• Derby County  vs Ladies first team (1-0)
  • Derby County  vs Ladies first team (1-0)
  • Derby County  vs Ladies first team (1-0)
  • Derby County  vs Ladies first team (1-0)

Derby County vs Ladies first team (1-0)


Sunday 28 April, 2019 - 14.00 FA WNL Northern Division

Derby Rearguard Enough To Hold Out Against Sheffield

Sheffield FC Ladies visited Derby County knowing that a win would confirm their place in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier division for another season, whilst the hosts continued to hunt down second place.

A cagey first half saw very few opportunities created for either side, although one came in the opening minute as Monique Watson fired over from the edge of the Sheffield box. 

There was an early half-chance at the other end minutes later as a Megan Tinsley corner was swung in to the near post where Sammy Conroy received a strong hand on her back, enough to push her off course from making a connection – nothing doing from the referee. 

It was Conroy again who had the chance to open up the scoring midway through the half when a long-range strike was too good for Leah Kellogg in the Derby goal, but cannoned back off the crossbar.

Power and quick feet were enough to allow Watson to work herself away from the Sheffield challenges with 30 minutes gone, but an alert Serena Clarke dealt with the shot comfortably enough down low to her right.

HT: 0-0

The second half started with far more energy than the first.  Megan Tinsley reacted to Millee Clarke’s flick and her powerful effort, from the tightest of angles, was well-parried by Kellogg, with the follow-up just skimming the top of the bar.

A number of injury stoppages disrupted Sheffield’s momentum, but Conroy went close again off a corner, before Tinsley was bundled over in the box as the Rams’ defender got the wrong side – nothing doing again.

With less than 15 minutes to go, Derby’s Andi Bell worked enough space on the right, her cross picking out the recently introduced Cara Newton who hit an effort off the underside of the bar and in.

It was all Sheffield for the remainder of the game – Emma Johnson fired a strong effort that almost took Kellogg over her line as she dived to make the save before, moments later, connecting with a Molly Havard cross at the near post, only to be denied by a Amy Sims/Kellogg/post combination on the line.

An excellent Sims challenge on Rhema Lord-Mears forced her effort to fly wide, and minutes later, the young Derby full-back produced another excellent recovery to close out Clarke just as she was teeing up a shot inside the area. 

Havard then found herself free on the left and her excellent cross was missed by millimetres as Johnson launched herself at the ball – any touch would have given Club the goal they needed.

Sheffield’s final chance came in stoppage time when Karagh Tait threw herself to block Clarke’s goalbound shot lashed from 8 yards, to leave Sheffield ultimately frustrated at the final whistle.

FT: 1-0

Not the result Sheffield wanted, or needed, and after the game, assistant manager Chris Hames gave his thoughts on the result: 

“I thought across the park we were good today.  Everyone did the job that we asked them to, and we limited Derby County to very little throughout the game.”

“The main disappointment for us is that we didn’t create enough in the first half, and whilst we put that right in the second half, we didn’t then take those chances.  We need to become more clinical in order to take what we deserve from games.”

“Every player gave 110% against one of the league’s better sides, and we deserved to get at least a point from it.  These are the teams we want to be challenging against in this league, and I think we’ve shown today that we’re not far off.”

“We go to Sunderland knowing that the job we set out to do is almost done.  It’ll be another stern challenge for us, but it’s an opportunity to improve on the things we want to put right from today, and hopefully we can then enjoy the end of what has been a very testing season.”

Sheffield FC:  S Clarke, Heald (Havard 76), Clarkson, Neary (Wortley 81), Housley, Conroy, Johnson, Pearson (Butcher 88), M Clarke, Lord-Mears, Tinsley