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.