ADO ladies faced the BeNe league leaders in the Kyocera stadium on Friday night. The home side knew they would be in for a difficult night and so it proved. ADO ladies losing for the first time at home this season.
As in every home match this season, ADO came flying out of the blocks and attacked down the wings. Renate Jansen down the left creating a few headaches for the visitors. ADO had a few shots on goal, but nothing to get too excited about.
In the twelfth minute Standard Liege score what turned out to be the winning. After being pressed back in the opening period, they broke forward and Tessa Wullaert put in a cross that was headed home by Vanity Lewerissa, 0-1.
ADO almost got back on level terms immediately after a long range effort from Paola van der Veen forced Liege keeper Renate Verhoeven into a good save. The action was all in the midfield and the league leaders sorted themselves into a system and style that nullified ADO’s two big threats, Jansen and Lineth Beerensteyn. They marked them tightly and hit them hard in the tackles. Liege eventually earning three yellow cards to none for ADO.
The second half saw ADO start at pace and with fire. Twice they were so close. Firstly Jansen put an effort just wide of the post, then Tessa Oudejans has the goal at her mercy. Unmarked by the penalty spot, the ball landed, as Oudejans raced in, it looked a certainty to hit the back of the net, but as she made contact the ball bobbled up and she got under the shot, skying the ball high over the bar.
The final half hour saw Liege happy to block off ADO on the halfway line and try the counter attack, which worked. The van der Veen twins were fighting like crazy, throwing themselves onto every challenge, Paola was really her team by example. Despite their efforts Liege did get through. Firstly Hélène Heemskerk made a great block in front of the goal line, soon to be followed by two good saves by Jennifer Vreugdenhil.
In the final stages, ADO had two chances to equalise. In the four extra minutes added for injury time Michelle Vrieling went close with a header and the final kick of the game saw Jansen hit a free kick that failed to trouble the keeper.
ADO player of the match: Paola van der Veen; a true spirited fighter.
ADO team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil, Daphne in ’t Veld (83. Michelle Vrieling), Hélène Heemskerk, Paola van der Veen ©, Yvette van der Veen, Nadia van Beerschoten (77. Judith Frijlink), Lineth Beerensteyn, Renate Jansen, Tessa Oudejans, Franca van de Kuilen (64. Kitty Susan), Tula de Wit