Woman of the match: Sheila v/d Bulk stood her ground and fought for ADO the whole time.