Derby County Ladies Football Club

Under 14’s

Under 14 Match Report

Derby County LFC U14s 3-1 Warwick

If any girls thought this league would be a walkover after last weeks fine victory, they were given a reminder of how hard it really is as they had to dig in and grind out a hard-fought victory.

The hosts started brightly and used the compact pitch wisely. Competitive in midfield, they gave the Derby girls little time on the ball and stifled the free-flowing football we saw last week. They broke intelligently and at pace with the Warwick number 9 causing the Derby rear guard problems.

Having struggled for the first 10 minutes or so, it was Lydia who produced the inspiration for the first goal. Winning the ball on the half way line, she slid a delightful through ball forAmber to outpace the defender before chipping the excellent Warwick goalkeeper.

The Ewes almost made it two moments later following a corner. In the melee that ensured the ball fell invitingly for Hettie, but unfortunately, she couldn’t keep her shot down.

This disappointment was short lived though as the Ewes did extend their lead moments later when Ruby outpaced the defender and Leah was on hand to bundle the ball home, after beating the keeper to the cross.

The second goal however, inspired the hosts and they enjoyed their most productive spell of the game. Amber the Derby keeper was out quickly to thwart the Number 9 and moments later the same player did manage to beat her but her shot missed the outside of the far post by millimetres.

In The dying seconds of the first half, Warwick got just their just desserts when the Number 11 pounced on a loose ball following a corner, to prod home and set up a scintillating second half.

The second half started with a game again being fought out in midfield. A good shot from outside the box by Eve forced the Warwick keeper into a good save.

The Warwick number 9 continued her personal battle with Amber the Derby keeper, who once again came out on top saving with her legs.

When Derby pressed, the Warwick keeper made good saves from Leah’s shot on the run and then Amber, while at the other end the Warwick Number 7 saw a good shot go just wide of the post.

Derby seemed to have weathered the storm when with minutes left, the Warwick Number 9 escaped her marker and bore down on goal hoping to score the equaliser. However, the Moza Indian Restaurant Lady of the Match Amber was off her line quickly to deny the striker with a wonderful save.

To make matters worse for the hosts, Derby switched the ball straight back up the other end and Ava ran onto a through ball to finish the game off in fine style.

Coach Stuart Cokayne said “Another strong team performance saw the girls come home with a deserved win and three points. Looking forward to our home game next Saturday already!”.