Two goals, one in either half, by Vivianne Miedema were enough to hand Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Banyana Banyana in Tuesday’s second international friendly match in Waalwijk.
The hosts won the first encounter 1-0 on Saturday.
Head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Vera Pauw, made two changes to the side that started the first match – bringing in Jermaine Seoposenwe and Linda Motlhalo for Thembi Kgatlana and Sanah Mollo.
The home side made wholesale changes as they brought in 10 players – with only captain Sherida Spitse retaining her place.
Like in the first encounter, the visitors started on the back foot as the home side was calling all the shots.
But the defence managed to hold firm until the 31st minute when Miedema was unmarked and sent in a curler that beat Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Roxanne Barker – whose fingertips were not enough to stop the ball.
The South Africans slowly got back in to the match and could have equalised but Motlhalo blasted her shot over the bar in front of goal in the 40th minute.
A minute before the break Nompumelolo Nyandeni’s long range strike was tipped over the bar.
The second stanza was a completely different affair for the visitors as they had chances of their own but still could not find the elusive equaliser.
But first they had to deal with a dangerous cross which went over Barker and was cleared off the line by Leandra Smeda in the 46th minute.
Pauw made two changes as she brought on Thembi Kgatlana for Stephanie Malherbe and Sanah Mollo for Refiloe Jane.
Two minute before full time Barker had to make a diving save from another curler that looked very dangerous.
Then, on the stroke of full time, the Banyana Banyana defence allowed Miedema her second goal of the day and Barker could do nothing about the well struck ball.
The game marked a huge milestone for former captain Amanda Dlamini who made her 99th appearance for the country – just one shy of joining her compatriots Janine van Wyk, Noko Matlou, Portia Modise and Nompumelelo Nyandeni as a centurion.
The South Africans leave for home on Wednesday, landing in Johannsburg on Thursday.
The next assignment for Banyana Banyana is the much-anticipated clash against world champions USA on 9 July in Chicago.
Here is how they lined up:
South Africa: Roxanne Barker (GK), Lebohang Ramalepe, Noko Matlou, Janine van Wyk (C), Amanda Dlamini, Linda Motlhalo, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Refiloe Jane (Sanah Mollo), Leandra Smeda, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Stephanie Malherbe (Thembi Kgatlana)
Subs: Andile Dlamini (GK), Kaylin Swart (GK), Nothando Vilakazi, Lerato Kgasago, Nomathemba Ntsibande, Sanah Mollo, Chantelle Esau, Thembi Kgatlana, Shiwe Nogwanya, Bambanani Mbane, Bongiwe Thusi, Lebogang Mabatle
Coach: Vera Pauw
Netherlands: Sari van Veenendaal (GK), Kika van Es, Kelly Zeeman, Mandy van den Berg, Merel van Dongen, Tessel Middag, Jeslynn Kuijpers, Sherida Spitse (C), Vivianne Miedema, Daniele van de Donk, Renate Jansen
Loes Geurts (GK), Angela Christ (GK), Maud Roetgering, Sheila van den Bulk, Stefanie van der Gragt, Danique Kerkdijk, Dominique Janssen, Jackie Groenen, Myrthe Moorrees, Eshley Bakker, Ellen Jansen, Lineth Beerensteyn
Coach: Arjan van der Laan
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