Leicester City Women Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies v Leicester City

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Recap

Leicester City Women suffered heartbreak at Cheshunt FC following a 96th minute winner as the league leaders maintained their lead at the top of the Championship. 

The Foxes were forced to defend for large periods of the game, with Demi Lambourne pulling off a string of fine reaction saves and commanding goalkeeping to keep the score level. The visitors arguably produced the best opportunities of the first half, with Melissa Johnson bearing down on goal in a one-on-one with Tottenham ‘keeper Chloe Morgan, only for Johnson to fire tamely at the shot-stopper.

Tottenham striker Sarah Wiltshire created good space twice as the first half drew to a close, but both times she was thwarted by some excellent keeping from Demi Lambourne who first tipped an effort wide from close range before a diving fingertip save came after Wiltshire had been given time and space on the edge of the area.

Leicester City started the second half brightly, playing neat, counter-attacking football and finding favour with a pacey forward three. The game saw little clear cut chances as both teams defended well with the Foxes back line looking to become the first side to stop Tottenham scoring in a league game this season. Some well-timed late tackles and diving blocks were required as the home side stepped up the pressure looking for the crucial goal.

Similarly to the first half, Leicester City once again found themselves in a one-on-one situation, this time Rosie Axten was played through on goal inside the final five minutes, but her placed effort was tipped just wide of the post by Spurs ‘keeper Morgan.

However, it was Tottenham who showed their talent, pushing the Leicester City defence right up until the bitter end, where second half substitute Angela Addison fired low past Demi Lambourne after a weaving run, breaking the hearts of Jonathan Morgan’s team and the travelling fans.

The Details

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Morgan, Wynne, Hector, Schillaci, Neville (Leon ’15), Green, Beckett, Haines (Mcean ’57), Baptiste, Dean, Wiltshire (Addison ’76)

SUBS NOT USED: Gibbon, Meiwald

GOALS: Addison 90+6

CITY: Lambourne, Franklin-Fraiture, Morgan, N Johnson, James, Nymoen, Moncaster, Ayisi, Axten (Smith ’90), M Johnson (Domingo ’69), Dugmore

SUBS NOT USED: S Clarke, Greengrass, Worts, Thomas, Brown

Who impressed?

Leicester City ‘keeper Demi Lambourne was a stand-out performer amongst many in the narrow defeat to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies. Lambourne was back to her best against tonight, pulling off a string of incredible reaction saves to keep The Foxes in the match. She also took command of her back four, and combined with Captain Holly Morgan they made life very difficult for the top-of-the-table outfit, forcing them to play right until the bitter end to find a winner.

Where do we stand?

The Foxes stay sixth after the late defeat, had the Foxes held on for the point, they would have climbed above London Bees following their defeat to Millwall Lionesses. Jonathan Morgan’s side have been stuck on 20 points since the start of February and will be looking to move up the table when they face Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village.

Where next?

The international break brings the Championship matches to a halt, with Jonathan Morgan’s side having a 17-day break until their next match, where they’ll face Manchester United away in a mid-day kick-off against the second placed side.

If you can’t wait that long, you can see Leicester City Women’s Reserves in Reserves Cup Semi Final action at Riverside Pavilion against Charlton Athletic Women Reserves on Sunday, 24 February. Kick off in the match is 2pm.

Details

Date Time League Season Attendance
20/02/19 19:45 FA Women's Championship 2018/19 318

Venue

Theobalds Lane
Albury Farm, 1 The Dr, Great Cambridge Rd, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross EN8 8XH, UK

Results

TeamGoals
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies1
Leicester City0

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper0000
Ella Franklin-FraitureDefender0000
Holly MorganDefender001 (51')0
Nat JohnsonMidfielder0000
Hayley JamesDefender0000
Nicole NymeonMidfielder0000
Mai MoncasterMidfielder0000
Freda AyisiForward0000
Rosie Axten 26Forward0000
Melissa Johnson 7Forward0000
Leigh DugmoreForward0000
Serena ClarkeGoalkeeper0000
Charlotte GreengrassDefender0000
Sophie Domingo 9Forward0000
Fiona WortsForward0000
Freya ThomasMidfielder0000
Rachel BrownDefender0000
Libby Smith 10Forward0000