American Adventure

Leicester City Ladies and Grange Celtic squads after the gameLeicester City Ladies Under 13’s were invited to play Grange Celtic from Chicago at Repton School in Derbyshire. The game was Leicester City Ladies Under 13’s first game as a 11 a side team and was played 40 minutes each way so provided the girls with a tough ask. Grange Celtic had a squad of 20 to rotate and Leicester City Ladies had 13 which included 3 “guest players” who were Katy from Oadby & Wigston Rovers, Emily from Oadby Owls and Olivia from 2010.
The game started in the worst possible fashion for Leicester as the American team took a first minute lead after a mistake by the Leicester defence. This rocked the girls as Grange Celtic were proving a very strong side. However Leicester City Ladies started to get into the game and Emily from Oadby Owls scored with a superb 25 yard free kick to level the scores at 1-1. The first half was a very even affair although Leicester City Ladies had the better chances with Jade narrowly failing to convert 3 half chances. At half time a draw was a fair score line and the girls had matched the American girls all the way.
HT Leicester Ladies 1 Grange Celtic 1
However the 2nd half was to prove a different story. In the first 10 minutes Grange Celtic went up the gears and totally dominated the game with their slick passing and attacking play. Their energy and fitness was something our girls had never come up against before and it was no surprise when the American girls scored 2 goals to take a 3-1 lead. However the girls dug in and to their credit got back into the game and could have made it 3-2 late on but Jade again was agonisingly close with an effort.
FT Leicester Ladies 1 Grange Celtic 3

Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Shania, Emily (Oadby Owls) 1 goal, Olivia (2010), Beth, Foxy, Lauren, Tamzin, Olivia, Jade, Molly, Katy (Oadby & Wigston Rovers) and Chloe

The game was played with a great spirit and both sets of players gave it their all. The Grange Celtic’s manager praised our performance and commented on what a tough game they had given his team. The American girls play football all year round ads they play indoor football in the winter and outdoor football in the summer so were much fitter and that showed in the final result. Both sets of players mixed together over lunch for an hour afterwards and got on very well. Hopefully a trip to Chicago could be on the cards in 2 years.

Fifteenth Win of Season

Coalville Town kicked off this match and Leicester City Ladies won the ball attacked the Town defence who put the ball behind for a corner. Niamh for City had a shot on target saved by the keeper on 5 minutes City scored through Demi and increased their lead in the 8th minute Jordan chased down a ball to score. Coalville Town battled back to win a corner which the City defence cleared and a through ball to Demi who scored but was ruled out for offside. Simran put Leicester City Ladies further ahead in the 17th minute and a minute later a corner by Paige was headed home by Charlie for City’s fourth goal City made it five in the 34th minute as Jordan scored her second goal.


Leicester City Ladies made a couple of substutions for the second half Laura for Connie and Annie for Paige and they continued to play some great football and were on three occosions when they were through on goal but were adjudged off side this did not deter the City as shots by Jordan, Annie and Jamie were all cleared by the Coalville keeper. Demi scored her second goal when a ball was missed by a Town defender she chased it down to score past the keeper. In the 60th minute Coalville had a shot off target in the 72nd minute City went further ahead when Demi completed her hat-trick. In the 76th minute City were awarded a free kick which was taken by Charlie 30 yards out but was saved by the Coalville keeper, Simran scored her second goal to complete the scoring for the City Ladies.
Another fine all round team display.


Midweek Success

Leicester City Ladies hit back to back midweek wins this time against the Loughborough Students.
The visitors started the brighter and played some good football and took the lead from a cross ball and simple tap in. Leicester City Ladies equalised quickly from a corner as Sarah Burbidge forced the ball over the line to make the half time score one each.
Second half Leicester City Ladies dominated limiting Loughborough Students to play long which doesn’t suit their usual style. It was competitive second half and City had chances from Bateman, Hillier and Gage but it was Burbidge again with a fine left foot finish into the top corner ten minutes from time to take the points.
Overall a fine display from City in a highly competitive match played at a good standard. With five games to go it will be a tight run in between the top four all with big games to come.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Sarah Burbidge

Stalemate In Battling Display

Leicester City Ladies drew 0-0 away to 3rd place Bedworth Gems in a tough, battling game played in atrocious conditions on a mud bath of a pitch. The 1st half was a very even affair with both teams very committed with chances on goal were rare. Both defences and midfield battled and battled and there was no quarter given.

Half Time Bedworth Gems 0 Leicester Ladies 0

The 2nd half was very much like the 1st half with again both sides battling hard and giving it their all. Lauren had a couple of long range efforts that went wide and the goalkeeper saved superbly from the two chances that Jade had. With the pitch taking its toll a 0-0 scoreline was an inevitable and fair result as both sides defences stayed solid with Eleni shading it as p-layer of the match with her best performance for the team.

Full Time Bedworth Gems 0 Leicester Ladies 0

Acting Manager Clive Garner would like to congratulate both sets of teams for their never say die attitude on a poor pitch in bad conditions. The game was played in a good spirit by both teams and parents and a draw was a fair result in the end with the game being a great advert for competitive girls football.

Leicester City Ladies Squad: Viv, Megan, Shania, Eleni, Lauren, Jade, Tamzin, Laura, Olivia and Beth

Firsts Bounce Back

After a disappointing cup semi final defeat to Leafield , Leicester City Ladies midweek game at local rivals Loughborough Foxes beat the elements to go ahead and in poor conditions and Leicester sealed three vital points.
Leicester City Ladies had the better of the first half and a fine finish from Bateman gave the visitors a half time lead. Second half City kept up playing well limiting Foxes to small chances and Hillier wrapped up the points with ten minutes to go latching on to a fine pass from Tori Allen.
Overall a good solid away display and a vital win which has opened up the second spot in the Midland Combination with six games to go.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Katie Bateman

City Ladies Reach their Seventh Consecutive Semi-Final

Leicester City Ladies and Ibstock met for the second week running with Leicester coming out the winners.
City took the lead in the 6th minute through Connie a couple of corners by the City were cleared by
the Ibstock defence a shot by an Ibstock midfield player was safely gathered by Chloe the City keeper. Leicester went further ahead in the 30th minute when Niamh broke down the right and hit a blistering shot
past the Ibstoct keeper into the far corner of the net City were now well on top.

Half-Time Ibstock United U16s 0 V 2 Leicester City Ladies U16s

At the start of the second half Demi had a chance to increase Leicester City Ladies lead and put her shot over the crossbar however City did increase their lead in the 50th minute when a neat little one two between Stella and Laura on the left side of midfield lead to Laura scoring with a left foot drive past the Ibstock keeper for her fourth goal on three games. City were now playing some nice football with some great link-up play between the midfield and forwards a corner from the right by Annie in the 60th minute was met by Simran to score from close in for Citys fourth goal there were a few more chances in the last 10 minutes.

Full-Time Ibstock United Girls U16s 0 V 4 Leicester City Ladies U16s