Derby County Football Club Women

Under 14’s Match Report

DCFCW U14 Match Report 

Bournville U14’s vs Derby County Women U14’s (08/05/2021)

After a run of home fixtures, a rare away game for Derby took them to Bournville FC for a wet game on a notoriously small pitch, with Derby hoping to open their account much earlier than the last time these two teams met.

As the rain eased Derby got play underway and seemed keen to ensure the game was played in the home teams half. Lucy pushed Derby forward trying to release their frontline, but Bournville’s defence seemed prepared for an early assault.

Bournville cleared the ball towards the halfway line where Chelsea was on hand to send it back towards the home teams’ box. Charlie managed to get in behind the defence to get a shot off from inside the 18-yard box and despite a good save from the keeper, she spilt the ball into the path of Liv who was on hand to give Derby their much-sought early lead inside of 3 minutes.

Soccer ball Bournville FC 0 – 1 DCFCW

From the restart Bournville tried to get their wide players involved pushing the ball down the left wing, but a determined Millie ensured they were not able to move into the visiting teams final third.

Derby regained possession and Katie, playing in a defensive role, emerged towards the halfway line before releasing a through ball to Gracie on the right wing, who despite getting in behind the defence and to the edge of the box her early cross saw the ball spin off her boot and out for a goal kick.

Derby should have been two up as Charlie broke through the defence and poked the ball towards the bottom corner, leaving the keeper to scramble to keep the ball out. The ball seemed to cross the line, and the linesman’s flag was raised to signal a goal, however the referee seemed not to acknowledge his view and play resumed without reward.

As both teams battled in the middle of the park, Bournville were awarded a free kick on the halfway line for a minor foul. The ball was lifted over the Derby defence for their forwards to chase however a retreating Katie linked up with Harriet to clear the danger on the edge of the box.

Chelsea cleared the ball from defence and a chasing Charlie managed to win her battle and lift a cross towards the back post which was just too far for Stacey to connect with it.

Adela picked up the ball in midfield and found Stacey out wide, who crossed towards the six-yard box but a touch from Gracie from close range lacked the pace to extend Derby’s lead leaving the goalkeeper to collect with relative ease.

The resulting kick resulted in their forward getting in behind the Derby defence to earn herself a one on one with Harriett who emerged from her box with a defensive tackle to clear the ball.

From a Derby corner Bournville cleared the ball to earn a free kick on the halfway line, and another ball towards the box was collected by Harriet as Leah got her head to the ball to take the pace off the ball.

An attempted through ball from the home side was deemed off-side, and another free kick on the halfway saw them float a ball towards goal with too much pace giving Harriet another easy ball to collect.

Perhaps not helped by the conditions, the game had a scrappy appearance, with the ball seeming to bobble around in the centre of the park repeatedly. Derby were certainly not at their usual pace and despite a battling Bournville side their efforts were yet to really threaten the Derby goal.

A save from Harriet from a shot just side of the box saw Katie pick up the ball in defence, feeding Lucy in midfield who in turn set Adela off down the right flank, however her cross was pushed out for a corner by a determined Bournville defence. From the corner Adela saw a half chance inside the box but was only able to poke the ball wide of the goal for a goal kick.

As the clock ticked towards half-time Derby continued their search for a second goal, first with Adela taking aim from outside the box, with her shot blocked by a defender, before India found space inside the area finding a pass to Liv whose shot was wide.

It would be Lucy who came closest on the stroke of half time. Charlie picked up the ball on the left wing and set off at pace towards the home team’s box. Unable to get to the byline she halted her run and found Adela who then found Lucy in space with a square ball on the edge of the box. Lucy took a touch to place the ball on her right foot and let go of an attempt on goal however the ball sailed over the bar to bring the first half to a close.

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Bournville must have felt like they had a chance in the game, taking a confidence from only a one goal deficit and a Derby team that seemed not to be displaying their usual striking prowess. In contrast Derby really needed to take control of the game and not allow Bournville to grow into the game in the second half.

Bournville started the half with an attack which again saw Harriet emerge from box to save the ball with her feet and were shortly after able to equalise from a free kick which saw a through ball catch a Derby defence napping, resulting in a one on one this time beating Harriet from inside the box.

Soccer ball Bournville FC 1 – 1 DCFCW

Derby’s response was almost immediate however, as Charlie found herself on the end of a through ball from Katie, turning inside her defender to position herself square onto the goal before striking the ball which was helped into the net from a deflection.

Soccer ball Bournville FC 1 – 2 DCFCW

From the restart Derby were quickly back in possession with a nice one-two in midfield between Katie and Lucy. The result, a ball which saw Charlie bearing down on goal, however the flag was raised, and a free kick awarded for offside.

Derby extended their lead quickly as Gracie broke free from her defender to reach the edge of the home teams’ box before squaring to Stacey whose first time shot rattled the underside of the bar leaving the keeper no chance of keeping it out!

Soccer ball Bournville FC 1 – 3 DCFCW

Derby would strike again almost immediately with a similar move down the right which saw another square ball from Gracie this time to Katie on the edge of the 18-yard box who released a shot across the keeper into the corner of the net, giving them a three-goal advantage.

Soccer ball Bournville FC 1 – 4 DCFCW

From here Bournville’s confidence seemed to have been knocked and despite their relentless battling it seemed inevitable that Derby would extend their lead as they continued to push the home team back into their half.

The game remained scrappy in places however Derby seemed to be in control and were able to extend their lead further as Lucy collected the ball from a goal-kick and drove forward from midfield, creating space on the edge of the box to fire past the keeper at her near post.

Soccer ball Bournville FC 1 – 5 DCFCW

A series of corners for Derby followed, one of which saw Emma come close with a header from close range, but the keeper was on hand to collect the ball.

Derby were then awarded a free kick from a foul just outside the box which saw Liv strike the ball onto the top of the crossbar.

Adela would chase through balls from Maya and then Lucy but was unable on both occasions to get to the byline before the ball did, and subsequently India had a similar challenge on the left wing as a sublime touch from Leah brought the ball down to her feet from the goalkeeper’s kick, then sending a cutting ball through the defence which, on a wet surface, had just too much pace on for India.

Adela then provided an opportunity to Emma to open her account as she turned inside her defender to square the ball, but Emma fired over the bar.

Bournville then came close as a mix-up in the Derby defence saw their striker emerge with the ball on the right flank, however her early cross lacked anyone else from the home side in the final third of the pitch, allowing Derby’s defence to clear their lines with no oncoming pressure.

Derby’s final goal came ten minutes from time as Lucy set Adela free on the right wing. Adela pushed to the byline and crossed towards the back post where India was on hand to knock it down to the feet of Liv for a simple tap in from close range.

Soccer ball Bournville FC 1 – 6 DCFCW

Bournville had reverted to having to defend the second half more than that of the first as further pressure was applied from two Derby corners. India then came close from a one-two with Lucy however her attempt was wide resulting in a goal kick.

In a final Derby attempt Gracie sent a low cross in the direction of Charlie whose shot from close range was saved by the keeper.

Bournville were awarded two late free kicks from fouls firstly by Millie, and then Liv however their attempt to send balls over the Derby defence were cut out by Chelsea and Aliyah, before the referee called time on the game.

A Derby side who was certainly not at their best in soggy conditions, against a side which battled to the end, their second half performance earned them a convincing win to maintain their unbeaten run in their competitive season.

Final Score: Bournville FC 1 – 6 Derby County Women

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