Leicester City Women Football Club

Academy Cup defeat for LCWFC Reserves

Leicester City Women’s Reserves fell to a 12-1 defeat to Arsenal Academy across the two legs of the opening round of the FA WSL Academy Cup.

  • Leah Grant’s side lost 8-0 in the first leg before a 4-1 defeat at Riverside Pavilion
  • The Foxes will now face Brighton & Hove Albion Academy in the Quarter Final of the FA WSL Academy Plate
  • Libby Smith scored for Leicester City in a much improved second performance

Leicester City Women’s Reserves suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Arsenal Academy this week as they exited the FA WSL Academy Cup at the first-round stage.

The Foxes now enter the FA WSL Academy Plate competition where they face Brighton & Hove Albion Academy tomorrow.

Leah Grant’s side travelled to the University of Hertfordshire for the opening leg and the visitors were initially blown away by the WSL Academy side who netted six times in the opening 45 minutes of play.

After the restart, Leicester City Women began to find their feet and were unlucky not to get themselves on the scoresheet when Jade Benford saw a header rebound off the foot of the post.

Libby Smith and Natasha Hudson both also saw chances well saved but the home goalkeeper before the hosts’ asserted their dominance to extend their lead to 8-0 before the end of the first leg.

At Riverside Pavilion, the Foxes proved much tougher opposition for the Gunners and were unlucky to fall behind midway through the first half when the visitors pounced on a sloppy clearance to fire the ball home.

After conceding a second goal following a defensive error, Leah Grant’s side began to dominate the play and finally found themselves on the scoresheet when Libby Smith calmly lofted the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net from the edge of the 18-yard-box.

Leicester City Women continued to push in the second half and were thwarted on a number of occasions by the impressive visiting goalkeeper, first denying Natasha Hudson from close range before tipping a long-distance strike from Rachel Brown narrowly round the post.

At the end of a positive performance from Leah Grant’s side, the Foxes were dealt a harsh blow with two goals in two minutes in the closing stages making the scoreline look far more comfortable for Arsenal than it was on the night.

Leicester City Women now host Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA WSL Academy Plate Quarter Finals. The match will be played at the University of Hertfordshire, mid-way between the two sides.