Derby County Ladies Football Club

Under 15’s

Under 15 Match Report

Derby County LFC U15 v Boldmere Falcons U15

Derby played today in round 1 of the Open cup at home to Boldmere Falcons on a pitch in desperate need of a cut! They were looking to keep to winning ways and did not disappoint. Derby kicked off and in the 44th second of the game Chloe crossed a sublime ball into Boldmeres 6 yard box, their defender opted to try and knee the ball out, only to deflect the cross into her own net,1 - 0.

Tash set up another great chance after some confident defending and in the 9th minute passed to Ella who picked the ball up and opened the boldmere defence up with a lovely through ball which Steph K firmly dispatched into the Boldmere net, 2 - 0.

Several more chances came which were either saved, just wide or over the bar. Ella, Chloe, Marli ,Amy and Nic all worked hard causing huge problems for Boldmere with their skill and workrate, Hannah and Steph K ran for every ball and linked well together and Chloe was a class act in the middle of the park spraying the ball around with great accuracy and battling for any loose balls.

More determined play from Derby followed and in the 19th minute Marli played Steph K in who lobbed the ball over the oncoming keeper to give Derby their 3rd and Steph's 2nd of the game 3 - 0. Bluffy was also contributing with numerous good runs and accurate passes and in the 21st minute had a speculative shot from 25 yards which went just over the bar. Then Marli and Ella both had shots saved by the Boldmere keeper.

Derby delivered a fine first half performance with every player contributing to this dominant display, the whole team confident in their passing and movement. The defence all played well limiting Boldmere to one attempt from a free kick, Sarah as always was linking well down the left with the midfield to create numerous incursions into the Boldmere half and Abbie demonstrating once again the fine art of sliding tackles.

Half time ended 3 - 0.

The second half got under way and within the first minute Derby were awarded their first ever penalty in open play, Hannah stepped up and converted the penalty with confidence to give Derby there 4th, 4 - 0.

Amy had a long shot just saved before then playing a fine ball into Hannah who slid the ball in for Bluffy to poke home from close range in the 46th minute 5 - 0. Charlie and Tash continued to play the ball out well contributing to Derby's attacks.

Boldmere constantly under pressure from all areas were never allowed to settle and in the 52nd minute Marli got her rewards when Nic crossed a great ball to her and she finished with class hitting the ball on the half volley into the roof of the net 6 - 0, then a minute later Steph K hit the post with another great shot.

With Steph B and Sarah making some good runs and along with Shania and Abbie putting in timely tackles to thwart any Boldmere attacks, Derby were dominating the game. Marli had a shot hit the post but Steph K followed up and prodded the rebound into the net for her hat trick in the 56th minute 7 - 0.

On the 61st minute Derby were awarded another penalty when a player was brought down in the box, Chloe stepped up and fired an unstoppable spot kick 8 - 0. Boldmere got a break but Tash covered well then Ella picked the ball up in her own half, rode a couple of challenges and crossed a wonderful ball in to Steph K who turned in the box and played Hannah in for her 2nd of the game, 9 - 0.

Just two minutes later Derby's relentless pressure payed dividends again when Bluffy slotted a ball into Steph K who calmly fired home for her 4th of the game 10 - 0.

Credit to Boldmere who continued to battle and a lapse in Derby's concentration saw their forward chase a long ball down which drew Lola out of her 6 yard box, the number 11 dinked the ball away from Lola and turned to deliver a superb strike into an open Goal from 18 yards 10 - 1 then again, shortly after Boldmere went on another counter attack but it was well saved by Lola and Derby saw the game out in convincing manner.

They can take many positives from this emphatic win with Steph K deservedly being awarded POTM.

Coach Hannah Freeman added the girls put on a good performance to get us through to the next round of the cup.