Leicester City Women Football Club

Archives: LCWFC in the 5th Round

As Jonathan Morgan’s side prepare for their SSE Women’s FA Cup Fifth Round encounter with Durham Women, we’ve taken a look back through the archives to find out more about the clubs only other appearance in the last 16 of the Women’s FA Cup.

Below is the match report as printed in the LCFC Matchday Programme on Saturday 9th February 2008.

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Leicester City Women 0 – Everton Ladies 3

FA Women’s Cup Fifth Round.

The Foxes impressive run in this season’s prestigious competition came to an end against Everton at Blaby Scouts HQ in front of over 300 people.

The hosts battled hard throughout against a side two divisions above them and more than held their own for long periods of the contest.

The game began at a furious pace with the visitors’ Jody Handley causing problems down the right flank, but City’s defence stood firm. Goalkeeper Laura Niblett was also in fine form, while at the other end Rachel Williams tried her luck from distance but Danielle Hill in the visitor’s goal was equal to the task.

Everton’s Jill Scott rattled the crossbar from 35-yards before Lauren Impey cleared the rebound. Play was held up after England Under-19 star Fern Whelan received lengthy treatment before being taken to hospital.

But her side did go one up when Jody Handley headed home from a corner just before half-time.

City remained on the back foot after the break and Everton doubled their advantage when Scott slid in at the back post to score.

With 20 minutes remaining, Zira Handley and Natasha Meade both created half chances for the Foxes but Jody Handley sealed the game when she again netted from a corner to make it three.

But despite the result, manager Rehanne Skinner was pleased with her players’ effort and said “We showed tremendous character and did ourselves proud against a team two divisions higher in the pyramid. The girls will learn a lot from this experience.”

Squad > Laura Niblett, Leah Rawle, Caz Toone, Jade Radburn, Lauren Impey, Rachel Williams, Remi Allen (C), Hannah Barrett, Kara Frederick, Zira Handley, Natasha Meade, Kath Glass, Katy Morris, Sophie Le Gros, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Lekeisha Gumbs.

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The Everton side which visited Leicester in the 5th Round went on to reach the Semi-Finals of the FA Women’s Cup before losing on penalties to Leeds United Ladies, Everton also went on to finish 2nd in the top flight. They also ended Arsenals impressive 58 game domestic run unbeaten with a 1-0 defeat in the League Cup (pictured above).

Leicester finished first in the Midlands Combination League to seal promotion into the 2nd division and into the FA WPL Pyramid for the first time. They also won the Leicestershire County Cup for the third successive season, whilst they missed out on the treble, losing 4-0 to Derby County Ladies in the League Cup Final.

The match at Blaby Scouts HQ featured a number of both current and future England stars, with the likes of Jill Scott, Fara Williams, Rachel Brown, Natasha Dowie and Rachel Unitt.

The Foxes also had internationals amongst their squad, with Rachel Williams and Remi Allen both regularly featuring for the England Under 19’s at the time. Rachel went on to make 13 appearances for the England senior side.

Leicester City Women travel to Durham Women this Sunday (18th) in their first Fifth Round appearance since the Everton defeat back in 2008.