Diamonds Lose Unbeaten Record


Leicester City Ladies Diamonds U15’s lost their unbeaten record to a strong Oadby & Wigston Rovers side that handled and adapted to the atrocious conditions much better on the day. The Diamonds’ usual battling and never say die attitude seemed to desert them on the day and they were deservedly beaten.
The first twenty minutes saw Oadby & Wigston take control and put the Diamonds on the back foot. A change of positions saw Olivia D move to the right wing and suddenly the Diamonds got some impetus and caused Rovers some problems. The Diamonds had a good chance to snatch the lead five minutes before half time but after good work by Olivia D putting a good cross in nobody could get on the end of it. However the Diamonds were then hit with two injury blows, firstly to Beth who had to go off injured, this meant Olivia D had to go back into defence and the impetus she had given the Diamonds diminished. Then a challenge on Jocelyn, the goalkeeper, when the ball was in her hands meant a hold up of five minutes before she had to go off with a finger injury. This meant Molly had to deputise in goal for the last five minutes whilst Jocelyn’s injury was assessed. The Diamonds saw out the half to keep it 0-0 and keep a foothold in the game.
Half Time Leicester City Ladies Diamonds 0 Oadby & Wigston Rovers 0
Jocelyn bravely came out for the 2nd half even though her finger was hurting. However the Diamonds were again put on the back foot and never got going at all in the 2nd half. Oadby piled forward and it only seemed a matter of time before they scored. Only a great save from Jocelyn and the post kept them out. With Lauren, one of their usual influential players, struggling after picking up an injury in a strong challenge, the Diamonds didn’t show much threat at all. With twenty minutes left Oadby gained a free kick on the edge of the box which was initially defended well by the Diamonds defence but nobody picked up the loose ball and the Rovers Number 5 slotted home the rebound to give them a deserved lead. The Diamonds changed formation to a 4-3-3 but to no avail. Rovers then added a 2nd with a speculative shot that squirmed in to give them a deserved 2-0 victory on the day.
This was a bad performance from the usually reliable Diamonds but they are going to have to put it to bed and win their last 5 league games to still win the League.
Full Time Leicester City Ladies Diamonds 0 Oadby & Wigston Rovers 2
Leicester City Ladies Diamonds:- Jocelyn, Eleni, Olivia D, Beth, Lucy, Olivia C, Lauren , Shania, Molly, Jenna, Laura, Chloe, D’shayney and Megan