Derby County Football Club Women

In-Form Ewe Rams Go Second

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student James McCormick

Derby County Women brought the Sunday blues to Sheffield FC Women in a 5-1 demolition away at the oldest football club in the world in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division.

The big win was well deserved for the Ewes who had their foot on the pedal from the off. Early chances came thick and fast, the first half hour being a plethora of crosses and chances for the forward line.

Jade Formaston’s first chance came seven minutes in, when a break down the right found the forward, who kept the ball away from the defender but shot just wide. It was a chance missed but a sign of things to come.

Chances came thick and fast, Sheffield defenders blocked shots, but the breakthrough came just before the half hour mark as Sophie Domingo found the ball on the left wing with a defender to beat.

She wrong-footed the full-back, getting into the box and playing a delicate pass into the path of Jodie Michalska, whose deft touch sent the ball through the goalkeepers legs to put the away side ahead 1-0.

With the floodgates open, it was 2-0 only minutes later when corner kick madness saw the ball ricochet in between defenders and attackers on the edge of the six yard box, before the ball fell to Emily Joyce who hooked the ball beyond the home goalkeeper.

Against the run of play, the home side nabbed one back, a long range free-kick caused confusion in the box and it fell to former Ewe Rams Paige Crossman, who beat the goalkeeper at close range.

The two-goal lead was restored soon after as Domingo was brought down in the box just before half-time prompting a penalty to be given to the Ewes, with Callan Barber sending the goalkeeper the wrong way for a 3-1 lead at the break.

The second-half continued where it left off as chances came for the Ewe Rams. Amy Sims almost added to the scoresheet, a looping shot outside the box was met with an outstanding save from the Sheffield number one who tipped the ball onto the bar and away.

But it was her opposite number on the flank, Megan Tinsley who made it four for the afternoon, bringing the ball down from a brilliant cross-field ball, before rocketing a shot past the goalkeeper in an unstoppable strike.

Barber added her second, finding the bottom left corner to finish off a superb Derby County move, in a goal that really encapsulated the performance: keeping the opposition pinned back, a wonderful team move, finished by a strong and precise first time strike that was too far away from the goalkeeper to even consider reaching for.

Charlotte Clarke did her part between the sticks late on, after a solid performance already she pulled out two great saves to keep the Sheffield side out, clawing away a curling effort, shot from just inside the right side of the box, and then minutes later denying a one on one opportunity and pushing the ball wide.

The win made it three in a row for Derby County, whose good form in the FA Women’s National League North Division will lead them into next week’s clash with AFC Fylde Women.

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