ADO ladies lose final game of the season

ADO ladies ended the current season with a 1-2 home defeat to FC Twente. A draw would have seen ADO finish in third place, but fourth is how it finished.

The first half was quiet and quite dull, the atmosphere was still, due to most people sitting on the beaches with 25 degrees of heat, which also meant the players were suffering, so the referee called for a water break midway through the first half.

The visitors took the lead in the fifteenth minute, when a long range free-kick taken by Siri Worm beat Jennifer Vreugdenhil from 25m out.

For the following fifteen minutes FC Twente were the team on top, forcing ADO to defend. Chances came and went, but ADO held out. Then ADO clicked into gear. ADO began to make chances, Lindsey Keizerweerd working well down the right wing. Sadly most of the crosses were being over hit and out of play.

The second half saw FC Twente dominate for a while, but made that domination count, as former ADO star Renate Jansen scored in the fifty sixth minute, to make it 0-2.

ADO then moved up a gear. Keizerweerd went close to pulling a goal back when she was one on one against ADO’s future keeper Barbara Lorsheyd, Lorsheyd being the winner blocking well.

Lorsheyd was replaced by Jade Adan, the substitute pulled of a series of great saves to keep ADO at bay as the hosts piled on the pressure.

ADO got a goal they deserved in the eighty second minute. Marthe van Erk was played into the penalty area, kept her nerve and calmly slotted the ball home, 1-2.

The game fizzled out as many substitutions were made to give departing players the chance to make a final appearance or to say farewell to the fans. Second half was much better than the first as a spectacle, but now that is it, ADO’s season is now over.

Attendance: 329

ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil (74. Isa Pothof); Yvette van der Veen, Hélène Heemskerk © (86. Jessie van Leeuwen), Mijke Roelfsema, Priscilla Mesker; Eline Koster, Michelle Vrieling (64. Nadine Noordam), Carmen Simonis; Lindsey Keizerweerd, Marthe van Erk, Sharona Tieleman

ADO ladies lose at Ajax

Despite a solid, strong performance away at Ajax, ADO ladies could not deny the Amsterdam side from becoming the league champions for the first time.

The home side took the lead in the twelfth minute, as they broke down the left wing, a cross to the far post was headed home by  Inessa Kaagman, 1-0.

After going behind the ADO players picked up the challenge and worked hard to get back on level terms, both Michelle Vrieling and Sharona Tieleman forcing the Ajax keeper into good saves.

In the added minute of the first half ADO got the goal their play deserved. A pass by Nance van der Meer brilliantly found Nadine Noordam, she remained calm and placed the ball in the back of the net.

The second half saw ADO again pushing forward, creating chances, yet Ajax were very capable of striking themselves, forcing ADO keeper Jennifer Vreugdenhil into some great saves.

The ADO keeper had to be substituted die to injury in the eighty fourth minute by Isa Pothof. Pothof also was forced to make some fine saves as the clock counted down. Yet heartbreak for ADO as in the final minute of the game, Marjolijn van de Bighelaar hit the winner for Ajax, a goal that sealed their championship title.

ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil (84. Isa Pothof); Yvette van der Veen, Hélène Heemskerk ©, Priscilla Mesker, Mijke Roelfsema; Victoria Pelova (49. Eline Koster), Michelle Vrieling, Nadine Noordam; Nance van der Meer, Marthe van Erk (72. Lindsey Keizerweerd), Sharona Tieleman.

ADO ladies final game of the season is next Friday in the Kyocera stadium when they take on FC Twente. Kick-off 19:30.

Van Leeuwen super strike earns ADO ladies 3 points

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.

Attendance: 329

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

ADO ladies lose at PSV

On Friday night ADO ladies lost their third of three play[off games. This time a 2-0 defeat at PSV Eindhoven.

ADO conceded a goal in each half. This loss means they are now mathematically unable to snatch the title.

ADO ladies team: Vreugdenhil, Heemskerk, Mesker, Vrieling, Rijsdijk, Noordam, Pelova, Tieleman, van der Meer, Kuilenburg, Veltrop.

ADO ladies will be playing at home next Friday night, 12th May, the game will be against PSV Eindhoven, kick-off 19:30.

ADO ladies lose first play-off game

On Friday evening ADO ladies faced Ajax in the first of eight games in the play-off series. The game was like the atmosphere, mostly dead. This was very unusual for the ADO crowd to be so quiet, not that the game offered up much in the way of goal mouth thrills to get people excited.

The game was a tactical battle from the start, both sides cancelling each other out with ease. As the minuted ticked by ADO began to force the game more into the visitors half. Once again it was the talented Victoria Pelova who was at the creative heart of most that ADO did. She unlocked the Ajax defence with some great dribbling with the ball close to her feet. She took some tough tackles and earned a lot of free kicks. The strikes on goal were off target mostly and crosses were being over hit.

At one point when ADO did break clear, it looked as though Lindsey Keizerweerd was clear on goal with only the keeper to beat. Just before her final run in on goal, the referee pulled the play back for a free kick to ADO? What happened to playing the advantage? Jessie van Leeuwen took the free kick, her aim just slightly off target as the ball struck the bar.

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The second half saw Ajax more on the attack. They opened up the field, creating space for their forwards. Their chances started to come and after a quiet first forty five minutes for keeper Jennifer Vreugdenhil, she was kept on her saves, making some good blocks.

No side looked like making any kind of breakthrough until the sixty first minute. Marjolijn van den Bighelaar scoring with a goal from a cross into the area, burying the ball into the corner of the net, 0-1. Ajax pushed forward again and for a few minutes ADO looked in trouble. Captain Hélène Heemskerk and Yvette van der Veen used their experience to pull ADO tight again.

As the game neared it end, the home side went for Ajax. They pushed forward in numbers and the crosses were worrying to the Ajax defence. Ajax were hanging on, Pelova being the closest to grabbing an equaliser with a shot that just went wide of the post.

At the final whistle ADO looked deflated at the defeat. The evening had been played in a strange atmosphere, not just from the stands, but also on the pitch, it didn’t feel quite right. ADO ladies play at FC Twente next Friday. The next home game is against PSV Eindhoven on Friday 12th May, kick-off 19:30

Attendance: 513

ADO ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil; Yvette van der Veen (80. Anouk Boshuizen), Hélène Heemskerk ©, Jessie van Leeuwen, Priscilla Mesker; Nadine Noordam (71. Michelle Vrieling), Vesna Veltrop, Victoria Pelova; Nance van der Meer, Marthe van Erk (67. Sharona Tieleman), Lindsey Keizerweerd

ADO claim third win in a row

ADO Den Haag’s winning streak continues with a stunning 4-3 win over FC Groningen on Saturday night.

ADO took a three goal lead in the first half thanks to goals from Danny Bakker in the thirteenth minute. Then two goals inside two minutes by Dion Malone after twenty one minutes and Mike Havenaar in the twenty third minute.

It got even better for ADO, as only two minutes into the second half, Malone got his second of the game. This was looking all to easy for ADO and making the important goal difference swing in their favour.

The visitors then created an amazing come back, which saw plenty of finger nail biting. THe come back began with a goal from Mimoun Mahi after fifty two minutes. Then Bryan Linssen made it 4-2 in the sixty fourth minute. Linssen made the scoreline more respectable for the visitors scoring the final goal of the game four minutes into the additional stoppage time.

The win saw ADO rise up the league table and see’s the club sitting in thirteenth position. But the gap is not yet big enough to make any pressure subside. Next up is another game in the Kyocera stadium, a tough challenge against PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.

A big thank you to Marc of ADOfans.nl for the photos!!