Standard de Liege too strong for ADO ladies

Standard Leige 3 v 0 ADO ladies

On Saturday ADO ladies faced their toughest test of this first BeNe league season, a trip to undefeated Standard Liege of Belgium.

The game was an eye opener for ADO. The home side was strong, skillful and quick. Their passing was top quality and their join up play was amazing to watch. There are no excuses to be made. ADO tried hard in the game, they fought and chased for everything. It was one of those days that was not going to go the way of the visitors.

Standard took control from the off and yet it was ADO who came closest to opening the scoring. From a corner by Jansen the ball was headed goal bound by Reichardt, there was a frantic scramble as shots rebounded around the area, but the ball would not go in.

Despite being under great pressure ADO managed to hold off the threat of Standard until the fortieth minute. Gone were the attempts to by pass the ADO defence with cunning football, the hosts resorted to a long ball tactic which paid dividends as Audrey Dumoustier found some space for herself to slot the ball home, 1-0.

The second half saw Standard go at ADO even more. Their flowing play was a joy to watch. Not only were they skillful but they were also bigger and stronger than the ADO ladies. I would guess that the average age of ADO’s team would be 21, whereas Standards maybe 24 or 25, the experience and extra guile showed as they began to force ADO into making errors and losing possession in dangerous areas.

ADO’s midfield and defence were working tirelessly to keep Standard at bay; meanwhile Ado’s forwards were targeted as soon as the ball was played up to them. The Standard defenders taking no prisoners in their challenges, I believe the referee was far to lenient on the home side yet punished ADO far too often for lesser fouls.

In the sixty first minute Standard got themselves clear of ADO, A thumping shot from Vanity Lewerissa beating Lorsheyd who stood no chance of stopping it, 2-0.

It was game over in the seventy second minute after Maud Coutereels hit a screamer of a shot from 30 metres out which gave ADO’s keeper absolutely no chance, stunning strike, 3-0.

The game settled down a bit after the third goal. ADO had chances, Vrieling, Jansen and Paola van der Veen going close, but it wasn’t to be.

At the final whistle, in all honesty, Standard had proven why they are top of the BeNe league and are favourites to win it. ADO need not be down hearted, they gave it all they got, but they were up against a superior side that is currently in great form. It is an experience ADO will learn from and it will make them stronger in the future. ADO is a young side and if they stay together for a few years, they will easily do to other what Standard did to them. ADO’s young team have already done it to many other previously, now to move up a step. The best team won, the result was fair.

Woman of the match: Sheila van den Bulk: A fighter to the end, real energy and determination.

Attendance: 130

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