Leicester City Women Football Club

Aston Villa Ladies v Leicester City

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Recap

Leicester City Women made it three consecutive league games unbeaten, held by Aston Villa Ladies to a 0-0 draw in front of a healthy crowd at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts, buoyed by their first outing at Villa Park for three years, took just three minutes to create the first opportunity of the game when the on-form Jodie Hutton raced away on the left flank and sought to lob Demi Lambourne, but the City keeper watched the ball drift over the bar.

City quickly re-grouped and restricted the opposition to a mere handful of opportunities for the remainder of the first-half. With Jonathan Morgan’s side creating a number of chances to open the scoring themselves.

The first came shortly after the fifteen minute mark when Sophie Domingo, fresh off a recent call-up for England, spun her marker with some expert chest control and drove at the defence. The young forward drew the Villa back-line towards her before laying the ball off to an awaiting Rosie Axten, who forced a save from Sian Rogers with a low-driven shot.

After a break in play that saw Lambourne treated after a collision after a good save, the Villans improved. Gemma Davies’ side are enjoying a productive winter period having lost just two of their last nine league outings.

The hosts should have been in front after 30 minutes when summer-signing Sophie Haywood presented the ball to an unmarked Alice Hassall on the periphery of the penalty area but the side-footed effort was taken with little conviction.

The match was end-to-end through with two improving sides, The Foxes got bodies forward which allowed full-back Ella Franklin-Fraiture – goalscorer in the 3-2 over Millwall Lionesses – space on the edge of the area to pick out Domingo only for the teenager to poke the ball just wide of the goal.

City started the second 45 the brighter and this culminated in the best two opportunities so far for the visitors. A header from Leigh Dugmore looped onto the top of net before Domingo volleyed over from 15-yards after Rogers had spilt Sarah Jackson’s cross.

The hosts started to heap pressure onto City’s back-line in a spell that could have, and perhaps should have, heralded the first goal of the game. Davies’ side looked dangerous on the break throughout this fixture and this almost paid dividends when Jodie Hutton capitalised on an error by Holly Morgan to force a superb save from Lambourne.

A fantastic tackle from Elisha N’Dow on Domingo sparked another counter-attack from Villa as they continued to put their stamp on proceedings. A cross from the edge of the area was poorly dealt with by Rosie Axten, whose clearance fell into the path of Hutton but the winger saw her effort tipped away by Lambourne. The resulting short corner caught City off-guard and saw another shot for Villa. N’Dow met the ball but guided her header well over the bar.

The Foxes looked the more likely to score as the game wore on, Substitute Melissa Johnson made an instant impact with a low shot, whilst Domingo once again tested the goalkeeper with a close range effort. Jonathan Morgan’s side did have the ball in the back of the net 10 minutes from time as Sophie Domingo headed past Sian Rogers but the Assistant Referee’s flag denied the Foxes the opening goal.

Leicester City looked to push for the remainder of the game but were unable to find a key chance to break the deadlock, settling for a point at Villa Park. The result sees Jonathan Morgan’s side continue their solid start to the new year as they go three unbeaten in the league for the first time since these two sides drew 1-1 back in October.

CITY: Lambourne, Jackson (James, 70’), Morgan, Nymoen, Domingo, Franklin-Fraiture, Dugmore, Ayisi (Thomas, 80’), Axten (M Johnson, 61’), N Johnson, Smith.

SUBS NOT USED: Clarke, Greengrass, Moncaster, Worts

VILLA: Rogers, N’dow, Richards, Hassall, Hutton (Hall, 60’), Welsh, West, Gibson (Brown, 66), Haywood, Ale, Hanssen (Warner, 84’)

SUBS NOT USED: Elsmore, Smith

Who impressed?

Sophie Domingo proved to be a thorn in Aston Villa’s defence throughout the afternoon and was unlucky not to grab her first league goal of the season in front of the 1,618 crowd. The winger troubled both full-backs on the day and continued to get herself in the positions to score. Domingo did have the ball in the back of the net as she headed in a deep cross from the left but it was ruled out for offside. She proved an outlet for the visitors and enjoyed a good performance in a tight contest.

Where do we stand?

Leicester City Women momentarily move to sixth in the table following London Bees’ 2-0 away win at Lewes on Sunday afternoon. The club will hope to get within touching distance of the top four when they face Crystal Palace in their next Championship fixture on Sunday 10 February.

Where next?

Leicester City take a bring from Championship action when they host London Bees in the SSE’s Women’s FA Cup fourth round, which will take place on Sunday 03 February at 2.00pm. Tickets are available from www.lcwfc.com/shop

Details

Date Time League Season
27/01/19 13:00 FA Women's Championship 2018/19

Venue

Villa Park
Villa Park, Birmingham B6 6RP, UK

Results

TeamGoals
Aston Villa Ladies0
Leicester City0

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Ella Franklin-FraitureDefender0000
Holly MorganDefender0000
Nat JohnsonMidfielder0000
Sarah Jackson 12Defender0010
Nicole NymeonMidfielder0000
Freda Ayisi 17Forward0000
Leigh DugmoreForward0000
Sophie DomingoForward0000
Libby SmithForward0000
Rosie Axten 9Forward0000
Charlotte ClarkeGoalkeeper0000
Hayley James 3Defender0000
Charlotte GreengrassDefender0000
Melissa Johnson 10Forward0000
Fiona WortsForward0000
Freya Thomas 11Midfielder0000
Mai MoncasterMidfielder0000