FA Cup Run Continues

Leicester City Ladies made it through to the third round proper of the Women’s FA Cup for the second season running under the guidance of manager Matt Cook, the third round as in men’s football is the aim for smaller sides to hopefully test themselves against Premier or even National League opposition .
Having played Loughborough Students twice already both teams know each other pretty well as the game proved. It was Leicester City Ladies who took the lead as good hold up play from Charles and a smart turn from Bateman who drove the ball home to give City the advantage.
There were chances at both ends but Loughborough Students grabbed a leveller on the stoke of half time from a free kick flicked in at the back post.
After the break Loughborough Students came out flying and nearly took the lead, Cattel once again was ever present for city in goal.
On the hour mark Leicester City Ladies looked to get a grip on the game, with twenty five minutes to play a treble substitution from Cook sparked life into the team and right back turn striker Gemma Ball snatched in at the far post to finish with a left foot volley with ten minutes to play. Leicester City Ladies had to put their back to the wall late on as Loughborough Students pushed on but City edged the cup tie and will be in Mondays draw on the 9th January for round three for the second season running.
Overall a tight affair with chances at both ends, possession favoured the home team but nervy moments maybe favoured the home team to as Loughborough Students counter attacked with pace on many occasions.
Leicester City Ladies Manager Matt Cook commented after the game “I always felt we were going to win the game in the second half but as the time ticked on the last thing I wanted was extra time and I thought Loughborough were coming close to maybe scoring another goal so we threw caution to the win late on making three changes, some parts of it worked and some took time but the group adapted well and moving Gemma up top paid off, the third round was our aim. Now we just want the draw to throw the girls a challenge they deserve as last year we drew Leicester City Women which was a great challenge but someone outside the county and a division up would be great. Hopefully we have a better chance this year with a lot of East Midlands sides already eliminated one of which being last years third round opponents so will be nice to fly the flag for women’s football in Leicester in round three.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the match Erica Preston.