First Team Clinch Third

Leicester City Ladies clinched third place in their final game of a truly memorable year. Going into the game city sat fifth with Leafield Athletic in fourth and Copeswood away to Loughborough Students. Leicester City Ladies needed to win and hope for a Students victory.
The day could not of gone better as City raced into a three goal lead, a lot of possession was with the away team but failure to break through was a worry until Hillier finished to take the lead. Bateman then hit twice once from a Clarke delivery and also finishing off a fine passing move between herself Scott and Kilby.
Second half Leafield Athlitic were a brighter and a missed penalty from Leicester City Ladies lifted their spirits and a cool near post finish earned Leafield a way back in. It turned out to be just a consolation however and with news coming through of Students victory over Copeswood it put Leicester City Ladies third in the final table.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match – Katie Bateman
Overall it rounds off a fine season for Leicester City Ladies. Taking Leicester Women all the way to penalties in the County Cup, Third round FA cup and some remarkable performances home and away. But most of all a transformation of a team that finished third bottom 23 months ago and avoided dropping out of the league to now be third top is a great credit to staff and players over the past two years.
Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented “I’m just pleased for the players, they have came close to so many things this year and I believe that finishing 5th although a good year would of been harsh. However league tables don’t lie and it was down to them today to win and everyone was superb especially first half. And as I say league tables don’t lie and we are the third best team this year and I think that’s about right. Credit to Wolves who shown they are worthy of their position and hopefully we can learn over the summer and move forward as a whole football club.”

Under 12’s through to League Cup Final

Leicester City Ladies faced Oadby & Wigston United in the League Cup Semi Final and came out convincing winners with a great team performance.
Leicester City Ladies started the game with all guns blazing and striker Jade gave them the perfect start when she finished brilliantly after only three minutes. Leicester City Ladies kept the pressure on Oadby & Wigston United and a few minutes later captain Lauren doubled Leicester’s lead with a mazy run and a great finish. By this point Leicester City Ladies were in control of the game and playing some great football. The defence of Ciara and Shania were solid, as was goalkeeper Viv and they thwarted any attacks that Oadby & Wigston United had.
Leicester City Ladies increased their lead to three soon after when they were awarded a penalty after a handball in the box. Striker Jade stepped up and confidently dispatched the penalty to make it 3-0. Leicester City Ladies continued to dominate the play and the Oadby & Wigston United goalkeeper kept her team in it making a string of important saves. Leicester City Ladies did score their fourth before half time when Lauren scored a header from close range.
Half Time – Oadby & Wigston United 0 Leicester City Ladies 4
Leicester City Ladies second half display was far less emphatic with Oadby & Wigston United coming into the game more. Despite this Leicester City Ladies did still create chances and could have increased their lead further. They had goalkeeper Viv to thank for keeping their clean sheet in tact after she pulled off a brilliant double save midway through the second half.
Full Time – Oadby & Wigston United 0 Leicester City Ladies 4
Leicester City Ladies manager Annie Rudkin commented after the game “A great first half performance effectively won Leicester the game. Credit to Oadby & Wigston who came out in the second half and made the game much more even. Overall a pleasing result for Leicester and a cup final to look forward to!”
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Shania, Ciara, Molly, Chloe, Foxy, Olivia, Laura, Lauren (2) and Jade (2)