Derby County Ladies Football Club

Quick-Fire Double Sees Ewe Rams Development Side Drop to Defeat

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student Luke Thrower

Derby County Development fell to a 2-1 defeat in the FA National League Midland Reserve Division One, through a quickfire Coventry double early in the second half. The Ewe Rams pulled a goal back late on, but it wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback.

Derby found themselves under pressure early on with the away side causing a number of problems with crosses into the box and it didn’t take long after for Derby ‘keeper Zoe Millington to be called into action either, making a few comfortable saves from close range.

The first half was an even encounter, with Derby able to pile on pressure of their own. Emily Gillott had the best chance of the half after being fed through on goal, but the Coventry goalkeeper was equal to her effort to keep it goalless.

The second half began frantically. Ellie White put the away side ahead in the 49th minute with a tidy finish past Millington, once played through on goal.

Just a minute later, Derby had a clear-cut chance through Gillott again as the forward was played through, however some good closing down from the Coventry defence meant the Ewe Rams only came away with a corner.

Just seven minutes into the half, Coventry doubled their lead. A free header for Zoey Creaney from a corner was enough of an opportunity to score, beating the despairing dive of Millington.

Derby then grew back into the game, creating half chances but nothing clear-cut enough to get back into the game until the 76th minute when a lifeline was thrown to the Ewe Rams.

A neat finish from Pilar Isanta Parcerisa gave the Ewe Rams a way back into the game. However, resolute defending and game management saw the away side take the victory to see the Development side drop to second in the table.