Great Day but City Exit FA Cup


Was there any surprise that on the 12th of the 2nd, 12 (12.2.12) that the special day for Leicester City Ladies would end on that score. The omen was right but unfortunately City lost out the odd goal In an extraordinary cup tie.
Aylestone Park saw over 400 people come through the gates, it was a great event and it was Leicester City Ladies who sent the stand into raptures by taking a surprise lead through Katie Bateman. It was
slightly short lived however as Cardiff City replied within ten minutes with a cool finish past Catt.
Chances at both ends for the rest of the half with Brant and Bateman shining up front for Leicester City Ladies and the Cardiff City quick play creating openings but the score was level at the break.
Second was a typical cup tie, end to end action and lots of twists and turns, many penalty box scrambles and aerial balls bouncing on the hard surface, however it was a fine piece of brilliance from the
Cardiff City number 15 as she struck a twenty five yard strike into the far top corner which created many applause even from Leicester City Ladies supporters.
The cup tie rolled on with Leicester City Ladies pushing forward and Cardiff City counter attacking with pace, both teams rode there luck, once again Catt proved what a fine goalkeeper she is with a string of fine saves. Kilby, Walton and Bateman all had chances and late on Hanarahan from a Kilby set play.
However the 2-1 prediction come true but it fell to the visitors to bring our FA Cup story to an end for 2012.
Overall a magnificent cup tie played in a great spirit, Leicester City Ladies now concentrate on League and County Cup from now until May.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Katie Bateman
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone
who volunteered on the day to make the occasion, a big thank you to the mini mascots and all the juniors from the club who came out in force to cheer the seniors on. Hopefully one day it will be me watching them in such occasions. We couldn’t of picked a more sportsman like team than the Cardiff City set up although was always competitive between players it was in a good ethic of the game . But mostly thank you to the players, it was never going to be a great footballing performance from either team in tough conditions but what a hearty, true and honest performance my team gave they are constantly getting the club noticed and combined with the work of the whole club from committee to juniors credit is due to our club. What a difference I’ve seen In two years and I’m sure of many more.”