Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Bow Out Of Women’s FA Cup

Derby County Women were knocked out of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after a narrow 3-2 defeat to fellow National League Northern Division side Huddersfield Town Women.

A hat-trick from Terriers forward Laura Elford condemned the Ewe Rams to defeat despite goals from Emily Joyce and Skipper Hannah Ward. A missed penalty from Ellie Gilliatt also added to the woes, as the defeat ended the current campaign.

Manager Sam Griffiths named an unchanged side for the third game running, with the game an even affair in the opening 15 minutes. However, a long ball over the top moments later caused indecisivness at the back and despite an initial shot being saved be goalkeeper Sarah Morgan, the follow-up was stroked into the back of the net.

The Ewe Rams hit back instantly when Joyce was rewarded for her efforts to get into the box, pouncing first on a cross to slot the ball beyond the Huddersfield Goalkeeper to draw the visitors level.

With much on the line, the remainder of the half was a cagey affair with both sides creating half-chances but not able to find that crucial third goal before the half-time whistle.

The second-half began with a bang as the Ewes were awarded a penalty with a mis-timed tackle on the edge of the box. However, despite slotting one away last week, Gilliatt’s penalty was missed with the shot the wrong side of the post, leaving the scores still level.

With that miss, the next goal was going to be even more crucial and it was the home side that took advantage when Elford rose to head the Terriers into the lead, getting ahead of the Ewe Rams defence to re-take the lead and deal a huge blow to Sam Griffiths’ side.

Moments late, a carbon copy of that goal, extended Huddersfield’s lead as Elford again ghosted in at the front post to divert the ball into the net and leave the Ewe Rams with it all to do. That did spur the Ewe Rams into action and half-chances came from Formaston and substitute Precious Hamilton but the Terriers defence was holding firm.

That defence was breached with 5 minutes remaining as a corner wasn’t cleared, with the ball falling to Skipper Ward, who fired into the back of the net and give the Ewe Rams a lifeline. However, despite a chance for Jodie Michalska which was well saved by the Terrier goalkeeper, the home side saw out the tie, to advance to a 5th round clash with WSL side Brighton & Hove Albion Women.

Highlights of our match and Interviews with Boss Sam Griffiths and Ewe Rams Skipper Hannah Ward can be found via this Link