ADO ladies finally faced Dutch opposition on Friday night when they faced Telstar after a run of games against five Belgian clubs. In the squad for Telstar were ADO’s former player Brittany Persaud and Priscilla Mersker, hoping to put one over on their former team mates.
ADO started the game well and had two early chances. In the seventh minute Michelle Vrieling poked the ball just a centimeter wide after stretching for a cross, a minute later ADO went close again after an effort by Renate Jansen.
Following the goal efforts the game tightened up and was a strong battle in the midfield, ADO just edging this on terms of possession. It was clear that Telstar had been doing their homework on ADO’s main threat, as Jansen was well marked by two defenders, often leaving Vrieling in plenty of space on the left. Midway through the half Jansen moved to the left, and it was a rare sight to see a defender actually out run her on a straight sprint. Yet when it came to close control Jansen could twist and turn her marker.
Tessa Oudejans and Lucienne Reichardt worked their socks off making sure Telstar could not break through far past the half-way line. Lisanne Grimberg was her usual strong and forceful self, ADO were looking comfortable for most of the first forty five minutes.
Telstar got a chance in the closing moments of the first half, Barbara Lorsheyd at her best keeping the shot out of the net.
The second half was even tougher than the first. Not many effort on goal, ADO were making space but the visiting defence had it very secure at the back and their keeper Merav Shamir was always alert and quick to come off her line at any sign of danger.
Lorsheyd had to come off her line bravely towards the end, a through ball gave a Telstar striker a great one on one chance, yet Lorsheyd raced out to meet her blocking the effort.
It looked like a goalles draw was to be the result. The fourth official held up his board showing an extra two minutes of injury time to be played. elstar then made it a smash and grab night for themselves. A long range shot from Priscilla de Vos beating a surprised Lorsheyd. The visitors screamed with delight, they knew they had stolen all three points.
The final whistle blew thirty seconds later and ADO had been beaten at home, a real shock defeat for the ladies. Next weekend they travel to a tough game at Standard Liege.
ADO player of the match: Tessa Oudejans.
Photos courtesy of Patrick Dolkens www.fotodolkens.nl