Match Photography by James Williamson
Match Highlights Courtesy of In-Play Sports
Match Reporter Jamie Griffiths
The DCFA Women’s Cup will have a new name engraved onto it, after Woodlands Ladies confidently beat Derby County Ladies Development 3-0 in the Final at Belper Town FC.
The game was played at a high tempo and the first hint of what was to come arrived in the third minute when Woodlands’ Abbie Taylor spotted Zoe Millington off her line and sent her long range effort wide of the left hand post.
Taylor didn’t have to wait much longer for another chance at goal though. After a corner was half cleared it fell to Taylor inside the box, who reacted well and smashed an effort in off the underside of the bar.
The goal sparked Derby into life and they went close to an equaliser through Georgia Lawton and Jamey Brewster, with the latter shooting straight at goalkeeper Nikki Adamthwaite after finding some room in the box.
Adamthwaite was called into action again moments later as she thwarted Anita Gaspar from close range.
The keeper was beaten a minute later when Kira Rai tricked her way into the box and sent a curling effort towards goal, only for it to crash against the crossbar.
Derby County Ladies Development’s Gaspar went close just before the break after cutting inside her marker on the left, but her shot flashed across the face of goal.
Half Time: Derby County Ladies Development 0 Woodlands Ladies 1
Woodlands started the second as they did the first and doubled their lead in the 52nd minute. Jody Scott, who caused Derby no end of problems throughout the game, turned her marker on the edge of the box and found the bottom left hand corner from the right side of the box.
The score line could have been halved straight away when Gaspar was sent through on goal, but she could only put the ball wide under pressure from the advancing keeper.
Derby were left frustrated once again when, after good link up play in the middle, Jamey Brewster found some space and let fly from range, only for it to go over the bar.
After a left wing cross fell into a crowd of Derby players, Adamthwaite had to be at her best to deny them at the back post and keep Woodland’s two goal cushion.
Kelsey Burton-Evans then tried her luck by curling a lovely effort towards the top right hand corner, but Adamthwaite was there once again to deny Derby.
Despite Derby’s persistence, Woodlands held out and then showed their clinical touch as they sealed the win with four minutes to go.
After putting the defence under pressure Chloe Scott benefitted from a heavy touch from Goalkeeper Millington; Scott kept her composure to round the keeper and side foot the ball into an empty net to make Woodlands only the second ever side to lift the DCFA Women’s Cup.
Full Time: Derby County Ladies Development 0 Woodlands Ladies 3