Long Eaton United FC’s Grange Park was host to Derbyshire FA’s Women’s Cups Finals Day (Sponsored by Cawarden), where both the Women’s Cup final and Women’s Plate final (between Wirksworth Colts Ladies & Belper Town Ladies) were contested. The attendance for the day was 434.
Derby County Women U20’s couldn’t have wished for a better start to the game when they took an early lead after just two minutes. In-form striker Isabel Sheridan found the back of the net with a powerful effort for the Ewe Rams.
8 minutes in, Derby almost doubled their lead as Iesha Rollins rushed through on goal; Chesterfield’s Nic Watson making an important save.
After their shaky start, Chesterfield found their feet and began to play some wonderful football. The Blues found an equaliser after 23 minutes, captain and midfield maestro Millie Standen finding the ball land at her feet in the box, before beating the keeper with a low effort.
The sides went in at HT all square at 1-1.
Chesterfield had a good chance to take the lead after 53 minutes, when Pashley’s header flew narrowly wide. Just minutes later, Derby almost went ahead through Holly Otter – a brave block by Chesterfield’s Kelly Fidler keeping it level.
The Blues went close in injury time, as Sophie Marshall’s effort from outside the box rolled just wide of the post. Soon after the full-time whistle blew at 1-1, meaning the game would be decided by a penalty shootout.
Derby scored first, through Holly Otter. Chesterfield missed their first spot kick, Pashley seeing her shot saved.
Isabel Sheridan stepped up next for Derby and scored. Abercombie scored for Chesterfield.
Next up for Derby was Humphrey, who’s effort was saved. Standen equalised the scoring for the Blues, as her shot just beat the keeper.
Derby missed again with their fourth penalty, Monk hitting the bar! Fidler scored for Chesterfield, giving them the lead.
Hunt stepped up for Derby’s fifth penalty and dragged her effort wide – meaning Chesterfield Ladies win the shootout 3-2!
The festivities for Chesterfield Ladies followed, as they celebrated their first ever Derbyshire County Cup win! The trophy and medal presentations followed, as they lifted the Cup in front of their fans and followers.
Congratulations to Chesterfield Ladies FC on a fantastic cup campaign, as they are 2022/23 Derbyshire Women’s Cup Champions!
Photo Credits – Alexandra Johnson (alexandrajohnsonphotography.co.uk)