Semi Final Defeat on Penalties


Leicester City Ladies faced Oadby & Wigston Rovers in the County Cup Semi Final with both teams looking to win a place in the final to be played at Holmes Park.
Oadby & Wigston Rovers started the game very brightly and immediately put Leicester City Ladies under pressure. Leicester City Ladies lost captain Lauren to injury in the first few minutes and struggled to regain their shape without her. Oadby & Wigston Rovers continued to push forward and deservedly took the lead with a good finish after some poor defending by Leicester City Ladies. With Leicester City Ladies all over the place,  Oadby & Wigston Rovers punished them by doubling their lead after only ten minutes. Leicester City Ladies slowly began to work themselves back into the game and started to look more organised and more up for it. The return of captain Lauren seemed to spur the team on and a fantastic exchange of passes between Chloe and Lauren saw Lauren put Jade through on goal and she finished calmly to get a goal back. Leicester City Ladies continued to push forward and shortly after they got the equaliser which came from a tangle of legs at the corner, still not sure who got the final touch!
Half Time – 2-2
The second half was a very even contest with both teams fighting for every ball. Leicester City Ladies probably had more of the possession but struggled to create any clear cut chances as Oadby & Wigston Rovers defended solidly. Oadby & Wigston Rovers always looked dangerous going forward and Leicester City Ladies had to be on their toes to thwart any attacks. The windy conditions did not help as both teams continued to cancel each other out.
Full Time – 2-2
The teams now faced just 5 minutes of extra time before dreaded penalties! Leicester City Ladies went all out in the five minutes to try and win the game. They dominated possession but just could not get the ball in the back of the net, Jade hit the bar with a long range shot and just before the whistle Lauren hit the post.
The penalty shoot out saw only one of ten penalties scored and unfortunately for us that one goal went to Oadby & Wigston Rovers! Both goalkeepers were fantastic in the shoot out making some great saves.
Final Score – Oadby & Wigston Rovers win 1-0 on Penalties.
This really was a great game of football, played in the right spirit by both teams. It was cruel for either team to lose on penalties but we wish Oadby & Wigston Rovers good luck in the final.
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Ciara, Molly, Chloe, Olivia, Jade (1), Foxy, Laura, Shania and Lauren