Through to the County Cup Final


Leicester City Ladies faced an unknown quantity when they came up against Castle Donington in the County Cup Semi Final.
Both teams started the game strongly, showing their attacking intent and attacking with pace and purpose. Leicester City Ladies took the lead in the 6th minute when Jade finished well after a good pass from Lauren. On 12 minutes Leicester City Ladies doubled their lead when striker Jade got her 2nd goal of the game. The game was still very much in the balance and Leicester City Ladies had goalkeeper Viv to thank once again when she made a brave save at the feet of the striker, injuring herself in the process. Castle Donington were proving to be a handful, in particular their strong skilful winger who was causing Leicester problems. Leicester City Ladies rode their luck and this time it was the post that came to their rescue. Leicester City Ladies created chances of their own with some great passing moves involving wingers Olivia and Tamzin but unfortunately couldn’t find a way past the Castle Donington goalkeeper who was having a great game.
Half Time: Leicester City Ladies 2 Castle Donington 0
Leicester City Ladies couldn’t have wished for a better start to the second half when straight from the kick off Jade played a perfect pass to Lauren who brought the ball down and finished brilliantly past the helpless keeper. Leicester City Ladies really should have pushed on and put the game to bed but despite their domination of the possession they couldn’t make it count. All credit to Castle Donington who continued to break with pace looking for a goal.
Leicester City Ladies were looking shaky in defence and when they failed to clear the ball they were rightly punished by the Castle Donington striker who finished well.
Not long after,Castle Donington pulled another goal back with a well taken penalty. At this point Leicester City Ladies were ruing the chances they had missed but showed their character and team spirit when almost immediately Jade scored Leicester’s 4th and completed her hat-trick. With Tamzin playing the midfield holding role brilliantly, Leicester City Ladies looked a lot more solid when defending and this allowed them more freedom going forward. Chloe was having her best game of the season at right midfield and was bringing others into the game with some good passing. Leicester City Ladies dominated the last 10 minutes and added 2 more goals, both coming from Jade.
Full Time: Leicester City Ladies 6 Castle Donington 2
This was a really competitive game of football between two good teams. It was played in the right spirit by all and was a pleasure to watch. It had all the excitement of a cup semi final and both teams should be really proud of their performance. Overall Leicester City Ladies just edged it and were deserved winners in the end! The girls will now look forward to the County Cup Final where they will face Oadby & Wigston Rovers.
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Eleni, Shania, Laura, Beth, Molly, Chloe, Lauren (1), Foxy, Olivia, Tamzin and Jade (5)