Leicester City Women Football Club

Crystal Palace Ladies v Leicester City

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Recap

Leicester City Women kicked off the FA Women’s Championship season with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace Ladies.

The Foxes travelled to Bromley FC’s Hayes Lane to take on fellow FA Women’s Championship newcomers Crystal Palace Ladies with both sides looking to build on a positive start in the Continental Cup.

Manager Jonathan Morgan made three changes from the side which lost 4-0 to Manchester City two weeks ago with seven City players starting their first league game for Leicester City.

Palace started the game strongly with a good backing from a lively crowd at Hayes Lane and City keeper Demi Lambourne commanded her area well from a series of corners for the hosts, Hannah Mackenzie thought she’d opened the scoring for Crystal Palace when she rose highest at a corner but saw it bounce out off the top of the crossbar.

Growing into the game, Leicester City passed the ball around confidently and Maddy Cusack tested the Palace shot-stopper, Megan Lynch inside the opening ten minutes with a shot from the edge of the area.

City took the lead in the 18th minute when Melissa Johnson raced away from the half-way line, the striker netted her second goal of the season after cutting inside the defence and curling the ball into the far corner.

The visitors could have doubled their lead before the break, Charlotte Greengrass rose well at a corner to head goal-wards but saw her effort cleared off the line before Rosie Axten‘s follow up was saved by the keeper.

Sophie Domingo found herself in space when played through on goal by Cusack but the England youngster saw her effort well saved by Megan Lynch before the follow up was cleared by Palace’s defence.

The hosts’ finished the first half strongly, with Ashlee Hinks turning past Sarah Jackson before firing her effort narrowly over the bar.

Palace’s pressure continued into the second half, with defender Hope Nash thinking she’d earned a penalty when she went down in the area but the referee waved away the protests before the Foxes cleared the ball to safety.

Melissa Johnson proved to be a real threat for the Foxes running in behind the hosts’ defenders, on the hour mark she almost doubled City’s lead when bearing down on goal but a superb tackle from Hannah Mackenzie put the ball behind for a corner.

Dave Davenport’s side continued to put pressure on Leicester’s back line as they searched for a way back into the game but it would be Leicester City who scored the second goal of the game, a deep free kick into the box was kept alive by Charlotte Greengrass who hooked the ball back across the six yard box for Holly Morgan to head home.

The City Captain netted her first goal for the Club since March to give the visitors a comfortable 2-0 lead with 15 minutes of the match remaining.

Inside the final ten minutes, Palace substitute Leesa Haydock looked to try and get her side back into contention but ‘Keeper Demi Lambourne was equal to the long range effort as she looked to secure City’s first clean sheet of the season.

Melissa Johnson almost netted a second goal inside stoppage time, cutting inside from the left flank but her effort from the edge of the box was fired over the bar and into the stands behind.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Lynch, Butler, Holdaway, Mackenzie, Nuttall, Georgiou (Haydock ’62), Chandler (Burr ’62), Watling, Nash, Balfour, Hinks
SUBS NOT USED: Shangado, Collins, Keogh,

CITY: Lambourne, Jackson, Morgan (C), Greengrass, Axten, Oliver (Nymoen ’60), McCue, Cusack, Ayisi (James ’84), Johnson, Domingo (Hudson ’81)
SUBS NOT USED: Clarke, Worts, N Johnson, Fletcher

ATTENDANCE: 382

Who impressed?

Melissa Johnson skips past a Challenge from a defender

Apart from her goal, Melissa Johnson was a constant thorn in the defence of Crystal Palace. The Striker came up with a number of threatening runs in behind and took her goal with great confidence, curling the ball past the keeper from a tight angle. Johnson already has two goals this season and could have added to her tally today but for some key saves from the Palace ‘keeper.

Where do we stand?

The Foxes sit third in the table after the opening round of fixtures, the Foxes next face Tottenham Hotspur at home on Wednesday 19 September.

Where next?

Aston Villa Ladies will be looking to get back to winning ways after a tough defeat against Manchester United.

The Foxes host Aston Villa Ladies on Sunday 16 September in round three of the Continental Tyres League Cup. Manager Jonathan Morgan will be looking to build on their league win as they look to climb the table towards the top two spaces in Group One North of the Continental Cup.

Highlights

Details

Date Time League Season
09/09/18 14:00 FA Women's Championship 2018/19

Venue

Hayes Lane
Bromley Football Club Ground, Bromley BR2 9EG, UK

Results

TeamGoals
Crystal Palace Ladies0
Leicester City2

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Sarah JacksonDefender0000
Holly MorganDefender1 (75')000
Charlotte GreengrassDefender0100
Rosie AxtenForward0000
Taome Oliver 4Midfielder0000
Sherry McCueMidfielder0000
Maddy CusackMidfielder0000
Freda Ayisi 12Forward0000
Sophie Domingo 21Forward0100
Melissa JohnsonForward1 (18')000
Hayley James 11Defender0000
Charlotte ClarkeGoalkeeper0000
Nicole Nymeon 8Midfielder0000
Fiona WortsForward0000
Nat JohnsonMidfielder0000
Natasha Hudson 7Midfielder0000
Serena FletcherDefender0000