Derby County Football Club Women

Under 14’s

Under 14 Match Report

For the first time this season, the Ewes faced off against a team playing a similar style and the result was an exciting and entertaining game and a great advert for ladies development football.

The Ewes started on the front foot and opened the scoring when the on-rushing Ava forced the keeper into a rash clearance which fell at the feet of Leah and she lashed the ball straight into the back of the net.

They made it two shortly after when Leah harried the defender into conceding a corner before being on hand to head home Sommer’s cross.

Credit though to Leicester that despite the setbacks they stuck to their task and played their way into the game.

Seeing a lot of the possession, they were rewarded when a lovely move saw the ball played down the right wing and an inviting cross converted at the far post by the Number 9.

Tails up, they Foxes started to dominate the midfield, however, shortly before the break the Ewes increased their lead when Millie forced a corner. Millie took the kick which was met emphatically by Eve, who volleyed home at the far post.

In the second half, the game was mainly played out in midfield, with both sides having periods in the ascendency without really troubling the defences.

Lailla starting her first game back since injury and playing out of position in defence put in a tremendous performance and deservedly won the Moza Lady of the Match.

As the game entered the final quarter gaps started to appear and we were in for a grand finale. The Ewes extended their lead when a well worked move across midfield saw Eve cross for Millie to steer her shot into the far corner from just inside the box.

The Ewes went further ahead moments later. Another well worked move down the right wing ended with Ruby beating her marker and delivering an inch perfect cross for Millie to tap home at the far post.

However, from the kick off Leicester went on the offensive and the number 9 scored when her shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced down before Amber could grab it. After some initial confusion, the linesman signalled the ball had crossed the line.

From the restart the Foxes again took control forcing Amber into a fantastic full length save to maintain the deficit and see the game out.

Manager Stuart Cokayne said “This was probably the girls best all-round performance of the season. The whole team stared brightly putting the Leicester side under pressure and were rewarded with two early goals. They continued to press well throughout the match and played some lovely flowing football. It was really pleasing to see the girls take what we had practiced in training into the match”.