Derby County Ladies Football Club

Under 13’s

Under 13's Match Report

Match Report DCLFC Under 13s v. Woodlands FC

19 October 2019 @ Racecourse, Derby 9:30am Kick off

The morning dew on a somewhat unkempt pitch didn’t exactly pave the way for a flowing game of football, but once Derby had measured the rub of the green it was normal service resumed.

Just 3 minutes in, a short corner taken by Liv was launched into the box, nodded on by Charlie and tucked away by Gracie for an early lead. Confidence was clearly high, Liv requiring no persuasion to speculate with a long-range effort which forced the keeper into a smart save to tip round the post. Derby dominated the midfield action with Katie dictating the play and linking up well with Adela.

Derby were controlling the game very well with accurate passing, long spells of possession and numerous efforts on goal, but a resolute Woodlands keeper frustrated the Derby attack.  Having soaked up 25 minutes of constant pressure Woodlands suddenly broke forward with pace down the right and looked destined to sweep a dangerous ball into the box, until Gracie hared back and battled tenaciously to stop the cross and win back a ball she had no claim on.  And when she stole a stride on the winger, she played out to Lydia from the back who cantered forward, looked up and launched a long-range ball to put Charlie clean through to drive home past the keeper and double the lead.

In truth, with better decision making in and around the box Derby could perhaps have been 5 or 6 up by half time, but the Woodlands keeper continued to spoil Derby’s efforts until an unfortunate injury just before the break forced her substitution.

The second half bore more fruit as the Derby attack immediately took on board the Managers instructions, and with just a minute gone Charlie strode through the right channel and laid off to Liv who planted home via the underside of the bar. Woodlands had a rare incursion to the Derby area and a shot on goal, and when Lydia semi-fumbled it was the earlier bemoaned long grass that put the brakes on the ball just enough for the keeper to recover. But by this time Derby were in cruise control.

Charlie buried another to make it    4-0, Lucy gave Derby their 5th with a controlled strike from outside the area which is looking to become her trademark, and within seconds of returning to the action Charlie latched onto a through ball and had the reserve keeper on toast with an effortless chip into the top left hand corner. When Emma was denied by the post it looked like the score line was complete, but Liv was there late on to turn another in at the far post.

Woodlands never gave up and put the ball in the Derby net with the last kick of the match, only for the offside flag to be raised before the final whistle sounded.

Final score: Derby County 7 – Woodands 0.

Submitted by:

Annette Hancock