On Tuesday night, ADO ladies took on their biggest rivals, Ajax ladies of Amsterdam. A good sized crowd for the ladies game gave the teams a great welcome as they came out of the tunnel. Sadly for the ADO ladies, that was to be the best thing to happen to them.
The game got off to the most disastrous of starts. Three minutes played and the ADO keeper Denise Koorevaar misjudged the flight of the ball and lost control, the ball fell out of the penalty and her natural keepers instinct to prevent a goal was to handle the ball outside her area. The referee had no choice but to show the keeper the red card and send her off. From the resulting free-kick, former ADO player Tessel Middag got the final touch to score, beating the replacement keeper, Isa Pothof who was making her debut, 0-1.
Everybody knew it was going to be a hard fight, but ADO held their own for a long period, it wasn’t pretty, but they worked hard for each other. In the sixteenth minute Lineth Beerensteyn made a strong run down the right wing, cut inside and slid the ball across the goal mouth where Tessa Oudejans was waiting to slide the ball home, 1-1.
Ajax then began to take control. They stretched ADO across the midfield and the home side were forced to sit back and just try to defend. Pothof was making a confident start, she was timing her runs, her handling was good, could ADO make it to the break with no further damage? The answer was no, on the stroke of half-time Chantal de Ridder put Ajax back in front, 1-2.
The second half started with Beerensteyn forcing a good save from the Ajax keeper at her near post after forty seven minutes. After that it was one way traffic as Ajax just attacked in waves. It was all too easy for them. The heads of the ADO players dropped, even at just one goal down, yet the body language already showed they were beaten. Captain Paola van der Veen did her best to motivate her team mates, shouting and goading others into action, but the response she craved was not there.
Ajax increased their lead in the fifty fourth minute, a goal by Loïs Oudemast. The goals then began to flow. Sixty two minutes Anouk Hoogendijk made it 1-4. After seventy seven minutes it was Kelly Zeeman who made it 1-5, with two minutes remaining de Ridder got her second and Ajax’s sixth. Thankfully the final whistle went soon after, 1-6.
Why ADO played with so little passion is a mystery, it happens to every team at least once a season, and this was ADO’s turn. Maybe the fact that four of their team mates and first team players all suddenly left this week that left them disorganised? Who knows? But they need to work hard to put it right before their next game away to PEC Zwolle.
ADO ladies team: Denise Koorevaar, Hélène Heemskerk, Paola van der Veen ©, Yvette van der Veen (64. Marelle Worm), Nadia van Beerschoten (73. Jessie van Leeuwen) , Lineth Beerensteyn, Renate Jansen, Tessa Oudejans, Franca van de Kuilen (4. Isa Pothof), Michelle Vrieling, Sharona Tieleman.