Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby County Ladies v Bradford City (WPL Cup)



Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Derby County LFC055Win
Bradford City LFC112Loss

Match Report

(Report written by Derby University Football Journalism Student Ciaran Lavender)

Derby County Ladies dramatically came from behind to beat Bradford City Women 5-2 after extra-time in a thrilling game at Mickleover Sports in the FA WPL Cup.

Andi Bell scored a hat-trick as Derby came from 2-0 down to win the game after being outplayed for the large parts of the game by a physical Bradford City side.

Two goals in stoppage time took the game to extra time where the Ewe Rams played with a renewed confidence and their quality shone through, winning comfortably in the end. 

Bradford made a positive start to the game pinning Derby into their own half and they almost scored a goal from the first chance of the game. A free kick out wide was swung into the far post where Charlotte Stuart rose up and looped a header onto the bar before Derby managed to clear the ball away.

Derby continued to struggle containing Bradford as defenders Kelly Kennaugh and Molly Johnson were forced into some well-timed tackles to keep the scores level. However, the Ewe’s resilience didn’t last long as Yasmin Ayub managed to get a cross into the box and Ellie Olds got the final touch to put Bradford into the lead.

The Ewe’s started to assert themselves on the game at the end of the first half as they created spaces in around the Bradford penalty area with Chloe Hutsby curling a shot just wide of the post from 20 yards out.

Nikki Ledgister also started to look threatening as she closed down a poor back pass and if it wasn’t for some quick reactions from the Bradford goalkeeper, Natalie Saunders, Derby could’ve equalised.

Bradford almost doubled their lead as they hit the crossbar for the second time in the first half when Olds battled her way past the Derby defence but luckily for the Ewe’s she couldn’t add to her first goal.

The second half started quietly with both sides not getting into any kind of rhythm and not being able to fashion any quality chances. Bradford continued to threaten from set pieces after a dangerous ball was whipped in which Sarah Morgan struggled to control but thanks to some good defending from Kennaugh, the danger was cleared.

That chance from Bradford seemed to spark them into life as some good prolonged pressure lead to Laura Elford finding herself free from the Derby defence but Morgan did very well to make herself big and block Elford’s shot.

Bradford were in control of the game with Derby not being able to threaten the Bantams goal often and Bradford ensured that their hold on the game was seemingly out of Derby’s reach when Ellie White closed down Morgan and managed to win the ball and easily tap the ball into the open net.

Derby gave themselves a glimmer of hope towards the end of the game as Ledgister dinked a through ball into substitute Sophia Bonser, who kept her cool and cleverly chipped the goalkeeper to reduce the deficit.

Derby applied pressure on the Bradford goal and just as the game went into stoppage time they won a penalty due to a handball. Bell stepped up to take the dramatic penalty and finished it emphatically into the bottom corner to level the scores in the closing minutes of the game.

Derby kicked off extra time still on a high and took the lead for the first time in the match as Bell collected the ball and cleverly rounded the defender, curling her shot past the keeper into the net.

The Ewe Rams looked a new side in extra time as they continuously attacked Bradford’s goal and excellent work from Ledgister led to her being fouled in the box to give Derby another penalty. On her hat-trick, Bell stepped up again for Derby and smartly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, opening a two-goal lead for the Ewe’s.   

The entertainment continued in the second half of extra time as straight from kick off Bradford won a penalty, the third of the game. However, unlike Derby, they couldn’t put it away as Morgan made an outstanding save from the spot kick.

Derby wrapped the game up with five minutes left as Karagh Tait managed to get clear of her marker at a corner and head the ball into the back of net to make the score line comfortable.

The Ewe’s saw out the game and booked their place into the next round after a dramatic last two minutes of normal time and a scintillating extra time performance which saw them come out as comfortable winners in the end.

The performance would have pleased all Derby fans after the abject defeat they suffered to Leicester last week and they will be hoping that this impressive cup victory can spur them on to improve their league standings.

After the game, Derby County manager John Bennett stated how he thought the game had slipped away for his side. He said: “Things just weren’t going for us, especially in the second half and I think that the girls need to take all the credit for their character and the desire they’ve shown.”

Bennett also spoke about Derby’s chances of a cup run and whether he thinks his side can win the competition. He said: “I think we’ve put ourselves in a position now where it’s realistically the silverware we can win this season and I think it’d be good for the club and the girls to win a major trophy.”


Date Time League Season
22nd October 2017 2:00 pm FA Premier League Northern Division 2017/18


Mickleover Sports FC
320 Station Rd, Derby DE3 9FB, UK

Derby County LFC

# Player App Red Yel Sub Goals Own Goals
1Sarah Morgan000000
6Amy Sims000000
9Leanne De Silva000000
12Chloe Hutsby000000
14Nikki Ledgister000000
15Molly Johnson000000
17Lisa Giampalma000000
21Karagh Tait000000
22Kelly Kennaugh000000
23Andi Bell000000
24Shannon Weston000000
25Sophia Bonser000000
27Lauren Cresswell000000