Nottingham Forest progressed into the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon as they defeated Derby County 3-2 away from home to pick up their second East Midlands derby day win in three months.
Liv Cook got her first goal in Garibaldi as she gave The Reds the lead inside the opening six minutes of the game before Lyndsey Harkin doubled Forest’s advantage 10 minutes later.
The Rams pulled two goals back either side of the break to level the scoring but Precious Hamilton was on hand to secure Forest’s seventh win in a row four minutes from full-time.
The Reds started the game on the front foot and got their reward for their early dominance as they opened the scoring on the sixth minute. Bex Rayner’s corner-kick was met by Cook at the near post and she flicked the ball on past the ‘keeper to put Forest ahead.
Forest continued to control the opening stages of the encounter and Harkin made it 2-0 for her side as the skipper scored an astonishing effort from over 25 yards out 10 minutes later. The Forest defender won the ball inside her own half and carried it towards the Derby box before unleashing a rocket from long-range that soared over the ‘keeper’s head and nestled itself under the crossbar.
Derby responded positively to going a goal behind and punished Forest for their lapse of concentration as they halved the deficit on the 26th minute through Amy Sims. The Reds failed to clear their lines after a dangerous corner ball stayed alive inside the Forest box and The Rams full-back was waiting just inside the area to smash her shot past Aja Aguirre in goal.
The Reds looked to restore their two-goal lead and came close through Hamilton less than 60 seconds later after she capitalised on a mistake at the back but the Derby ‘keeper saved her close-ranged effort.
Forest should’ve headed into the break with a 3-1 lead after Rayner hit another troublesome corner-kick into the Derby box but Sophie Walton’s prodded effort was agonisingly cleared off the line by a player in white.
The Rams started the second-half proceedings strong as they levelled the scoring four minutes into the half as Sophie Domingo held off her marker in Forest’s final third before slotting a shot past Aguirre just inside the box.
The woodwork denied Forest regaining their lead on the 54th minute after Rayner’s thundering effort from over 20 yards out from goal came bouncing back off the crossbar.
Bolu Fisher was gifted with a perfect opportunity to make it 3-2 on the hour mark as she was found unmarked inside the six-yard box by a cross from a player in red but the ‘keeper pulled off a spectacular save to deny her from close-range.
The Reds should’ve gone ahead on the 75th minute as Sophie Tudor looked certain to have bagged her first goal for the club as she smashed an effort from the edge of the six-yard box after she was picked out by a short cross but her shot was somehow kept out.
Georgia Hewitt rescued Forest from going behind for the first time of the afternoon after Megan Tinsley flew a cross through The Reds’ box searching for the on-rushing Domingo. But Hewitt had recovered well with a brilliant last ditch headed clearance to keep the scoring level.
Hamilton secured the win for Forest on the 86th minute as she netted her 20th goal of the season in brilliant fashion. Tudor started the move with a fantastic quick throw-in that allowed Hamilton to break into the Derby final third before cutting back into the box and floating a well-placed shot over the ‘keeper and into the bottom right-hand corner of goal.
Forest: Aguirre, Barker, Harkin (C), Cook, Hewitt, Walton (Moncaster 75’), Tudor, Rayner, Middleton (Constantinou 79’), Fisher (Bonser 90+2), Hamilton
Unused subs: Davies, Bennett, Dexter
Bookings: Tudor 39’, Hamilton 62’
Goals: Cook 6’, Harkin 16’, Hamilton 86’
Derby: Morgan, Sims, Tinsley, McCue, Jackson, Baines, Gilliatt, Keryakoplis (Rai 84’), Ward (C) (Watson 84’), Domingo, Barber
Unused subs: Kellogg, Myles, Randall
Goals: Sims 26’, Domingo 49’