Diamonds Progress To Semi-Finals Of League Cup

Leicester City Ladies Diamonds overcame a very strong Oadby Owls side to progress to the semi finals of the League Cup with a narrow 3-2 victory. The two sides have now met four times this season including a friendly and the sides are very evenly matched and there is never any more than one goal in a game. The County Cup game on April 1st looks sure to be a cracker as well.
The game started off at a blistering pace with both sides committing players forward. Oadby Owls had the edge though and good defending and goalkeeping was keeping their attackers at bay. That said the Diamonds still looked dangerous going forward and took the lead in the 20th minute when a good pass by Laura was flicked home by Olivia C. However the lead lasted less than a minute as Oadby Owls equalised when there winger showed good strength and a good finish to level things up. The rest of the half was played with superb commitment from both sides and they went in at half time level with Oadby Owls shading the half.
Half Time Oadby Owls 1 Leicester City Ladies Diamonds 1
The 2nd half again proved to be a battle and both sides were full of desire to clinch the win. It was however the Diamonds who were looking the stronger and only the post denied them taking the lead. However it was Oadby Owls who took the lead to make it 2-1 with an excellent strike from their other winger that Jocelyn could do nothing about. This rocked the Diamonds but one thing they never do is give up. They battled and scrapped and finally got their reward when a goalmouth scramble was finally put in by Jenna to draw the Diamonds level at 2-2. With both sides looking for a winner it looked like extra time and penalties might be the only thing that could split the sides. However the Diamonds are renowned in the League for never giving up and they are the last 10 minutes specialists when it comes to getting late goals! This was again proved when a through ball found D’shayney clean through with a minute to play. D’shayney calmly took the ball in her stride and skilfully slid the ball into the net to cap a superb performance from the Diamonds. It was fitting that D’shayney got the winner as she was the Diamonds’ best player on the day.
Overall a very inspiring and pleasing display from the girls and Oadby must be fed up with the last minute goals we have scored against them this season! Well done to both sets of players for a superb advert for girls’ football.
Full Time Oadby Owls 2 Leicester City Ladies Diamonds 3
Leicester City Ladies Diamonds:- Jocelyn, Eleni, Olivia D, Beth, Shania, Olivia C x 1, Lauren , Laura, Molly, Jenna x 1, D’shayney x 1 and Megan