On Saturday evening, ADO ladies played at home to sc Buitenveldert from Amsterdam in the semi-final of the KNVB Beker (Cup).
The game started off pretty evenly, but it only took sixteen minutes for ADO to take the lead, when Kirsten Koopmans scored in the far corner, 1-0.
ADO attacked at will and had three excellent chances to go further in front, but the visitors goal had a charmed life as Kim Dolstra, Dominique Bruinenberg and Lineth Beerensteyn came extremely close.
ADO were soon to rue the missed chances as Buitenveldert equalised in the thirty fifth minute when Lieselotte Weis curled the ball passed Jennifer Vreugdenhil in the ADO goal,1-1.
The second half was a real battle as tackles went flying in and trainers were kept busy by numerous casualties. The fight was being won by the home side and in the fiftieth minute took the lead. Pia Rijsdijk converting her chance, 2-1.
The visitors battled hard to get back into the game, only being one goal behind gave them all the incentive they needed to push forward. You could feel the tension in the stadium as the clock counted down.
In the eighty ninth minute the game was over. The impressive Koopmans crossing for Rijsdijk to get her second and ADO’s third goal, 3-1.
The final whistle was greeted with cheers and huge smiles as fans and players alike celebrated reaching their third cup final. ADO ladies winning both final appearances.
The Cup Final will be played against big rivals Ajax of Amsterdam, who beat PSV Eindhoven in the other semi-final. It will be played on Saturday 28th May, kick-off 18:00. In ADO’s own Kyocera stadium. Ticket information will follow later.
ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil; Yvette van der Veen, Hélène Heemskerk, Kim Dolstra, Priscilla Mesker; Dominique Bruinenburg, Lisanne Grimberg, Michelle Vrieling (46. Pia Rijsdijk); Lineth Beerensteyn (90 + 1. Marthe van Erk), Nadine Noordam, Kirsten Koopmans.
A huge thank you goes to Robert John Henderson for the great photos. To see more of his great work and videos, click HERE.