ADO ladies back to winning ways
On Friday night ADO ladies travelled to Belgium to take on Lierse SK. The big question was would last weeks hammering against FC Twente have any repercussions, or would they bounce straight back?
The first half saw action at both ends with ADO’s Beerensteyn, Jansen and Moudou causing most of the headaches for their opponents as ADO steamed forward eradicating the nightmare that was last week. Kitty Susan showed great strength as she became the target woman that most of ADO’s work was going through.
In the thirtieth minute ADO got the goal their play deserved. The ball played forward to Kitty Susan on the edge of the area. She neatly turned the defender all ways up and then calmly slammed the ball into the roof of the net, great finish. The goal celebrations were loud and joyous as the ghosts of last week were finally vanquished 0-1.
ADO continued to be the stronger team until the whistle blew for half time.
The press room at Lierse happens to back onto the changing room of the home side and all I could hear was a sustained period of shouting and screaming from who I assume was their manager, obviously not happy.
Well what ever was being screamed it certainly sent out the home side with a different edge and attitude. They did to ADO what ADO had done to them in the first forty five minutes. ADO had a few chances to make it safe but the finishing touches were missing still.
The ADO back four were outstanding, they were put under sustained pressure for long periods of time as Lierse launched attack after attack down the flanks. When they got someone clear the sliding tackles and blocks were timed to perfection, the odd free-kick given away outside the box, but inside the area: stunning defensive work. On the occasions they beat the defence they came up against Lorsheyd who was again at her very best. Her judgement was sublime and there was one magnificent single handed save that would have beaten most.
The final minutes were nail biting to watch as it looked destined that Lierse would score, their play deserved it, but ADO held strong.
In the second minute of Injury time Yvette van der Veen again put in a superb sliding tackle to put the ball out of play. The next thing the referee was producing a second yellow card and then showed a red dismissing Yvette from the pitch. The entire playing and coaching staff went ballistic at the decision. Manager Sarina Wiegman confronted the linesman to ask what the booking was for. The linesman then got the referee to dismiss her to the stands, ADO were in uproar.
At the final whistle there was an explosion of joy as everybody ran on to the pitch. It had been a tough match with some impressive performances. Three points gained and next up the challenge of championship leaders Standard Liege.
Woman of the match: Barbara Lorsheyd; A total dominant performance in goal.