Hard Fought Win
Leicester City Ladies Diamonds kept their unbeaten run going with a battling and hard fought 2-1 victory against Harborough Town. After last week’s impressive display the Diamonds were looking to carry on where they left off. However Harborough Town hadn’t read the scrip and dominated the 1st half with a powerful and impressive display that had the Diamonds on the back foot from the off. Harborough Town deservedly took the lead in the first five minutes and were in control for the majority of the 1st half and had a 2nd goal disallowed with a tight offside decision. The Diamonds were happy to get in at half time only 1-0 down.
Half Time Harborough Town 1 Leicester City Ladies Diamonds 0
After a “kick up the bum” from the Joint Managers the Diamonds came out in a much more determined and positive mood and at last put their opponents under pressure. With Lauren showing her guts and courage she inspired the Diamonds to a much improved display. Olivia D and Lucy were commanding in defence and Harborough Town were finding the Diamonds a much different proposition to the 1st half. After two surging runs and shots by Lauren went over the bar the Diamonds finally equalised with twenty minutes to go with a left foot lob from Lauren finding the net. This spurred the Diamonds on further and a mazy run by Lauren saw the keeper make a brave save and Olivia C followed up to score but this time an equally tight decision ruled the goal offside. However the Diamonds wouldn’t be denied and after Lauren was fouled on the edge of the area Lucy stepped up a curled a great left foot free kick into the top corner to put the Diamonds 2-1 up with ten minutes to go. With Harborough Town still battling away and Leicester City Ladies Diamonds Lauren forced off badly injured the Diamonds’ team stuck to their task and defended for their lives to preserve a 2-1 victory.
Overall it was a great 2-1 victory and showed that the Diamonds never give up and have a never say die attitude even against bigger and stronger opponents. Harborough Town will feel aggrieved though as overall a draw would have been the right and fair result. Now onto next week and the eagerly awaited clash with Oadby & Wigston Rovers.
Full Time Harborough Town 1 Leicester City Ladies Diamonds 2.
Leicester City Ladies Diamonds:- Jocelyn, Eleni, Olivia D, Beth, Lucy x 1, Olivia C, Lauren x 1, Molly, Megan, Jenna, D’shayney, Laura, Chloe and Shania