Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Bounce Back with Win at Boro

Derby County Women secured all three points in a morale boosting 4-1 win over Middlesbrough Women in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division.

A brace from Sophie Domingo, an Ellie May volley and a Callan Barber penalty ensured Derby County Women came away with the points in an entertaining affair to keep in touch with the league leaders.

Manager Sam Griffiths made four changes to the line-up from the defeat to Fylde WFC with Goalkeeper Charlotte Clarke, Jodie Michalska, Ellie May and skipper Hannah Ward returning to the team, whilst there was also a place on the bench for new signing Caroline Naess.

The Ewes started with immediate intent as Barber smashed a shot from 15-yards, just wide in the opening minute after a cushioned header from Michalska had opened space for the midfielder.

Moments later a 2-on-2 break unlocked the Boro defence as Domingo turned a defender to fire home from the edge of the box, off the underside of the bar to give the Ewes a 1-0 lead.

On 12 minutes the lead was doubled as Domingo and Michalska exchanged passes before the in-form winger picked her spot in the bottom corner leaving the Goalkeeper with no chance.

Middlesbrough hit back when they were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes with Rebekah Bass sending Clarke the wrong way to give the home side a lifeline.

Derby went on the attack again as May offered an early warning sign with a 25-yard effort before she made no mistake on the half-hour to extend the Ewes lead, smashing home a volley from 6-yards after Boro had failed to clear the danger.

The home side were indebted to their goalkeeper for keeping the score down with arguably the save of the season, tipping a 30-yard pile-driver from defender Sarah Jackson over the bar.

With the game not yet out of sight, Boro made the cardinal sin on the stroke of half-time as Jade Formaston was bundled over in the box, allowing Barber to confidently dispatch the penalty and give the Ewe Rams breathing space at the break.

Both sides came out in the second-half looking for the next goal with Boro pushing for a lifeline, whilst the Ewes were content to hit them on the break quickly making for an entertaining half.

Chances came for Barber, May, Domingo and Sims but they were unable to add to the scoreline whilst Boro had half-chances of their own with Clarke marshalling the defence to ensure the Ewes held firm.

A final chance from distance by Barber came and went before the visitors saw out the game for the three points in a 4-1 victory to leave them in touch of the leaders at the top of the FA National League Northern Division.