Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Goal Glut to Advance in League Cup

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student Jake Dance

Derby County Ladies got back to winning ways after a resounding 10-1 victory over The New Saints in the FA Women’s National League Cup.

The Ewe Rams had previously endured a rough patch of form in the National League North, picking up four points in their last five games. But a recent comeback against West Brom seems to have sparked a fire in the Ladies.

Hannah Keryakoplis scored four of the Ewe Rams goals in the game, playing in a slightly different role from her usual position. Ellie Gilliatt also continued her fine form by adding two to the scoreline, alongside goals from Amy Sims, Monique Watson, Kira Rai and Sophie Domingo.

This match also saw the return of Megan Tinsley to the club, who put in the sort of performance that Ewe Rams fans had previously been used to. The versatile wide player was a constant threat throughout and contributed consistently, leaving Boss Sam Griffiths delighted with the performance.

Griffiths said “Really pleased with that one, we looked a threat each time we went forward and it seemed to gain us some confidence and we arguably could have scored a few more.

“Fair play to The New Saints, they never gave up despite some injuries that restricted them in the first-half to using all their subs and their goalkeeper ensured that the scoreline wasn’t bigger.

“We’ve not got the results we have wanted so far this season but our performances bar the Huddersfield game have been really good and we know that we need to get the results now to go along with them.

“It was a great warm-up for Sunderland next week and now we need to get back on the training ground and put the work in and take that performance and confidence boost to Sunday’s league game.

Derby opened the scoring within the first five minutes of the game as Tinsley burst through on the left, playing an expert pass across goal. Keryakoplis reached the ball first and flicked the ball past the keeper.

Despite the result, it took a while for the second goal to arrive. Following a prolonged midfield battle, it was the in-form Gilliat that made the difference as she received a lofted ball from Domingo and delicately tapped it into an open net.

The Ewe Rams then really switched up a level after a prolonged injury break that saw The New Saints use up all three substitutions before half time.

Both Domingo and Keryakoplis added to the score just before the break as the duo fired home as a clinical Ewe Rams front-line threatened to wreak havoc on the visitors goal.

The visitors pulled one back not long after the break as a quick counterattack saw the ball powered past Sarah Morgan.

Derby reacted well through an outstanding header from Amy Sims. The defender rose highest at the near post from a corner and powered the ball past the keeper. Watson then grabbed her goal not long after with a sublime chip over the on-rushing keeper, increasing her side’s lead to six.

Keryakoplis then secured her hat-trick several minutes later. The strong forward broke the opposition’s offside trap to allow her plenty of time to pick her spot and slot in for Derby’s seventh of the game.

Not content with the three goals, Keryakoplis then added a fourth after superb play from Gilliatt. The pair combined well to give their side an easy chance, as the Ewe Rams number seven unselfishly played in her teammate for the finish.

Substitute Rai then added to the merciless scoreline as she rounded the keeper to slot in for Derby’s ninth after another neat period of play on the edge of The New Saints box.

Gilliatt then secured her brace with four minutes to play, unleashing a fierce shot that the goalkeepers palm could not keep out to secure a convincing win and a place in the 2nd Round of the FA Women’s National League Cup.