On Friday evening, ADO ladies hosted PSV Eindhoven in their fourth match of the play-off fixtures. Having lost their opening three games ADO ladies were desperate to put on a show for the fans who loyally follow them home and away. So far they had scored zero goals and conceded eight in their opening fixtures.
The first half was very much a quiet affair, chances were few and far between. PSV looked to be the stronger side. Both sides had openings, but the final thrust of attack was missing.
In the nineteenth minute the visitors took the lead. Jeslynn Kuijpers was played in on goal. She was one on one with ADO keeper Jennifer Vreugdenhil, she kept her cool and calmly passed the ball into the net, 0-1.
The game was pretty much even for twenty minute, before ADO moved up a gear and became more threatening down the wings. In the second minute of first half injury time ADO got level. The ever energetic Lindsey Keizerweerd broke forward, centering the ball for Marthe van Erk to slot the ball home, 1-1.
The second half saw ADO come out with a totally different game plan. They really went for PSV. They totally dominated the midfield and were winning every loose ball. PSV had their backs to the wall as ADO pushed forward. Priscilla Mesker and Nadine Noordam were working so hard, never gave up on anything.
The PSV keeper Angela Christ, who in the first half had made some good saves, was playing even better during the second half, time after time she timed her runs from her goal to make superb blocks and agile saves. ADO kept attacking and PSV were putting their bodies on the line to block shots, very brave defending.PSV had to substitute their keeper due to injury, Annerens Tijm taking over and was kept just busy, producing some fine saves to keep the visitors in the game.
ADO had a goal disallowed but in the sixty third minute they got the goal their play deserved. The home side were awarded a free-kick thirty five meters away from goal. Jessie van Leeuwen placed the ball before curling an absolute beauty of a shot into the far corner over the keeper, fantastic goal, 2-1.
ADO had so many chances to seal the game, but the ball would go in the net. In the final five minutes PSV tried their hardest to get level. This time it was ADO’s defence that had to be strong. Vreugdenhil pulled of some good saves to deny the visitors.
The whistle went and ADO claimed their first three points in the play-offs. It was a very enjoyable game in a fun atmosphere. ADO deserved the three points.
ADO ladies: Jennifer Vreugdenhil; Hélène Heemskerk ©, Sabine Kuilenburg (35. Jessie van Leeuwen), Priscilla Mesker, Sharona Tieleman (35. Eline Koster); Victoria Pelova (80. Carmen Simonis), Michelle Vrieling, Nadine Noordam; Nance van der Meer, Marthe van Erk, Lindsey Keizerweerd