Leicester City Women Football Club

Leicester City v Aston Villa Ladies



Leicester City suffered their second successive Continental Cup defeat after a 1-0 loss to fellow FA Women’s Championship side Aston Villa Ladies.

Jonathan Morgan made two changes to the side which beat Crystal Palace last Sunday with Hayley James and Leigh Dugmore coming in to replace Charlotte Greengrass and Taome Oliver.

The Foxes started the game brightly with visiting keeper Aja Aguirre being called into action early on, City broke away from a Villa corner with Dugmore playing the ball through to Melissa Johnson inside the Villa half but Johnson’s touch let her down and Aguirre was out quickly to collect.

Having suffered a heavy defeat last Sunday, Villa took a while to grow into the game but began pressing Leicester’s back line deep shortly after the opening ten minutes, with both Holly Morgan and Sarah Jackson putting in last ditch tackles to prevent the visitors getting through on goal.

In the 18th minute, the visitors did get in behind and took the lead, Nadine Hanssen picked the ball up on the left hand side and drove in behind the City defence before setting up Kerri Welsh for a simple tap in from just six-yards-out.

After falling behind, Leicester City again got themselves on the front foot looking for an equaliser, Sophie Domingo picked the ball up on the edge of the area and drove towards goal but her effort from the edge of the area was well saved by Aguirre in the Villa goal.

Maddy Cusack worked tirelessly in the middle of the park and almost set up a City equaliser before the break, the former Villa midfielder played a low ball across the edge of the six-yard-box but no City player was on hand to tap the ball home.

Despite finding themselves behind, Demi Lambourne was rarely called upon in the City goal, the shot-stopper was on hand though to tip an effort round the post as Villa looked for a second goal, Kerri Welsh went in search of her second of the game with a curling effort but Lambourne was happy to see that one go wide of the right hand post.

The Foxes continued to push in the second half, Rosie Axten and Leigh Dugmore both put dangerous balls into the Villa box in the early stages of the half but again City were found wanting with nobody on hand to finish of the chances.

City were awarded a penalty shortly after the hour mark when Leigh Dugmore was fouled just inside the area by Asmite Ale but visiting ‘keeper Aguirre was on hand to deny Freda Ayisi, saving both the initial effort and recovering well to foil the striker with the rebound before Villa’s defence could clear the ball.

Five minutes later and Aguirre was on hand again to thwart Ayisi again, the striker stepped onto the ball on the edge of the area and fired a low shot destined for the bottom corner of the net before Aguirre got both hands behind it to maintain her clean sheet.

Aja Aguirre was in fine form for the visitors and was called upon 15 minutes from time when Leigh Dugmore fired a shot from just inside the area but the Foxes were again denied by the Canadian.

City’s final chance of the afternoon came inside stoppage time as Jonathan Morgan’s side brought everyone forward for a corner but the header from the back post was wide of the goal and signalled the final whistle from referee Reubyn Ricardo.

CITY: Lambourne, Jackson, Morgan (C), James (Greengrass ’45), Axten, Domingo, McCue (N Johnson ’80), Cusack, Dugmore (Worts ’77), M Johnson, Ayisi
SUBS NOT USED: Thomas, Hudson

ASTON VILLA: Aguirre, Gane, Elsmore, Richards, Ale, Hanssen, Warner, Hurley (Hassall ’79), Smith (Haywood ’70), Welsh, Hutton
SUBS NOT USED: Rogers, N’dow, Gibson, Brown
GOALS: Welsh ’19


Who impressed?

Former Aston Villa midfielder Maddy Cusack worked tirelessly in the middle of the park alongside Sherry McCue. The summer signing was instrumental in breaking up Villa’s attacks before they got started and was involved in most of Leicester City’s attacks going forward.

Where do we stand?

Defeat for the Foxes sees them slip to the bottom of the Group One North table, with matches against Birmingham City and Sheffield United to come in December, Leicester’s chances of reaching the top two look narrow. Results elsewhere saw Manchester City beat Bristol City 3-0 whilst Birmingham City needed two late goals to beat Sheffield United 2-0.

Where next?

The Foxes are back in action again on Wednesday night at Farley Way Stadium with Tottenham Hotspur Ladies the visitors. The match gives Jonathan Morgan’s side the perfect opportunity to put this match behind them and continue their strong start in the FA Women’s Championship following their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace Ladies.



Date Time League Season
16/09/18 14:00 Continental Tyres League Cup 2018/19


Farley Way Stadium
Farley Way, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8TS, UK


Leicester City0
Aston Villa Ladies1

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Sarah JacksonDefender0000
Holly MorganDefender0000
Hayley James 6Defender0000
Sophie DomingoForward0000
Rosie AxtenForward0000
Sherry McCue 19Midfielder0000
Maddy CusackMidfielder0000
Leigh Dugmore 15Forward0000
Melissa JohnsonForward0000
Freda AyisiForward0000
Fiona Worts 14Forward0000
Charlotte Greengrass 12Defender0000
Freya ThomasMidfielder0000
Nat Johnson 16Midfielder0000
Natasha HudsonMidfielder0000