On Tuesday night in the Kyocera stadium, ADO ladies took on their big rivals, Ajax ladies from Amsterdam. After a run of disappointing results, losing three in a row, the ADO ladies needed a win to get their season back on track.
The game played in heavy rain and blustery winds was a great advert for ladies football, lots of high quality goals, end to end action and a never say die attitude.
ADO were hit by a late injury during the warm up so Lisanne Grimberg was replaced by Michelle Vrieling. The change didn’t look to harm ADO as they were the stronger from the start.
Renate Jansen was giving the Ajax defence a torrid time and after six minutes she hit a shot that bounced off the cross bar, three minutes later after an award of a free-kick just outside the area, Jansen curled the ball up and over the wall into the back of the net, 1-0.
The lead lasted for only one minute. Ajax poured forward and from a cross by Claudia van den Heiligenberg was poked home by Mandy Versteegt, 1-1.
Thirteen minutes played and ADO were back in front. Jansen ran down the left wing, cut inside and brilliantly fired the ball passed Marieke Ubachs in the Ajax goal, 2-1.
The game sped up even more and attacks went from end to end, Ajax unlucky not to get back on level terms on two occasions. In the thirty ninth minutes Lineth Beerensteyn forced her way into the penalty where she was clearly pushed over, yet the referee wave play on. Beerensteyn was still able to get a shot away which just shaved the outside of the post.
The second half got off to a slower start with Ajax looking the stronger as they looked to get level. In the fifty forth minute they drew back. From a corner there was a lot of confusion before Anouk Hoogendijk managed to put the ball into the back of the net, 2-2.
In the fifty ninth minute ADO almost got themselves back in front. Only two great saves in the space of a minute by Ubachs from Beerensteyn and Vesna Veltrop. Jansen was doing well time and time again racing down the wings. Ajax too getting forward, it was great entertainment.
In the seventy third minute Claudia van den Heiligenberg struck for Ajax. From outside the area she fired home an unstoppable shot high into the top corner, giving Barbara Lorsheyd no chance, 2-3.
As the clock ticked down ADO pressured but looked again as though it was not to be their day. Yet in the very last minute of normal time Beerensteyn was given a long ball to chase down the right wing, she gained control as turned goalwards, she slightly over kicked the ball towards the area, Ubachs came racing out to meet her. The ADO forward kept calm and superbly hit a shot over and across her into the far corner, she was swarmed by her team mates and Ajax looked deflated, 3-3.
A point each was fair enough. It is good to see ADO playing so well after the previous three defeats. I think from now on it will be onwards and upwards for our ladies.
ADO player of the match:Renate Jansen
Attendance: 1, 233