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Durham Win First Ever League1 Derby 7-0 Over Darby

05/20/2016, 11:45pm EDT
By League1 Ontario staff

Photo: Martin Bazyl

Durham's Laura Gosse (65', 79', 82') led the way in the first Durham region League1 Ontario derby between Derby FC and Durham United FA, as she took home the match ball with a hat-trick and a leader's performance in this dominant 7-0 victory.

"As league champs, the big thing I wanted to be sure that the girls know that everyone is always gunning for us and that we have a responsibility to be game-ready," said Durham head coach, Ron Clarke. 

"At half-time we knew that even though we had a 2-0 lead they were going to come out, and they did - they came out very strong. We withstood the pressure, and after that we took control of the game again. That's the maturity of the players that we have, and I'm very proud of them."


Photo: Martin Bazyl

Durham's Tamara Brown (18'), Hollie Babut (21'), Keona Simmonds (62') and Kristin Nason (73') set the foundation for Gosse's triple with well-timed early strikes, while GK Laura Dougall kept the clean sheet. 

Derby also had chances in the first half, with Armstrong and Young with good chances that just couldn't beat Dougall. 

"We had to make some early adjustments but I don't think it made a big difference overall," said Derby head coach, Mirco Schroff. "At the end of the day, I think Durham's class as a team - with the top-level players they have the squad - made the difference on the day."

"I think we had too much respect in the first twenty minutes, sitting back and letting them impose the game on us - that was not our strategy going into the game - but I think after the half-hour mark we managed a little bit better to get back on track."

"We had moments today, and it is these positive moments that we need to focus on. We have the ability to link up and connect quickly and when that was the case - we managed the game much better."


Hollie Babut (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

Ultimately, though, it was the experience of 2015 League1 Ontario defending champions Durham that won the day, finding openings in the Derby defence and taking full advantage of finishing opportunities.

"We have a couple key players coming back, for example Alex LaMontagne who has been in Mexico with the women's U20 national team camp," added Clarke.

"Our goal again is to keep the chemistry going as we keep adding players to this unbelieveable roster."


Photo: Martin Bazyl


Photo: Martin Bazyl

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