Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Exit League Cup to Lady Black Cats

Derby County Ladies exited the FA Women’s National League Cup after a 4-0 defeat to Sunderland Ladies at the Quarter-Final stage.

A four goal second-half show from the Lady Black Cats saw the Ewe Rams miss out on a place in the semi-finals despite a first-half that edged the visitors way leaving Manager Sam Griffiths frustrated.

Griffiths said “We competed well in the first-half but the second-half is where we have let ourselves down and we spoke about how our passing in possession was poor.

“A few things affected our performance in the second-half, we had to make a few changes, i’m not sure it was a 4-0 game but all credit to Sunderland, they were clinical and we’ve had 3 very good chances to get ourselves back into it.

“If you don’t take them chances, you concede and that’s the game. We know we can compete with Sunderland but we’re not doing it for 90 minutes and that is where they will take advantage but we’ll put this behind us and get back to our league form hopefully.”

The Ewe Rams went into the game missing a few key players with both Sherry McCue and Hannah Keryakoplis injured, whilst Hannah Baines was cup-tied but started off on the front foot against the league leaders.

Despite a strong first-half showing, there was little in the form of clear-cut chances for either side with Monique Watson having the best chance for Derby County LFC when Jodie Michalska’s cross fell into her path, though she couldn’t get the shot on target.

With it all to play for in the second-half it was the hosts that opened the scoring just 6 minutes after the re-start as Jessica Brown volleyed home an unstoppable shot to give Sunderland the lead.

On 74 minutes, the hosts doubled their lead as Bridget Galloway’s header was superbly saved by goalkeeper Leah Kellogg but the rebound fell to Keira Ramshaw who poked the ball home.

With Derby throwing numbers forward in the hope of getting back into the game, Sunderland added their third as a searching run ended in Maria Farrugia forcing the ball home.

Chances for Cara Newton and Michalska went begging for the Ewe Rams and in the dying moments, Ramshaw broke free to slot her second and Sunderland’s fourth goal past Kellogg to confirm their place in the FA National League Cup Semi-Finals.