Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Development Exit County Cup

Derby County Ladies Development bowed out of this year’s Derbyshire FA Women’s County Cup after defeat on penalties to Chesterfield LFC, after a hotly contested 2-2 draw.

Derby looked to advance to the next round of the cup against their local rivals and despite goals from Ella Ritchie and Millie Standen, the lack of game in recent weeks had left the Ewe Rams short of momentum.

Despite this, two early chances for the Ewes to test the Chesterfield keeper came quickly, as first a lofted through ball from the midfield was played into the path of Danni Oxley who forced the keeper to save, before Mille Drinkhall’s low shot earned an early corner.

The early pressure gave Derby the confidence to get the opening goal on 22 minutes as Ritchie, found space to comfortably slot it beyond the visitors goalkeepe, giving the home side to take a 1-0 lead.

The goal caused the dynamic of the game to change as Chesterfield woke up and replied in the 40th minute, as their centre back went on a mazy run through the Derby defence, before taking her 1-on-1 chance with the keeper to place it in the bottom corner.

The second half started quietly with glimpses of attacking play from the home side. Emily Gillott had the first chance of the second-half as she saw her strike from distance fly just over the bar, before both Ritchie and Drinkhall had chances to extend the Ewes lead.

However, in the 81st minute against the run of play, it was the visitors who grabbed their second with their striker lobbing the ball over Tiffany Brittain in the Ewe Rams goal.

The goal could have thrown Derby and finished them off, however it didn’t and instead just four minutes later Derby responded as Standen headed home, taking the game to penalties in order to separate the two sides.

Two crucial misses in the lottery of penalties ensured that it was the visitors that progressed into the next round of the Derbyshire FA Women’s County Cup, bringing an end to the hopes of the Ewe Rams of retaining the trophy this season.

Written by Samuel Collins

Photo by Joshua Fletcher