Leicester City Women Football Club

Leicester City v Bristol City Women

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Recap

Leicester City Women kicked off the 2018/19 season with a 2-2 draw at home to Bristol City Women in the Continental Tyres League Cup

City Manager Jonathan Morgan named 6 new faces among the first starting XI of the season as Women’s Super League side Bristol City Women provided the first opposition of the season with Leicester looking to get off the mark in the League Cup.

City attacked straight from the kick off and were rewarded for their bright start after just 21 seconds, Rosie Axten found the perfect pull back from just inside the area and Melissa Johnson was on hand to turn the ball home for a dream start to her debut in a Leicester City shirt.

The visitors took their time to grow into the game but their experience showed as they twice carved out opportunities inside the opening half hour as they searched for an equaliser, Rosella Ayane saw a shot tipped wide by Charlotte Clarke before Danique Kerkdijk headed wide from the resulting corner.

The match was played at a frantic pace at times with both sides looking to break quickly, Bristol City saw a well worked passage of play end with a tame shot at goal before Leicester City broke down the pitch only for Johnson to see her shot blocked by Julie Biesmans who tracked back well.

Leicester City thought they’d extended their lead from the corner that followed, a training ground routine saw the ball worked to Freda Ayisi just inside the area who worked herself some space before firing a shot against the underside of the crossbar but Bristol City managed to clear the ball.

Bristol City were searching for a way back into the game and were handed a golden opportunity when they were awarded a penalty ten minutes into the second half, Sarah Jackson adjudged to have brought down Juliette Kemppi just inside the 18-yard-box. New signing Lucy Graham stepped up to take the penalty and converted from 12-yards to level the scores.

The Foxes faced a tough ten minutes with Bristol City buoyed by their goal and the visitors looked to go in search of the lead, almost finding their second with a deep cross into the box but the ball evaded everybody before coming back out off the upright.

With ten minutes of the game remaining Leicester re-took the lead, Freda Ayisi doing well to keep hold of the ball deep inside the Bristol City half before setting up Sophie Domingo who fired a first time shot into the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

The lead was short live though for City as the visitors pushed for a way back into the match, finding their second equaliser of the game from a corner as Graham Volleyed home on the angle to level the scores at 2-2 before the final whistle sounded.

This season’s Continental Tyres League Cup format sees draws settled by a penalty shoot-out with a bonus point up for grabs for the winning side, Leicester City’s Leigh Dugmore, Freda Ayisi, Sherry McCue and Nicole Nymoen all hit the back of the net for the Foxes whilst keeper Charlotte Clarke produced two fantastic saves to deny both Carla Humphrey and Frankie Brown to seal a 4-2 win on penalties.

 

CITY: Clarke, Jackson (Nymoen, 64), Morgan (C), James, Fletcher (Johnson, 45), Axten (Domingo, 57), Cusack, Dugmore, McCue, Ayisi, Johnson
SUBS NOT USED: Lambourne, Oliver, Worts, Hudson
GOALS: Johnson (1), Domingo (80)

BRISTOL CITY: Baggeley, Dykes (C), Evans, Brown, Kerkdijk, Humphrey, Kemppi, Graham, Payne (Pattinson, 75), Ayane (Woolley, 64), Biesmans
SUBS NOT USED: Wilson, Strippel, Watson,
GOALS: Graham (56, 85)

ATTENDANCE: 294

Who impressed?

Leicester Keeper Charlotte Clarke is mobbed by her team-mates after saving two Bristol City penalties during the shoot-out

Goalkeeper Charlotte Clarke played a pivotal role in Leicester’s penalty shoot-out victory saving twice from Bristol City to earn an extra point in Group One North. The young goalkeeper however also made a string of impressive saves during the match most notably tipping a long range effort round the post in the latter stages of the match to deny Bristol City victory.

Where do we stand?

The Foxes currently sit second in the Group One North table behind Sheffield United, the only side to pick up maximum points in the group on the opening weekend. Manchester City sit just behind Leicester City having also picked up a bonus point after a penalty shoot-out win over Birmingham City.

Where next?

Leicester City Women travel to Manchester next Sunday to take on last season’s beaten finalists in Manchester City Women. Whilst a tough prospect, the match should prove a good work out for Leicester ahead of the FA Women’s Championship opener on Sunday 9 September.

Highlights

Details

Date Time League Season Attendance
19/08/18 14:00 Continental Tyres League Cup 2018 - 2019 294

Venue

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

Results

TeamGoals
Leicester City2
Bristol City Women2

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Charlotte ClarkeGoalkeeper0000
Sarah Jackson 4Defender0000
Holly MorganDefender0000
Hayley JamesDefender0000
Serena Fletcher 23Defender0000
Rosie Axten 7Forward0100
Sherry McCueMidfielder0000
Leigh DugmoreForward0000
Maddy CusackMidfielder0000
Melissa JohnsonForward1000
Freda AyisiForward0100
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Nicole Nymeon 3Midfielder0000
Taome OliverMidfielder0000
Fiona WortsForward0000
Sophie Domingo 10Forward1000
Natasha HudsonMidfielder0000
Lucy Johnson 22Defender0010