Derby County Ladies Football Club

Under 14’s (Black Socks)

Latest Under 14's BS News

After two defeats in the League Cup Semi Final and the 2nd place decider against Alvechurch, the Ewes ended their season on a high with a hard-fought victory at the home of Champions, Leicester.

On a day more contusive to flying kites than playing football, the Ewes kicked off with Storm Hannah in their favour. The Ewes set about the Foxes in the early exchanges and could have had three or four one on one’s, however, the conditions were so bad that even Steph K with her pace was denied by the ball accelerating away from her in the wind.

Equally, Leicester were often pegged back in their own half as the wind made it difficult to clear their lines. The first real chance of the game came from one such occasion as the keeper’s clearance was blown back goalwards but by the time Amber managed to get her shot away, the keeper had recovered to save.

Leicester had a good chance as the excellent number 10 jinxed her way into the box but Lola held her near-post shot well.

With chances at a premium, Nicole’s shot from distance caused problems for the keeper and Ella and Nicole fired over the bar, however the best chance of the half fell to Leicester.

A ball towards the box held up in the wind, creating a race between Lola and the number 10, which the Leicester striker won. As she lifted the ball over the advancing keeper, a combination of wind and placement saw the ball bounce just wide of the post.

Parents fears that Leicester would use the conditions to pepper the Derby goal in the second half failed to materialise as both teams continued to struggle and effectively cancel each other out. In fact, the longer the game went on, it felt that one goal would be enough to win and thankfully the goal fell to the Ewes.

Amy, the Moza Lady of the Match, picked the ball up outside the area and beat three defenders to go through on goal. The keeper was out quickly and was able to push her shot into the air falling at the feet of Lydia whose shot went in off the post.

With the goal, the Ewes started to create chances and the best one saw Amy denied by a fine save from the keeper and despite a late flourish from the home side, the girls saw the game out quite comfortably.

Leicester have been the best team in the league and have quite rightly won the league. However, victory saw the Ewes finish with a fantastic season record against the Foxes of played four, won two, drawn one, lost one, and we remain the only team to beat them in the league this season.

Manager Hannah Freeman said “The girls finished off the season with a fantastic performance at the champions and completed a well-deserved victory, showing the progress the girls have made over the season”.