Derby County Football Club Women

Under 14’s Match Report

DCFCW U14 Match Report 

Derby County U14 Women vs Hilton Harriers U14’s (12/09/2020)


A much-anticipated cup final awaited both teams on a glorious Saturday morning on the Racecourse.

Hilton Harriers got the game under way, immediately pressing into Derby’s half with a break down the left-hand side, only to be blocked by a strong challenge from Millie to put Derby’s stamp on the game.

From the resulting throw-in Hilton battled in the middle of the park, launching a ball high in the air towards Harriet in the Derby goal. A dropped catch left a prowling Hilton striker with a simple tap in from close range to take the lead after only a few minutes.

Soccer ballDCFCW 0 – 1 Hilton Harriers

From the resulting kick-off Hilton were straight at the Derby midfield showing clearly that they had one eye on the trophy. Following a scrappy midfield battle Derby finally worked the ball towards the edge of the Hilton box, with a half clearance falling to Liv who released a tame effort past a Hilton goalkeeper who should really have stopped the ball, levelling the score and inviting both teams to start again.

Soccer ballDCFCW 1 – 1 Hilton Harriers

Hilton re-grouped and launched an immediate attack down the left flank reaching the byline only to be met once again by a determined and physical Millie to knock the ball out for a corner.

Hilton lifted the ball high into the six-yard box resulting in a goal mouth scramble which was stabbed into the Derby goal by the Hilton centre forward to regain the lead after only twelve minutes.

Soccer ballDCFCW 1 – 2 Hilton Harriers

With an encouraging Hilton crowd cheering their team on from the touchline it would have been easy for Derby to allow Hilton to take control of the game, however over the next ten minutes Derby started to apply pressure to a determined Hilton team forcing them back into their own half.

Lucy split the Hilton defence with a ball down the right wing for Gracie to chase. Gracie drilled the ball hard and low towards the back post, finding Liv who hooked the ball around the Hilton keeper only to be foiled by the woodwork, allowing the goalkeeper to clear the ball to safety.

Derby would then force two corners in close succession which, in rather untidy fashion would be cleared by the Hilton defence to safety.

Another break down the right-hand side saw Gracie play the ball to Lucy to shoot just wide of the goal from the edge of the box, signalling to Hilton that they were knocking on the door for the equaliser.

It was Hilton however who would counterattack from another Derby corner. A strong challenge from Aliyah brought down the Hilton striker just inside the Derby half but the awarding free kick would amount to nothing.

From Derby’s defence Chelsea launched a ball forward to Liv, who knocked it on to Charlie. In typical fashion Charlie accelerated away from a chasing Hilton defence and was never going to miss once she arrived in the Hilton box, drilling the ball into the bottom corner.

Soccer ballDCFCW 2 – 2 Hilton Harriers

Derby looked to have settled into a rhythm at this point and were slowly grinding out half a dozen half chances through Stacey, Charlie and Liv however those that weren’t wide of the goal were stopped by a Hilton keeper that seemed to be lacking in confidence.

Hilton would shortly counterattack to remind Derby that they were still capable of upsetting Derby’s flow however between Leah, Chelsea, Aliyah & Millie Hilton were founding it hard to break through Derby’s defence, with only the pace of the Hilton striker offering any sign of danger to Derby.

In an almost identical move to Derby’s second Liv then played a through ball to Charlie, outrunning the Hilton defence again to comfortably slot home Derby’s third goal, gaining the advantage from Hilton for the first time in the match.

Soccer ballDCFCW 3 – 2 Hilton Harriers

Almost immediately after the kick-off Katie won the ball in midfield opening up the game with a ball down the right wing for Gracie to chase. Gracie delivered an early cross to India who was waiting on the six-yard line to extend Derby’s lead.

Soccer ballDCFCW 4 – 2 Hilton Harriers

Despite looking slightly deflated by two quick goals Hilton would continue to show character pushing to get back into the game. Their centre forward continued to look dangerous in possession however Chelsea, and now Lucy at the back, would ensure that she was unable to force anything more than a Derby goal kick.

A goal kick at the opposite end would then ensure a comfortable half-time break for Derby’s women, as Liv latched on to a weak attempt from the Hilton keeper to clear the ball, chipping the return ball over the goalkeeper to make it 5-2

Soccer ballDCFCW 5 – 2 Hilton Harriers

The last five minutes of the fist half would see a couple more attempts on Hiltons goal with Charlie heading onto the post from a corner, however the whistle went sending Derby into the break with a three goal advantage, and a capable Hilton side who would have to try to regroup in the second half if they were to overturn the deficit.

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Derby got the second half underway and would start the second period as they ended the first. A break from Charlie resulted in a cross to Stacey at the back post which was headed just wide, before a saved shot from Liv fell into Stacey’s path whose turn it was to fire across the box evading the Derby frontline and resulting in a goal kick.

From the resulting goal kick, Adela collected the ball just outside the box turning the Hilton defence to get a shot off which was blocked by a strong Hilton challenge.

As if Derby needed reminding Hilton then found themselves against the run of play in the Derby half. A lose ball fell to one of the Hilton forwards who chipped a long ball over Harriet to reduce the deficit back to only two goals.

Soccer ballDCFCW 5 – 3 Hilton Harriers

Following the kick-off Derby would resume command of the game preventing Hilton from breaking out of their half for the next 5 minutes. Adela would again cut through the Hilton defence crossing to Charlie to head just wide, whilst Stacey was beaten by the crossbar from close range.

A long ball from Hilton upfield was met by Leah who volleyed the ball over the Hilton backline to an ever-alert Charlie who drove through the defence to restore the three-goal advantage and earn her hattrick.

Soccer ballDCFCW 6 – 3 Hilton Harriers

At this point Hilton did not look like they could get back into the game and another ball over the top of the defence which should have been swept up comfortably by the Hilton goalkeeper saw Charlie give chase. Under pressure the keeper dropped the ball leaving Charlie to poke it home from close range.

Surely this was Hilton put to bed…

Soccer ballDCFCW 7 – 3 Hilton Harriers

From the kick-off Hilton pushed forward into the Derby half. The ball ended up safely with Harriet who was then ruled by the referee to proceed to kick the ball from her hands just outside of her box, offering Hilton a free kick on the edge of the Derby box. Despite two defenders on the goal line, Hilton were able to lift the ball into the top corner of the net to earn their fourth goal. Would they ever lie down!?!?

Soccer ballDCFCW 7 – 4 Hilton Harriers

Derby still looked the side in control however they had to respond quickly so as not to let Hilton back into the game in the fifteen minutes that remained.

Almost immediately Charlie would again bear down on the Hilton goalkeeper this time resulting in a 50/50 challenge which saw the ball drop to Charlies feet, tapping into the net for her fifth goal of the game.

Soccer ballDCFCW 8 – 4 Hilton Harriers

At this point Hilton’s belief seemed to have expired and despite a resilient battle Derby extended their lead further when a free kick on the edge of the Hilton box from a hand-ball decision was fired into the far corner of the goal by Liv, also earning her hattrick in the match.

Soccer ballDCFCW 9 – 4 Hilton Harriers

Several attacks followed with Gracie placing the ball over the bar from a Stacey cross, and Charlie shooting just wide, before Charlie and Liv combined with a move that saw a defence splitting pass give Liv her fourth goal with a close range shot.

Soccer ballDCFCW 10 – 4 Hilton Harriers

Charlie would cap off a score that really didn’t reflect the fight Hilton had given Derby, with a long ball from Harriet in the Derby goal bouncing over the Hilton defence, seeing an almost trademark run deliver her second hattrick, slotting the ball past a bewildered goal keeper.

Hilton would have one last attempt on the Derby goal from a free kick inside the Derby half, before the referee called time, crowning Derby Women champions!

A slow start from Derby required a show of character to overturn a determined Hilton side and lift the trophy to be crowned CHAMPIONS!!!

Final Score: DCFCW 11 – 4 Hilton Harriers

Goals: Charlie (6), Liv (4), India (1)