On Friday evening in the Kyocera stadium, the ADO ladies team began their BeNe league campaign in style against the Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. The players were welcomed to loud cheers and streamers as they walked onto the pitch.
The game could not have started any better for the home side. After just 83 seconds, top pre season scorer Tessa Oudejans found herself in enough space to get a shot away and hit the back of the net, beating the Anderlecht keeper Diede Lemey at her near post, 1-0.
ADO continued the first half pushing the visitors back. In wide players Renate Jansen and Lineth Beerensteyn ADO had the fear factor, as time and time again they skipped passed desperate defenders. ADO had several chances to score, while only one shot was on target for the Belgian team. There certainly was a difference in class between the sides.
In the thirty eighth minute the two wingers combined to get ADO’s second. Jansen raced down the left wing before playing a cross field pass out wide to Beerensteyn on the right; she then beat her marker before firing the ball into the far corner, good calm finish, 2-0.
The hosts then coasted to half time with no problems at all. New captain Helene Heemskerk was marshalling her team mates as though she’d been the club leader for ages. All the new players fitting in really well. Signs of good things to come.
The second half was very much the same as the first. The ADO ladies were dominant, strong, aggressive in the tackle and searching to extend their lead. Chances came and went but it was from one clean break away that Anderlecht scored. In the sixty third minute Anaelle Wiard got clear and put the ball past Jennifer Vreugdenhil, 2-1.
There were a few more scares for ADO in the following ten minutes before normal service was resumed. ADO went for it and Beerensteyn, Jansen, Kitty Susan and Paola van der Veen going close with some great shooting, Lemey in the visitors goal was kept busy.
ADO never stopped pushing forward and deep into injury time ADO got their well deserved third. A cross from the right was met by the head of Vesna Veltrop, the ball directed low into the bottom corner giving Lemey no chance, 3-1.
Final whistle lead to huge smiles across the faces of players, staff and fans alike. A great start to the season, things are looking bright for the ADO ladies, going to be in for a good exciting season.
ADO player of the match: Tessa Oudejans
ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil, Daphne in ’t Veld, Hélène Heemskerk ©, Paola van der Veen, Yvette van der Veen, Nadia van Beerschoten (64. Vesna Veltrop), Lineth Beerensteyn, Judith Frijlink (76. Tula de Wit), Renate Jansen, Tessa Oudejans, Kitty Susan.