An emphatic display against the University of Leicester (UoL) saw DMU women’s 1st team comfortably secure a win and continue their unbeaten streak.
A sporting derby always has an air of tension to it and this game was no different. Support for De Montfort University was out in full force, giving the girls a real boost before the match.
1st Quarter: DMU started off on the front foot after a period of attacking put them ahead early on. Quick passing made this possible which allowed the team to reap the rewards from their offensive play, getting the ball at speed to the goal scorer. At the other end, DMU players fulfilled their defensive duties well and did brilliantly to thwart UoL’s momentum. Marking by the defenders was spot on, giving Leicester a hard time at having a decent shot at goal. It was DMU who made their mark with a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
2nd Quarter: The game was starting to open up a lot more for both teams in the second quarter, providing a real end to end game for the people in attendance. Chances were taken equally early on, adding a little bit of worry on the faces of the home side, as the scoreline started to creep up for Leicester. It was a contest that was not only proving to be a physical but also a mental contest. However, the pressure from Leicester’s positive play didn’t last for too long as a series of sublime shots from the right-hand side for DMU gave the home side a commanding lead of 29-15 with two quarters to play.
3rd Quarter: Leicester needed to reply in some manner to match the scoreline, let alone beat it. Reply and they did, one thing was very evident watching the Leicester goal scorer, give her an opportunity to score and she will. In fairness the visitor’s shots were clean and they were effective when the opportunity to score did arise. Yet just as they did in the second, DMU had a firm grasp on the third quarter. DMU were pulling together wonderful sequences of passes, that too at some speed, too much for Leicester to cope with. Impressive passes only led to more goals and with each goal the score margin was getting bigger between the two sides.
4th Quarter: On top and in control DMU had no wish to take the foot off the gas and they ran with the game in the final quarter to kill the game off for good. They played like the far superior team, the sheer agility of the players and pace in their footwork to move the ball around the court was fantastic, compared to slow-moving Leicester who so often got caught in possession due to DMU’s unrivalled tempo . DMU were also defensively sound making it a difficult task for UoL to make any real impact on the score line. In particular, DMU’s goalkeeper was outstanding in what was a player of the match performance.
Final Score: De Montfort University Women’s 1st Team 50 – 29 University of Leicester Women’s 2nd Team