Away Defeat

After the previous weeks defeat to Bedworth Eagles, Leicester City Ladies (2010) travelled to play Bedworth Eagles Gems in what proved to be a very tough game.
Leicester City Ladies took a while to get going and struggled to create clear cut chances, when they did get passed the Bedworth Eagles defence they came up against an in form goalkeeper.
Leicester City Ladies had to be on their toes defensively as Bedworth Eagles pushed forward, as the first half wore on both defences held firm and were on top as the game reached half time.
Half Time Bedworth Eagles Gems 0 Leicester Ladies 0
Leicester City Ladies started to have more of the game in the second half and were making chances, but a combination of good goalkeeping and wayward finishing prevented Leicester City Ladies from taking the lead.
With only a few minutes left after a mix up on Leicester’s right, Bedworth Eagles broke quickly where Leicester stopped the cross coming into the box but conceded a corner, from which a Bedworth player got the vital touch inside the six yard box to score.
Final Score: Bedworth Eagles Gems 1 Leicester City Ladies (2010) 0
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Shmon, Michelle, Isabelle, Emily, Jenna, Megan, Chloe, Olivia, Becky, Lucy and Rebecca.
Another frustrating game for Leicester City Ladies (2010). After a poor first half the girls where much better in the second and with better finishing should have taken something from this game.

Fine Performance

Leicester City Ladies made the short trip to Daventry Town and put in a fine performance.
City took the lead early through Hillier, Daventry then hit back with a goal against the run of play a ball looping high into the goal from long range. Leicester City Ladies had a chance immediately to equalise but failed to convert a penalty. Soon after they did convert one on the second attempt by Remi Allen. City soon made it three after Hillier rounded off a good team goal with a near post finish. At the internal City had a 3-1 lead. ,
In the second period Leicester City Ladies enjoyed their day in Daventry by playing some good football. Hillier helped herself to two more, Bateman, Tori Allen and a fantastic Linda Scott hat trick made it 10. Daventry did respond from the spot kick but it was City’s day.
Overall a classy display from City who are now trying to make in roads into the top three of the table.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Remi Allen

Firsts Bounce Back

Leicester City Ladies bounced back from midweek defeat at home to tough opposition in Curzon Ashton, a side who on their away travels this year they have beaten Stoke and Radcliffe so this was always going to be a tough encounter.
It was a tight game all round and it needed something special to open up the game up and Kyleigh Brant provided that with a superb 25 yard strike which flew into the top corner. Curzon Ashton battled hard and carved out a few nervous moments for the home side who themselves had numerous chances as Kilby was on top form providing some superb deliveries which City just couldn’t make the most of.
Second half concentration was the key and Leicester City Ladies gave themselves a great start as on 54 minutes Sam Clarke rounded off a great move to score in the near top corner with a fine finish. The second period also saw Remi Allen take the field and many were there to see City’s new addition and of course the current group of players who have been outstanding so far and who were once again today. Hillier could of made it three with a header late on but the victory was already secure.
Next week Leicester City Ladies travel to Daventry Town who themselves have picked up some valuable points recently in the relegation battle and will no doubt prove tough opposition.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Reva Allen

Unbeaten Run Ends

After a bright start to the season Leicester City Ladies surrendered their unbeaten run under the lights at Copeswood.
The home team were in front after 1 minute from a deflected corner they made it two from loose ball play from City on 25 minutes. City had good chances through Hillier and Brant that went agonisingly wide .
Second half Copeswood were out to protect their 2 goals. Only a dozen times did Copeswood make it into Leicester City Ladies final third and that was on the break which keeper Cat and back four did well against their pace.
Chances were galore for Leicester City Ladies all so close although Copeswood worked hard and a park the team bus mentality of defending made it hard for City. Finally Leicester City Ladies got a break through on 35 minutes with Gemma Ball hitting home a penalty. Maybe just that bit to late though as City’s overwhelming second half dominance just could not carve out the equaliser they deserved.
Overall possession stats of the second half would be interested as it was a very dominant away performance and even one of City’s best all season. A two goal start did not help but a courageous fight back deserved so much more. Manager Matt Cook commented “To say our first defeat is on October 17th after a season that started August 28th is a incredible statement. Anybody in our squad would of been made up with that if would of offered us that in July. It’s putting things into perspective and being honest with ourselves and although no one wants to loose we look forward to Sunday and I compliment my squad for the last couple of months. As for tonight lots to learn from the first half but second half I was a proud manager watching their passion to each other and the club.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Kyleigh Brant

City take England Star on Loan

Remi AllenLeicester City Ladies have boosted their great start to the season by taking ex junior player Remi Allen on loan until the commencement of the new Super League season.
“Remi is a great signing for the club which will no doubt give everyone a boast,” manager Matt Cook commented “the very fact a player like Remi wants to come here shows how the club has moved on in such a short time, credit goes to the whole club for that and I know Remi will bring so much to us apart from her obvious qualities as an international player.”
The developments started soon after Leicester beat locals rivals Loughborough Foxes to book their semi final place. Remi’s younger twin sisters Tori and Reva already ply their trade at Leicester City Ladies and are making a great impression in women’s football at such a young age of 16. Now all three sisters will wear the blue and white of the oldest women’s football club. Earlier today Remi was available to comment to Leicester City Ladies website “I would just like to say I am very honoured to be able to come back to the club I started my career at. I would like to thank everyone at the club for making this happen. I am hoping in my time here that I can help the club progress on and hopefully push on for promotion. Finally having the chance to play with my twin sisters is an amazing opportunity one I always hoped one day could come true. I am hoping I can pass on some knowledge to them and help them improve as players, although they will probably say its the other way around. I am really excited to get started.”
Leicester City Ladies would like to express their thanks to Lincoln City for their cooperation and permission for Remi to join on loan and she could feature in City’s next home match versus Curzon Ashton at the weekend.

Through to Semis

Leicester City Ladies battled through a tough quarter final against a much improved Barwell & Burbage side. From the off Barwell & Burbage battled and stopped Leicester’s usual attacking flair. However one player they couldn’t stop was Leicester City Ladies captain Lauren who settled her sides early nerves with two well taken goals in the 8th and 13th minutes and battled away to get Leicester City Ladies going. This settled Leicester City Ladies down and they started to play much better. Jade carried on her excellent goalscoring form and scored two quick goals in the 18th and 19th minutes to put Leicester firmly in the driving seat. Shania, playing in an unfamiliar centre midfield role for her, scored a superb individual goal in the 22nd minute and went on to have a solid game.
Half Time – Barwell & Burbage 0 Leicester City Ladies 5
The second half started much the same as the first with Barwell & Burbage battling away. Jade completed her hat trick in the 36th minute but Barwell & Burbage still kept plugging away and it took 2 brave saves from Viv to keep the clean sheet. The goal of the game came in the 44th minute when Molly hit an unstoppable twenty yard shot which flew into the roof of the net. Solid defending by the defence throughout and another good save from Viv in the last ten minutes enabled another clean sheet to be kept for Leicester City Ladies.
Full Time – Barwell & Burbage 0 Leicester Ladies 7
Leicester City Ladies Team: Viv, Laura, Beth, Megan, Olivia, Tamzin, Lauren(2), Molly(1), Jade(3), Chloe, Shania(1) and Eleni.

Semi Final Place Booked

Leicester City Ladies moved into the semi finals and kept the unbeaten run going away to local rivals Loughborough Foxes.
The home team took the lead from slack defending at a set play from City. Good work down the left from Hillier who crossed a ball for skipper Kilby to equalise from a header six yards out. Soon Hillier was in the action again and a superb individual goal running at the right back before cutting in a hitting a curling shot high and wide of the goalkeeper into the top corner made it two and City were 2-1 up at the interval and playing some decent football although frustrating at times.
Leicester City Ladies were much better second half in their play and were soon 3-1 from a Tori Allen through ball which Hillier finished well with her left foot high into the net. All Leicester City Ladies players were now involved in the play and Bateman, Brant and Hillier were causing problems in behind. Hillier was soon in the box again and she turned in a simple tap in from a Guyler cross. There was time for one more for City and for Hillier and another Allen through ball this time from Reva that Hillier finished low and hard into the near corner. It could of maybe been a couple more for City but 5-1 rounded off an effective afternoon for the away team.
Overall cup games are about getting through but Leicester City Ladies showed a good display to go with it especially in the second half. It’s been a very good start for City who travel to Copeswood Wednesday evening which will no doubt be a tougher encounter .
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Kayleigh Hillier

Penalty Heartbreak

Leicester City Ladies 2010 went into this game on the back of a good win the previous week, but were slow to get going with Oadby Owls starting the game much better.
In a lacklustre first half Leicester City Ladies were riding their luck as Oadby Owls were denied the lead by hitting the frame of the goal twice.
Half Time Oadby Owls 0 Leicester City Ladies 2010 0
Leicester Ladies made a couple of changes at half time and came out for the second half looking to get the opening goal.
Leicester City Ladies were looking stronger defensively with D’shayney and Michelle breaking up most of Oadby Owls attacks.
Leicester City Ladies went forward down the left with the ball being switched to Jenna, just inside the penalty area , on the right. Jenna shot across the keeper to find the bottom left corner of the net to give Leicester City Ladies the lead.
Leicester City Ladies were now playing much better and went forward to try and get a second goal. Dannielle denied by a good save by the Oadby Owls goalkeeper. With the game opening up Leicester City Ladies were nearly caught out as Oadby Owls hit the woodwork for a third time, with a shot from distance.
Leicester City Ladies had chances to increase their lead as they broke clear of Oadby Owls defence but shot wide and were denied by an in form goalkeeper.
With only a few minutes left the ball was played into the Leicester penalty area, where an Oadby Owls player was first to react after a defensive mix up and scored from close range.
Full Time Oadby Owls 1 Leicester City Ladies 2010 1
With the game now into extra time both sides went forward in search of a winner. But neither side were able to add to the scoring, so this quarter final was to be decided from the penalty spot.
Oadby Owls went on to win the penalty shoot out 3-1.
Leicester City Ladies 2010 squad: Lucy, D’shayney, Chloe, Emily, Ella, Holly, Michelle, Jenna, Olivia, Megan, Dannielle and Isabelle.
A great advert for girls football, a very close game between two evenly matched teams who have both improved so much since last season.
From Leicester City Ladies 2010’s perspective a much improved second half, a very disappointing way to concede the equaliser so late in the game.
Leicester City Ladies 2010 now look forward to their next league game in 3 weeks.

Dominant Victory

Leicester City Ladies went straight onto the attack with a shot in the first minute by Demi. In the second minute Lauren had a shot on target saved. On 7 minutes the ball fell to Jordan but she was offside. Leicester City Ladies took the lead in the 14th minute with a goal from Demi. Laura was off target in the 22nd minute a shot by an Ibstock forward was off target. City went further ahead in the 25th minute when Niamh cut in from the right to score after an assist from Simran. Ibstock had a half chance which the City defence dealt with. City scored a third in the 32nd minute through Connie. Goal number four came from a corner by Paige into the area, Simran rose to head the ball into the net on 36 minutes.
Half-Time Ibstock United U16s 0 v 4 Leicester City Ladies U16s
In the second half Leicester City Ladies continued to dominate the play two corner kicks by Paige into the Ibstock area were cleared by the Ibstock defence. The fifth goal came when Stella scored after a run down the right. City were in complete command when shots by Jamie, Jessica, Demi, Lauren and Simran on target were somehow kept out by the Ibstock defence. However goal number six came in the 76th minute when after some great passing football Simran scored her second goal. In the last five minutes City twice hit the post and crossbar.
Full-Time Ibstock United U16s 0 v 6 Leicester City Ladies U16s

Free Trial

Leicester City Ladies Juniors are holding trials for girls aged from 6 to 9 at St. Margarets Sports Centre, St. Margarets Way, Leicester, LE1 3EA every Thursday night 6pm until 7.30pm followed by a FREE one months trial.
For further information contact John Kavanagh Junior Club Secretary on 07849612402.

Fair Play

Leicester City Ladies First team have been awarded the Midland Women’s Football Combination ‘Fair Play’ team for the month of September.
The Midland Women’s Football Combination is a FA Respect League and fully supports the Respect Programme and having teams do the same makes for a more enjoyable footballing environment for all. The award is based on marks from referees and the FA Disciplinary Table, congratulations to the whole team.

Victory in Yorkshire

With no league fixture Leicester City Ladies travelled to Wakefield on Sunday to play the Champions of Yorkshire Tingly Athletic Under 16s Ladies in a friendly and won 3-0 with goals by Laura in the 30th minute
with a left foot shot into the roof of the net a further two goals in the second half by Jordan and Demi completed the scoring for a superb victory

Five in a Row

Leicester City Ladies Under 13s produced their fifth straight league win against a Haunchwood side struggling for players and low on confidence.
Half time – Leicester 12 Haunchwood 0
Scorers: Jade 4, Lauren 5, Foxy 1, Olivia 2
Full Time – Leicester 16 Haunchwood 0
Scorers: Foxy 3, Jade 1
Another good win for the girls who have some tough league games coming up after the break for half term.
Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Laura, Shania, Beth, Eleni, Tamzin, Chloe, Molly, Olivia (2), Lauren (5), Jade (5) and Foxy (4)

First Team Remain Unbeaten

Leicester City Ladies made the long trip north to Curzon Ashton Ladies and returned home still unbeaten. Pace was always causing the home team problems but it was a long throw which Hillier forced over the line that gave City the lead. Curzon Ashton equalised early in the second half but Leicester City Ladies pressed for the three points, great work from Scott and a pull back to Bateman who fired home made it 1-2.
Some back to the walls was needed late on to keep out a battling Curzon Ashton side but City stood strong and secured a superb away win.
Overall Leicester City Ladies can feel they deserved there three points as they limited Curzon Ashton to high balls or direct play and made clear cut chances at the other end. Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook commented after the game “We haven’t done well on these long away trips before so was nice to break the trend, I couldn’t ask much more from them, they thoroughly deserve their unbeaten record and the club cannot ask much more from my players with the start they have made.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Gemma Ball