Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Academy Earn 2nd Win on the Bounce

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student Sam Allen

Derby County Women U20 Academy cruised to a 3-0 victory over AFC Leicester Ladies thanks to a dominant first-half performance which featured two goals from captain Anya Bourne in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League.

Derby opened the scoring just past the 10-minute mark, when Juliet Hilton’s saved shot fell into the path of the skipper, Bourne, who tucked the ball home into an empty net. 

The home side dominated possession of the ball as AFC Leicester struggled to break out their defensive third, but they did find an opening through Cody Rena. The forward broke through on goal but lobbed her effort wide of the goal. 

Moments later Bourne doubled her tally for the afternoon with a cultured finish into the bottom right corner as the Ewe Rams took a deserved two-goal lead. 

Hilton caused Leicester all sorts of problems down the right-hand side with her quick feet and turn of pace creating plenty of openings for Derby. 

Despite their dominance, a misjudgement from Zoe Millington almost handed Leicester a way back into the game with ten minutes left in the first period, as the Ella Needle almost got on the end of the ‘keeper’s poor touch. 

The visitors defended well in the first half, but they could not break the Derby press and the hosts deserved their half-time lead based on the general play. 

It was a cagey opening to the second half, but it was Leicester who had the first big chance as Jamie Elday broke through on goal, however, she was denied by the on-rushing Millington. 

Derby responded with a chance of their own as Chloe Phillips stung the palms of the Leicester ‘keeper with a ferocious long-range effort. 

Elday went close again for Leicester on the hour mark as she found space on the right, cut inside, and hit the woodwork as the winger’s shot deflected off the shin of Millie Newton. 

It was a much-improved second-half performance from the visitors, but they did not have a goal to show for it, and Derby always looked threatening on the counterattack, led by Hilton. 

Newton had defended well for the home side all game, and she showed her abilities going forward, adding a third goal to Derby’s account for the afternoon, with a curled effort from outside the box which nestled into the top right. 

With just 10 minutes left and a comfortable three-goal lead, the hosts saw out the game with ease and cruised to a comfortable victory. 

Next up is Beaumont Park Ladies for the Ewe Rams U20 Academy as they look to continue their strong start to their East Midlands Women’s Regional football League campaign.