Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams go Second with Convincing Win

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student Jake Dance

Derby County Ladies secured their fourth victory in a row as they dominated against Hull City in a 6-1 FA Women’s National League Northern Division victory.

Callan Barber opened the scoring from the penalty spot with a brace each from Ellie Gilliatt and Hannah Keryakoplis adding to the scoreline. Jodie Michalska grabbed her first goal for the club with a clever effort. Harley Skinner scored a consolation goal for the Tigers from long range just before half-time.

Hull were the first to attack as soon as the first whistle was blown. The crossbar came to the rescue as Skinner unleashed a looping effort from range. The ricochet was kind and Sarah Morgan clutched onto the ball.

Derby looked to reply instantly as Sophie Domingo blitzed down the right wing and sent a threatening ball across goal. Amy Sims slid in to meet it but couldn’t make contact and narrowly missed a golden opportunity.

Gilliatt was in the action again moments later as she rushed through on goal. Megan Cooke rushed out to meet her but the winger flicked the ball over to the onrushing Jodie Michalska. It looked a certain goal but it dropped just out of reach of the number 19.

It didn’t take much longer for Gilliatt to impact the game yet again. The attacker blasted through with pace yet again and this time the Hull City keepers quick reactions saw her clatter into the Derby player, seeing a penalty given.

Barber stepped up for her third penalty of the season and kept her 100% conversion rate as she calmly slotted the ball in the opposite corner from the diving Cooke.

Derby doubled their lead as they approached the half-hour mark with a superb team effort. Domingo worked her way out of a tight situation with electric dribbling and found Megan Tinsley on the left wing. The attacking full-back drilled the ball into the six-yard box where Gilliatt was waiting to pounce and tapped in with ease.

Michalska grabbed her first goal for the club to make it three for the Ewe Rams. Gilliatt was involved once again as she sent an in-swinging corner into the hull box. The ball was headed into the air but dropped towards Michalska, who controlled it with her chest and volleyed into an open net.

Hull pulled one back from a free-kick as the first half came to a close. Skinner displayed her long-range prowess for a second time as she blasted the ball from 35-yards out, dipping it over the outstretched hands of Morgan.

Derby replied almost instantly however, after a penalty was awarded for a foul on Domingo in the area. Gilliatt took the ball this time, placed it down and blasted it into the back of the net from the spot.

Hannah Keryakoplis added to her impressive tally of goals this season with two more in the second-half. The dangerous attacker grabbed her first goal after her initial shot was palmed off the line by Cooke, but she was quick to react on the rebound and blasted the ball through a myriad of Hull City players.

The Welsh forward increased the Derby lead further moments later as she slotted in from close range not long after her first after more good play from Tinsley on the left.

Sam Griffith’s side are currently without a game next weekend and are set to play league leaders Sunderland on February 2nd in their Quarter-Final League Cup fixture.