City take Reds all the Way

This game against Nottingham Forest Ladies would determine Leicester City Ladies place in either the League Cup Plate or Trophy competitions, City’s destiny was the plate as most people would of expected against our Premier League opponents however that doesn’t tell the story of the match.
A spirited Leicester City Ladies side showed an organised and battling display to push the Reds to extra time.
Leicester City goalkeeper Cattell pulled off a couple of wonderful saves for the home team but the overall performance was a credit to all. Forest posed a threat on the City goal but it was City striker Preston who nearly won the game in stoppage time only to see her effort pushed into the bar by the Forest goalkeeper. Extra time was very even and it was a rebounded goal which gave the away team the tie late on the extra time.
Although cruel on the home side Leicester City Ladies can be proud of their ability to play at the higher level.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Kayleigh Hillier
Kayleigh Hillier

First Day Draw

Leicester City Ladies started off a brand new league campaign at their new home of Leicester Road Stadium with a point against a tough Mansfield Town side.
The home team were stretched with injuries but put on a hard working display. The game could not of started any worse for the home team and Mansfield Town were ahead inside five minutes. Leicester City Ladies response was excellent and Becky Preston fired home with a fine finish.
Second half both teams had clear chances to take the lead but a resilient display from both sides made the 1-1 score line a fair result.
Overall Leicester City Ladies are off and running with a point on the board in what was a tough opening fixture played at a good pace.
City now look forward to Nottingham forest in the League cup qualifier on Sunday at Leicester Road Stadium with a 2pm kick off.

The match day programme was dedicated to Gemma Ball for 12 years continuous playing from juniors to seniors with Leicester City Ladies.
Gemma has been with the club a lot longer than myself but I have been fortunate enough to be the senior manager at the time she was ready to move up. I gave Gemma her first starting appearance and this was at a difficult time with the team fighting to avoid relegation. I will also remember her stepping up to take a vital penalty in a game the team had to win, showing no fear Gemma calmly struck it into the top corner without realising what an important goal it was in our history.
Today Gemma makes her own history she is a product of our development and a prime example of players being coached in the right way and developed through the system to play at the highest standard. I hope this encourages more players to come through the player pathway after the example Gemma has set. I have watched Gemma grow as a person and a footballer and I hope she keeps the Leicester City Ladies blue on for at least another ten years.
Congratulations Gemma!

Young 11 Put on a Great Show

A young under 21 Leicester City Ladies side were invited to play the Independent Schools Football Club National squad at the wonderful facilities of Oakham School.
ISFA went into a quick one goal lead before Kayleigh Needham equalised with a stunning strike. Isfa went on to run away with the first half leading 3-1 at half time.
After a good half time team chat to plan for the second half it could not have started any worse as a dubious decision led to a free kick which ended up making it 4-1 much to the amazement of the players. Leicester City Ladies then showed immense quality and change of system saw them score three goals in ten minutes, Ball and a Needham brace completing her hat trick showed great character from the away side. Some great individual performances were on show, Rowlands kept City in the game in the City goal with some confident keeping. Hutchings at the back and Ayesha on the wing caused no end of problems. However all over the City 11 were immense.
Although ISFA went on to win 5-4 City’s second half performance was a credit, Leicester City Ladies First team manager Matt Cook commented after the game “I wasn’t really aware of what sort of opposition we would face, when I found out I knew it would be a challenge. ISFA were full of highly talented Centre of Excellence players and I can’t compliment our young players enough. Not only did they work tremendously hard but we played some great stuff.”
A big thank you to the ISFA for choosing Leicester City Ladies to play and a big thank you to your team for their efforts on the day.

Inclusive Players on Sky

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive players were invited down to the LCFC Training ground on Monday 4th August to take part in skills sessions and small sided games with David Eassom, Disability Officer at LCFC Football in the Community. Sky TV cameras were on hand filming the work of the Football in the Community scheme as they continue to work in and support many different areas of grass roots football and as part of City’s Premiership status this will continue to grow. Only seven players were asked to attend from our Red Division Squad. The players really enjoyed the experience playing alongside members of the Achieve with Us project based in Hinckley.