Derby County Football Club Women

Under 16’s

Under 16 Match Report

Derby travelled to West Bromwich Albion today on a long narrow pitch and with several players unfortunately missing from the team, Derby were down to 12.

Albion themselves only able to field 11 players so all in all an evenly matched encounter was hoped for but this was not going to be all plain sailing. Derby ended up playing 55% of the game with 10 players loosing our keeper Lola early on and then Marli as injuries dogged Derby again.

Albion started with a high tempo catching Derby off guard with their quick passing and speedy forwards getting behind Derby with ease, it did not take long for them to finish one of their moves when in the 4th minute their nippy forward dinked the ball into the net.

Alas this was the last Lola played in the game suffering injury when attempting to save the shot. Chloe stepped in as keeper for a while. Derby were struggling to gain control but determination the Ewes have in abundance and this would keep them in the game.

Katy was battling for everything and Nic and Ella were trying to stifle Albion’s play and Derby began to get some ball time and several half chances were created but then in the 13th minute the girls got their reward when Hannah found Steph K who rocketed the ball home with confidence 1- 1.

Albion battled on and took another shot which hit the post, Tash cleared the ball off the line, Marli started a string of passes ultimately finding Hannah crossed a lovely ball to Steph k and she struck a fierce half volley into the roof of the net on 17 mins 1 – 2. The game for the next 15 minutes was evenly matched but neither adding to the score line.

Abbie made an immense tackle and a great pass which nearly got Derby away. Nicola now in goal makes a great save keeping Derby ahead. Tash and Marli linked well down the left and created another opportunity but it was again snuffed out by Albion.

Eventually Derby’s pressure paid off in the 32nd minute when Chloe after some great battling passed to Ella who from 25 yards drills her shot home 1 – 3. Now on the ascendency Derby pass the ball well creating more chances, Steph B made some great forward runs creating space for Derby to utilise and again in the 35th minute Chloe calmly slotted home from an Ella assist 1 – 4.

Sadly Derby were then down to 10 after Marli had to go off with an injured foot and Albion were still looking to create causing Derby to defend en masse at times. H/T 1 – 4Tash took on role of keeper for the second half  and the girls regained their shape and a sterling performance was being given by all.

Shania gave a brilliant Captains performance helping to protect Tash in goal. Albion now knew to test the keeper from all ranges and did so throughout the second half but Derby continued to work hard. Ella went close firing a great shot that curled away and struck the upright. Steph K and Hannah were battling well and Chloe brought a good save from Albion’s keeper.

Steph B and Steph K linked well and created another good chance that was fired over the Albion bar but after solid determination Derby’s fifth came in the 50th minute when Chloe found Hannah who fired confidently into the roof of the net 1 – 5.

A few minutes later Steph B started a superb run in her own half taking on and beating several Albion players before playing a sublime ball to Chloe who finished the move in style 1 – 6. Albion were not finished and continued to push for another goal and some good pressure caused Derby to defend well with Shania, Abbie, Steph B and Nic making some superb tackles but the pressure took its toll and in the 58th minute Albion get their second of the game 2 – 6.

Derby continued to defend well with Ella, Chloe and Katy all digging deep in the middle. Ella was unlucky when the keeper tipped her shot onto the cross bar. Tash was growing in confidence collecting several shots well only to be undone by a well struck freekick in the 71st minute 3 – 6. Derby thought they may snatch another when Ella was hacked down in the box but the penalty was put just wide.

Although Derby started slowly, they were disciplined, fought well and saw out a tough tie outnumbered for a large part of the game, they are deservedly top of the table. Ella was deservedly awarded MOTM. We wish Lola and Marli a speedy recovery. Well done girls!