On Friday night ADO ladies took on league leaders and championship favourites Standard Liege in the Kyocera stadium. The home side looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat in Belgium earlier this year. The visitors were a solid team, made up of more experienced players including several internationals. The game would be a tough test for the ladies of ADO Den Haag.
The 3-0 defeat was not avenged, but repeated. ADO ladies managed to keep on par with the visitors as the game flowed end to end: ADO making chances but none good enough to really threaten the goal of Liege. The Belgians tried more of a long ball approach to this game which saw Sylvia Nooij take control, cleaning up and playing the ball neatly forwards to the home aside midfield. This was playing easily into ADO’s passing style of play.
Standard Liege took the lead in the twenty second minute when Aline Zeler poached a goal from a corner kick. ADO kept in the game with some good passing football and the main threat came from teenage sensation Lineth Beerensteyn who tormented the Liege backline time and time again. The first half finished with ADO trailing 0-1.
A game of two halves if often said in football, in this case that sentiment was true. Liege came out a totally different team; they changed tactics and began to run ADO ragged. Their passing and inter play was great to watch, if you were a neutral or Liege fan that is.
Liege got two goals in quick succession. Zeler claiming her second in the fifty third minute and followed in the fifty eighth minute by a goal from Davina Philtjens.
At 0-3 the game was already over, yet Beerensteyn was still creating havoc amongst the Liege defenders. The only way they could stop here was by kicking her and in one short period she was flattened three times by heavy challenges. The manager eventually taking her off to be sure she would be set for Tuesday cup semi-final game.
The game ended 0-3. The result and that of other meant that ADO could no longer retain their championship title, which has now been won by FC Twente. ADO ladies have nothing to be ashamed of, they have been brilliant all season, and they are a very young side and are still growing physically. If Sarina can keep these youngsters together, in two years time no doubt ADO will be doing to others what Standard Liege did to them. There is most definitely a bright future ahead for the ADO ladies team.
Woman of the match: Lineth Beerensteyn, Just an amazing powerful display of raw aggression and talent.