Diamonds Suffer Penalty Agony

Leicester City Ladies Diamonds unluckily lost their League Cup Semi – Final 3-2 on penalties after drawing 2-2 with Champions Oadby & Wigston Rovers. Despite dominating for large periods of the game and having the lion’s share of possession they went out of the Cup on penalties. This was the hardest defeat of the season to take as the girls put in so much effort and deserved to reach the Final on the day.
The first half started in the worst way possible for the Diamonds when Lucy sliced a corner into her own net in the 2nd minute to put the Diamonds on the back foot. Both sides sparred with each other for most of the 1st half and there were no clear cut chances with both sets of girls giving their all. The Diamonds just about shaded the 1st half on possession and were looking the stronger team but it was Rovers who went in at Half Time with a 1-0 lead.
Half Time Leicester City Ladies Diamonds 0 Oadby & Wigston Rovers 1
The 2nd half was a bit more of an entertaining half with chances at both ends. Again the Diamonds were the stronger team and looked the most likely to score. However a long range free kick from Oadby & Wigston Rovers caught Jocelyn out and Rovers took a 2-0 lead which really didn’t reflect the game. However the Diamonds girls are full of character and never give up. Changing to a 3-5-2 formation the Diamonds pegged Rovers’ back into their own half for much of the 2nd half. The Diamonds scored a superb goal from Molly who blasted in a 20 yarder to pull a goal back for the Diamonds with 15 minutes to go. It was all Diamonds now and Oadby were defending resolutely. The Diamonds got their reward 5 minutes from time when a shot by Shania deceived the keeper and levelled the score at 2-2. There only looked one winner now but Rovers managed to keep the score to 2-2 at Full Time.
Full Time Leicester City Ladies Diamonds 2 Oadby & Wigston Rovers 2,
There was then a pointless 5 minutes each way of extra time (surely should be 10 minutes each way like the County Cup) that didn’t produce anything of note and so to the dreaded penalty shoot out. The Diamonds scored through Lauren and Molly but Olivia C, Olivia D and Tiarna did not and Rovers held their nerve and won the penalty shoot out 3-2.
On the day the girls might have lost on penalties but I just want to say how proud the Joint Managers are with their never say die attitude and display on the day that deserved a win. Sometimes football can be cruel but the girls took it on the chin. Fair play to Oadby & Wigston Rovers as they held their nerve in the penalty shoot out.
Leicester City Ladies Diamonds: Jocelyn, Eleni, Beth, Lucy, Shania x 1, Olivia D, Molly, Olivia C, Lauren, Tiarna, D’Shayney, Megan, Chloe, Jenna and Laura.