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Derby County Ladies U11 Black Socks v Sleetmoor United Girls U12s

6th October 2018

The most important piece of kit the girls had this weekend was their Derby Counties Ladies emblazoned rain jacket. Umbrellas were out in force on the touchline and Martin was doing brisk trade with his hot drinks.

After scoring thirty-six goals in the last two matches, this, the Black Socks’ fifth game of the season, was much more competitive. Sleetmoor had a number of players who tested the Ewe girls, but a very strong first-half performance was the telling factor in Derby’s win.

The Black Socks opened the scoring in the second minute. The ball was put out for a throw-in by Sleetmoor half way inside their own half. Ayla collected the throw, squared the ball to Ellie who scored the Black Socks’ fiftieth goal of the season. Straight from the kick-off Sleetmoor tried a through ball to their strikers, but Sophie was quickly off her line to collect.

Ellie, who was starting wide on the right, had a great run down the wing and Ayla was just unable to connect with her cross. The Sleetmoor goalkeeper made a number of saves throughout the match, her first one from a shot by Courtney. In the last two matches, our defence and goalkeeper were rarely called in to action, but that wasn’t the case today. Sleetmoor’s excellent number 17, Amber, had their first chance of the morning, but shot just wide. She was involved in all of the good play that Sleetmoor produced, both up front and at the back, and covered every blade of grass.

Viktoria won the ball on the half-way line and played a great forward pass which just eluded Ayla. Courtney, running through the centre, played the ball wide to Ellie whose shot was saved by the keeper. Viktoria, pushing forward from right defence, then collected the ball twenty yards out. She produced a fantastic cross in to the “corridor of uncertainty.” None of the Derby attackers managed to get a touch, but the quality of the ball meant the keeper couldn’t gamble and evaded her to nestle in the bottom left of the goal.

As in other weeks, Derby followed up Viktoria’s goal with two more very quickly. Abi, who had come on to the right-side of attack, produced an excellent run, beating a Sleetmoor defender. As she broke in to the box, she was closed down, but battled past the fullback, looked up and squared the ball to Jasmine, who kept up her record of scoring in every game. Not to be outdone, the ever excellent Hollie also got on the scoresheet for the fifth straight game shortly after, when she smashed it past the keeper from the edge of the box. This was Hollie’s tenth goal of the season.

Sleetmoor continued to look for openings, usually by playing through balls aimed at by-passing our midfield. Emma battled well to stop their number 17, but much of the action was still taking place in the opposition’s half of the field. Ellie won a corner down the right, which was taken by Abi. She picked out Olivia who shot just wide.

It looked like Sleetmoor were going to break past our defence, but they were brilliantly stopped by Faith, who had another strong and controlled performance at the centre of a back-three. Hollie, from the left wing, created a chance for Jasmine but she shot in to the side netting. She then created a chance for Abi, but her shot from the right was saved by the keeper.

Abi was doing well down the right-hand side. After a short run, she shot from distance but it was saved by the keeper. She then collected a loose ball in the opposition half, facing away from goal she made a great turn to leave a Sleetmoor player behind, picked out Jasmine with the pass whose shot was put behind for a corner.

From a Sleetmoor goalkick, the ball was played long down field leaving Faith as the last defender. She did excellently to break up the counter-attack and put the ball out for a throw-in. Derby continued to press for more goals. Olivia collected a throw from Emma and then picked-out Courtney with a superb pass, but the keeper saved. Then Hollie had a great run down the left wing and did well to pick out Alex in the box, but unfortunately she was just unable to connect.

The Ewe’s fifth goal came from a ball that was fizzed across the box. Neither side was able to get anything on it and it ran to Hollie on the left, who looked up and squared the ball to Ayla right in front of goal, and she smashed it past the keeper. Ayla was unlucky not to add another when she was unable to turn the ball in when she had drifted unnoticed to the back post.

Emma, playing left full back, continued to support the attack when appropriate. She produced two great crosses in to the box, Sleetmoor cleared one with a long ball downfield but Belle moved across to brilliantly break-up the play. It was another strong performance from the Black Socks’ number two, who has created a great defensive partnership with, amongst others, Faith and Emma.

There was still time for Derby to add a sixth goal before the break when a cross in to the box from the right ran to Hollie on the back post, and she finished calmly. Ayla and Courtney had a couple more chances, but the Sleetmoor keeper was able to keep them out.

Derby started the second half with a number of corners, but despite useful balls in to the box they were unable to create a clear goal-scoring chance. The best opportunity was when Faith controlled the ball on the edge of the box, turned and then shot just wide.

Abi, who was back on the right wing, knocked it past the defender, ran ten yards before shooting in to the side netting. Jasmine then made a brilliant challenge on the edge of the Sleetmoor box, played the ball to Courtney but her shot was saved by the keeper, who then produced another good save to deny Ellie.

Viktoria made a great tackle just inside her own half to stop Sleetmoor’s number 17. She played the ball to Abi in central midfield who looked up and passed the ball in to Courtney, but the Sleetmoor keeper made another good save. Abi then produced a run down the right before firing in a good cross to Ellie whose shot went just wide. Shortly after, Abi again knocked it past a Sleetmoor defender, she was forced wide, but still got her shot away, but the angle made it easy for the keeper.

The Black Socks were finding it harder in the second half to create clear cut chances. As well as the Sleetmoor’s 17, their goalkeeper and number 23 also had excellent games at the back to make it harder than our girls have experienced in recent weeks. However, they added to their first half score, when Olivia played the ball out of defence and in to Abi in midfield. She picked out Jasmine who was now playing in attack, and from in front of goal she coolly passed it beyond the goalkeeper, for her second of the morning, and to put her in double figures for the season.

Sleetmoor’s coach told their player of the match, number 17, to stay up front for the remainder of the game, and they started to play more balls for her to run on to. This coincided with some changes in the Derby defence, and for a couple of minutes they caused some real problems for the Black Socks. First, she forced a good save from Sophie. She then drove through the middle of the pitch, knocked the ball past two Ewe defenders, before shooting wide of the post. From the goalkick, she was able to intercept which left her in front of goal, twelve yards out and she crashed the ball past Sophie. It was a goal her performance deserved.

It acted as a wake-up call for the Black Socks. Hollie, who was now playing at the back, produced a good run down the left, before passing to Alex who played it in-field to Ayla, but her shot was saved by the keeper. Faith broke up another Sleetmoor attack and played the ball upfield. There was some excellent passing through the midfield before the ball broke to Ayla whose shot from 10 yards went just wide. Alex completed the scoring for the day, when she controlled a pass and smashed home from eight yards out.

In the final minutes Viktoria broke up play in midfield, the ball was worked forward and unfortunately Imogen was unable to turn it in. Shortly after the referee blew for full-time. Derby did a lot more defending today compared to recent weeks, but they still produced some superb football, especially from the wings.

After the game, Coach Dom Anderson said, “The girls were fantastic today. Because of the weather we made some quick-fire substitutions which must have been a bit unsettling, but they all played very well. They adjusted to the way we used our full-backs today; nothing fazed them.”

Goals:

  • Ellie
  • Viktoria
  • Jasmine x 2
  • Hollie x 2
  • Ayla
  • Alex