On Tuesday night the ADO ladies took on Australia in their first friendly of the new season at the home of DHC in Delft. This was a difficult first game as the Australians are ranked at number ten by FIFA. A tough test yes; but a good chance for manager SarinaWiegman to see how ADO’s new signings have fitted into the squad after only a short period of training together.
And what a stunning start to the new season this was; within three minutes ADO’s deadly finisher Renate Jansen struck the ball calmly home after being played through by new signing Tessa Oudejans. As well as Tessa, two other new players made their debuts from the start, Kim Dolstra and Tula de Wit. All three fitted in well and have certainly added to ADO’s strengths.
ADO was the dominant force during the opening period of the game with the Australians coming back into the match after the twenty minute mark. ADO’s best player of last season keeper Barbara Lorsheyd was quiet until she forced to make some stunning saves in quick succession as the visitors tried to get back on level terms. As the Australians pushed ADO back they left spaces in behind them and it almost cost them as again Jansen, a thorn in their side went in on the keeper who was forced to make a brave save.
At the break it was 1-0 and ADO deserved their advantage, it was certainly no fluke. The second half saw several changes, allowing most to play some part in this high profile fixture. The fourth of ADO’s new signings Vesna Veltrop came on after a minute of the resumption of the game.
The national side of Australia gave ADO far more trouble i the second period, Lorsheyd forced to make more great saves, plus chances were just going wide and one time hitting the frame of the goal, ADO rode their luck well.
With thirty minutes left to play it was great to Sheila van den Bulk get the chance to play her final match, her 150th for ADO before she heads of to foreign shores to further her career. I think everybody will miss her robust tackling style, never took any prisoners and never backed down from a challenge, a real fighter who will be missed by everybody at the club.
At the final whistle the 600 supporters cheered the ADO ladies, a stunning result; they had just beaten FIFA’s top ten team. A good omen maybe of better things to come?