PSV Women have won the first prize in their history, following a 1-0 victory over ADO Den Haag in Almere in a thrilling KNVB Cup final.
Sari van Veenendal and Joëlle Smits
After a tentative start, the first chance of the game fell to PSV, but Aniek Nouwen could not steer her effort on target. ADO Den Haag gradually took control and had some chances to open the scoring. They looked to break the deadlock when they won a penalty after Janou Levels had handled the ball in the penalty area, but Gwyneth Hendriks saw her spot kick saved by Sari van Veenendaal. PSV became more confident and found their rhythm and scored their goal from their first meaningful chance. Noami Pattiwael delivered the inch-perfect cross and top scorer Joëlle Smits lived up to her reputation, heading home the opener: 0-1.
Sari van Veenendaal kept PSV Women in the game after the break with a string of fine saves. Rick de Rooij’s team went close to doubling their lead but Joëlle Smits failed to take her chance. PSV defended well and comfortably held out for a 1-0 win. Five minutes of extra time were added before PSV Women lifted the coveted trophy, for the first time in history.
PSV Women line-up:
Van Veenendaal; Coolen (46/Rodriguez), Nouwen, Van den Berg ©, Bross; Biesmans, Levels, Brugts; Pattiwael, Smits, Leuchter.