Derby County Football Club Women

Under 14’s Match Report

DCFCW U14 Match Report 

Bournville vs Derby County Women (17/10/2020)

Second place Derby travelled to third place Bournville, where a win for Derby would put them three points clear of their opponents with a game in hand, and perhaps more importantly would keep up the pressure on the league leaders.

On an excellent pitch but somewhat smaller than Derby are used to, they would perhaps have to find a different route to goal than the customary fast pace of the front four to win this match.

Bournville started proceedings but were quickly robbed of possession as Derby looked to take control of the game from the outset.

From an early half chance by Derby, Bournville emerged from defence and were awarded a free kick on the halfway line as Darcy’s tackle was ruled late.

A long free kick on a short pitch saw the ball travel over the Derby defence bouncing comfortably to Harriet in the Derby goal.

Harriet’s quick throw to Stacey was cut out by the home teams’ midfield, however the ball was picked up by Chelsea allowing her to push towards the halfway line before driving the ball through the Bournville defence for Charlie to chase. Charlie managed to get on the end of the ball and take it away from the keeper however from a difficult angle the ball travelled wide of the goal.

A defensive clearance from another Bournville free kick offered Lucy the chance to play the ball out wide to Gracie, who managed to get a low cross into the box, but the keeper collected without challenge.

A short goal kick allowed the Derby forwards to further pressure the home team’s defence, offering Charlie a shot on goal from just inside the box again just wide of the goal but under pressure from the defence.

Another short goal kick this time allowed Liv to gather the ball just inside the box who also fired just wide.

A long goal kick this time allowed Bournville to press into Derby’s half, moving at pace down the right flank but only able to deliver a shot wide of the goal with no real pressure for Harriet.

A midfield battle saw Katie win the ball and release Stacey down the left wing. Stacey managed to get to get the ball into Liv, and in turn through to Charlie who just could not get to the ball before the home teams’ keeper.

Bournville’s commitment to the short goal kick was not helping to relieve the pressure on them and from two corners in quick succession Derby would threaten the Bournville goal, the first resulting in a header from Gracie which lacked the direction and power required to beat the keeper, and the second seeing Charlie head the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net. Celebrations were short-lived however as the linesman had raised his flag, suggesting that the ball swung out of play on its way into the box, leaving the referee to rescind the goal.

Bournville were awarded another free kick on the halfway line as Liv was ruled to have pulled back the home team midfielder in a tussle for the ball, and another long free kick was too heavy for the Bournville forwards and a dominant Harriet collected, again launching a throw towards Stacey to mount an attack down the left wing, only to be stopped by the home teams left back.

From the throw-in Lucy found herself on the edge of the box with enough time to line-up a shot, and although driven with power a deflection would only offer Derby another corner, which was defended well by Bournville.

In Derby’s best chance of the game so far, Liv found herself inside the box with only the goalkeeper to beat but much to her frustration fired wide of the goal

A through ball from Lucy to Gracie on the right wing further highlighted the short pitch as it ran out for a goal kick before she could reach it, and another shot from Liv whistled over the bar. Liv again had the chance to score, this time striking across goal and on target but not able to beat the keeper on this occasion who pushed it out for a corner.

From the corner, Katie picked up the ball from the edge of the box, striking it hard and low onto the post. A poor clearance from the home team gave it to Liv who was beaten by the same post, this time allowing Bournville to clear the danger.

Derby could, and probably should, have been 3-0 up and it felt as though they were wasting chances at this point, with none of the pressure being rewarded in the first 20 minutes. Bournville were not particularly threatening the Derby goal although there was an undercurrent forming in the game from a home side that could clearly play football, and which felt like they could take confidence from the goalless result and creep into the game the longer time went on.

Derby however remained undeterred and continued to try to find a route to goal working the ball around the edge of the box from which a Charlie shot was deflected for a corner.

From the corner Liv launched the ball into the box and this time Charlies header beat a static defence and a hesitant goalkeeper to break the deadlock and give Derby a much-deserved lead.

Bournville 0 – 1 DCFCW

Bournville would continue to battle to restore their place in the game giving the Derby midfield little time on the ball. In the heat of battle Liv and Lucy were deemed to foul their opponents on two separate occasions however the home team were unable to create chances from the long balls towards the Derby box.

From midfield, a lofted ball towards the Derby goal did test the Derby defence as their striker appeared to have positioned herself in front of goal and in a dangerous position, however as the ball came down  she misjudged the bounce and an alert Chelsea was able to get herself between the striker and the ball to clear the danger.

Derby forced another couple of corners and came close from a near post attempt which was saved by the Bournville goalkeeper. In addition, Katie was able to release a shot from the edge of the box but on this occasion, it lacked the power required to trouble the goalkeeper.

Derby’s second goal came from a deflected cross from India which led to another corner. Bournville were caught napping when Liv took a short corner to Katie, who in turn fired the ball hard and low through a busy six-yard box and straight past the goalkeeper.

 Bournville 0 – 2 DCFCW

As the first half came to a close a rare Derby free kick on the edge of the box was fired over the bar by Liv, and Charlie would shoot wide once more, however Derby would end the first period in a position of comfort but by no means able to relax in the second half.

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Derby got the second half underway, but it was Bournville who would attack first with a strike from halfway line which required Harriet to reach into the air with strong hands to bring it into her chest.

The short pitch allowed another quick throw from Harriet to Adela enabling Derby to counterattack. Adela carried the ball before playing a through ball to Gracie on the wing who set off towards the bi-line and although able to outpace the defence was only able to connect with the side netting from her cross.

Bournville were awarded another free kick on the halfway line and yet another long ball was collected by Harriet who was dominating her area.

At the other end Liv managed to push past the defence to get a shot on goal however the keeper was able to make a save.

Chelsea cleared the ball from another Bournville attack and as Charlie gave chase the offside flag was raised to stop play. Derby restored possession from the resulting kick and won a corner from a break down the right from Gracie. Liv lifted the ball towards the back post where Lucy was waiting to tap the ball in from close range, extending Derby’s lead.

 Bournville 0 – 3 DCFCW

Derby did not have to wait long for another goal as a free kick from midway in the home team’s half was launched into the box. Darcy was first to the ball knocking it down from the six-yard line into Charlie’s path for her to fire home from close range.

 Bournville 0 – 4 DCFCW

Despite the increasing advantage Bournville did not give up and continued to try to break down the Derby defence. Millie was on hand to clear an attempt from their left winger to get behind the Derby defence, Aliyah had to work hard to win a battle which would have seen the home team pressing towards the edge of the Derby box, and Stacey was forced to track back as their pacey right winger managed to get free of Leah.

Bournville did manage to get a shot off but were unable to hit the target, shooting just wide.

Derby mounted a series of attacks with Katie playing the ball from midfield to Gracie who managed to get behind the defence in a direct run towards goal, however an attempt to square the ball instead of shooting was cut out by the defence. Katie’s shot from outside the box hit a defender, giving her a second chance to shoot, however the second attempt was driven over the bar.

Liv picked up the ball in midfield and found Stacey on the wing. Stacey beat the home teams left back and crossed into the box where Gracie’s shot was saved by the keeper from close range.

Derby then came close in a move which saw Katie, Charlie and Adela linking up on the right wing to provide Lucy with the ball on the edge of the box, lifting it just over the bar.

The final Derby goal came from a free kick when Katie was flattened on the edge of the Bournville box. Liv stood over the ball before driving it hard and low towards goal, and despite the keeper getting a hand to it, she was unable to hold onto the ball, spilling it into the net.

 Bournville 0 – 5 DCFCW

From the kick-off Bournville tried one last attack down the left calling Maya and Millie into action however it would be a foul on Stacey that would bring the game to a close for a comfortable win.

Another physical game for Derby but an excellent result and a clean sheet to preserve a 100%-win record, even though it could have been double figures for Derby.

Final Score: Bournville 0 – 5 Derby County Women

Goals: Charlie (2), Katie (1), Lucy (1), Liv (1)