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Derby County 2015

Due to essential work on the club’s iPro’s pitch, our Derby County 2015 match was played at the club’s state of the art Training Ground. Despite the change of venue the Rams fans involved still enjoyed the game immensely and provided great entertainment for the watching supporters. An emphatic 2nd half performance from the Home team allowed them to run out 9-3 winners, however the Away team played their part in an excellent game and both teams went home extremely proud of their efforts.  

Date: Saturday 30th May 2015
Venue: Derby County Training Ground
Derby County (Home) vs Derby County (Away)
Kick Off: 12:30 pm
Match Officials: Reece Davies, Stephen Davies, Darren Billings & Josh Birchall

The players were bathed in glorious sunshine as the Away team kicked the game off wearing the Dark Blue change strip and playing from right to left. They started the contest strongly and within 2mins they’d created the 1st chance of the game. Away No 10 Matthew Farmer picked up the ball and drove forward from midfield before playing Nick Guy clear on the right with an accurate through ball, the pacy midfielder raced into the box and let fly with an effort from the angle, however Eoin McCafferty was equal to his effort and the goalkeeper beat the ball away confidently.   

The Away team continued to press and they took the lead with just 5mins on the clock. Home keeper Eoin McCafferty did well to race out of goal and tackle Away No 9 Stephen Gourley, unfortunately for the Home defence the ball fell for Captain Martin McLeod who was 30 yards from goal. The midfielder showed great awareness to hit the ball 1st time towards goal, the ball landed just short of the goal and No 7 Michael Seeley was in the perfect position to force the ball home from a few yards out (0-1).  

The Home team responded well though and when the ball fell to Chris Ososki 20 yards from goal the No 7 tried his luck with a right foot effort, however his well struck shot was collected comfortably by Away keeper Rich Leam. The team in White and Black continued to press though and with 13mins on the clock they got back on equal terms. Adam Melbourne played a great through ball for Martyn Barnett to run onto and the No 9 showed excellent pace and control to stride into the box and finish low past the advancing keeper (1-1).

The same player almost put his side ahead moments later when he raced onto another through ball and slid a left foot shot towards goal, however the ball narrowly missed the far post. However Martyn Barnett made no mistake when he was played in on goal by Stephen Davis a few mins later. The clinical striker raced onto the ball and side footed it coolly past the diving figure of Rich Leam to give his side the lead with 17mins on the clock (2-1).  

However their lead wasn’t to last long and within a minute the Away side were level again! Home keeper Eoin McCafferty was forced wide by a pack-pass from his defence and unfortunately for the stopper his left foot clearance was intercepted by Matthew Farmer 25 yards from goal, the elegant midfielder drove into the box and unselfishly squared the ball to Nick Guy and the midfielder made no mistake from 8 yards out, firing the ball past the helpless McCafferty (2-2).

The Home team went right back up the other end and but for a great double save from Rich Leam they would have restored their advantage. The Away keeper’s 1st save was a brave one at close range from Adam Melbourne and when Keith Howe fired in the rebound the keeper was back on his feet to stop that attempt as well. The keeper paid for his efforts though and it took a lengthy spell of treatment before he could continue. 

For the next 10mins the play raged from end to end with both sides unable to create any clear-cut chances. However the Home side almost broke the deadlock after a flick over the top from Stephen Davis allowed Martyn Barnett the chance to challenge Rich Leam for a bouncing ball, the ball evaded them both and looked destined for the goal until John Seeley came from nowhere to clear the ball off the line.

The Home team continued to press forward and their skilful winger Chris Ososki was causing the Away defence all sorts of problems down their left, and it was the No 7 who started the move that put them ahead on 40mins. The midfielder won a 50-50 challenge in midfield and played the ball to Stephen Davis, the striker played a slide rule pass between defenders for the lively Martyn Barnett to run onto and the No 9 slotted the ball home to complete his hat-trick (3-2). 

Barnett was in great form and he turned provider mins later, collecting the ball in midfield he turned and found No 2 Scott Harris clear on the right with a precision pass, the fullback raced towards goal unopposed and crashed a shot past the keeper and into the net (4-2).

There was barely time for the re-start and the referee’s whistle brought a highly entertaining half to an end. The Home team’s late goal flurry meant they enjoyed a two goal advantage at the break and they were hopeful of building on their advantage in the 2nd half.  

Half Time: Derby (Home) 4 - 2 Derby (Away)

The Home team kicked off the 2nd half keen to carry on where they left off, and they continued to pass the ball about well and use the full width of the pitch to stretch their opponent’s defence. The Away team forced an opportunity of their own though when Matthew Farmer latched onto a pass and drove into the right side of the area. He fired a cross goalwards, however goalkeeper Eoin McCafferty did very well to cut the cross out at the near-post with a confident take.  

The team in Dark Blue continued to press and after a fantastic run from midfield Nick Guy earned himself a free-kick on the edge of the area. The skilful midfielder stepped up and curled a fantastic effort which looked bound for the top corner until Home keeper Eoin McCafferty got his finger tips to the ball and diverted it over the bar. What a save!

Back at the other end the Home team tried to increase their advantage, Barnett did brilliantly to beat his defender down the left and swing in a cross to the centre of the goal, big Adam Melbourne came sliding in but he couldn’t get the contact he wanted and the ball slid past the goal. However the No 6 got the goal his attacking efforts deserved on 66mins. Chris Ososki attacked down the right and squared the ball for Keith Howe 20 yards from goal, the No 8’s well struck shot was charged down by a defender and when it fell to Adam Melbourne 8 yards out he reacted instantly and smashed the ball home from 8 yards out (5-2). 

The Home team were rampant now and they increased their lead on 68mins. Right Back Scott Harris demonstrated fantastic skill and determination to beat 2 opponents and feed Martyn Barnett in the attacking 3rd of the pitch, the striker drove into the area and smashed a low shot past the helpless keeper to notch his 4th goal of the game (6-2).   

Martyn Barnett was in incredible form and when Paul Hancox won the ball in midfield and played a 1st time through ball for the No 9 to run onto the striker raced away from his marker and ran half of the length of the pitch before smashing another low finish past goalkeeper Leach (7-2).  

The Home team were well on top and they racked up another goal on 78mins. No 10 Paul Hancox did well to win the ball in midfield and play an accurate through ball to the feet of Barnett, the striker skinned his man and raced in on goal and with only the keeper to beat he looked like getting his 6th goal of the game, however just as it looked like he was going to pull the trigger he squared the ball to Adam Melbourne and the No 6 slid in and side footed the ball into the empty net for his 2nd goal of the game (8-2). 

The Away team were desperate to get some form of consolation for all their efforts in the hot conditions and Nick Guy almost got on the end of a through ball on the left, however goalkeeper Eoin McCafferty raced out of goal and cleared the danger with his feet. McCafferty made another great interception moments later to deny No 7 Michael and the impressive stopper made a 3rd impressive save from the same player’s shot from a wide angle moments later.

With players understandably tired the play was stretched and chances were falling at both ends, and Martyn Barnett could have added to his tally however he un-characteristically missed the target twice when he looked odds on to score. However it was the Away team who got the next goal with 86mins on the clock. Michael Seeley played a clever one two with John Seeley and played a defence splitting through ball that allowed Nick Guy to run in on goal, the midfielder picked his spot and his low shot gave McCafferty no chance (8-3). 

The Home team hit back though and Keith Howe came close with an angled drive from the edge of the area. At the other end McCafferty had to look smart when Matthew Farmer tested him with a near post shot, however it was the side in White that completed the scoring in the final minute of the game. Paul Hancox found Keith Howe in space on the edge of the box and the No 8’s low shot evaded the diving Rich Leam and defender John Seeley’s efforts to stop it and ended up in the net in-off the right hand post (9-3).

The ref’s whistle brought the game to an end seconds later with the Home team running out convincing winners by 9 goals to 3. It had been a devastating 2nd half performance from the Home team. Martyn Barnett was their star man, with the striker’s hugely impressive 5 goal haul proving to be the difference between the sides. The Away side had played some great football at times and had given it their all though and both sides received a deserved round of applause as they left the field.   

Full Time: Derby (Home) 9 - 3 Derby (Away)

Man of the Match (Home): Martyn Barnett 
Man of the Match (Away): Adam Seeley
Moment of the Match: Rich Leam

Home Team: Eoin McCafferty (C), Scott Harris, Ryan Brocklehurst, Peter Moorcroft, Victor Dimakopoulos, Adam Melbourne, Chris Ososki, Keith Howe, Martyn Barnett, Paul Hancox, Stephen Davis, Rob Disney, Ryan Brocklehurst
Home Mascot: Amelie Davis

Away Team: Rich Leam, John Seeley, Liam Glynn, Sean Astley, Will Brown, Nick Guy, Michael Seeley, Martin McLeod (C), Stephen Gourley, Matthew Farmer, Adam Seeley, Michael Seaman 
Away Mascot: Anderson Leam