Vrouwen Eredivisie: Telstar take hard earned 1-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar

Ginia Caprino dominates in the air for AZ.
Ginia Caprino dominates in the air for AZ. (© Foto Ronald Goedheer)

After a lot of build-up from both sides in the Vrouwen Eredivisie North Holland derby, Telstar took a much-needed three points home to Velsen after a narrow win over AZ Alkmaar.

Just over an hour of play at the AFAS training complex saw a contentious decision from the referee, judging that a Jannette van Belen tap-in crossed the line.

There were unusual circumstances from the off for the home team. AZ head coach Mark de Vries had to miss the game due to a sudden medical emergency. Instead, his assistant Wouter de Vogel took charge of the eventual loss.

A total of 325 people attended the derby match, and it was a tense start. There was only one serious attempt from either side in the first half, which fell to AZ. A tidy piece of team play saw the ball delivered into the opposition box by Isa Dekker. The cross successfully reached the head of attacker Floor Spaan, who had a clear chance at goal.

Unfortunately for the home supporters, Spaan couldn’t find the target with the strong attempt. The sides both headed into the second half as equals on the scoreboard.


The opening and only goal of the game came as Telstar had their first attempt on target. It would be referee Ruben Kooy who would ultimately decide the fate of the game.

Jannette van Belen’s initial shot beat the AZ goalkeeper, but defender Camie Mol thought she had done enough to stop the ball from rolling into the net with a smart clearance. That being said, the attempt from 25-year-old Van Belen was deemed to go over the line. This was despite protests from AZ’s keeper Femke Liefting.

This marked AZ’s first home defeat of the season and Telstar’s first win. Four yellow cards were also dished out by Kooy. Mollink, Colin and Woons picked up cards for the home team, and goal-scorer van Belen took a booking for Telstar.

The lineups

AZ Alkmaar

Femke Liefting; Camie Mol (Ginia Caprino, 76′), Karlijn Woons, Maudy Stoop, Yaël Mollink, Isa Colin (Sanne Peereboom, 83′), Desiree van Lunteren (Veerle van der Most, 63′), Manique de Vette (Annemiek Kruijthof, 63′), Isa Dekker, Floor Spaan (B Weegh, 76′), Romaissa Boukakar.


Kelly Steen; Nikki Ridder, Kim Remijnse, Felice Hermans, Puck Donker, Chinatsu Kira, Anna van der Vlist, Isa Gomez (Elise Meijerink, 70′), Isabelle Nottet (Sayma Hassani, 61′), Jannette van Belen (Lune Miedema, 86′), Mila Lagcher (Lieke Vis, 61′).

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