ADO ladies v KAA Gent

After Friday nights stunning 1-4 win in Belgium against Anderlecht, ADO ladies took on another Belgian side KAA Gent in their home surroundings of the Kyocera stadium. It was great to see the reception the cup holders got as they walked onto the field of play.

The game could not have gotten off to better start. Renate Jansen chased the ball down and took her chance to put the ball into the roof of the net inside the first minute, 1-0. ADO were on fire from the off and Gent looked like rabbits staring at car headlights. ADO’s attacks kept on coming with no real resistance from the visitors. ADO even got predictable, and why not, it worked every time. A long ball down the wing to Jansen who ran rings around their opponents before crossing the ball into the danger area, ADO players were queuing up to score. Thank fully for Gent ADO were not at their sharpest in front of goal.

The visitors almost got back level after a swift break saw them confronted by ADO’s Miss Reliable in between the posts, Barbara Lorsheyd making a good save.

ADO deservedly got a second goal in the sixteenth minute. Jansen struck a free-kick from outside the penalty straight passed the diving Gent keeper, a great strike, 2-0. ADO then got a lucky third goal, but one that they did deserve after all their dominance. In the twenty fifth minute Jansen yet again terrorized the backline of Gent, her cross was hard and low and in an effort to clear the ball Elian van Wynendaele only managed in directing the ball into her own net, 3-0.

In the thirty eighth minute Jansen was at it again, teasing and twisting the Gent defenders left, right and centre. This time her ball in fell to Lisanne Grimberg who struck her third goal of the season, all too easy, 4-0.

After the fourth goal ADO lost their edge and allowed Gent to gain a little more ball possession, this back fired in the final minute of the first half after they were awarded a penalty for handball; Evelien van Sinay placing the ball out of Lorsheyd’s reach, 4-1.

Most thought the second half would be a simple formality, yet is was the Beglian side who scored their second in the fifty eighth minute. Jassina Blom took on Lorsheyd and beat her in a battle of nerves, 4-2.

Jansen was replaced with thirty minutes to go by Michelle Vrieling who took up the centre forward spot and Kitty Susan who moved out to the wing after already being such a force in the midfield. I think the defenders they were going to get an easy time after that change and they stood off Kitty allowing to receive the ball with ease. Then she was creating as much havoc in the Gent defence as Jansen did, her hard driving runs leaving defenders on the floor as she powered through.

There were no more goals and the game eventually fizzled out. It was a game ADO could have easily scored goals into double figures, they were so strong in the opening phase. Spo after two games of the new season, they are top of the league with two wins from two games, scoring four on both occasions. This coming Friday they travel to Bruges for their third game in a row against Belgian opposition.

ADO player of the Match: Kitty Susan.

Attendance: 293

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