Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby County LFC v Brighouse Town LFC (FA Cup)



Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Derby County LFC101Loss
Brighouse Town Ladies123Win

Match Report

Derby County Ladies fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Brighouse Town Ladies in the SSE Women’s FA Cup to exit the competition at the 3rd Round stage.

With a trip to WSL1 side Sunderland up for grabs, it was the Northern Division One side that dominated proceedings to make a deserved trip to the Black Cats in the fourth round.

Manager John Bennett was boosted with the return of a number of 1st team players, with Kirsty Allen making her first appearance in the squad since joining the club in the summer. There was also a return to the line-up for club captain Hannah Ward after missing the previous two months with a niggling knee injury.

The visitors made the early running with a volley narrowly missing the target after the Ewe Rams had failed to clear the ball and moments later, Brighouse took the lead when a corner wasn’t cleared sufficiently with Jodie Redgrave hooking past Sarah Morgan in the Derby goal.

After a slow start, the Ewe Rams began to grow into the game without creating any chances, as the build-up play was let down in the final third, with opportunities coming to little. 

The home side were finally given a lifeline just before the break when a mistake in the Brighouse defence allowed Nikki Ledgister to snatch the ball and drive into the visitors box, before laying off to Lisa Giampalma, whose shot was well directed into the net, to level at 1-1 going into half-time.

A bright start from the home side gave the Ewe Rams fans hope of putting together a better performance in the second-half but a superb volley from Redgrave on 55 minutes after more indecisiveness in defence, saw Brighouse restore their lead.

The goal galvanised the visitors who kept Derby at bay and looked to kill off the tie with a third goal, whilst the home side were wasteful in possession and struggled to create any opportunities with substitute Molly Johnson’s 20-yard effort the closest the Ewe Rams came to an equaliser.

With the clock ticking down, Brighouse added the gloss to a well deserved victory as Annabelle Cass edge of the box effort, sailed past Morgan to seal the victory and leave Bennett bitterly disappointed with the display of his side.

“From minute 1 to 90  were the better team, absolutely no excuses from us today. I can’t put my finger on why we didn’t turn up and why we didn’t click yet. We’ve not won one battle today, not any first or second ball and we were second best all round and got absolutely what we deserved.

“It would be easy for the girls to say that the break hasn’t done us any good and hide behind that, I think they’ve got to look at themselves and take responsibility and we’ll also do that as coaches but there’s no excuse.

“We’ll put this behind us and get back to work on the training pitch and we’ll look for a response next week. Credit to Brighouse, they wanted it more than us this week and will be delighted with their trip to Sunderland. I’ve got an honest bunch of players, who know that wasn’t good enough today and we need to put it right.”

Derby County Ladies will travel to Brighouse Town Ladies next week in the FA WPL Cup.


Date Time League Season
14th January 2018 1:00 pm FA Premier League Northern Division 2017/18

Derby County LFC

# Player App Red Yel Sub Goals Own Goals
1Sarah Morgan000000
3Megan Clarkson000000
6Amy Sims000000
9Leanne De Silva000000
10Hannah Ward000000
14Nikki Ledgister000000
15Molly Johnson000000
17Lisa Giampalma000000
19Camilla Newton000000
21Karagh Tait000000
22Kelly Kennaugh000000
23Andi Bell000000
25Sophia Bonser000000
27Lauren Cresswell000000