Leicester City U15 Ladies 3 V 4 Derby County Ladies U15
Today Derby were away to Leicester City for a top end of the league clash. The game got off to a blistering pace with Leicester trying to dominate play but Derby were having none of it, pressing Leicester causing them to lose the ball and allowing Derby to impose themselves on the game and in the 9th minute Steph K latched on to a back pass, calmly took the ball around the keeper and slotted it home from a tight angle for Derby's first of the game 0 -1.
Derby were showing Leicester their quality in every department as they pushed for a second goal, great football being played down the wings, defence winning numerous challenges and midfield and forwards all working hard to keep possession, winning balls back and giving Leicester no time on the ball. Ella was unlucky with a shot just over the bar followed by further attacks but for good goal keeping Derby were kept at bay.
In the 15th minute the Leicester keeper was injured and withdrawn from play, their reserve keeper was to be no push over though as she showed throughout the game keeping Leicester in what was now a County dominated game. After several more good passages of play in the 30th minute Liv chased a back pass, harried the keeper whos clearance deflected to Amy and she fired it home, a thoroughly deserved second for the Rams and reward for Amy's hard work 0 - 2.
Lola was tested a couple of times but made good saves but Leicester are a team that never give up and a lapse in concentration allowed their quality No 16 get some rare time on the ball, as we know from previous encounters she can change a game with her quality passing and shooting and sure enough in the 34th minute she scored a great goal to get Leicester back in the game 1 -2  and then again within 5 minutes she tested Lola from a free kick which cannoned off Lola only to drop to an oncoming Leicester player to make it  2- 2. Derby went on to score a third when Leicesters defence were pressured into a mistake and it appeared their centre back fired the ball into her own net but it was given offside. Derby were not dismayed by this decision and could have had a third but Bluffy's shot went agonisingly wide.
Half-Time  2 - 2.

Derby came out confidently and instantly pressured Leicester giving them little time on the ball, Amy fired a shot inches past the post but the pressure paid off when 3 minutes later Nic latched on to a ball and fired home from a tight angle giving Derby a well deserved lead 2 -3.
Liv having a superb return from several weeks out was relentless in her determination to keep County in possession and some superb build up play from Abbie, Tash, Sarah and Shania at the back bringing the hard working midfield into play caused Leicester to lose shape and defend for long periods and from one of these periods of play Amy caused the Leicester keeper to make a fine save.
Shortly after another super run from Ella gave Derby a corner in the 52nd minute, Nic delivered a fine ball into the box for Abbie to rise above the Leicester players and flick on a great ball into the crowded goal area where Tash powered her way in to nod home her first of the season and most importantly Derby's fourth which would be the winning Goal and a well deserved goal for a superb performance from Tash 2 - 4, (this goal also completed a rare achievement, every Derby outfield player has now scored at least 1 goal for their club this season).
Several more opportunities fell to Derby but the last 10 minutes Leicester took advantage of a lull in play from Derby and were awarded yet another free kick, again the No 16 struck the ball well, just over the bar but Leicester were desperate to gain points from the game and a rare mix up at the back gave the Leicester No7 a half chance which she duly converted 3 - 4.
A frantic last 5 minutes ensued but Derby held strong and got a well deserved win against the reigning Champions. Well done to everyone today but especially Sarah's MOTM performance with her super runs and brilliant marking of Leicesters No 16 and Liv's MOTM performance with her dogged determination throughout the game.
Coach Hannah Freeman added “I was really proud of the girls performance today their improvement since our last encounter with Leicester has been impressive and a sign of more things to come”