Women & Girls Football Focus Week

FA Women & Girls Football Focus Week
As part of the Women’s and Girls’ Football Focus Week,  Leicester City Ladies FC will use the support of the Leicestershire and Rutland County FA to recruit potential new female players whether experienced or new to the game.
Players of all ages and ability levels are invited to ‘‘come along’ and enjoy the football skills coaching sessions as listed below:

Saturday 25 th February

2 venues – all ability levels

10.00 am – 11.30 am – Girls aged 5 – 11 years of age

Babington Community College
Strasbourg Drive, Leicester, LE4 0SZ

Aylestone Park Football Club
Saffron Road, Leicester, LE2 6TG

Contact: John Kavanagh  07849612402

Thursday 1 st March

St. Margarets Pastures Sports Centre
St. Margarets Way, Leicester, LE1 3EA

4.30 pm – 6.00 pm – Inclusive (Disability) Football

Girls & Ladies from 8 years old up to adults with Special Needs or a Disability are invited to attend our Female only, fun, football and fundamental sessions.

Contact: Mary Rudkin 07752 746229

6.00 pm – 7.30 pm – Girls aged 5 – 16 years of age

Girls are invited along to join in the football skills coaching sessions and meet our current team members and coaching staff.

Contact: John Kavanagh 07849612402

7.30 pm – 9.00 pm – Over 16s

Players 16 years of age and over are invited along to our U18’s and Senior section training sessions.

Contact – Matt Cook – 07900901755

Title Push Continues

Leicester City Ladies Lions maintained their push for their 3 rd league title with a 7-2  win over a spirited Marlborough Rovers side, “CC” scored five goals with Chloe and “Minty” adding one a piece .

Leicester City Ladies Lions Team: Harriet, Amelia, Shakeela, Rumbi,  “Mini“, “Minty”, Jamie, Chloe, “Mopps”, Georgia, Beth and  “CC”.

Win Maintains Promotion Chances

Leicester City Ladies were back to league action after two dramatic weeks in cup competitions, unfortunately the penalty roller coaster carried over into the league against Radcliffe Olympic.
It was the perfect start for Leicester City Ladies great wing play from Brant found Bateman in the box and a flicked near post header gave City the lead after only 40 seconds.
Leicester City Ladies then let Radcliffe Olympic back into the game who had chances of their own from the long ball. All square at the
interval however.
Leicester City Ladies started the second half bright and used the ball better. Good set plays were causing trouble at both ends but a very dubious penalty awarded to the home team was saved to keep the game alive.
When Leicester City Ladies did not score they needed their back four who stood strong and more notably their keeper Catt who pulled off a penalty save followed by a one on one double save to one again prove her worth for City.
With Fyfe and Hanarahan in front a clean sheet is more than they deserved and City held on for a vital win.
Overall result more important than performance at this time of the year although City made a lot of the running and deserved to edge the game to set up amazing end of season involved five teams in the promotion race.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match Aimie Cattell

Vital Three Points

Leicester City Ladies welcomed Oadby Owls who we had already beaten in the opening game of the season in the under 12s league.
Leicester City Ladies found out very early on in the game that Oadby Owls were in a determined mood and they made everything hard work for Leicester with some good defending.
Leicester City Ladies did play some nice football and created some half chances but lacked the cutting edge in front of goal. Leicester City Ladies looked comfortable in defence with Megan and Shania clearing up any danger and starting attacks with some nice passes out off defence. Leicester City Ladies had the majority of the first half possession but failed to capitalize on this, despite their best efforts.
Half Time 0-0
The second half started much the same with Leicester City Ladies trying to create chances but once again Oadby Owls defended brilliantly and denied Leicester any clear shots at goal. Leicester City Ladies continued to work hard but things just were not going their way. Leicester City Ladies had to be alert as Oadby Owls were stringing together some counter attacks and goalkeeper Viv made a vital save to keep Leicester in the game. Leicester City Ladies continued to push forward and both Ciara and Foxy were unlucky not to open the scoring. With only two minutes left on the clock, Leicester City Ladies finally got their goal and it came from a good cross by Shania which was finished off at the back post by Molly.
Full Time LCLFC 1 Oadby Owls 0
Leicester City Ladies manager Annie Rudkin commented after the game “This was a tough game for the girls today but I am proud of the resilience they showed to come out with the win. They never gave up and battled until the end. Credit must go to Oadby Owls who played really well today, they should be proud of their performance.”
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Shania, Laura, Foxy, Chloe, Ciara, Olivia (C) and Molly (1)

Win Number Fiveteen

Leicester City Ladies kick off this League fixture and took the lead in the 5th minute through Simran. After a couple of good saves by the Oadby & Wigston keeper City went further ahead when Connie broke down the left to score on 18 minutes and two minutes later Simran made it three. After some evenly balanced play in midfield by both teams City went further ahead as Simran completed her hat-trick on 37 minutes.
Half Time City U15s 4 V 0 Oadby & Wigston U15s
Oadby & Wigston kick off the second half with an attack down the right for an forward to have a shot which was well saved by the City keeper. Two minutes into the half Jamie scored two goals in the 42nd and 43rd to make it six to the City. Leicester City Ladies were now in command and but for the Oadby & Wigston keeper making three or four excellent saves City would have went further ahead. On 47 minutes Simran scored her fourth and City’s seventh for the next ten minutes play was even with both teams competing. Jamie completed her Hat-Trick in the 59th minute and Demi completed the scoring with two goals in the 75th and 77th minutes.
Full-Time Leicester City Ladies U15S 10 V 0 Oadby & Wigston United U15S

County Cup Defeat on Penalties

After Leicester City Ladies heroics last week in the FA Cup it was now the County Cup and the draw produced the toughest task against holders Leicester City Women.
A well fought out cup tie saw Leicester City take the lead with twenty minutes to go through a fine individual goal from Kyleigh Brant. The home team tried to hang on but Leicester City Women forced extra time with a late equaliser.
Extra time was end to end with chances at both ends but it was Leicester City Women who snatched the tie on penalties 4-5.
Overall another impressive performance from Leicester City Ladies, although penalties is a cruel way to loose nothing but positives for two weeks of hard work. 210 minutes versus National and Premier league opposition and City did not look out of place these last two weeks and on another day may have won both ties.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Erica Kilby
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented after the game “Once again the team rise to the occasion, most people over the last two games would of expected us to be on the end of two heavy defeats and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Last week we were a foot away from extra time against Cardiff City and today we were one penalty away from knocking the cup holders for eight years out of the competition at the first hurdle. Although technically two defeats, it has been one of the most recognisable two weeks of recent times and for me strangely two of the most enjoyable as the progression is exemplary to smaller clubs and a true credit to our players. We look forward now to a big end to our league campaign.”

League Cup Victory

After a few weeks without a game due to the weather, Leicester City Ladies faced Asfordby Amateurs in the 1st round of the League Cup.
Leicester City Ladies started brightly and opening the scoring within the 1st minute when Jade won the ball and released Lauren who finished confidently. Leicester City Ladies kept the pressure on Asfordby Amateurs and continued to create chances and striker Laura was unlucky not to score Leicester’s second. The second goal did eventually come and what a goal it was with captain Lauren lobbing the goalkeeper with a brilliant strike! Leicester City Ladies continued to push froward and a great corner from jade was stabbed home by Laura for Leicester’s third. Asfordby Amateurs looked dangerous going forward but Leicester City Ladies defenders Ciara and Shania played brilliantly to limit them to half chances. Just before half time Leicester extended their lead once again, this time with a good finish from Foxy.
Half Time – LCLFC 4 Asfordby Amatuers 0
Asfordby Amateurs came out determined in the second half and were much improved which made the game a lot harder for Leicester City Ladies. Leicester continued to battle and after winning the ball in midfield Olivia went on a fantastic run, when her shot was well saved by the goalkeeper Chloe was on hand to finish well for Leicester’s 5th. Asfordby Amateurs then had a period of pressure on the Leicester City Ladies goal winning several corners. Leicester City Ladies stood firm and defended solidly and had goalkeeper Viv to thank for keeping a clean sheet when she pulled off some brave saves. Leicester City Ladies weathered the Asfordby Amateurs pressure and managed to add another goal to their tally when Foxy scored her second goal of the game after reacting first to the loose ball in the penalty area.
Final Score – LCLFC 6 Asfordby 0
Overall a good performance by Leicester City Ladies, the girls were always in control of the game and showed determination and courage when they were put under pressure. Hopefully they can keep this form going into the upcoming matches.
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Ciara, Shania, Molly, Chloe (1), Olivia, Jade, Laura (1), Lauren (2) and “Foxy” (2)

Great Day but City Exit FA Cup

Was there any surprise that on the 12th of the 2nd, 12 (12.2.12) that the special day for Leicester City Ladies would end on that score. The omen was right but unfortunately City lost out the odd goal In an extraordinary cup tie.
Aylestone Park saw over 400 people come through the gates, it was a great event and it was Leicester City Ladies who sent the stand into raptures by taking a surprise lead through Katie Bateman. It was
slightly short lived however as Cardiff City replied within ten minutes with a cool finish past Catt.
Chances at both ends for the rest of the half with Brant and Bateman shining up front for Leicester City Ladies and the Cardiff City quick play creating openings but the score was level at the break.
Second was a typical cup tie, end to end action and lots of twists and turns, many penalty box scrambles and aerial balls bouncing on the hard surface, however it was a fine piece of brilliance from the
Cardiff City number 15 as she struck a twenty five yard strike into the far top corner which created many applause even from Leicester City Ladies supporters.
The cup tie rolled on with Leicester City Ladies pushing forward and Cardiff City counter attacking with pace, both teams rode there luck, once again Catt proved what a fine goalkeeper she is with a string of fine saves. Kilby, Walton and Bateman all had chances and late on Hanarahan from a Kilby set play.
However the 2-1 prediction come true but it fell to the visitors to bring our FA Cup story to an end for 2012.
Overall a magnificent cup tie played in a great spirit, Leicester City Ladies now concentrate on League and County Cup from now until May.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Katie Bateman
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone
who volunteered on the day to make the occasion, a big thank you to the mini mascots and all the juniors from the club who came out in force to cheer the seniors on. Hopefully one day it will be me watching them in such occasions. We couldn’t of picked a more sportsman like team than the Cardiff City set up although was always competitive between players it was in a good ethic of the game . But mostly thank you to the players, it was never going to be a great footballing performance from either team in tough conditions but what a hearty, true and honest performance my team gave they are constantly getting the club noticed and combined with the work of the whole club from committee to juniors credit is due to our club. What a difference I’ve seen In two years and I’m sure of many more.”

Match Update

Please note that the third round FA Cup game between Leicester City Ladies and Cardiff City at present is going ahead at Aylestone Park with a 2pm kick off.
The pitch has been cleared of snow and is fit to play at the moment.
With most junior games postponed juniors will be able to watch the game free of charge if they wear their Leicester City Ladies Tracksuits.