In a game where ADO ladies had a two goal lead, it was hard to see them hanging on for dear life as PSV/FC Eindhoven got back to 2-2 before an onslaught that saw the visitors hit the woodwork twice and the ADO keeper making some good saves to keep ADO in the game.
The opening period saw ADO in an attacking frame of mind, they were willing to push forward, but both Renate Jansen and Lineth Beerensteyn could not provide a great quality cross into the area. Kitty Susan had best chance in the first fifteen minutes, a cross from Jansen on the left saw the ADO forward fire a shot just over the bar.
The visitors almost took the lead when Danielle van de Donk hit a powerful drive that saw ADO’s young keeper Jennifer Vreugdenhil just manage to tip the ball over the bar for a corner. Following on from that PSV/FC Eindhoven earned a few corners, none of which threatened the ADO goal, but it was costly to PSV as ADO’s defenders were rocks at the back and were so solid that the visitors had to call on their physio a few times due to injuries caused by heavy collisions.
ADO took the lead in the thirty first minute. Vesna Veltrop played the ball into Jansen, she confidently ran face to face with the PSV keeper, as they met, Jansen neatly lifted the ball over Angela Christ into the back of the net, 1-0. It was also Jansen 100th ADO goal, a great finish to reach a memorable landmark.
ADO dominated the final fifteen minutes, Beerensteyn doing most of the attacking down the right wing. PSV had problems dealing with Paola and Yvette van der Veen. Earlier this season they looked to have lost a lot of their fight for the challenge. Now they were both back to their bone crunching best. All clean challenges, but so strong, the visitors were clearly shaken. The twins were also backed up by strong performances by Tessa Oudejans and Judith Frijlink saw ADO take the one goal lead in to the break.
At the start of the second half, ADO stormed forward and within two minutes increased their lead. A ball in from the right created havoc in the PSV penalty area, the ball fell to Tula de Wit. Her shot was weak but the defence and keeper could not prevent Kitty Susan forcing the ball over the line, 2-0.
After taking a two goal ADO seemed to switch off, a couple of forays forward but that was about it. PSV got themselves on top. They forced ADO onto the back foot. The visitors began to overrun the midfield and ADO looked vulnerable. A couple of dubious off-sides saved ADO for a while.
Vreugdenhil was at her best, she was brave and agile and prevented the team from Eindhoven getting on the scoresheet. The keepers resolute defending was breached in the sixty eighth minute. v/d Donk hitting a stunning effort passed the helpless ADO keeper, 2-1. Two minutes later PSV were back on level terms. Jeslynn Kuijpers this time beating Vreugdenhil with an unstoppable effort, 2-2.
The final twenty minutes saw most of the action in the ADO half of the pitch. The visitors certainly had the upper hand. They hit the crossbar from a header by v/d Donk, the ball also hitting the post. The ADO keeper was heroic in the final stages. The final whistle blew and the home side were relieved to have gained a point. After being two goals up, they almost threw it away. The look on the players said it all, they knew they had been lucky.
ADO player of the match: Jennifer Vreugdenhil, without her, ADO would have lost. A great display of confident keeping.
ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil, Hélène Heemskerk, Paola van der Veen © (80. Sylvia Nooij), Yvette van der Veen, Lineth Beerensteyn, Judith Frijlink, Renate Jansen, Tessa Oudejans, Tula de Wit, Vesna Veltrop (80. Franca van de Kuilen), Kitty Susan