ADO ladies lose at Ajax

After the easy win over Oud-Heverlee Leuven last Friday night, ADO ladies travelled to Amsterdam to take on the ladies of Ajax. This was sure to be a much tougher test for the team managed by Marcel Valk, but it was a game they went into full of confidence.

Unfortunately for ADO, the confidence was misplaced, as in the fifty first second Ajax took the lead, Anouk Hoogendijk heading home from close range, 1-0. This early set back couldn’t kick-start ADO ladies. There was something missing from the team. There were no more goals in the first half, but Ajax hit the post and had a goal disallowed for offside. ADO did not threaten the goal of Ajax once.

The second half saw ADO start at pace, forcing Ajax towards their own goal. The tackles were soon flying in hard and fast, one resulting in a free-kick in the forty seventh minute. Renate Jansen swung the ball over into the penalty box, Lineth Beerensteyn got her head to the ball and nodded home under Marieke Ubachs in the Ajax goal, 1-1.

ADO now needed to settle and take control. sadly Ajax went straight up the other end, were awarded a corner from which Anouk Hoogendijk headed home her and Ajax’s second goal, 2-1.

Ajax had got their tactics dead right, they stopped ADO’s main threat, Jansen and Beerensteyn down the wings, the forwards got no service. In this ADO team it looks as though there are not enough players willing to get into a tough physical battle. The van der Veen twin fought tooth and nail, also Tula de Wit and Judith Frijlink were willing to go in where it hurts; Vesna Veltrop also battered the keeper at one point. Hate to say it, be the others just did not seem up to it, a rare occurrence for the ADO ladies who normally are all willing to mix it on the pitch.

Ajax killed the game off in the sixty fifth minute when Marjolijn van den Bighelaar simply tapped the ball home from a cross, 3-1.

ADO were deflated and broken, they tried to fight back in the final ten minutes. Beerensteyn and Jansen began to get joy down the flanks. Jansen hit a long range free-kick that the Ajax keeper did well to save. However, it was too little too late. Ajax deserved the three points, could have been a bigger defeat. ADO had only three chances on goal in the entire game. It was just a bad day at the office.

Attendance: 250

ADO player of the game: Yvette van der Veen; a real aggressive display and never say die attitude.

ADO ladies: Jennifer Vreugdenhil, Daphne in ’t Veld, Hélène Heemskerk ©, Paola van der Veen, Yvette van der Veen, Lineth Beerensteyn, Judith Frijlink, Renate Jansen, Tessa Oudejans, Tula de Wit, Kitty Susan (57. Vesna Veltrop)

ADO ladies win in style

ADO ladies took on Belgian side Oud-Heverlee Leuven (OHL) at the Kyocera stadium on Friday night and put on a fantastic footballing display. ADO totally outplayed, outclassed and outmuscled the ladies of OHL. It has been a very long time since I witnessed such a one side game of football.

Straight from the kick-off is was easy to see ADO were on a mission. They hunted down the OHL players, they chased every long ball, won every fifty fifty challenge. The home side harassed and chased everything, not allowing the Belgians to have the ball completely under control.

ADO were in an attacking mood. Renate Jansen down the left wing and Lineth Beerensteyn down the right. Tula de Wit and Tessa Oudejans had complete control in midfield. Kitty Susan was causing havoc in the centre forward role. As for ADO’s defence and keeper, they had their easiest night ever. Yes ADO were that dominant.

The rewards came soon enough. In the twelfth minute a cross from Jansen founf Beerensteyn left unmarked close to the penalty spot, The thumping header was powerful and gave Sofie van Houtven in the OHL goal no chance, 1-0.

In the twenty first minute Daphne in ’t Veld played the ball inside to Jansen, the prolific scorer raced into the penalty, set her sights and hit the ball low into the bottom far corner, an expert strike, 2-0.

ADO had more shots on goal, the OHL keeper was at her best as she somehow managed to keep the scoreline down. However, in the thirty fifth minute ADO went three goals up. A corner on the left from Jansen headed in the direction of Oudejans. I have no idea how she managed her shot on goal. It was a mix of a jumping, spinning, overhead back heel, never seen anything like it. The ball looped up and over the keeper into the net, stunning goal, 3-0.

ADO continued to push forward, but 3-0 was the half time score. The second half started exactly the same as the first. ADO were all guns blazing. Early on Susan and Yvette van der Veen had good opportunities to extend ADO’s lead, but there keeper was up to the challenge.

OHL were not in this game at all. ADO could have and should have hit double figures. Susan, Jansen, Oudejans, Beerensteyn and Judith Frijlink all having clear sights on goal, but when a placed shot would have done the trick, they were trying to break the back of the net with power, and many shots flew high and wide, it was open season on the OHL goal.

The final goal came in the eightieth minute. Jansen crossed in from the left and Beerensteyn was at full stretch to guide the ball side out of the reach of the keeper and just inside the post, 4-0. That was how the game ended. ADO ladies were magnificent tonight, could not fault their commitment at all in any position.

Attendance: 350

ADO Player of the match: Tula de Wit, total control of midfield.

ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil, Daphne in ’t Veld, Hélène Heemskerk ©, Paola van der Veen (84. Sylvia Nooij), Yvette van der Veen, Lineth Beerensteyn, Judith Frijlink, Renate Jansen, Tessa Oudejans, Tula de Wit (81. Sharona Tieleman), Kitty Susan (66. Michelle Vrieling)

ADO at home on Saturday

Oh the ups and downs of supporting ADO Den Haag. Sometimes great, sometimes on the end of a cup shock. This Saturday the team will be in need of your support when they take on AZ of Alkmaar this Saturday night.

No club card is needed. Just go to the ticket office on the night, show some photo ID and get your ticket. The atmosphere is going to be great as former manager John v/d Brom will be back with his new club. Brom was the man in charge when ADO last qualified for the Europa league. He is sure of a hot reception which will in turn give the stadium a nice feel from the start. So go along and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEAM!

The new Northside website

On the links page of this site, you will find the websites of other fans sites of our local team ADO Den Haag. One of the fans favourites Northside.nl has been given a complete new look. It is not fully completely finished, work still in progress, but it is already a much better site, go and take a look.

Northside.nl are great friends with this website and have helped from the very start in promoting ADOforExpats. It is of course in Dutch, Google translate is your friend! But take a look through the photos, some good stuff on there. Wishing Ed continued success with the site.