Ewe Rams Down Loughborough to go 6 Unbeaten
Derby County Women maintained their impressive form to go second in the FA Women's National League Northern Division, with a 3-0 win over Loughborough Lightning.
Fresh off the back of their derby day win, the Rams were on the road again, making the short trip down the M1 where they claimed all three points, thanks to a brace from Ellie Gilliatt and a Megan Tinsley free-kick.
The visitors started the better, and dictated the opening stages of the encounter, and their pressure paid off, taking the lead after 11 minutes. A long ball over the top of the defence was misjudged by the defender, and Gilliatt was on her tail and beat her to the ball, taking it into the area and tucking her shot into the far-right corner.
Derby added their second a minute later, and it was another for Gilliatt, some great skill by Sophie Domingo who turned her defender and played her through, and she fired her shot into the top corner over the goalkeeper.
Gilliatt nearly added her third in three minutes, after some more great play by Domingo found her striker free in the box, but Gilliatt’s effort was blocked on the line.
The Rams made it three after 21 minutes, through a Megan Tinsley free-kick, following a foul on Jade Formaston. The left-back hit the effort Roberto Carlos-esque, bending her shot left footed into the bottom right corner, and leaving the keeper with no chance.
Loughborough came into the game a little more after going 3-0 down, but they never troubled Sarah Morgan and the Derby defence enough to cause concern, and the Rams nearly added another first half goal, with Gilliatt seeing two efforts cleared off the line, and some great link up play from Domingo and Emily Joyce, but the shot was blocked, and the visitors went into the break with a three-goal advantage.
Derby continued to dominate the early exchanges of the second half but dropped off a little from their high level of intensity from the first half wary of Sunday's League Cup clash with Barnsley Women.
The visitors saw out the game well, and had a small number of chances as Boss Sam Griffiths made changes to give the game some fresh impetus. It was another dominating performance from the Rams, who now are six games unbeaten and four games without conceding, continuing their strong early season form, and the result moves Derby into second in the league.
Player of the Match: Ellie Gilliatt
Line-Up: Morgan, Ward (c), Miles, Jackson, Tinsley, Formaston (Edwards), McCue (Sims), Joyce, Rai (May), Domingo (Fisher), Gilliatt. Sub Not Used: Clarke
Match Report by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Joshua Fletcher