On Friday night ADO ladies took on the BeNe league leaders Standard Liege from Belgium in the Kyocera stadium. ADO ladies have been going through a rough time of late and this game was really going to be a test of their character. Everybody was hoping that an unfortunate trend of leaking late goals would come to a stop.
What did make bad reading was the history between the two clubs. They have met three time previously. Standard winning all three games, scoring twelve goals and conceding only one; so indeed, a tough night lay ahead of our ladies.
A tough night it did turn out to be. The visitors tried from the kick-off to intimidate the ADO players, some of the tackles quite violent, yet cards were not shown when they should have been. They must have targeted Lisanne Grimberg, as she took some fierce challenges, but time after time she just picked herself up and got on with it.
Standard totally dominated the first half, ADO rarely breaking into their opponents half. It was a backs against the wall job. The ADO defenders were magnificent, throwing themselves into challenges and blocks; and when they did get a shooting cjance Barbara Lorsheyd was in command of her area.
The second half started similar to the first, but after five minutes ADO upped the gears and began to take the game to the league leaders. The pressure soon paid dividends as in the fifty sixth minute ADO were awarded a penalty after a handball in the area by Vanity Lewerissa. Grimberg placed the ball on the spot before sending the ball crashing into the net, 1-0.
ADO ladies then had a fifteen minute spell when they had Standard back peddling. Tessa Oudejans was dictating play in the midfield and was close to scoring a second.
The visitors began a fight back with ten minutes remaining, putting ADO’s defence under immense pressure, yet they held firm. Marleen Joore, Lucienne Reichardt and Tula de Wit fought like lionesses to keep the attacks at bay,
The fourth official showed that were to be an extra three minutes of added time. You could feel the tension from the supporters, you could almost hear the biting of finger nails. The final whistle blew and the players and supporters went crazy. A great game that ADO held onto. A superb three points earned and a clean sheet kept by a hard working defence.
ADO player of the Match: Tessa Oudejans, superb in midfield