Derby County Football Club Women

Under 15’s

Under 15 Match Report

The Ewes produced a real Jekyll and Hyde performance on Saturday. The first half was probably the most sluggish and disjointed first 40 minutes in the 21 games, since their inauguration in July 2019.

However, they dominated the second half and but for two big decisions going against them, they would have ran out comfortable winners.

Wordsley started brightly and their number 6 had a great early chance but fired wide. However, they took the lead soon after when miscommunication in the Ewes defence, left the Wordsley 9 with an open goal to put the visitors one up.

The Ewes tried to hit back quickly and the Moza Lady of the Match Leah saw her header palmed over the bar.

The Ewes had a goal disallowed offside when Sommer’s shot was pushed back into play by the keeper and from a ruck of players Leah won the race to the loose ball to score.

If that deflated the team, worse was to follow when the Wordsley Number 9 won and then converted a penalty to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Tails up, the visitors saw out the rest of the first half comfortably.

However, the Ewes came out in the second half a totally different team. Sommer served warning early doors, firing just wide from outside the box.

And the Ewes did pull a goal back soon after. Leah laid the ball onto Ava, who tee’d Sommer up perfectly to bury it over the keeper from outside the box.

Sommer, Leah, Ava and Faye all went close as the Ewes won a series of corners with their relentless pressure.

When the equaliser did come, Ruby, Izzy and Ava combined to carve open the visitors before Ava buried the ball into the corner.

As the minutes ticked away, the Ewes thought they had won it when Amber outpaced the defender before crossing close to the by-line. Ava was first to react sending the ball into the corner of the goal, only to see the flag up for offside.

Leah’s free kick on the edge of the box was tipped over the bar and Amber also went just wide as the girls pushed for the winner, but it wasn’t to be.

Manager Stuart Cokayne “The girls showed great resilience and character to come back from 2-0 down at half time against such a strong team. The second half performance was much better than the first and they were very unfortunate not to win the match”.