Leicester City Women Football Club

Sheffield United Women v Leicester City



Leicester City Women’s three game unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United Women. 

The hosts, playing their first game in the new Olympic Legacy Park, were quick out of the blocks and keeper Demi Lambourne was called into action early on to prevent Sheffield United’s Beth Merrick from opening the scoring.

The Foxes were restricted to only a few forays into the United half, with Melissa Johnson and Rosie Axten combining well for their first major chance of the first half, with Johnson’s shot being blocked just inside the 18 yard box.

Both sides were looking to head into the international break with a victory under their belts, but it was Carla Ward’s side who looked most likely to break the deadlock. City keeper Lambourne was called into action twice more as the first half came to a close, saving at close range from United Captain Ellie Gilliatt before expertly tipping a goal-bound shot onto the upright of the goal before youngster Lucy Johnson cleared the ball to safety.

City were under pressure again early in the second half, winger Bex Raynor cut inside from the right hand side and fired an effort across the face of goal which Lambourne was quick to react to. Seconds later and Lambourne was called upon again to tip a long range effort over the bar as City’s defensive back line was tested again

Leigh Dugmore, on as a first half substitute for the injured Maddy Cusack, was vital in helping Jonathan Morgan’s side to relieve the pressure running with the ball into the channels, the forward set up Melissa Johnson for a chance to break the deadlock but the Foxes striker saw her header cleared off the line.

Throughout the course of the 90 minutes, the host’s had hit the woodwork on a number of occasions, a free kick from distance cannoned back off the crossbar whilst Ellie Gilliatt saw a maisy run end with her shot grazing the post on it’s way behind.

The only goal of the game came seven minutes from time, Bex Raynor again proving key to United’s attack saw her low cross into the box deflect off the outstretched leg of a City defender before looping over the helpless Lambourne and into the far corner of the net.

Jonathan Morgan’s side immediately looked for a way back into the game with both Ayisi and Dugmore trying efforts from distance but Alex Brooks in the United goal was equal to anything thrown her way.

The final chance of the afternoon fell to United’s Sam Tierney who saw her header narrowly go wide from a corner. The Foxes disappointed not to be able to hang on for a point but lacked the creative spark seen in recent matches going forward.

SHEFFIELD UNITED: Brooks, Barker, Fletcher, Cox, Gilliatt, Tierney, Barker, Raynor, Pennock, Dixon, Merrick (Michalska ’79)
SUBS NOT USED: Davies, Kemp, Hartley, Ford, Marsden, Ibbotson
GOALS: Raynor ’83

CITY: Lambourne, Jackson, N Johnson, Morgan, L Johnson (E Franklin-Fraiture ’54), McCue, Cusack (Dugmore ’44), Thomas (Greengrass ’64), Ayisi, Axten, M Johnson
SUBS NOT USED: Domingo, Worts, Hudson

Who impressed?

City goalkeeper Demi Lambourne came up with a number of big saves to keep the Foxes in the game. Most notably, the shot-stopper produced a fantastic save at the end of the first half, palming a goal-bound effort onto the upright before Lucy Johnson cleared it to safety.

Where do we stand?

The Foxes remain fifth in the FA Women’s Championship table with a gap opening up above them as Durham maintained their unbeaten start to the season. Today’s opponents Sheffield United climbing to just a point behind them in sixth.

Where next?

Leicester City Women have a two week gap now, with the international break coming up next Sunday before a week without a fixture. The Foxes return to action against unbeaten Durham on Sunday 25 November. Jonathan Morgan’s side will be hoping they can close the gap on the top four who are beginning to break away.


Date Time League Season Attendance
04/11/18 14:00 FA Women's Championship 2018/19 458


Olympic Legacy Park
Sheffield S9 3TU, UK


Sheffield United Women1
Leicester City0

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Sarah JacksonDefender0000
Nat JohnsonMidfielder0000
Holly MorganDefender0000
Lucy Johnson 2Defender0000
Sherry McCueMidfielder0000
Freya Thomas 6Midfielder0000
Maddy Cusack 14Midfielder0000
Freda AyisiForward0010
Melissa JohnsonForward0000
Rosie AxtenForward0000
Sophie DomingoForward0000
Charlotte Greengrass 17Defender0000
Ella Franklin-Fraiture 23Defender0000
Leigh Dugmore 28Forward0000
Fiona WortsForward0000
Natasha HudsonMidfielder0000