Leicester City Women manager delighted with attacking display

By Conor de Smith

Leicester City Women manager Jonathan Morgan was delighted with the club’s attacking display in their 4-0 win over Derby County Ladies.

The Lady Foxes defeated rivals Derby County Ladies convincingly last Wednesday night courtesy of goals from Leigh Dugmore, Kim Farrow and a brace from Sophie Domingo.

Victory continued the side’s fantastic run of form which has resulted in a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

City now sit in second in the FA Women’s Premier League North table after a steady start to their second successive season in the third-tier.

The impressive wins over Derby and Huddersfield Town Ladies came after three consecutive league matches without a win.

Jonathan Morgan was ecstatic with his side’s performance in midweek and was especially pleased with their display in the final third.

“To get four goals today was fantastic. I felt we were sensational going forward.” He said.

“Finally we are starting to get some rhythm after bringing in a few new signings, which might be one of the reasons for the blips early in the season.

“Strikers like Leigh, Sophie, Rosie [Axten] and Olivia [Mitcham] did really well. Ellie May came in today and also did a fantastic job. I was delighted for Kim to get the first in the league this season. And we’ve still got forwards injured!”

After Leicester’s FA WPL Plate game at home to Bolton Wanderers Ladies was postponed, the next fixture at the Farley Way Stadium will be the visit of Stoke City Ladies on Sunday.

LCWFC Player Ratings:

Charlotte Clarke – 6

The goalkeeper has impressed since joining in the summer but was not heavily tested last Wednesday. Clarke did well when called upon and will be delighted with a first clean sheet in … games.

Ria Acton – 6

A solid performance from the defender to help maintain that clean sheet. Made herself available for Clarke from goal-kicks and made a number of vital tackles.

Holly Morgan – 7

Leicester’s captain produced another great performance from the back to both stifle the opposition and progress play. Morgan’s regular bursts forwards helped break through the Derby midfield and she played a huge part in the build-up to the first goal.

Charlotte Greengrass – 6

Greengrass did superbly well when rarely called upon with some good interceptions and tackles. Helped restrict Derby to just a few clear goalscoring opportunities.

Nat Johnson – 7

Might not have gotten on the scoresheet after a rich vein of goalscoring form but the full-back’s defensive contribution made her one of the most impressive performers on the night. Numerous tackles ensured Derby had no luck on their right hand side as they searched for a goal.

Nicole Nymoen – 6

An energetic midfield performance from Nymoen was another reason why Derby failed to break through the lines. Nymoen won plenty of aerial duels and contributed heavily in Leicester retaining possession.

Paige Stewart – 6

Managed to control the tempo in what was an acceptable performance for Stewart on the night.

Leigh Dugmore – 7

Dugmore proved a nuisance to Derby defenders throughout the 90 minutes due to her energy and her quick change of pace. The midfielder continuously burst forward, especially in the first-half, and even got herself a goal with a superb header from the periphery of the penalty area.  

Leicester City Women celebrate one of their four goals against Derby County Ladies.

Ellie May – 6

Came close to scoring against her former club when she got on the end of a cross at the back post but failed to convert from a tight angle. Contributed well before being taken off.

Sophie Domingo – 9

Another superb display from City’s top scorer as the youngster managed three goal contributions at Farley Way. With scouts in attendance, Domingo opened the scoring with a tap in before scoring an outstanding second with a curling effort. Ended the night with an accurate cross which led to Dugmore’s headed goal.

Rosie Axten – 7

Axten has been a consistent performer for the Blues since last season and the forward proved another attacking outlet for her side last Wednesday. Her crosses into the box provided numerous opportunities for the hosts and, as a result, grabbed two assists.

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