Derby County Football Club Women

Under 14’s Match Report

DCFCW U14 Match Report 

Derby County Women U14’s vs Stourbridge FC U14’s (01/05/2021)

Another home fixture for Derby’s U14’s Women’s side, which this week saw a visit from Stourbridge FC. With a couple of players absent through injury/illness, Derby would need to be switched on from the start to maintain their unbeaten record in the competition.

Derby kicked off and immediately drove into the away team’s half to force an early corner. The corner was whipped in by Stacey, but Derby were unable to get a connection on the ball allowing Stourbridge to clear their box and reply with a move which saw them press towards Derby’s half but without any real danger.

Derby regained possession and Stacey found India on the edge of the box, who in turn found Liv who was on hand to open proceedings in the opening minutes.

Soccer ball DCFCW 1 – 0 Stourbridge FC

From the kick-off Stourbridge showed that they had come to give Derby a game, immediately trying to push Derby back towards their goal, but Maya was on hand to stop a break down the left-hand side, handing possession back to Lucy who tried to release Adela down the right flank but the away teams defence equal in pushing her out for a throwing on this instance.

From the throw-in Katie sent a through ball towards Stacey however the away team’s keeper was alert and managed to get to the ball before Derby could capitalise.

Stourbridge tried to play out from the back in doing so landed themselves in trouble as Liv collected the ball on the edge of the box, lifting a ball high ball towards goal only to be denied by the top of the crossbar.

This time Stourbridge tried to launch the ball forward from the goal kick with Lucy on hand to intercept, again setting Adela free down the right wing who crossed to Stacey to slot home at the far post.

Soccer ball DCFCW 2 – 0 Stourbridge FC

Again, the away team tried to press Derby from the kick-off this time sending a ball over the home team’s defence, leaving Harriet to sweep up the ball with a long kick up field, only to be returned with a Stourbridge attack that saw Leah called into action down the right flank.

From midfield Katie collected the ball and set Adela off on another run towards the byline resulting in a corner from a defensive block of her attempted cross. The corner taken by Adela was knocked down by the away team’s defence to Liv’s feet who was just outside the six-yard box and was able to spin on the ball to create enough space to drive the ball past a watching keeper into the bottom corner.

Soccer ball DCFCW 3 – 0 Stourbridge FC

From each re-start Stourbridge would mount an attack this time resulting in their centre forward in a race towards goal with Millie, and despite being able to get a shot off from outside the box, the ball was directed straight at Harriet allowing her to pull the ball into her chest.

Stourbridge continued to try to find a route back into the game to avoid it getting away from them, however two further subsequent attempts to penetrate the Derby penalty area were cut out firstly with a strong clearance from Chelsea, and then a wide attack down the left wing which Maya cut out, releasing a through ball to Liv who was ruled offside on this occasion.

From the resulting free-kick Aliyah picked up the ball inside her own half and set Gracie off on a run to the byline which would earn Derby another corner. A short corner was taken quickly between Stacey and Katie which eventually resulted in Lucy trying a shot from just outside the box only to be blocked by the away team’s defence. Derby worked the ball to Adela on the wing whose cross was inch perfect for India giving her a simple tap-in from six yards out.

Soccer ball DCFCW 4 – 0 Stourbridge FC

Despite an emerging score line in Derby’s favour Stourbridge certainly did not resemble a team that were incapable of scoring and continued to push Derby with some nice football in the middle of the park. In possession Derby looked the more dangerous team and despite creating a couple of half chances to extend the deficit it was Stourbridge that would score next.

From an offside decision just inside the away teams half the ball was lofted over the top of the Derby defence from which their oncoming striker found space on the edge of the Derby box, lifting the ball over Harriet and into the net.

Soccer ball DCFCW 4 – 1 Stourbridge FC

This seemed to give Stourbridge some encouragement and a further attack followed a couple of Derby corners for which Harriet again proved she was up to stopping their attempts from outside the box. As Harriet launched the ball forward, Liv gave chase and took aim on a moving ball from outside the box, and despite beating a stretching keeper the ball clipped the near post and bobbled across the goal line leaving both teams to give chase (at the point they realised it was somehow not going to go into the net) with Stourbridge managing to push the ball out for another Derby corner.

Both sides were pushing hard to find the next goal with Stourbridge ruled offside from a move which found them on the edge of the Derby penalty area, whilst Lucy again took at aim at goal from outside of the away team’s area, and despite being on target the pace of the ball enabled the keeper to get down to make a comfortable save.

It would be Derby who would score next, restoring their four-goal lead, as Katie’s shot from just inside the box was dropped by the keeper for which Liv was on hand to poke the ball into the net for her hattrick.

Soccer ball DCFCW 5 – 1 Stourbridge FC

Stourbridge however would not lie down, forcing a save from Harriet from the kick-off, this time pushing a shot round the post with her feet, and from the resulting quick corner a short goalmouth scramble saw them poke the ball into the Derby goal from close range.

Soccer ball DCFCW 5 – 2 Stourbridge FC

As the game neared half time Derby needed to show Stourbridge that they remained in control to ensure they were not able to build a confidence in the break, and they did just this as a quick corner was fired in low towards Liv in the box to tap in for Derby’s sixth goal.

Soccer ball DCFCW 6 – 2 Stourbridge FC

One final chance would follow with a shot from range saved by the away team’s keeper before the referee blew the whistle for half time.

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Stourbridge got proceedings underway and seemed not to be deterred by Derby’s lead. A shot from the edge of the box was saved by Harriet to earn them a corner, and from the resulting corner a headed attempt sailed just over the bar to bring them close.

With the ball back in play Lucy picked up the ball in midfield and saw off pressure from two opponents to find Aliyah out wide, with Aliyah playing a lovely first-time ball to Stacey who set off at pace towards goal, releasing a cross which found Lucy on the edge of the box who was able to finish the move she had started with a clean left-footed strike into the net.

Soccer ball DCFCW 7 – 2 Stourbridge FC

Despite Stourbridge’s ‘never give up’ attitude it was Derby that would dominate the next 20 minutes of play, pressing down both flanks with Gracie and Stacey and earning another three corners in relatively quick succession. Yet it would however be another simple and effective move from midfield which would see Adela included on the score sheet. From midfield India played the ball wide to Gracie who after a short run cut inside to find Lucy on the 18-yard line, Lucy squared the ball to Stacey who in turn found Adela in space, and Adela let go of a shot across goal which left he keeper with little chance of stopping the ball.

Soccer ball DCFCW 8 – 2 Stourbridge FC

Derby kept up the pressure as Liv fired the ball towards goal to be denied by the post again, whilst Gracie was denied a goal from a close-range header as Derby were deemed to be offside.

From a separate offside decision against Derby, Katie collected the ball in midfield and split the Stourbridge defence with a through ball which saw an alert Adela again on hand for her second, and Derby’s ninth goal. A score which was in many ways just deserve for Derby but in other ways did not reflect the ability and relentless effort of the visiting team.

Soccer ball DCFCW 9 – 2 Stourbridge FC

Derby reached double figures as Aliyah again emerged from a defensive tackle to find Liv who was on hand to find the bottom corner of the net.

Soccer ball DCFCW 10 – 2 Stourbridge FC

From the restart Stourbridge came at Derby with a half chance from just inside the box saved comfortably by Harriet.

A Derby offside resulted in a free kick which was collected by Katie, releasing Stacey on the wing, who in turn found Adela in space on the edge of the box but her attempt for a hattrick sailed just wide of the post.

Emma was added to list of scorers as Lucy picked her out just inside the away team’s box, firing low and hard into the corner.

Soccer ball DCFCW 11 – 2 Stourbridge FC

Liv came close with shot from close range, which was saved, however Derby’s final goal of the game came from Lucy following another sweeping move down the right wing. Aliyah pushed out of defence to find Emma, who’s through ball to Gracie was square to Lucy to fire home from inside the box.

Soccer ball DCFCW 12 – 2 Stourbridge FC

Even in the dying minutes of the game, and with such an extensive score line in Derby’s favour, Stourbridge were still pushing. A dangerous attack saw their left winger take the ball around an emerging Harriet and fire towards goal, only to find an alert Leah clear the ball off the line for a throw-in. From the throw-in the away team managed to find space to release one final chance and whilst on target it was lacking a pace that would trouble Harriet who again collected with ease.

As Harriet launched the ball forward for the final time the whistle was blown to bring the game to a close for another convincing win for Derby’s women.

A passionate performance from the visiting side who provided one of the strongest tests to Derby’s defence and were able to penetrate Derby’s goal on a couple of occasions but found a Derby side who were simply too much for them to handle.

Final Score: Derby County Women 12 – 2 Stourbridge FC

Goals: Liv (5), Adela (2), Lucy (2), Stacey (1), Emma (1), India (1)