Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Hit Hull City for Six

Derby County Ladies secured their first points of the FA National League Northern Division Season as a solid second-half performance saw them beat Hull City Ladies 6-1.

Hannah Keryakoplis first-half strike was cancelled out by Emily Smith’s strike for the hosts before second-half goals from Ellie Gilliatt, Monique Watson, Emily Owen and two own goals secured the points with Ewe Rams boss Sam Griffiths calling it a game of two halves.

Griffiths said “It’s also pleasing to get the three points but it was a game of two halves and our first-half performance was nowhere near where it needs to be but it’s about how you react to that.

“We were much better second-half and introducing Monique (Watson) at the start of the half gave us that impetus and she was the difference that sparked us in the second-half.

It was disappointing to concede again today and all credit to Hull they got back into the game and gave us some trouble after they equalised but we showed our character to boss the second-half.

“We’ve been a team in the past that have not scored enough goals so to get six is a big positive for us and that’s why we have brought in new players to help us with that and it’s great to see so many of the new players on the scoresheet.

“We know what we want to do as a team and how we want to play, it’s just revisiting and refining small things at the minute and Tuesday will see a recover session and then go into Thursday and Sunday fresh.”

The opening goal of the game came inside five minutes with Keryakoplis capitalizing on sloppy defending to dance around the Hull defence and fire home the opener.

Hull responded on 22 minutes as Smith scored direct from a corner and that gave the hosts the confidence to take the game to the Ewes, though a solid backline and good goalkeeping from Leah Kellogg kept the scores level at the break.

The second-half saw a flip round in fortunes as the Ewe Rams quality began to shine through. On 51 minutes, Gilliatt put Derby back in front, pouncing on a poor free-kick to lob the goalkeeper from 35-yards.

Just before the hour, the visitors added a third as the impressive Emily Owen saw her cross diverted into the Hull goal by the Tigress’ Alice Hughes for Derby.

Two goals in a minute killed off the contest as first Watson smashed home the Ewe’s fourth before a second own-goal saw Lucy Dunlop turn the ball into her own net.

In the final few minutes, the Ewes added more gloss to the scoreline as former Stoke City Ladies duo Owen and Keryakoplis combined to see the former head home for a 6-1 victory for Derby County Ladies.

Thursday night (5th) will see Derby County Ladies face Loughborough Foxes in their opening home game of the season in a 7:45pm kick-off before the Ewe Rams return to Pride Park on Sunday 8th September, to take on Nottingham Forest Women in a 2pm Kick-Off.

To get your tickets to the match at Pride Park on Sunday 8th September, head to the following link. Derby County Season Ticket Holders are free and it’s just £3 Adults and £1 Under 18s – https://www.dcfc.co.uk/toptix/en-gb/categories/home