Conti Cup: Leicester City dominate but crash out of competition

Willie Kirk, Manager of Leicester City, looks on during the Continental Cup match vs Leicester Everton
Willie Kirk, Manager of Leicester City, looks on during the Continental Cup match vs Leicester Everton. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Leicester City took on Everton at the Pirelli Stadium to record their joint-biggest win of the season so far. They beat the Toffees 5-1 but with results elsewhere going against them, Leicester exit the Continental Cup in the group stage.

The Foxes opened the scoring through midfielder Sam Tierney, before forward Deanne Rose added a second with a header. Shannon O’Brien converted a penalty to notch Leicester’s third goal in the space of 10 minutes.

Most teams would feel the match was out of sight but after recent results, Leicester must have been desperate for more goals to be certain, and their team obliged. Second half substitutes were made for Leicester, with goal-scorers O’Brien and Rose replaced by Ava Baker and Missy Goodwin. The latter added to the scoresheet, and another sub in Jutta Rantala added another late on to make it five. Hanna Bennison scored a late consolation for Everton.

Willie Kirk made four changes to the starting lineup that lost to Aston Villa in the Women’s Super League less than a week ago. He brought in Lize Kop, Josie Green, club captain Aileen Whelan, and Rose. Leicester fans also had the good news of CJ Bott named on the bench following her return from injury.

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It was a frantic start from Leicester. O’Brien dominated the right wing and got in behind the Everton defence to create early chances. The main one fell to Whelan, who picked up on a poor defensive back pass but failed to convert from close range. However, after just 18 minutes, the deadlock was broken for the home side. Takarada delivered a low cross into the box and Tierney finished to make it 1-0. Rose doubled Leicester’s advantage minutes later after an O’Brien cross was headed home by the Canadian for her second goal of the season.

Then, after 30 minutes, O’Brien used her strength and footwork to cut through the Everton defence. An opponent then tripped her inside the box, resulting in a penalty. O’Brien then stepped up and converted, passing the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.

A tough result for Leicester

The second half began and the introduction of Goodwin and Baker for the home side meant it was much of the same from Leicester. They were seemingly out to prove a point after a poor run of form. The substitutions potentially made with one eye on the WSL match between these two sides on Sunday. It didn’t take long for Goodwin to make an impact. She made it 4-0 after being on the pitch for just two minutes.

Everton had a rare sight of goal when on 69 minutes Lize Kop was caught back-tracking to her goal line but Martina Piemonte could only shoot wide.

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Goodwin was brought down in the box, resulting in the Foxes being awarded a second penalty. However, Brosnan got down low and kept the score as it was. Only one minute later though, Rantala had other ideas as she latched onto some good play by Tierney and added a fifth.

The Everton fans who made the journey did have something to cheer as Bennison netted a consolation goal. Leicester, despite their dominant performance, are now out of the Cup. 

However, Kirk will be delighted with how well his side played. Leicester City fans will be hoping their team can translate this to the WSL as these two teams face each other at Walton Hall Park on Sunday at 12:30pm.

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