Home Win

With a slight change in formation Leicester City Ladies went in search of their first points of the season.
Leicester City Ladies started this game on the front foot with Jenna attacking down the left and Beth down the right, as the half wore on the ball was played into Olivia’s feet on the edge of the Rugby penalty area where she turned and fired home to put Leicester 1-0 up. Eleni and Jodie defended strongly against a lively Rugby attack to keep the scoreline 1-0 till half time.
The second half started with Leicester City Ladies attacking on the left with Natasha having a run at the Rugby defence but her cross could not pick out a Leicester player in the box. Then Olivia and Keely had chances to put Leicester City Ladies further in front but were kept out by some great saves by the Rugby goalkeeper.
Against the run of play Rugby equalised after some head tennis in the Leicester City Ladies area saw the ball fall to the Rugby player who slotted the ball into the net.
Both teams then went to try and find a winner as the game flowed from end to end, Leicester City Ladies attacked down the right the ball was crossed into Shelby who found the back of the net from inside the penalty area.
Olivia then got the ball just inside the Rugby half and ran toward the Rugby penalty area brushing off the defender then shooting home to make the score 3-1.
Rugby battled straight back and went forward with a cross to the far post where the striker scored from close range 3-2.
Rugby were then denied an equaliser as a goal bound effort was cleared of the line by Olivia.
With some no nonsense defending from Emily and Beth and some good handling from Megan the Leicester City Ladies side held on for their first win of the season.
Final score: Leicester City Ladies (2010) 3 Rugby Town 2
Leicester City Ladies (2010) Manager Nathan Worrall commented after the game “a much improved performance from the girls who should take a lot of confidence from this into their next game. Well done girls.”

Leicester City Ladies squad: Megan, Eleni, Keely, Natasha, Jodie, Emily, Olivia(2), Jenna, Beth and Shelby(1).

Player of the match Olivia, scored 2 goals and a goal line clearance, strong at both ends of the pitch.

County Cup Quarter Final Win

Leicester City Ladies started the tie well scoring after two minutes through Connie, after a run down the left to score at the near post.
Leicester City Ladies dominated most of the play and increased their lead when Megan scored on ten minutes, Loughborough Foxes were battling well in midfield but some great inter passing by Leicester City Ladies in midfield when on twenty two minutes the ball fell to Simran to score.
Eight minutes into the second half Connie scored her second and City’s fourth and a minute later completed her hat trick and City’s fifth with a great header from a corner.
On fifty two minutes Annie scored City’s sixth goal after a flowing move down the right side of the pitch.
Leicester City Ladies were now in complete control and on fifty six minutes Lauren scored with a long range shot from twenty yards to make it seven, the scoring was completed on seventy five minutes by Connie scoring her fourth goal of the match and Leicester City Ladies eighth.

Cup Exit on Penalties

The first round of the League Cup gave Leicester City Ladies a tough task by drawing Wolves at home, but a spirited display left the match level at three goals each after extra time. With Wolves progressing to the next round on penalties in an excellent cup tie.
Leicester City Ladies took the lead through Walton at a set play and this proved to be the only goal of the first half.
Leicester City Ladies started the second half slowly and credit to the away team as they scored two goals to lead the match just before the hour mark through two well worked moves.
Wolves could have been further ahead but Catt in the Leicester City Ladies goal saved a penalty.
Leicester City Ladies managed to get their game back together and a fine free kick from Scott levelled the game.
Extra time opened with torrential rain and hail and after seven minutes Wolves took the lead with the best goal of the game, a twenty yard curling effort in to the top corner.
In the second period of extra time Walton levelled the scores again as Leicester City Ladies showed great character.
The match came down to the dreaded penalty kicks and Wolves ran out 5-4 winners as the Wanderers keeper pulled off a great save amongst some great kicks from both sides.
Overall a draw was probably a fair result but one team has to go through and it was a great cup tie for the neutral.
Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt Cook commented “the league cup was not a priority to us this year, we were not down grading the competition but with numerous injuries at the moment which has caused us so many problems more games in midweeks is the last thing we need. However we felt we put out a team strong enough to win the tie and would of liked to progress and all for penalty kicks we may well of done that. We seem to have a tag for being physical, direct and dead ball specialists. The set plays we are very proud of that comment as we work hard to be effective in and around the box, however physical and direct sells us short. I thought that both teams played in a brilliant cup tie as a good advert for womens football. I had great admiration for Wolves ability on the day as they created many problems for us. What a shame my players weren’t appreciated as much for their part in the tie. I am delighted with my players on the day and would like to wish the Wolves players all the best in the next round.”

Leicester City Ladies player of the match – Sarah Burbage