Leicester City Women Football Club

League Cup Final – Preview

Leicester City Women will travel to Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium this Sunday with silverware in their sights as they face Blackburn Rovers Women in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup Final.

The Foxes play in the final of a national competition for the first time in their history and will come up against strong opposition in the form of Northern Division title rivals Blackburn. Jonathan Morgan’s side have not tasted cup success since the County Cup final win of 2014 but will be optimistic of landing trophies in the first of their two cup finals this season.

Leicester City Women have been in terrific form heading into the final stage of what has been a busy season for the club. The Leicestershire outfit have played 30 competitive matches so far this term and have won six of their last seven games in all competitions.

The crescendo of this excellent run came in the form of a late 3-2 win over Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion Women in midweek. Three goals – from Sophie Domingo, Rosie Axten and Moriah McIntosh – in the last 10 minutes sparked jubilant scenes at the final whistle having kept their title dreams alive.

The result and performance was testament to the side’s impressive fitness levels, despite playing more games than most at Women’s Premier League level. The Foxes started their FA WPL Cup run in September whilst also making the final of the County Cup and the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup.

Leicester began their FA WPL Cup journey with a 1-5 win away to Chorley Ladies before beating New Saints Ladies, Bolton Wanderers Ladies, Loughborough Foxes, Nottingham Forest Ladies on penalties and Lewes FC Ladies to reach the final stage. Forward Sophie Domingo has been in fine form in this competition with six goals to her name.

The attacking prowess of Domingo was required in the last meeting with Rovers earlier this month. The youngster netted a brace to secure a vital three points against the champions who have beaten City just once in the last three encounters.

Leicester City Manager Jonathan Morgan said: “To reach our first ever national final is a fantastic achievement for everyone at the club.

“Players, coaches, volunteers, sponsors and all our supporters should be proud of this milestone for Leicester City Women and should know that they have all played a big part in getting the team this far.

“We are thoroughly looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Gemma Donnelly’s exceptional squad will be out for revenge, however, in what is also the club’s first national final. Their cup campaign started with a penalty shoot-out victory over Stoke City, followed by a 2-1 win over Liverpool Marshall Feds in the next round. They then defeated Brighouse Town 2-1 in the quarter-finals before booking their place in the final with a penalty shoot-out win over Coventry United.

Donnelly said: “We are extremely proud and excited to be involved in this competition, we look forward to the occasion and will enjoy the experience.

“May I take this opportunity to wish Leicester the best for the game, but of course I hope that we will be strong enough to prevail as League Cup champions on Sunday. This is the first senior league cup final that Blackburn Rovers have reached in the history of the ladies’ team.

“We are both extremely proud and excited to be involved in this competition. We look forward to the occasion and will enjoy the experience.”

 

Ticket Details:

The final takes place at Chesterfield’s 10,000 capacity Proact Stadium at 2.00pm on Sunday. Tickets are priced £5 adults (which includes a match programme), £2.50 for concessions and £1 for children (under-3s are free).

If any City supporters are unable to travel then you can watch live via YouTube and commentary from Daniel Smith and Shauna Cossens.