• Andy Moore

Ewe Rams Secure Tigers Win to go Top of FAWNL

Derby County Women triumphed 3-1 over Hull City Ladies on Sunday afternoon courtesy of an Ellie Gilliatt brace and a late Megan Tinsley strike, to keep the title challenge alive at the top of the FA Women’s National League Northern Division.

After taking an early lead, the victory never looked in doubt for Sam Griffiths’ side.

The Ewes’ first opportunity fell on a plate to Emelia Wilson in the 5th minute. A poor clearance sent the ball directly into the path of Wilson who sent her first-time effort from the edge of the area just wide of the goal.

Derby then took the lead through Gilliatt just three minutes later. Level with the six-yard-box, Precious Hamilton latched onto Jess Camwell’s enticing pass and squeezed the ball through a sea of bodies to find her teammate ready to pounce as Gilliatt scrambled home the opener from close range.

An opportunity for the hosts to double their advantage passed by in the 16th minute after Hamilton slipped Kira Rai through on goal. Full of confidence, Rai tried to take it around Hull ‘keeper Abi Wallace, but the youngster got a strong hand to the ball to deny her.

The Tigresses were able to muster a few chances as the half ticked on, most notably a Katie Thompson free-kick attempt and subsequent Amy Pollock rebound effort in the 28th minute.

Gilliatt went close to grabbing a second in the 40th minute, but her shot was saved by the shins of Wallace on this occasion, before Jess Camwell blasted over.

Just two minutes later, Derby did have their second and Gilliatt had her brace. Making up for her prior miss, Camwell put the ball on a plate for Gilliatt who poked her shot in at the far post, from the near post, to ensure a two-goal cushion at half-time.

The visitors pulled one back in the 71st minute through Helen Lynskey. The forward was gifted the ball and burst into the penalty area and sent an unstoppable lofted effort into the top right-hand corner, past the reach of Sarah Morgan who could do nothing but watch.

Gilliatt almost secured a hat-trick in the 82nd minute after rounding the goalkeeper, but her low-driven effort was blocked off the line by the Hull defender.

Fortunately, the game was settled just a minute before time through Tinsley. The left-back unleashed a fantastic effort from range in the 89th minute, clipping the post and rolling over the line to confirm three points for Derby.

The result means that Griffiths’s women return to the top of the National League Northern Division heading into game week 18, where they visit The Hawthorns to play West Bromwich Albion.

Line-Up: Morgan, Sims (Edwards), Jackson, Ward (c) (McCue), Tinsley, Wilson, Joyce, Rai (Formaston), Gilliatt, Hamilton (May), Camwell (Domingo).

Goalscorers: Gilliatt (8mins, 42mins) Tinsley (89mins)

Player of the Match: Ellie Gilliatt

Match Report by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Jacob Hackett

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