On Friday evening at the home of Quick Boys in Katwijk, the ladies of ADO Den Haag took on FC Twente in the final of the KNVB Beker (FA Cup.) The ADO ladies hoping to retain the trophy they won last season. The games between the two sides who have already met four times in the BeNe league this season have seen one draw, a win for ADO at Twente and two defeats, this a close hard fought game was expected.
The game was as expected, Twente doing most of the attacking and the ADO midfield and defence working hard to keep them at bay. ADO looked content to soak up the pressure and use Jansen and Berensteyn as big threats on the counter attack. Lineth Bereensteyn’s reputation has been growing week by week and opponents do fear her skill, strength and speed, so they knew they had to keep an eye on her always to the detriment of allowing Jansen more space than they should, allowing her space to put in several dangerous crosses. Despite all the efforts to sciore the teams went into the break 0-0.
The second was a little more attack mined with Twente holding the upper hand on possession. Twente were looking for the win more than ADO it seemed and it was the strong will of ADO’s backline that kept Twente from scoring. Marleen Joore, Sylvia Nooij, Yvette van der Veen and Marissa Compiere were absolutely magnificent, they were so well organised and really put their bodies on the line for their team.
Twente also knew that despite their dominance ADO were always going to be a threat and they were almost caught out a few times as moves from midfield orchestrated by the superb Sheila van den Bulk and Lucienne Reichardt allowed Beerensteyn in on goal, only for her final pass or finish to go astray.
As the clock counted down Twente were making things difficult for ADO. Thankfully Miss Reliable in goal Barbara Lorsheyd was in command of her penalty area and was able to control those around her, her handling was excellent as was her shot stopping as she got busier with Twente’s threats.
In the seventy ninth minute the first goal of the game was scored. Kitty Susan’s well weighted ball was latched onto by Beerensteyn. A one on one with the keeper resulted in ADO’s teenage sensation easily slotting the ball into the back of the net, 1-0. Her joy was delirious, the last few weeks her goal scoring touch had deserted her and she was getting frustrated in front of goal, but what a time to end that run. The players and staff erupted as they ran to embrace each other.
Ten minutes remaining, could ADO hold out? The answer was no. In the eighty sixth minute Twente got back on level terms thanks to a goal by Marlous Pieëte, 1-1.
The game then went into extra time, another thirty minutes to bite your finger nails. Chances were scarce and it looked like both teams fancied their chances in a penalty shoot out lottery, which was indeed what it came down to.
The first penalty was taken by Twente’s captain Anouk Dekker. She was facing up to what many people consider to the best natural talented goal keeper in Holland, Barbara Lorsheyd. Dekker looked confident and placed her penalty low and to the right of Lorsheyd. The keeper guessed correctly and pulled of a magnificent diving save, the screams from ADO’s keeper were amazing, she was so pumped up, advantage to ADO ladies.
As it turned out that was the only penalty to be missed. ADO’s first four were converted by Yvette van der Veen, Lucienne Reichardt, Marleen Joore and Kitty Susan, leaving the final penalty to Sheila van den Bulk. Now Sheila is a player I truly admire, so strong and composed, I was sure she would finish the job off for ADO. The finish was one of confident ease and she wheeled away in celebration, her penalty clinching a second consecutive cup final victory for the ladies and wow did they enjoy the win.
Trophy presentation done the players drank and sprayed champagne, they posed and hugged with their supporters, it was a really enjoyable and emotional time. My thought went out to Marelle Worm who had been ruled out through serious injury, but was there to cheer on her team mates from the side lines. The same goes to for Paola van der Veen, a real talent and future star of Dutch football, again ruled out by injury.
The bus ride home was great fun, dancing between the seats before moving onto a bar in Kijkduin to continue the celebration party, a party they certainly deserved, well done ADO Den Haag ladies football team!
Woman of the match: Would be unkind to choose a single person, everyone sweated blood for the cause, super team.