Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Hit Sheffield for Seven for Vital 3 Points

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student Will Furness

Hannah Keryakoplis scored four as Derby County Ladies blitzed Sheffield F.C Women 7-0 in the FA National League Northern Division.

Derby were clinical in the final third and hit sorry Sheffield for seven. A magnificent four goals from Keryakoplis was joined with goals from Amy Sims, Callan Barber and Ellie May.

Keryakoplis said: “Obviously when you score four goals it’s a massive boost individually, but I could not have done it without the team around me”

The Ewe Rams came into this fixture off the back of a dramatic 3-2 loss against rivals Nottingham Forest in the FA Women’s Cup, and looking to put that behind them and build some momentum in the league. This is a feat they definitely achieved at The Home of Football Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Samantha Griffiths side started as they meant to go on and opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Sheffield failed to clear their lines which led to Hannah Ward dinking in a ball to Keryakoplis who’s header was directed beyond goalkeeper Serena Clarke and trickled in off the post.

Sheffield grew into the game but failed to make the Ewe Rams pay despite chances for the hosts and in 2 minute of madness, Derby added two further goals in the final few minute of the half.

Keryakoplis grabbed her brace in the 39th minute, her cross shot from the right-hand side of the box looping beyond the scrambling Clarke and nestling just over the line.

The third came within seconds as Sheffield’s defence went to sleep and Sims latched onto a ball over the top and slotted it past the helpless Clarke.

Derby didn’t take their foot off the pedal and within nine minutes of the restart, Keryakoplis grabbed her well-deserved hat-trick after she calmly put the ball in the back of the net with only the keeper to beat.

Two minutes after, Megan Tinsley burst through and the on-rushing Clarke clipped her heels which was enough for the referee to point to the spot. Barber cooly slotted the penalty in the bottom right corner to put Derby five up and in cruise control.

Keryakoplis got her fourth of the afternoon after Tinsley’s long ball found it’s way to the Welsh striker and she then made her way into the box and evaded the attention of Sheffield’s defenders brilliantly to add the Ewe Rams sixth.

Samantha Griffiths said: “We were a lot more clinical than previous weeks and Hannah’s finishing was top class today.”

On her return for the Ewe Rams, second-half substitute May added to Sheffield’s misery to make it seven and certainly heaven just before full-time as she struck a volley unchallenged into the back of the net for a Dery set-piece.

Derby can take plenty of positives from this performance and will look to build on it when they take on league leaders Sunderland on the 22nd of December. Griffiths said: “That will be a nice game for us, we’re not expected to win but we’re going in on a high and let’s see what we can do.”