Tigers through in penalty shoot out


Leicester City Ladies Tigers progressed to the semi finals of the Under 12s County Cup after a tense penalty shoot out against Oadby & Wigston Dynamos.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamos kicked off and were straight on the attack, Mica for Leicester City Ladies was solid at the back and Beth made a fine save.
Leicester City Ladies were slow to get started in the game and paid the price seven minutes in to the game after a period of Oadby & Wigston pressure produced a goal.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamos continued to attack and Beth made several fine stops in the Leicester City Ladies goal.
Laura had a chance to equalise for Leicester City Ladies but put the shot over the bar.
Lauren battled hard in the Leicester City Ladies defence helping to prevent further Oadby & Wigston Dynamos goals, leaving the half time score 1-0.
With the wind now behind them Leicester City Ladies hope to get some more chances in front of goal in the second half.
Laura was feeling unwell so swapped with Beth in the Leicester City Ladies goal.
Nine minutes in to the second half Kim for Leicester City Ladies harried the Oadby & Wigston defence, the ball broke to Beth just inside the Oadby & Wigston Dynamos half, she spotted the keeper just off her line and hit an unstoppable shot in to the goal to level the match.
Fran for Leicester City Ladies put herself in exactly the right position several times to deny Oadby & Wigston any clear chances on goal.
Shannon covered every inch of the pitch for Leicester City Ladies playing a full match in midfield for the first time.
Lacy came on for Leicester City Ladies but was still struggling with a leg injury and lacked her usual mobility but still almost snatched a goal.
Rhea for Leicester City Ladies had a couple of chances to take the lead and forced a succession of corners.
Normal time ended 1-1.
Extra time was over in a flash with Leicester City Ladies having a couple of chances to take the lead and Fran was suburb at the back leaving Beth back in the Tigers goal with little to do.
Unsurprisingly in this tight game penalties were required, after the first five penalties for each side the score remained level at 3-3 so sudden death was required. Fran stepped up for Leicester City Ladies and scored, the Oadby & Wigston penalty hit the underside of the bar and Beth made sure the ball did not bounce in by smothering the rebound sending a delighted Tigers in to the semi finals.
Congratulations to both sides for an entertaining match.
Beth picked up Leicester City Ladies Tigers Player of the Match.
Team: Beth, Mica, Fran, Shannon, Rhea, Laura, Kim, Lauren and Lacy