After two successive heavy defeats, would ADO ladies be able to get back to winning ways was the question being asked before they took on FC Twente in the Kyocera stadium early on Saturday evening.
Sadly ADO ladies tasted defeat again, but the performance was much higher than last time out. It was Twente who started strongest in the opening period, keeping ADO pegged back outside their own penalty area. In the fourth minute former ADO favourite Renate Jansen hit a shot from distance which crashed against the crossbar. Early warning signs of what was to come.
Jennifer Vreugdenhil was back in goal and she was made to work. Twente were being kept away from the danger area and were firing in shots from long range, not wasteful ones either. The ADO keeper was on top form, many times using her full length to get finger tips to prevent goal. Midway through the first half Jill Roord got into ADO’s box, she fired a shot that should have resulted in a goal, miraculously somehow Vreugdenhil pulled off a real world class save. The Twente keeper in front of me was cheering for a goal, she too could not believe it wasn’t a goal. Had to be Eredivisie women’s save of the season.
ADO didn’t threaten the goal much, but Sharona Tieleman and Victoria Pelova worked well on the right providing an outlet for the hardworking ADO defence. They managed to earn a couple of corners, but lacked any real directness. As the end of the half approached, another ex ADO favourite Lineth Beerensteyn forced Vreugdenhil into another great save. So 0-0 at the break.
Second half saw Twente coming close to scoring in the opening minutes, then the game settled down in the midfield area. Tieleman had ADO’s best sight on goal, sadly her effort went just over the bar, a miss ADO were soon to regret.
On the hour FC Twente went ahead. The ball coming to Sherida Spitse on the edge of the area. She turned and fired in a low shot just inside the post and out of the reach of the ADO keeper, to celebrate she raced across into the arms of the coaching staff, 0-1
ADO went looking for an equalizer but didn’t create enough to break the defensive line of the visitors. ADO made some substitutions, but it did not help with the attack. It was good to see the return of Lisanne Grimberg, her third spell at ADO. She is a class player and showed some wonderful touches when tightly marked. Great to have her back in the team.
Eighty one minutes played and Twente put the game out of ADO’s reach. A long ball found Jill Roord. The ADO defence switched off for the first time in the game, allowed her time to shoot into the far bottom corner. Vreugdenhil went ballistic at the players in front of her, she was so angry, 0-2.
The game ended at 0-2. The result a fair one. Twente’s forward line were great, matched equally by some hard working defensive play by ADO’s defenders, especially the aggressive Yvette van der Veen, who ran herself into the ground. If not for player of the match, Jennifer Vreugdenhil, the defeat would have been by a far bigger margin.
Scorers: 60. Sherida Spitse 0-1, 81. Jill Roord 0-2
ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil; Yvette van der Veen, Hélène Heemskerk ©, Jessie van Leeuwen (75. Mijke Roelfsema), Priscilla Mesker; Victoria Pelova, Carmen Simonis, Michelle Vrieling; Sharona Tieleman (66. Nadine Noordam), Annouk Boshuizen (75. Lisanne Grimberg), Nance van der Meer
ADO ladies have more game to play in the first phase of the league, away at Ajax next Friday. There is then a long break before the play-offs start. ADO will face Ajax at home. So far the date is set as Friday 21st April, but this maybe switched to the Saturday due to television coverage. You can see the play-ff fixtures HERE.