EDUCATION | Match Day Report – RUFC Women U19 v Doncaster Rovers

Published: 08/03/2024

It was a tough home fixture for Rotherham United Women’s U19’s as they suffer a 4-0 defeat to local rivals Doncaster Rovers. The action got underway and immediately the Doncaster attack displayed their class, with the number 9 showing quick feet and winning an early free kick. The set piece was taken, and Doncaster had… Continue reading EDUCATION | Match Day Report – RUFC Women U19 v Doncaster Rovers

It was a tough home fixture for Rotherham United Women’s U19’s as they suffer a 4-0 defeat to local rivals Doncaster Rovers.

The action got underway and immediately the Doncaster attack displayed their class, with the number 9 showing quick feet and winning an early free kick. The set piece was taken, and Doncaster had a great header at goal, but the chance went just wide.

In the 7th minute, Rovers hit first to score the opener. The chance came from a throw-in when the attacker beat one Rotherham defender and a bit of luck from a deflection off the second defender saw an easy finish across goal for Doncaster.

The Millers didn’t drop their heads and showed a great, high-energy press on the Doncaster defense. This led to multiple panic clearances by the Rovers’ fullbacks.

Doncaster didn’t take their feet off the gas, however, and yet another set piece gave them a 2-0 lead. A long ball was sent forward from the away team’s keeper, which had to be dealt with by Rider, conceding a corner. The ball was whipped in, followed by a great connection through a header back across the Rotherham net. The goal came in the 11th minute.

Rotherham continued to be frustrated by Doncaster, where the Reds’ saw a very decent spell of possession, but couldn’t work the ball into the box and were constantly forced wide. One way Rotherham did look to create chances was through long throw-ins. Multiple long throws taken by center-back, Annie Rider were sent into the edge of the box but with only one to aim for in the box, these chances weren’t capitalised on. However, one throw somehow made it through two Doncaster defenders, but the Reds’ striker hammered it against the post. Rotherham were very unlucky to not have scored.

As the game approached half-time, chances became more sparse for the Rotherham women. Doncaster capitalised on this by utilising their goalkeeper’s long kick, which was flicked on by number 11, to number 4 who was darting down the left wing. She took it first time and curled one past Ruby Rider into the bottom right corner. A fantastic finish from the Rover’s winger. Rotherham went into the break 3-0 down.

There was a lot of work to do for the Rotherham women in the second half if they were to get anything from this game.

Play kicked off again, and instantly Doncaster utilised their long goal kicks to create chances. One of these goal kicks was flicked on again by number 11, who saw number 9 overlapping but Annie Rider saw the danger and shut it down. Moments later, the number 10 tried to curl a long shot from the left wing, but Ruby Rider dealt with it comfortably. The Rotherham defense seemed much more composed after the break.

Rotherham central midfielder, Tiff Clarke looked to be the Reds’ spark, creating a few chances in quick succession. Clarke went on a couple of solo runs, showing off her use of footwork, quick dribbling, and using her body to spin defenders. Despite her hard work, Clarke could not find her finishing touch.

Doncaster centre-back, number 5, then went on a solo run of her own and slid a great ball through to the right-winger, but her shot was parried back into danger. Lily Turner showed good defensive instinct to get across the goal and slide, blocking a shot in the six-yard box which seemed a certain goal.

Doncaster finally scored their fourth after multiple chances were wasted. Number 11 made a run down the right flank, a ball was slid through to her which she smashed high at the near-post into the roof of the net.

Doncaster showed their class to come to Rotherham and dominate the majority of the game. The Rotherham women did have their chances, but could not find that finishing touch to tuck away the chances created. Rotherham now looks forward to hosting Everton in their next league clash.