Ewe Rams Academy Progress To League Cup Final
Match Report written by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Chloe Reynolds
Derby U20’s head coach Dan Dobrzucki said he’s “really happy” as his side progressed into the final of the League Cup, after a 4-1 win against Notts County U20s.
Following the victory, Dobrzucki explained, “I thought we started well, I thought the first ten minutes we were in the ascendancy and had some good patterns of play.
"Then we went behind to a set piece, which we knew would be a real weapon for them, but we did well the second half and I think we looked the better side. The result was a fair result and I thought 4-1 was about a fair reflection of the game, I’m really pleased.”
Rosie Hunt almost opened the scoring after just 3 minutes when she had a chance on net, but the ball was caught well by County keeper Phillipa Davis. The visitors took the lead after Emma White’s corner fell to Emily Stretton where she hammered the ball into the roof of the net.
The Ewes got a goal back just before half time as Kelsey Wragg looped the ball into the back from a free kick, and Davis couldn’t get a glove to it.
Quickly following the start of the second half, Derby won a penalty after a dangerous tackle brought Mollie Newton down and she was unfortunately forced off the pitch. Marli Rhodes-Andrews stepped up to take the penalty, and had no problem slotting it into the back of the net.
The Ewes made it 3-1 as Olivia Edwards struck the ball from 20 yards, firing it into the left side of the goal. The inevitable fourth came through an Iesha Rollins attempt, as she fired the ball into the back net.
The U20 side will now face Lincoln in the final. Despite the difficult fixture Dobrzucki was confident, as he said, “I’m sure they will be a very tough test but I have a lot of faith in that group. I think there is no reason we can’t go and win it.
“Anything can happen in a final, as we know, and there’s no reason I think if they play to the best of their abilities, I think they can go and win that game. It will be really exciting for them, it will be a chance to get silverware and that’s what it’s all about for some of them, so I’m really excited for it.”
The Final against Lincoln United WFC will take place on 22nd May at a venue to be confirmed with info coming as soon as we have it!