Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Make it 6 on the Bounce with Emphatic Boro Win

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student Jake Dance

Derby County Ladies continued their impressive form in a 7-0 demolition of Middlesbrough Women in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division.

Ellie Gilliatt notched four goals taking her tally to 17 for the season in a bid to match top-scorer Hannah Keryakoplis this season, who also added her 19th goal late on.

Also on the scoresheet, Amy Sims finished off a beautifully worked team effort alongside a first goal for new signing Rosie Axten in the first half.

It was a superb team effort from the Ewe Rams from the first minute until the 90th, keeping a clean sheet and a push for their highest ever league position.

Gilliatt opened the scoring early on from the penalty spot after she was bundled over in the box. The lethal finisher calmly sent the Boro keeper the wrong way and placed the ball down the left.

A period of play resumed where Derby Ladies then constantly attacked the Middlesbrough goal. Megan Tinsley looked to enhance the lead from a free-kick but the effort was held onto by the rival shot-stopper.

With this constant pressure it wasn’t long before the home side doubled their advantage when Axten was first to react, from a pass to smash the ball through the Boro goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

A few minutes later and Sims showed a striker’s instinct, with a tiki-taka passage of play culminating in one of the best goals of the game. Sophie Domingo and Keryakoplis showed quick feet and one-touch passing to then lay it off to the defensive player, who neatly flicked the ball into the net.

Gilliatt grabbed her brace not long after the restart. Jodie Michalska sent a lovely ball over the top, putting the winger through on goal before drilling the ball into the opposite corner.

The hat-trick wasn’t long coming after, as the in-form Gilliatt fiercely sprinted through the defence once again, before finishing in remarkably similar fashion to the second.

Just two minutes later and the former Sheffield United star had grabbed her fourth, poking home for Derby’s sixth of the game.

After more chances for the Ewe Rams, Keryakoplis added to her quickly growing tally for the season as the game was coming to a close.

Axten was involved once more as she played the dangerous attacker through with the number eight managing to squeeze a shot past the Boro goalkeeper to secure an emphatic 7-0 victory for Derby County Ladies.

The Ewe Rams next play Sheffield FC Women at home on the 1st March where they will be hoping their current form can carry through for another impressive result after beating them 7-0 in the reverse fixture this season.