Ladies Derail League Leaders


After a fantastic match on the Thursday away to Loughborough Foxes playing the league leaders was motivation enough for Leicester City Ladies.
Leicester City Ladies where near enough back to full strength which had been their biggest down fall has now helped results improve .
Leicester City Ladies started brightly and were playing the better football, Stoke City were always dangerous with the long ball however.
An individual piece of brilliance gave Stoke City the lead a forty yard strike flying into the top corner and for the second game running Leicester City Ladies were a goal down to a wonder strike out the blue.
Second half Leicester City Ladies started the brighter again, the football was good and the back four was giving the team a good base to work from.
On 70 minutes came the defining moment of the game Kate Bateman ran through on goal and was derailed in her attempt to score by the last defender of Stoke City and a red card and penalty were awarded which Gemma Ball finished well into the corner. Some doubt over the penalty with how much she got of the ball, Was it player or ball first? Very immaterial as no one can doubt Leicester City Ladies deserved to be level.
However Stoke City now had a problem as they were down to ten. Kayleigh Hillier finished superbly into the corner on the back of a good passing move to give Leicester City Ladies the lead with ten minutes to play.
Three more yellow and two more reds were shown in a game which was played in a good enough spirit so to end with so many cards was strange and sad for the neutral.
Overall the better team won on the day, a red card influences any game however no one can doubt there was no balance of power switch as Leicester City Ladies were worthy winners. Good all round play from start to finish with city adapting to the big pitch very well.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I think the last week has shown real progress from the whole club but especially the players, they are moving the team up nicely in the league and enjoying their football. Credit is hard to come by from anyone else in football of course but I have nothing but praise for my girls this week. Congratulations on your weeks work all.”
Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Emily Hanrahan
For another view on today’s game visit Stoke City Ladies Blog