Derby County Football Club Women

Under 15’s

Under 15 Match Report

Derby County U15 Ladies 5 V 0 Warwick U15 Ladies
Todays game was back at our home ground Alvaston where we have not played since 19 October.
The game got off to a slow start with both teams unable to get control and dominate play. Derby had several early chances with Bluffy hitting the side netting, Marli hitting the target but saved by the keeper and Liv also going close but Warwick made it hard keeping their shape and defending very well under constant pressure frustrating Derby. Hannah had a chance when she met one of Marli's superb corners only to head the ball over the bar. Warwick became a danger with their classy number 10 finding space with ease and Derby were forced too may times into making unforced errors giving the ball away cheaply, they were slower getting control of the first and second ball but Derby's quality defence dealt with any threats. Derby started to regain control and started to play the ball about and close Warwick down, Abbie was dominating in the air, Steph B was always looking to move the ball forward, Charlie was passing the ball about well and the midfield of Marli, Ella and Bluffy were working hard. After some great play Steph K got a shot away that went just wide but then Derby got their elusive first goal when Tash crossed the ball to Bluffy who controlled the pass well and struck a venomous half volley from the edge of the box into the roof of the net, the breakthrough Derby needed 1 - 0. Several more chances fell Derby's way in the first half but they were either wide or well saved and it ended 1-0.
Derby started brightly second half and only 2 minutes in Liv found Sarah who with one of her superb crosses sent the ball in and Marli harried the keeper and poked the loose ball in from a tight angle for a well deserved goal 2 - 0. Warwick were still working hard and defending with vigour and at times played the ball out well but Derby were now growing into the game and the defence snuffing out any threats with Shania in the centre, reliable as ever. Countering with pace, several more opportunities came and went, but in the 60th minute Amy scored a beauty from 20 yards when she moved the ball between her feet and fired a shot into the back of the net 3 - 0. After some great link play on the left 6 minutes later Amy then treated us to a magnificent solo assist where she picked the ball up deep into her own half pressed froward with conviction, took on several players and finished her run off with a superb pass for Bluffy to poke home her second of the game 4 - 0. Derby then went close again with Ella beating her player with her quick feet, firing a great shot just over and Abbie striking a beauty which also went just over but it was only a matter of time before Derby scored their fifth and in the 80th minute Derby were awarded a free kick 25 yards out, Nic stepped up and struck a lovely shot which beat the Warwick keeper with ease 5 - 0. Toward the end, the game became a little scrappy again as both sides tired with the heavy pitch. All Derby's players had to put a shift in to get the points from this hard fought game. The game finished with a well earned victory and Lola keeping her 7th clean sheet of the season. Well done to Bluffy on her MOTM.