RESERVES: STAGS 1-5 DERBY
Reserves beaten by rampant Rams
mansfieldtown.net, 21:30, 1st October 2014
Stags lose 5-1 to impressive Derby County at One Call Stadium.
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Our second-string succumbed to a 5-1 defeat to a slick and impressive Derby County in the opening match of the Final Third Development League Cup (Group Stages).
The Rams, who fielded several youth internationals - including Ivan Calero who is on loan from last season’s Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid, were impressive throughout.
Kwame Thomas (2),Omar Mascarell, Jeff Hendrick and Max Lowe were all on target for the Rams, whilst Reggie Lambe got the Stags’ consolation on the stroke of half-time.
However, the most worrying aspect of the evening came with 15 minutes remaining when playmaker Fergus Bell went off with what appeared to be a recurrence of his recent shoulder injury.
After a very tentative opening quarter-of-an-hour, the Stags created a good opening on 17 minutes when Ollie Palmer threaded a perfect pass from midway inside the Rams’ half through to the feet of Alex Fisher, whose powerful attempt deflected wide off Farrewd Rawson.
Derby soon began to apply pressure down at the other end and soon won their first corner as Jack Koczalski headed the ball behind at the near-post following some good build up play down the right flank between Alfie Santos and Luke Hendrie.
And it was from the subsequent that the Rams opened the scoring.
Hendrie whipped the ball in deep and beyond the back-post towards Ivan Calero, who had peeled off into empty space. The Spanish Under 19 international, on loan at the iPro Stadium from Atletico Madrid, headed the ball back across goal - leaving Kwame Thomas with the easiest of tasks from just a yard out.
Although chances were at an absolute premium, the Rams were enjoying some success breaking forward down the right flank, and they squandered a golden opportunity on 30 minutes.
Hendrie provided another good delivery into the head of the area, and although an unmarked Kwame Thomas made a good connection with the ball, the England youngster couldn’t find the target with a header.
The Stags responded with an opportunity of their own on 34 minutes when Ollie Palmer ran at a back-peddling Rams defender, before unleashing a low drive goalwards, which was held by Mitchell.
Nevertheless, the more illustrious visitors unsurprisingly saw more of the ball and doubled their lead seven minutes before the break, when Omar Mascarell’s low 25-yard free-kick went straight through a four man defensive wall and beat Sascha Studer at his near-post.
With the Rams looking the more likely team to add to the score-line, the Stags surprisingly pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time. Fergus Bell’s great cross from the left channel found Reggie Lambe inside the area, and the Bermuda international had time to guide the ball home and set up an intriguing second half.
Derby continued to play, quick, attacking football after the re-start and came within inches of restoring a two-goal cushion as Jeff Hendrick played an inviting cross through the area. Kwame Thomas gambled and went sliding in, but the ball carried just too much pace and went beyond him.
However, less than four minutes later, Thomas had reason to celebrate as he peeled off the shoulder of Conor Green to meet Lee Naylor’s inch-perfect defence-splitting pass from the opposite flank, and hammered the ball into the roof of the net from only a couple of yards out.
The floodgates looked as if they might be about to open as Derby soon found the target again - this time as Calero provided a simple pass towards the edge of the area for Hendrick, who slid the ball low into the bottom-right corner, beyond a full-stretch Studer.
The Stags ‘keeper still did his best to keep the scores down and palmed away a vicious, swerving drive by Calero, as the visitors broke forward again just past the hour mark.
Steve McClaren, watching on from the stands, will have certainly been impressed by the display of Kwame Thomas and the tricky fleet-footed youngster almost provided a goal for substitute Max Lowe on 68 minutes, but having showed blistering pace to work his way into the area, his team-mate was unable to turn the ball home.
It was pretty much one-way traffic for much of the second half and Lowe eventually made it 5-1 with a quarter-of-an-hour left to play when he thundered home a close-range shot after Kwame Thomas headed down a long left-wing ball into the area by Naylor.
Although there were no more goals, matters went from bad to worse for Mansfield when Bell fell to ground and immediately clutched his shoulder in agony. Despite carrying on for a couple of minutes, the 23-year-old was eventually forced off and had to be replaced by Drew Gibson.
Mansfield Town U21s 1-5 Derby County U21s
dcfc.co.uk, 1st October 2014
by DCFC Media
Jeff Hendrick scores as Lee Glover's side get their Final Third Development League Cup campaign underway
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Derby County Under 21s showed their class in the second half to record a 5-1 victory over a young Mansfield Town side to get their Final Third Development League Cup campaign off to a winning start.
Kwame Thomas notched his first goals at Under 21 level since their opening day victory over Middlesbrough either side of half time, whilst Omar Mascarell curled in a sublime free kick to give Derby a 2-0 lead.
Reggie Lambe temporarily cut the deficit before Thomas, Jeff Hendrick and Max Lowe added further goals in a dominant second half.
Both teams sparred for the first 17 minutes of the contest with Derby controlling large spells of possession, but it was the home side that carved out the first real opportunity of the contest after Hendrick had been dispossessed.
Jamie McGuire picked the Republic of Ireland international’s pocket before playing a ball forward to Alex Fisher who avoided one challenge before having his low shot deflected for a corner by Farrend Rawson.
Back came the Rams, though, three minutes later as Kwame Thomas opened the scoring from a well worked set piece routine.
After the initial effort was half cleared, Alefe Santos picked up possession once more and crossed to the back post where Ivan Calero headed back across goal for Kwame Thomas head in past Sascha Studer.
Another quieter spell ensued before Thomas had the chance to double Derby’s lead. Luke Hendrie escaped down the right hand side and after appearing to overrun the ball, the full back dug out a deep cross that Thomas headed over the bar from six yards.
Glover’s side continued to dominate proceedings and deservedly doubled their lead seven minutes before the interval. Following a prolonged spell of possession, Tom Koblenz was hauled down 25 yards from goal and Omar Mascarell stepped up to bend a sublime effort beyond Studer.
On the brink of half time, Mansfield halved the deficit as Reggie Lambe peeled away from Rawson to collect Fergus Bell’s cross and smash his effort beyond Mitchell.
After the half time break, Derby continued to carve out the better of the opportunities with Thomas being given a number of chances to add to his earlier goal.
The 19-year-old striker was inches away from turning in Hendrick’s low centre inside four minutes of the restart and two minutes later, he broke Mansfield’s offside trap to latch on to Lee Naylor’s arrowed pass, but again, his left footed shot went straight into the arms of Studer.
At the third attempt, though, the striker bagged his second goal to crash in Naylor’s precise low cross from the left to given the Rams a commanding 3-1 lead.
And just as the rain began to pour at the One Call Stadium, the floodgates opened and Derby added a fourth two minutes later.
Neat play on the left saw the ball knocked into the feet of Calero and after turning away from a couple of Mansfield players before sliding a bal to Hendrick, who took a touch before striking a low effort into the bottom far corner of Studer’s goal.
Only a fine save from Studer denied Derby a fifth as Hendrick and Calero combined again and the latter stung the palms of the young ‘keeper from the edge of the area after waltzing inside Conor Green’s challenge.
The Rams continued to pour forward and should have made it 5-1 after Thomas escaped down the left and made a run into the area before cutting the ball back into the path of Max Lowe who spurned his effort wide from six-yards out.
The two combined again after 73 minutes as Thomas knocked the ball down into Lowe in a similar position and the full back, who was occupying one of the attacking positions, made no mistake with a well struck effort past Studer.
Chances continue to fall Derby’s way as Alban Bunjaku, another substitute, had a shot saved and Thomas headed wide from a deep cross as he looked to complete his hat trick.
Studer made another fine save to deny Santos from adding further gloss to the scoreline in the dying embers of the game as Glover’s side showed their class to get their Final Third Development League Cup campaign off to a winning start.
Derby County Under 21s are in action again on Monday 6th October as they make the short journey to the Macron Stadium to face Bolton Wanderers in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2.
Derby County U21s: Mitchell, Hendrie, Rawson, Hanson, L Naylor, Mascarell (Vernam, 74), Koblenz, Hendrick (Bunjaku, 63), Calero (Lowe, 63), Santos, Thomas
Substitutes not used:Lelan Morch, Sharpe, McDonald
Mansfield Town U21s:Studer, Green, Taylor, Bell (Fletcher, 78), Thomas, McGuire, Palmer, Fisher, Koczalski, Lambe, Hempshall
Substitutes not used:Gibson, Blake, Spencer, Bishop
Team news for Derby County match
mansfieldtown.net, 18:15 1st October 2014
Mixture of young and senior players for visit of Derby County in Final Third Development League Cup.
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A mixture of youth and first team players will feature in tonight’s Final Third Development League Cup match against Derby County.
Swiss shot-stopper Sascha Studer is the goalkeeper, whilst there are also starts for Jamie McGuire, Reggie Lambe and Rob Taylor. Three youth team players - Conor Green, Jack Koczalski and Kyle Hempshall, are also named on the team-sheet.
Our team is as follows: Studer, Koczalski, Hempshall, Green, Lambe, Thomas, McGuire, Taylor, Bell, Palmer, Fisher. Subs: Bishop, Gibson, Fletcher, Spencer, Blake.
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