Sun 23
First Team
Leicester City Ladies
Chichester City Ladies 0 - 1 Leicester City Ladies

Chichester City Ladies 0 - 1 Leicester City Ladies

By Caroline Henry Evans
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Out of the league plate competition.

Having been postponed twice already Chichester city ladies finally played their Women's Premier League plate tie against Leicester city ladies, albeit with the help of the all weather pitch at Southdowns College. The game begun with a minutes silence in honour of Chichester player Chantelle Strudwick's son Theo who after being born on the 26th of September recently passed away.

Chichester started the game well enjoying the lions share of possession and looking dangerous when going forward. Both Dowdell and Challen both finding themselves in behind their full backs several times during the opening exchanges. The home side won several corners and with accurate deliveries caused real problems for the Leicester defenders. Along with the danger from corners Chichester created three excellent chances in open play early in the game.

The first of these saw Challen drive to the bye line and deliver a ball to the back post that an unmarked Ellis side footed into the net. The linesman then cut the celebrations short by flagging that the ball had gone out of play for a goal kick. The next chance came in similar fashion however Dowdell found herself with the time to shoot in the box however she was unable to keep the shot down and sent the ball over the bar. It was then Dowdell's chance to turn provider when she crossed the ball into the box for Barron to meet with a looping header that was brilliantly tipped on to the post by the goalkeeper.

Leicester were being restricted to rare forays into the Chichester defensive third and with a mixture of good defending and alert goalkeeping didn't get a meaningful effort on target until the 32nd minute. Chichester failed to clear their lines on the edge of the area and as the ball broke loose a Leicester player sent a looping volley towards goal and over the top of Piiroinen in goal. Leicester had taken the lead against the run of play and this seemed to inspire them as throughout the remainder of the half they enjoyed a lot more possession but failed to trouble the Chichester goal any further.

If Leicester enjoyed their best spell of the game at the end of the first half it didn't continue into the second half. Chichester came out all guns blazing knowing they had to score to keep the tie alive. As the half wore on so did the pressure on the Leicester goal with the Chichester full backs almost becoming wingers. McGlashan and Widdowson at the heart of the home defence almost had no defending to do and were just restarting attacks from the back.

Chichester continually played balls into the box but were struggling to get players on the end of them. The game was drawing to an end and Chichester drew a series of corners, sending greater numbers up each time until all eleven were in Leicester's defensive third. After several goal line scrambles the referee blew for full time calling an end to an enthralling cup tie.

Chichester ultimately paid the price for being unable to capitalise on their dominance whilst Leicester took one of the few chances they had well.

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Sun 23, Nov 2014