This evening ADO ladies played a friendly at home to top Icelandic side UMF Stjarnan, who are the reigning champions of their country. Earlier this week they played at FC Twente, current BeNe league leaders and beat them 0-2, so the challenge was going to be a good one.
With ADO missing some of their stars, notably Lineth Beerensteyn who was on international duty, a few were thinking could be a very difficult game, how wrong they were. Lineth’s deputy was the real star of the game, her name, Maartje Looijen of the ladies youth team. She looks to have a bright future ahead of her at ADO. She was strong, brave, quick and her passing was very good.
ADO took the game to their visitors and the midfield had full control. There were only a few chances early on, but nothing that looked to threaten the goal. Then on the half hour a superb long cross field ball from Looijen was delivered to the forward running Renate Jansen. She collected the ball, easily went around the keeper before putting the ball into an empty net, 1-0.
In the second half both teams made several substitutions. More of the youth team given a chance and they all fitted in well. Long time ADO player Jessie van Leeuwen came on and her strength and ability to defend and hold the ball was good to see again.
ADO were looking completely comfortable up until the final ten minutes. The Icelandic champions then added more tempo to their game, the shots started to go in on goal, thankfully most going wide or over the woodwork. Then in the eighty fifth minute they got the goal they were seeking, Anna Maria Baldursdottir forcing the ball home, 1-1.
At the final whistle it was clear to see ADO were the better team and deserved to record a win over good opposition. After watching many of the younger ladies in action, the future is looking bright for the ADO ladies.
ADO player of the match: Maartje Looijen
Jennifer Vreugdenhil (46′ Denise Koorevaar), Hélène Heemskerk (73′ Yvette van der Veen), Paola van der Veen © (63′ Mijke Roelfsema), Renate Jansen (73′ Michelle Vrieling), Tessa Oudejans (46′ Vesna Veltrop), Franca van de Kuilen (46′ Jessie van Leeuwen), Sharona Tieleman, Alexandra Warren, Nadia van Beerschoten, Jip van Haaster, Maartje Looijen (63′ Nadine Noordam).