Derby County Ladies Football Club

Under 15’s

Under 15 Match Report

Derby's first home game of the season saw them playing Boldmere, a team who we had some very competitive matches against last season.

On a warm sunny morning the Ewes started the game confidently and after some great link play and superb wing play from Amy Nic and Marli the game was going to be a tough one for Boldmere to contend with and sure enough in the 4th minute Steph B took the ball down the wing and crossed a sublime ball into Hannah who calmly finished the move slotting the ball into the left corner 1 - 0 Derby.

The play now was being dominated by Derby and superb performances from Shania, Sarah and Steph at the back kept Boldmere to playing the ball over the top. Amy always a threat with her smart runs had Boldmere losing their shape and with Marli, Nic and Olivia in support there was always going to be chances for a big scoreline and in the 6th minute goal number 2 came when a super ball from Nic found Marli in space who calmly slotted the ball home 2 - 0.

Steph B was causing problems with her runs down the right and indeed after another great run crossed a wicked ball in which found Hannah 12 yards out who powerfully headed home for her second of the game in the 14th minute 3 - 0. Boldmere continued to play and on a couple of occasions gave Derby some problems and in the 22nd minute they got there reward when a ball was played through and their striker struck the ball with venom to beat the County keeper 3 -1.

Derby made several substitutions and Tash Abbie and Charlie came on to add more problems for Boldmere, making several good runs into the oppositions half and creating several chances which were saved or shot wide but in the 26th minute Tash played a lovely ball in for Ella who controlled the ball and finished with aplomb from 20 yards 4 -1 Derby.

Shortly after Steph K got on the score sheet when in the 29th minute she latched onto a ball in the box and struck a lovely left footed shot low in to the net 5 - 1. Derby were in control of the game and creating chance after chance, but credit to Boldmere they continued to fight hard and disrupt trying to catch Derby out with the long ball.

Derby now passing with great accuracy and opening the Boldmere defence up at will added 2 more goals in the dying minutes of the first half with Bluffy scoring her first of the game and Steph K getting her second goal giving Derby a 7 - 1 lead at half time.

Derby start the second half much the same with Nic, Marli and Olivia all causing problems for Boldmere and Amy and Olivia a thorn in their sides too with Olivia having several good chances saved by Boldmere's keeper, Tash and Abbie surging forward delivering several quality balls in to the danger areas and now relentless with there constant pressure Derby gain a corner in the 48th minute and Marli delivers a superb ball in to the box and Hannah gets her first hat trick of the season with a well placed header 8 -1.

The Ewes holding their shape well and rarely giving the ball away saw them playing some fantastic football frustrating Boldmere, Shania and Abbie pillars of strength in the centre of defence as always and Charlie, Steph, Sarah and Tash all contributing well with there surging runs forward and Steph B was rewarded after one of her darts forward saw her fierce cross parried by the keeper in to her own net in the 56th minute 9 -1 Derby.

Derby had a short period now where they seemed to give the ball away cheaply which gave Boldmere some hope but our midfield took hold of the game and got Derby passing well again with close link play and encouragement for each other, Bluffy and Amy putting a good shift in and Marlie and Ella with there quick feet always causing a threat, Nic and Chloe were a handful and the forwards worked tirelessly for there rewards. Bluffy picked the ball up and going across the box angled a shot that found the corner of the net for her second on the 62nd minute, 10 -1 . A minute later Bluffy passed the ball to Steph K who calmly finished the move off for her hat trick 11- 1.

Derby now having the lions share of the game and creating several good chances caused Boldmere's keeper to make save after save, a ball in from Tash to Ella saw Ella calmly dink the ball past the Boldmere midfielder and strike a lovely shot that rebounded off the post for goal number 12 and Ella's second of the match.

In the 70th minute Tash again surged forward and delivered a venomous shot in from a tight angle which the keeper looked to have carried over the line, she then threw the ball out and Bluffy hammered the ball home to make sure of the goal and her hat trick and Derby's 13th of the game. Boldmere continued to battle and were rewarded in the dying minutes of the match when they were gifted there second goal and the game ended 13 - 2.

A great game from all the County squad, keeping the pressure on and quality in passing and movement and also maintaining the high tempo to keep Boldmere under pressure, a convincing win today well done all. Man of Match awarded to the 3 hat trick scorers today, well done all of you.

After the game coach Hannah Freeman said it great to see the goals spread around the team and the girls growing in confidence.