On Tuesday night ADO ladies took on PEC Zwolle in the semi-finals of the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup.) The fact that Zwolle were in the second tier of BeNe league football made ADO ladies the favourites to go through, however the game was a real nail biting affair with periods of boredom followed by periods of pure excitement, not one for the faint hearted.
ADO had the best chances of the opening phase: Firstly Jansen making headway down the right wing, crossing the ball to an unmarked Beerensteyn who could only head the ball over the bar of an empty net. Beerensteyn did not let her head drop and found herself with other clear chances to open the scoring, but it was not to be. She is having a run of games when the ball will just not go into the net for her.
The game was sloppy, both sides misplacing passes and spending time just passing the ball around the defence, you would have found it hard to believe you were watching a cup semi-final.
The visitors took the lead in the twenty second minute a lapse of concentration allowed Sylvia Smit to put Zwolle into a shock lead, 0-1. From that moment Zwolle took the initiative and had a few chances to go further in front: Lorsheyd pulling off one great diving save and another chance hitting the ADO upright.
Thirty eight minutes played and ADO got back on level terms. A great run and cross by Sylvia Nooij was met perfectly by the incoming Kitty Susan who stroked the ball simply into the back of the net, 1-1.
As the clock moved into injury time Zwolle got themselves back in front. A deflected shot from Smit smashed against the underside of the crossbar before hitting the goal line and bouncing back up into the roof of the net, 1-2.
The second half was a dull, lifeless affair, the stadium was silent and it was a game that sent you to sleep. It took just over twenty five minutes of the half to see any kind of goal opportunity occur.
There was some bad news for ADO in the sixty third minute, after a challenge Marelle Worm ws left in agony on the grass. The ADO players immediately signaled for the trainer to come so it was obvious from the start that it was serious. She left the pitch and was replaced by Yvette van der Veen. After the match I heard that Marelle had suffered a bad injury to her knee, something she has had troubles with in the past. Now ADO just have to hope it is not as serious as they fear.
With time running out and the game drying up ADO sprang to life. In the eighty second minute Sheila van den Bulk fired home from long range, 2-2. Just four minutes later Jansen managed to twist and turn and fire what proved to be the winning goal into the back of the net, 3-2.
After the third goal went in, Jansen led a charge towards the dugout to go and celebrate with Marelle Worm, just showing what a great team spirit the ladies have between them.
With four minutes of added time Zwolle pushed forward and threatened to take the game into a penalty shoot out; again though it was Lorsheyd who came to the rescue pulling off a fine finger tip save to deny Zwolle a route back into the game.
At the final whistle the ADO ladies were jubilant and I contrast the ladies of PEC Zwolle were devastated. Their keeper Jessica Jurg was distraught and had to be consoled in the back of her goal by one of her own coached and ADO’s head coach Sarina Wiegman.
ADO will now face FC Twente in the final on Friday 31st May in The Hague, the venue is yet to be decided.
Woman of the match: Barbara Lorsheyd, yet again this keeper showed her value as a top stopper.