Leicester City Women Football Club

Leicester City v Millwall Lionesses

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Recap

Leicester City Women made it back-to-back victories for the first time since October, narrowly beating a resolute Millwall Lionesses side 3-2 at Farley Way Stadium.

The Foxes began the game the stronger team, with Ella Franklin-Fraiture striking the crossbar inside the opening minute. Jonathan Morgan’s side gained their breakthrough just a minute later when Melissa Johnson fired home her sixth goal of the season.

Leicester City continued to dominate the match, and were rewarded for their adventurous football when Fiona Worts was pulled back in the box by the Millwall Lionesses defence, with referee Gareth Davis not hesitating in pointing to the spot. However, Mel Johnson’s penalty kick was expertly saved by Millwall keeper Chloe Sansom to her left hand side, keeping the Lionesses within touching distance.

The penalty saved galvanised Millwall and they rallied to create their first chances of the game, and they were able to take one of these chances when Evie Clarke directed her header beyond City keeper Demi Lambourne to level the scores with half an hour played.

Millwall then began to put pressure on the Foxes defence, with Leicester City having to remain resolute and strong in defence to withstand the Lionesses pressure.

However, Leicester City were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon when Millwall defender Ella Stenning was deemed to have handled the ball. Libby Smith stood up to take the spot kick, this time dispatching it in emphatic style, sending the keeper the wrong way to put Leicester City back in front at the half time break.

The Foxes began the second half with Freda Ayisi taking centre stage, the forward went down inside the Millwall penalty area but was shown a yellow by the referee for a dive, minutes later Ayisi put a shot narrowly wide at the front post from two yards out after a drilled cross into the box.

With 53 minutes on the clock, Ella Franklin-Fraiture struck a powerful effort from twenty-yards-out into the top corner past the helpless Sansom to extend The Foxes’ lead to two goals.

Having gone 3-1 behind, Millwall rallied and forged some chances, with referee Davis pointing to the penalty spot for the third time during the match after Sarah Jackson was deemed to have fouled the Millwall forward. Evie Clarke stepped up to the spot and dispatched her penalty low down the middle to score her second goal of the game.

Unfortunately for Millwall however, Lia Cataldo, a second half substitute, had to leave the field having been injured in the build up, and with no substitutes remaining, the visitors had to continue with ten in search of an equaliser.

The Foxes had to remain strong looking to see out their victory, and they very nearly put the game to bed when Rosie Axten struck the crossbar from a sublime 30-yard free kick.

The visitors pressed Leicester City hard in search of a point, but the job became almost impossible when Freya Bailes was shown a second yellow card, reducing Millwall Lionesses to nine. Jonathan Morgan’s side were able to navigate a lengthy added time to clinch a vital three points and continue their push to close the gap on the top four in the FA Women’s Championship.

CITY: Lambourne, Jackson, Morgan, Greengrass, L Johnson (McCue ’62), Franklin-Fraiture, N Johnson, Ayisi, M Johnson (Dugmore ’68), Worts (Axten ’53), Smith
SUBS NOT USED: Clarke, Domingo, James, Thomas
GOALS: M Johnson 2, Smith 35 (p), Franklin-Fraiture 53

MILLWALL: Sansom, Neville, Priest, Stenning, Cowan, Rossiter (Lumsden ’60), Bailes, Ali (Harford ’70), Young (Cataldo ’60), Clarke, Fitzgerald
SUBS NOT USED: Mackie, Peart, Bailey, Stewart
GOALS: Clarke 30, 76 (p)

Who impressed?

Freda Ayisi impressed in the central role for the Foxes, playing deeper than played in the first half of the season, the former Birmingham City forward seemed to relish the role, pulling the strings in the centre of the park, with Ayisi being instrumental in both the first and last goal during an impressive afternoon.

Where do we stand?

The Foxes remain fifth in the FA Women’s Championship but have closed the gap to the top four to seven points, Jonathan Morgan’s side do still have a game in hand over some of the teams above them as well as matches to come against all of the sides above them in the table during the remainder of the season.

Where next?

The Championship takes a break next weekend with the international break but Leicester City Women will return to action on Sunday 27 January against Aston Villa Ladies, a match which has been rearranged to be played at Villa Park. Tickets for the game are available here.

Details

Date Time League Season Attendance
13/01/19 14:00 FA Women's Championship 2018/19 304

Venue

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

Results

TeamGoals
Leicester City3
London City Lionesses2

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Sarah JacksonDefender0000
Holly MorganDefender0000
Charlotte GreengrassDefender0000
Lucy Johnson 16Defender0000
Ella Franklin-FraitureDefender1 (53')01 (92')0
Nat JohnsonMidfielder01 (2')00
Freda AyisiForward01 (53')1 (46')0
Fiona Worts 10Forward0000
Melissa Johnson 14Forward1 (2')1 (34')1 (87')0
Libby SmithForward1 (35')000
Charlotte ClarkeGoalkeeper0000
Rosie Axten 15Forward0000
Hayley JamesDefender0000
Leigh Dugmore 9Forward0000
Sherry McCue 23Midfielder0000
Freya ThomasMidfielder0000
Sophie DomingoForward0000