Derby County Football Club Women

Under 16’s

Under 16 Match Report

AFC Telford United U16   1 v 5   Derby County Women U16

Derby played away to newcomers AFC Telford Utd, in very windy and wet conditions the girls put on a great determined show. Telford played with a 3 5 2 formation and at times had 6 in the midfield thus giving them the upper hand in the middle of the pitch but Derby started brightly.

Ella was playing some lovely balls through to put pressure on the opposition, Sarah and Steph K were causing problems with their probing runs and indeed Steph K got a ball into Sarah whose volley was saved by the keeper.

Chloe with her superb control and vision was spraying the ball around well, a good first few minutes for Derby showing Telford their desire to win. Derby constantly moving the ball forward made Telford work hard for any possession and Derby’s defence were solid snuffing out any threats with Shania making some superb tackles and leading the team by example.

A great ball out from Lola in the 12th minute found Sarah who ran down the line and calmly rolled the ball into the box to Steph K who finished with a great shot low to the keepers right 0 – 1. A minute later Tash got Steph K away who found Hannah but was tackled well in the box.

Another great ball from Tash found Steph K again, she passed to Hannah who shielded the ball well, passed back to Chloe for a super strike 0 – 2. Telford kept up the pressure and their number 20 found herself with time to get a shot away which sailed over the bar.

Another of Tash’s long balls found Steph K again who came inside and fired a shot with venom but the Telford keeper saved. Derby were relentless in moving forward always looking to add to the score line, Abbie played Hannah through whose shot was held by the keeper.

Steph B was making numerous tackles and always looking to move the ball into the danger areas. Telford were very physical but Derby ignored this and continued to be creative. Steph K found Marli who went close with her first touch of the ball and from the resulting corner Tash was elbowed off the ball but no penalty given.

Telford ‘s players were now constantly going down upsetting Derby’s play but the girls battled on. Katy now on harried Telford’s midfielder’s and it released Ella to go forward more and in the 34th minute Steph K played the ball into Ella who took control and struck the ball down low into the bottom right beating the keeper 0 – 3. 3 minutes later Ella got her second and the goal of the game when Bluffy played her in and 25 yards out she struck a sublime shot that sailed over the keeper 0 – 4.                   

The second half was a more subdued period with the rain hammering down and wintery conditions and Telford’s players continued to go down interrupting the flow of the game.

Abbie looked certain to score after one of her great probing runs alas thwarted with a timely tackle and immediately after up the other end Abbie did one of her trademark slide tackles halting a Telford attack. Bluffy, Marli, Chloe and Nic were all working hard in the middle to nullify Telford’s attempts to gain control.

A period of play followed where neither team could get the upper hand, both teams battling well and unfortunately Steph B had to leave the field after some great determined defensive tackling and a great performance from her. Katy almost got Steph K away with a great ball over the top from the restart.  

The girls continued to work tirelessly looking for another goal, Steph K struck the post and it rolled across the line but the keeper retrieved, Ella went close with a shot just going over the bar and Hannah brought a good save from the keeper but in the 70th minute, Bluffy played a lovely ball to Hannah who struck the ball from 20 yards over the Telford keeper 0 – 5.

With conditions worsening control of the ball was difficult and both teams and the onlookers looked ready for the final whistle, Telford did get their consolation goal when Derby switched off for a few fatal seconds their player finding the net with a fierce strike in the box 1 – 5. Overall a good Derby performance in trying conditions, Derby deserved more goals in this conflict but a 5 – 1 win in this division is a convincing one.

Well done girls on another hard fought victory. A well deserved MOTM went to Chloe.