Leicester City Women Football Club

LCWFC 3 – West Brom 2

With the FA WPL League Cup Final just around the corner, Manager Jonathan Morgan took the opportunity to shuffle his team around. Paige Crossman and Mai Moncaster both came into the starting XI.

A bright start for the Foxes saw former Leicester ‘keeper Ness Kinnerley forced into a number of key saves as first Sophie Domingo was played through on goal before Leigh Dugmore worked herself some space but was again denied by the keeper.

Moments later and Leicester had a golden opportunity to take the lead, Leigh Dugmore wriggled away into the area before being brought down on the goal line and top scorer Rosie Axten had a chance to put the Foxes in front, only to be denied by a smart save down low from Kinnerley.

As the first half went on, the visitors grew into the game and became more confident going forward. It was the Baggies who opened the scoring just after the half hour mark, a low ball into the Leicester area wasn’t dealt with and Leanne Mitchell slotted home.

Leicester still struggled to break down a resolute West Brom defence and were fortunate not to go into the break 2-0 down when a corner failed to be cleared by Leicester but the visitors took too long to pull the trigger and Charlotte Clarke smothered the ball.

Leicester made a double substitution at half time with Paige Stewart and Mo McIntosh both coming onto the pitch and they sparked Leicester back into life with the Foxes driving forward in search of an equaliser.

Inside the final 20 minutes and Leicester’s pressure finally paid off, Sophie Domingo picked up the ball on the edge of the area and fired a lovely half-volley into the far corner to set up a tense finale.

Buoyed by the equaliser, Leicester continued to push forward, Leigh Dugmore and Domingo both tested Kinnerley from distance but two smart saves kept the scores level. With West Brom also pushing for a winner, gaps began to open up in the defence and a brilliant through ball from Sophie Domingo found substitute Mo McIntosh with space to run into, and the striker showed fantastic nerves to take the ball around the on-coming keeper and slot home into the empty net sparking great celebrations on the touchline.

With 10 minutes of the game remaining, Leicester still had to keep their focus but were rewarded inside stoppage time when Rosie Axten picked the ball up on the right hand side, drove in towards the penalty area and fired the ball home to double the hosts’ lead.

There was still time for West Brom to pull a goal back and let the nerves creep in again, but the Foxes held firm to pick up three vital points.

Full Time: LCWFC 3 – West Brom 2

Reaction

Jonathan Morgan was clearly delighted with his sides second half performance, the perfect response to going into the break 1-0 down and he believes it will give his side great momentum heading into Sunday’s Cup Final:

“We didn’t play our best in the first half, but we knew that if we can keep ourselves in the game, we could come out strong in the second half and last for the full 90 minutes where other teams start to fade. Our fitness levels showed today with 3 goals inside the final 20 minutes to get a massively important three points. We can take this momentum into Sunday and hopefully come away with another historic win.”

Where Do We Stand?

Victory over West Bromwich Albion saw Leicester cement their position in 2nd in the table, as well as closing the gap to leaders Middlesbrough to just two points. The Foxes final three games of the season see them welcome Blackburn to Farley Way before the travel to Middlesbrough. Their final game of the season is away to Bradford City.

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Where Next?

Leicester can take their eyes off the league table for now as they turn to back to back cup finals. The Foxes first travel to Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium for Sunday’s League Cup Final in search of a first ever national title. On Friday 4th May, Jonathan Morgan’s side make the much smaller trip to Holmes Park, Whetstone as they look to pick up the County Cup Trophy for the first time in 4 years.