ADO ladies lose to FC Twente

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

Attendance: 423

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.

ADO ladies Michelle Vrieling on promo tour of India

ADO ladies Michelle Vrieling departs on Monday 3rd April to India. The 21 year old player  will promote a week of women’s football at the local football Greenfield Cubs All Kerala Soccer Games PVT LTD. From Sports Networking Michelle has been asked to lead this project. There was no doubt from her side as there was immediately a clear answer from the social player: “What I hope to do with my visit to India is get the girls keen on football and in particular, offer a different perspective. They need to be made aware that football is not just for boys, and that they can play the game. Even in addition to their studies or work. I really want to tell my story to many Indian girls and hopefully get them motivated to play football too.”

Also Ryan Spencer, on the board of Foundation Power Vrouwen is very excited about Michelle’s visit to India: “We are extremely proud of Michelle for going far beyond our borders, she will have the opportunity to meet other women and offer the power to inspire.”

Greenfield Cubs All Kerala Soccer Games PVT LTD is committed to change the current image of youth football in India. This will grow through the (girls) football to develop locally. It is a good combination of education, mental and physical health that is important.

ADO ladies play at home this Saturday

Due to the international break, it is only the ADO ladies team that are in action. They play at home on Saturday in the Kyocera stadium at 18:30.

For some reason, in the last two games ADO have been letting in many goals and have been a mess at the back. They will hope to change this against FC Twente, who have in their ranks many of ADO ladies former great players to deal with. So go along and  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEAM!!!

ADO ladies hammered by Telstar

The biggest crowd for an ADO ladies game this season watched as Telstar totally demolished the home side. My previous post to this stated there would be plenty of goals and attacking football, but I never thought it would be against ADO.

The game began slowly, no side looking to apply any attacking pressure, very slow. The game came to life in the fifteenth minute when Telstar broke down the right wing, the ball eventually falling to Babiche Roof, who finished with ease, 0-1.

ADO began to pick up pace and it was once again captain Hélène Heemskerk and the ever industrious Victoria Pelova who were directing play. It all looked promising until Telstar broke again. Thirty eight minutes played saw Katja Snoeijs work her way around ADO’s number two keeper Isa Pothof and slot the ball into the net, 0-2.

ADO were finding it hard to deliver a ball into the danger area. The home said then had a goal ruled out for offside before in the fortieth minute Pia Rijsdijk intercepted a bad pass to the keeper. She latched onto the ball, went around Nicolle Martens in the visitors goal and calmly put the ball away, 1-2 the score that was the score at half time.

The crowd were expecting to see ADO come out and go straight on the offensive and get back in charge of the match. Sadly, ADO completely lost all of their organisation in defence and midfield and Telstar were given too much time and space, plus simple individual errors from the women in green and yellow saw Telstar just runaway with the game.

From the fiftieth minute Telstar got three goals in ten minutes, racing into a 1-5 lead. ADO looked as though they had fell asleep as Telstar cut through them like a hot knife through butter. Goals were coming from all angles and from long range. The pouring rain didn’t help Pothof in the ADO goal, as shots slipped off the surface at a lower angle than normal, making her job harder than it would be. Snoeijs completed her hattrick and Linda Bakker pouncing.

Snoeijs got her fourth goal of the night in the sixty third minute and Roof got her second in the eighty sixth. Both goals from distance and slipping inside the posts passed a distressed keeper. It could have been double figures easily for the visitors who also hit the frame of the goal and had numerous chances blocked close to the goal line.

The referee finally blew the full time whistle to end ADO’s nightmare. I have never witnessed the team play that badly before. It is just a shame that in front of a big crowd the team didn’t do themselves justice.

ADO ladies play at home again next Saturday, 25th March against FC Twente, kick-off 18:30. Enough time to get tonight’s problems sorted out and return to the side we normally enjoy watching in the Kyocera stadium.

Scorers: 15. Babiche Roof 0-1, 38. Katja Snoeijs 0-2, 40. Pia Rijsdijk 1-2, 50. Katja Snoeijs 1-3, 53. Linda Bakker 4-1, 56. Katja Snoeijs 1-5, 63. Katja Snoeijs 1-6, 86. Babiche Roof 1-7

Attendance: 2,041

ADO ladies team: Isa Pothof; Nikki Ridder, Mijke Roelfsema (56. Michelle Vrieling), Hélène Heemskerk ©, Priscilla Mesker; Nadine Noordam, Vesna Veltrop, Victoria Pelova; Sharona Tieleman (63. Carmen Simonis), Pia Rijsdijk, Shanique Dessing.

ADO ladies play tonight

Please do not forget to come to the Kyocera stadium tonight to watch ADO ladies take on Telstar. ADO ladies have already qualified for the championship winning play-offs, but winning the league still depends on points gained in the remaining games of phase one of the season, as well as goal difference, so expect to see plenty of attacking football tonight.

ADO ladies play-off fixtures announced

With the top four positions already guaranteed in the women’s KNVB Eredivisie, the play-off details have now been announced.

The play-offs begin on Friday 21st April. ADO ladies start off at home against fierce rivals and current league leaders Ajax. The all important final game of the play-offs sees ADO ladies at home again on Friday 26th May, this time facing FC Twente.

ADO ladies full play-off schedule is:

Some dates may change when NOS decides which games to cover on TV. The game will then be moved to the Saturday.

Fri 21st Apr – ADO v Ajax 19:30

Fri 28th Apr – FC Twente v ADO 19:30

Fri 5th May – PSV v ADO 19:30

Fri 12th May – ADO v PSV 19:30

Fri 19th May – Ajax v ADO 19:30

Fri 26th May – ADO v FC Twente 19:30


How does it work?

 After the first period of twenty one games, the eight competing teams are split into two pools of Four. The top four and the bottom four. ADO ladies are in the top group of four challenging for the title.

The points earned during the first twenty one games will be halved. If the division ends for example as 11.5 points, it will be rounded up to 12 points. The goal difference will start again at zero.

The team in the play-offs with the most points earned will become the Women’s Eredivisie champion of the 2016/2017 season. Further, if two or more teams with the same number of match points qualify for the title, The team that had no rounding up of points will be declared the champion of the Eredivisie Women.

Goal difference

If there is no difference in points, then the goal difference in the play-offs is calculated. If  goal difference is equal, then the number of goals “for” becomes decisive. If the teams can still not be split,  then the total results of the first two games played in the prior twenty one games competition will be decisive, Away goal counting as double scored goals. If the are then still level on points and goals,  a deciding game will be played to find the CHAMPION!

ADO ladies heavy defeat in the cup

On Saturday afternoon ADO ladies suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat away at Ajax. The Amsterdammers getting revenge for losing the cup final last season to our ladies.

The game began badly and just got worse. ADO were behind within the opening minute, then eight minutes later they were down 2-0. Ajax obviously seeking payback for last season’s cup final. ADO managed to pull one goal back after twenty four minutes, debut making Shanique Dessing getting on the score sheet thanks to Pia Rijsdijk. Sadly were unable to go in at half-time just the one goal behind. Two minutes later Ajax made it 3-1.

ADO came out fighting in the second half. In the Fifty eighth minute Dressing getting her second after a good well worked move. Sadly Ajax were in no mood to be denied. Again only a short period before Ajax scored their fourth, just the three minutes. In the final minutes of the game Ajax scored twice more to make the result look an easy 6-2 win.

Scorers: 1. Desiree van Lunteren 1-0, 9. Loïs Oudemast 2-0, 24. Shanique Dessing 2-1, 26. Inessa Kaagman 3-1, 58. Shanique Dessing 3-2, 61. Desiree van Lunteren 4-2, 87. Inessa Kaagman 5-2, 90. Marjolijn van den Bighelaar 6-2

ADO ladies: Vreugdenhil, Heemskerk, Vrieling, Rijsdijk, Noordam, Keizerweerd, Roelfsema, Pelova, Tieleman, van der Veen, Dessing. Subs: Dalebout, Ridder, Mesker, van Leeuwen, Simonis, Kuilenburg, Veltrop

ADO games this weekend

ADO Den Haag play at home this Saturday evening. Two points from last two games is a great improvement, would have been four points if not for the shocking refereeing at Utrecht.

This game is very winnable for ADO and the players would love your support. A club card is not needed, just bring photo ID for each ticket you need.


Also on Saturday the ADO ladies are in action in the KNVB Beker (Cup) and it is a cracker. A repeat of last season’s final Ajax v ADO.

Ajax are top of the league and scoring goal for fun. So this is a tough match for our ladies, but still a game they are more than capable of winning.