Cup Exit on Penalties


The first round of the League Cup gave Leicester City Ladies a tough task by drawing Wolves at home, but a spirited display left the match level at three goals each after extra time. With Wolves progressing to the next round on penalties in an excellent cup tie.
Leicester City Ladies took the lead through Walton at a set play and this proved to be the only goal of the first half.
Leicester City Ladies started the second half slowly and credit to the away team as they scored two goals to lead the match just before the hour mark through two well worked moves.
Wolves could have been further ahead but Catt in the Leicester City Ladies goal saved a penalty.
Leicester City Ladies managed to get their game back together and a fine free kick from Scott levelled the game.
Extra time opened with torrential rain and hail and after seven minutes Wolves took the lead with the best goal of the game, a twenty yard curling effort in to the top corner.
In the second period of extra time Walton levelled the scores again as Leicester City Ladies showed great character.
The match came down to the dreaded penalty kicks and Wolves ran out 5-4 winners as the Wanderers keeper pulled off a great save amongst some great kicks from both sides.
Overall a draw was probably a fair result but one team has to go through and it was a great cup tie for the neutral.
Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt Cook commented “the league cup was not a priority to us this year, we were not down grading the competition but with numerous injuries at the moment which has caused us so many problems more games in midweeks is the last thing we need. However we felt we put out a team strong enough to win the tie and would of liked to progress and all for penalty kicks we may well of done that. We seem to have a tag for being physical, direct and dead ball specialists. The set plays we are very proud of that comment as we work hard to be effective in and around the box, however physical and direct sells us short. I thought that both teams played in a brilliant cup tie as a good advert for womens football. I had great admiration for Wolves ability on the day as they created many problems for us. What a shame my players weren’t appreciated as much for their part in the tie. I am delighted with my players on the day and would like to wish the Wolves players all the best in the next round.”

Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Sarah Burbage