Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby County LFC v Sheffield United LFC

SSE Women’s FA Cup – 2nd Round – Sunday January 8th 2017

Attendance – 423

Team Line-Ups

Match Result – AET

Derby County LFC – 3

Mol Johnson – 52 Mins

May – 61 Mins

Newton – 97 Mins

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Sheffield United LFC – 2

T Marsden – 1 Min

S Bell – 57 Min

Late Drama Secures Ewe Rams FA Cup Clash with Fierce Rivals Nottingham Forest

An inspired substitution in extra-time ensured Derby County Ladies made it into the hat for the Third Round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup, after a hard fought 3-2 win over Sheffield United.

Super-Sub Camilla Newton scored the crucial goal in an absorbing cup tie, with the Ewe Rams coming from behind twice to take their passage into the next round, with goals for Molly Johnson and Ellie May securing the win.

Manager John Bennett had stressed the importance of the match against the lower-league Blades, keen not to underestimate their opponents, but must have thought he was in a nightmare when the visitors opened the scoring inside 2 minutes, with the ball deceiving goalkeeper Sarah Morgan, to loop over her.

The goal seemed to shock the home side, who were lucky to not fall behind further with the Blades having two excellent chances to extend their lead. After a poor period of play, the home side began to find their feet, dominating the remainder of the half, without creating any clear cut chances but piling the pressure onto their opponents.

Bennett decided to switch personnel at the break, bringing Vanessa Nicholson on for Megan Clarkson and the returning Leanne De Silva making her return for the second-half in place of Nikki Ledgester.

De Silva’s experience in the middle, saw the Ewe Rams continue their dominance but still struggling to create anything significant. That changed midway through the second-half when the ever-reliable Molly Johnson, hit a stunning strike from 30 yards to level the match.

That seemed to galvanise the home team even more and they were unlucky not to go into the lead again, with both Nicole Dale and Sam Griffiths forcing excellent saves from the impressive Blades goalkeeper.

The Blades regained the lead against the run of play when a mix-up in defence allowed Sheffield United to put the ball expertly into the back of the net from midway in Derby’s half, shocking the home crowd, who had turned out in force to see the Ewe Rams.

With time short, Derby levelled once again when a Griffiths corner dropped to youngster May, who hooked the ball into the net to send the home crown into raptures, forcing the game into extra-time.

The pattern of the match continued, with the Blades continuing to hold their own before Bennett introduced Newton from the bench in place of Melissa Johnson, and moments later she put the ball into the back of the net after a neat move saw the ball reach the attacker, where she drove the ball into the back of the net.

With the Ewe Rams in front for the first time in the match, there job was to see out the remainder of extra-time and they held on despite the Blades bringing pressure in the final moments to give the home side a 3-2 victory.

Bennett was a mixture of relieved and frustrated at the end of the game and said “We knew it was going to be difficult but we shot ourselves in the foot very early and it could have been worse. We dominated the play for the majority of the match but the fluency wasn’t quite there, but we got the win, which was the main aim.

“All credit to Sheffield United, they came here with a game plan and nearly pulled it off. We’ve got to cut these silly mistakes out that seem to creep into our game. There are 11 games left and we’ve still got an excellent chance to do some damage in the league and we need to work hard to cut out these errors.

“We’re getting our players back after a horrendous end to 2016 injury wise and we can now once again put our efforts in for the remainder of the season.”