Last night in the Kyocera Stadium ADO ladies continued in their quest to retain the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup). In the last round they beat Fortuna Sittard away 0-7. It was obvious the same score line would not be happening as the opponents this time around Telstar; are running away with division B of the BeNe league, so a tough match was expected.
The game was played at a high tempo with Telstar being the first to control the game. The opening phase saw the midfield battles begin. There were chances for both sides and in the thirteenth minute ADO took the lead. Renate Jansen had been a pain in the side of the visitors with some mazy runs leaving defenders in her wake. The finish for her goal was top class, 1-0.
Straight from the restart Telstar launched an attack and got themselves back on level terms within the minute; Claudia van den Heiligenberg slipping the ball into the far corner past Barbara Lorsheyd, 1-1.
The quick response from Telstar kicked ADO into action and they became the more forceful side. When ADO turned the skill level up level it showed the gulf between the teams in terms of creativity, tactics and strength.
In the twenty first minute ADO regained the lead; Sheila van den Bulk getting the ball into the back of the net following a corner on the left by Jansen, 2-1.
Telstar didn’t just roll over and give up and in the thirty second minute again got themselves back level with ADO, this time Priscilla de Vos getting the goal, 2-2.
As the half approached its conclusion Jansen fired ADO back in front with a stunning shot that left the Telstar keeper Melissa van der Wiel helpless, 3-2.
The second half was a much easier task for ADO, although Lorsheyd twice had to be at her acrobatic best to deny the Telstar forwards. Meanwhile at the other end, poor Lineth Beerensteyn was having a nightmare in front of goal. Normally a sharp efficient finisher she was scuffing her chances, shooting wide, hitting the bar or their keeper pulled of a great save. She could have played for ten hours and nothing was going to go in for her, one of those nights.
Beerensteyn did help create the fourth and match winning goal, after a good run she played the ball down the left to Bulk, still with plenty to do Bulk twisted and turned making herself space to fire home a fierce drive into the back of the net, stunning shot, 4-2.
After the game the draw was made for the semi-finals. ADO will play at home to PEC Zwolle on Tuesday14th May.
Woman of the match: Very hard choice. In the end going for Sheila van den Bulk, not only two goals but was a driving force throughout the match.