England Honours for Matthew and Craig

Leicestershire footballers gain England honours, Matthew Bryans and Craig Allen have been selected for the Football Association’s England Under 19s Learning Disabilities Squad. The two players recently attended a training weekend at Lilleshall National Sports Centre as part of a 25 strong squad, with all having aspirations of gaining selection into the final squad of 20. The players were put through their paces and both Matthew and Craig were absolutely delighted and honoured to have been selected in the final squad, which will be competing in the Home Countries Tournament, which is being held at Loughborough University, on the Cayley Pitches, over the Easter period.
Matthew is Captain for Leicester City Inclusive (Disability) Centre of Excellence. Matthew has achieved an FA Level 1 Coaching Qualification and supports his team at Loughborough College.
Craig plays for Leicester City Woodgate FC and represents Leicestershire and Rutland in the East Midlands Ability Counts League, where Craig plays for the Premiership Division team, Craig attends South Leicestershire College.
Entrance to all matches is free of charge and they will be played on the Cayley Pitches, at Loughborough University, where free parking is also available.
Thursday 21st April 4pm kick off England vs Republic of Ireland
Friday 22nd April 4pm kick off England vs Northern Ireland
Sunday 24th April 1.30pm kick off England vs Scotland

Three Points Secured in Style

LCLFC 4-1 TNS

After two good solid away draws to Wolves and Radcliffe City were still in the mix for the top six and points are vital with all the top teams playing one another. Two draws against third and fourth in the league on the road prior to this game would only be a plus if Leicester City Ladies could seal three points today and they did that in good style.
Leicester City Ladies were two up in the first half goals from Walton and Scott who played as a new front line gave Leicester the ascendancy.
TNS came out strong second half and the long ball was causing Leicester City Ladies some problems. Walton netted her second from a fine looping header over the advancing keeper to make it three before Leicester City Ladies shot themselves in the foot by conceding a goal within four minutes to give the visitors hope.
Leicester City Ladies got back in control of the game and Walton sealed her hat trick and City’s fourth to round off a fine win.

Player of the Match: Kim Walton

Outstanding Team Performance

Outstanding team performance pushes Marlborough Rovers all the way

Leicester City Ladies produced an outstanding performance against an unbeaten Marlborough Rovers side in the League Cup semi final.
Leicester City Ladies took the lead early when Lauren scored a fantastic free-kick. This is the first goal we had scored against Marlborough Rovers this season!!
Marlborough Rovers were quickly back in the game with a well taken goal and were soon in front when a long range free kick sailed past everyone including Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Viv.
Leicester City Ladies defended brilliantly as a team, with everyone working hard for each other to deny Marlborough Rovers too many goal scoring opportunities.
Leicester City Ladies managed to keep the score to 2-1 at half time.
The second half was much the same with Leicester City Ladies frustrating Marlborough Rovers and limiting them to half chances. Any chances they did have, Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Viv was equal too, producing some top quality saves.

Final Score: Leicester 1 Marlborough 2

The fact that in the last 3 meetings with Marlborough Rovers this season we had conceded 26 goals says a lot about the quality of the performance in this game. The work rate and the attitude of the girls was spot on and for once they actually believed that they could compete with Marlborough Rovers.
This performance will hopefully give the girls confidence for the County Cup Final on the 6th May where we meet Marlborough Rovers once again.

Player of the Match: I couldn’t possibly pick out one player from this game, there were too many outstanding performances! The whole squad should be very proud of this performance.

Last League Game Ends in Defeat

With other results going Leicester City Ladies way, the girls went into this game against GNG knowing that they had secured second place in the league.
This turned out to be a great end to end game, which Leicester City Ladies ultimately lost 3-2. The Leicester City Ladies goals coming from Chloe and Lauren.

Player of the Match: Olivia – Great work rate in midfield, tough tackling and fantastic awareness with the ball. Getting better and better with each game!

Solid display gains a point

After a weekend off Leicester City Ladies first team travelled to Wolves for a tough away trip. Having beat Wolves 1-0 earlier at the year at Aylestone Park it was always going to be another tight game and so it proved to be.
Leicester City Ladies set up in a new shape and it was not suiting the home team who were playing direct to get beyond the midfield barrier.
After twenty minutes Leicester City Ladies started to take the ascendancy and apart from a few long balls picked up be keeper Crewe Leicester had the better of the ball and the chances although play around the box let them down on their final ball.
Second half Leicester City Ladies won a corner within seconds and the domination of the ball continued for large parts of the second half with the away side being clearly the better side. Emma, Ez, Kim and Jodie all had chances although not always clear cut chances Wolves rode their luck. The home side put in some decent wide play at times getting behind Leicester City Ladies causing them some problems.
Leicester City Ladies almost gained a lucky goal when a sliced kick in the six yard box from the Wolves defender spun wide of the post and a 0-0 stalemate it ended much to the frustration of the away side.
Overall Leicester City Ladies will feel they deserved to win but against a good side they kept a clean sheet and put in a solid display, a bit more luck and City may of got their win .

Player of the match – Molly Waldron