Lethal Leicester dispatch dismal Derby

Derby (H)

By Luke Smith

Leicester City Women extended their unbeaten run to six games as they comfortably dispatched Derby County ladies by four goals to nil at the Farley Way stadium, courtesy of a Sophie Domingo double, with additional goals from Leigh Dugmore and Kim Farrah.

The Lady Foxes started brightly, with Nicole Mymoen and Rosie Axten both flashing strikes into the side netting from the edge of the box, but the best chance of the opening exchanges fell to Derby striker Andi Bell who shot over from six yards out.

Leicester grew into the game as the first half progressed, with Ellie May inches away from turning in a Rosie Axten cross on 15 minutes.

Leicester’s reward for their dogged attacking play came in the 18th minute through young striker Domingo. An excellent forward run and pinpoint pass by Foxes Captain Holly Morgan was squared by Axten, where Domingo was waiting to turn home to open the scoring. The young Leicester striker is making a habit of scoring against Derby, having netted the 93rd minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw just 22 days previously.

Derby County were lucky to finish the first half with 11 on the field, with goalkeeper Sarah Morgan only seeing yellow for bringing down Domingo when she was one-on-one and through on goal following a quick break from an opposition corner.

Leicester started the second half very brightly, with Domingo and Ellie May linking well to cause the Derby defence problems.

The lead was doubled soon after the break for Leicester when May played a sublime 30-yard-pass over the head of a Ram’s defender into the feet of Domingo, who turned the defender and calmly slotted the ball into the far corner, taking her goal tally to five in nine appearances.

It was plain sailing from there on in for Leicester, with an excellent cross from Domingo being turned in with a wonderful glancing header from Dugmore, netting her fourth goal in nine appearances.

Further misery was inflicted on Derby just ten minutes from time, when second half substitute Farrow chased down a loose touch from Ram’s ‘keeper Morgan, only for the clearance to be deflected off the oncoming Farrah, leaving a simple tap into an empty net.

A very convincing performance with lethal attacking play leaves Leicester unbeaten in six, putting them second in the division. The result leaves them in good stead for their next match, a home tie against Guiseley Ladies in two weeks’ time. Details of the fixture and ticket information can be found on the Leicester City Ladies website.