Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Cement 2nd Place with Win at Foxes

Match Report by Derby University Football journalism Student Will Furness

Derby County Ladies FC beat Loughborough Foxes 2-0 in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division to claim all three points at the Loughborough University Stadium.

The Ewe Rams’ solid start to 2020 continued thanks to strikes either side of the half from Jodie Michalksa and Hannah Keryakoplis. It was a deserved win and an overall dominant display from Derby, despite having spells of being sloppy and rusty. 

Keryakoplis said: “We were quite disappointed with the performance really, we didn’t really get the ball moving, but if you can win 2-0 and still not be happy with the display it says a lot.”

Derby had the perfect start and opened the scoring two minutes into the affair. Domingo went on a mazy run down the right-hand side and her eventual shot was parried by Amy Burle, and the shot fortunately fell to Michalska who smashed the ball home from a couple of yards. 

The momentum carried on in The Rams’ favour and they came very close to doubling the score line when Ellie Gilliatt’s shot from outside the box trickled just past the post. 

Another opportunity fell to the Ewe Rams in the 16th minute through some great work by Rosie Axten as her darting run on the left-hand side led her to square the ball across the box to Ellie May who’s shot was well saved by Burle.

Loughborough started to grow into the game and they should have levelled in the 31st minute as a lapse of concentration from the Derby backline allowed Grace Stanley to bare down on goal.

She opted to tee up Rebecca Knight who had all the time in the world to fire home, but the ball evaded her and went under her foot, with the visitors breathing a big sigh of relief.

After the restart, the game lacked any real action or flair until the 69th minute when Derby doubled their advantage. Megan Tinsley went on a surging run from left-back and put the ball on a plate for Keryakoplis to tap in for her 18th goal of the season. 

Keryaoplis stated: “I’m happy to get on the scoresheet again. That’s why Sam brought me here and it’s great to contribute.”

The Foxes almost responded and got themselves back in the game when Stanley skipped past Tinsley, her shot then looked destined for the top corner but Sarah Morgan superbly tipped it away for a corner to ensure all 3 points to move further ahead in the battle for second place.

Derby will hope to kick on from this victory as they look forward to hosting Middlesbrough Sunday in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division at Derby County’s Moor Farm Training Centre in a 2:30pm Kick-Off.