Leicester City Women Football Club

Manchester City Women v Leicester City



Leicester City Women suffered their first defeat of the season as they fell to a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City Women

The Foxes faced a tough prospect for their first away game of the season, travelling to last season’s Continental Tyres League Cup runners-up Manchester City.

Jonathan Morgan made three changes to his side from last weekend, with Demi Lambourne and Taome Oliver making their Leicester debuts whilst defender Charlotte Greengrass also came in.

The Foxes were under pressure right from the off as wingers Claire Emslie and Mel Lawley both caused the defenders problems. Leicester ‘keeper Demi Lambourne was called into action early on but comfortably dealt with the shots faced in the first half.

The home side were unfortunate not to take the lead five minutes before the break when Gemma Bonner directed Nadia Nadim’s header goalwards but the defender saw her flick come back off the upright before City cleared it away.

Despite defending for the majority of the opening 45, Leicester found themselves in front of goal late in the first half, Freda Ayisi worked herself some space on the edge of the area but the shot was comfortably saved by Karen Bardsley in the Manchester City goal.

Nick Cushing’s side finished the first half strongly and youngster Jess Parks was unlucky not to break the deadlock inside stoppage time when firing wide from a cut back from Nadim.

Manchester City started the second half as they’d finished the first, pushing the Foxes back line deep into their own half. Nadim headed narrowly wide from a Caroline Weir free-kick before Tessa Wullaert saw a sliding effort fire over the bar.

The Women’s Super League side could sense the opener was coming and it was Wullaert who provided it just five minutes later. A low ball into the box by Lawley was only half cleared and Wullaert was happy to fire the ball home having arrived late on the edge of the area.

Having held out for just shy of an hour, Leicester responded well to going behind, working their way towards the Manchester City box before forcing keeper Karen Bardsley into two quick saves to deny first Taome Oliver and Melissa Johnson shortly after.

Leicester had to find a response to get anything from the game with Manager Jonathan Morgan bringing on two attacking players as Rosie Axten and Sophie Domingo replaced Johnson and Oliver around the hour mark.

Leicester’s best chance of the afternoon came shortly afterwards, Freda Ayisi and Domingo combining well on the far side before Ayisi played a low ball into the box but Leigh Dugmore couldn’t divert the cross goal-wards.

Manchester City’s latest summer signing Janine Beckie doubled the hosts’ lead just ten minutes after coming off the bench, slotting the ball home from close range after Leicester failed to clear the ball effectively.

Two goals in quick succession came either side of the 80 minute mark as Wullaert grabbed her second of the game, firing in a flick on from Nadia Nadim before Nadim finished off the scoring eight minutes from time with a low drive in off the post.

MANCHESTER CITY: Bardsley, Jans, Bonner, Beattie (Beckie ’60), Lawley, Nadim, Parks, Weir, Emslie, McManus, Wullaert
SUBS NOT USED: Houghton, Scott, Bentley, Parris, Walsh, Bradley
GOALS: Wullaert (53, 79), Beckie (71), Nadim (80)

CITY: Lambourne, Fletcher, Morgan (C), Greengrass, James, Cusack, McCue, Oliver (Axten ’69), Dugmore, Ayisi (Worts ’73), M Johnson (Domingo ’65)
SUBS NOT USED: Clarke, Nymoen, N Johnson, Moncaster


Who impressed?

Hayley James looks to bring the ball clear against Manchester City Women.

Both of Leicester City’s full backs impressed on a day where most of the hosts’ play came down the flanks, Hayley James and Serena Fletcher both did well to restrict Manchester City’s chances from wide especially in the first half as the Foxes looked to frustrate the Super League side. Leicester stuck to their game plan for the majority of the game and will have plenty of positives to take into their league campaign.

Where do we stand?

The Foxes drop down to fifth in the Continental League Cup – Group One North table, with Aston Villa their next opponents in the competition at Farley Way Stadium on Sunday 16 September. With two of the sides above them still to face later in the year, Jonathan Morgan’s side will still have their sights set on a top-two finish and qualification to the latter stages of the competition.

Where next?

Crystal Palace Ladies have picked up five points from their two Continental Cup matches, following up last Saturday’s penalty shoot-out win over Tottenham with a 1-0 win over Yeovil Town today.

Next up, Leicester City get their FA Women’s Championship campaign underway with their trip to Crystal Palace Ladies. The two sides are both new to the division and will be looking for the perfect start to build upon. The game is at Bromley FC, Crystal Palace’s home for 2018/19 on Sunday 9 September 2018.




Date Time League Season Attendance
26/08/18 15:00 Continental Tyres League Cup 2018/19 1609


Academy Stadium
Allison Way, Manchester M11, UK


Manchester City Women4
Leicester City0

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Hayley JamesDefender0000
Holly MorganDefender0000
Charlotte GreengrassDefender0000
Serena FletcherDefender0000
Sherry McCueMidfielder0000
Maddy CusackMidfielder0000
Taome Oliver 10Midfielder0000
Freda Ayisi 15Forward0000
Leigh DugmoreForward0000
Melissa Johnson 7Forward0000
Rosie Axten 8Forward0000
Nicole NymeonMidfielder0000
Charlotte ClarkeGoalkeeper0000
Fiona Worts 11Forward0000
Sophie Domingo 9Forward0000
Nat JohnsonMidfielder0000
Mai MoncasterMidfielder0000