Rooks End Home Campaign With A Win

Rooks End Home Campaign With A Win

Lewes beat Leicester City 1-0 at The Dripping Pan thanks to an Ini Umotong penalty.

Marcus Lee
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James Boyes

Lewes 1 - 0 Leicester City

Lewes ended their home campaign by beating the newly crowned FA Women’s Championship champions Leicester City 1-0.

The visitors had the first chance of the game as they looked to play Natasha Flint through on goal, but Tatiana Saunders did well to come off her line quickly and claim the ball. 

The Rooks won the first corner of the match, but it was cleared away by Leicester.

Lewes’ first chance came on nine minutes. Lucy Ashworth-Clifford did well to cut in from the right and fire a shot on her left foot which was well saved by Kirstie Levell.

The Rooks were pressing high as they tried to force the Leicester defence into a mistake. On 17 minutes, Megan Mackey pounced on a poor touch but could only send her effort over.

Three minutes later, Lewes were awarded a penalty. Ashworth-Clifford won the ball from the defender and was brought down inside the area. Ini Umotong stepped up to take the penalty and rifled it down the middle to give the Rooks the lead.

The visitors looked to respond to the goal, but Sophie Barker’s effort was a comfortable save for the Lewes No.1.

Saunders was required to make an important save when Libby Smith had a shot from close range.

Georgia Timms almost doubled the lead on 37 minutes as she sent her shot just over the goal and the Rooks went into the break in the lead.

The visitors dominated the early proceedings of the second half, but the Lewes defence stood firm preventing any clear-cut chances.

Lewes were able to break out from their half on 59 minutes and win two corners but couldn’t test the ‘keeper.

Mackey won a corner on 67 minutes and Ashworth-Clifford crossed it into the area to find Timms. The striker looked to get a shot away but was closed down quickly by the defence.

On 74 minutes, Saunders made a vital save. Flint was able to control and turn with the ball and she attempted to find the far corner, but the Lewes goalkeeper got down low to palm the ball away.

Saunders had to be alert again, this time holding the ball well when Hannah Cain looked to curl an effort towards goal.

Filippa Savva went close to doubling the lead on 84 minutes. Danni Lane played a great ball out wide to Ashworth-Clifford and she drove into the area to find the Cyprus international, but she saw her shot blocked on the line.

Lewes were required to defend for the final stages of the game as Leicester looked for a late equaliser. The defence stood firm, and the whistle was soon blown for full-time.

 

Lewes: Saunders, Boswell, Cleverly (C), Hack, O’Rourke, Rouse, Leek (Savva 75), Mackey (Lane 75), Timms (Jhamat 90+4), Umotong, Ashworth-Clifford (Quayle 90+5)

Sub not used: Cheeseman

Goal: Umotong 20

Leicester City: Levell, Riglar, Cataldo (Tierney 66), Allen, Smith (Devlin 66), Howard (de Graaf 57), Barker (C), Flint, Cain, Plumptre, O’Brien (Paul 61)

Subs not used: Lambourne, Everett, Fleming, Farrow, Fergusson

Yellow cards: Cain 27, Riglar 89

Lewes 1 - 0 Leicester City

Lewes ended their home campaign by beating the newly crowned FA Women’s Championship champions Leicester City 1-0.

The visitors had the first chance of the game as they looked to play Natasha Flint through on goal, but Tatiana Saunders did well to come off her line quickly and claim the ball. 

The Rooks won the first corner of the match, but it was cleared away by Leicester.

Lewes’ first chance came on nine minutes. Lucy Ashworth-Clifford did well to cut in from the right and fire a shot on her left foot which was well saved by Kirstie Levell.

The Rooks were pressing high as they tried to force the Leicester defence into a mistake. On 17 minutes, Megan Mackey pounced on a poor touch but could only send her effort over.

Three minutes later, Lewes were awarded a penalty. Ashworth-Clifford won the ball from the defender and was brought down inside the area. Ini Umotong stepped up to take the penalty and rifled it down the middle to give the Rooks the lead.

The visitors looked to respond to the goal, but Sophie Barker’s effort was a comfortable save for the Lewes No.1.

Saunders was required to make an important save when Libby Smith had a shot from close range.

Georgia Timms almost doubled the lead on 37 minutes as she sent her shot just over the goal and the Rooks went into the break in the lead.

The visitors dominated the early proceedings of the second half, but the Lewes defence stood firm preventing any clear-cut chances.

Lewes were able to break out from their half on 59 minutes and win two corners but couldn’t test the ‘keeper.

Mackey won a corner on 67 minutes and Ashworth-Clifford crossed it into the area to find Timms. The striker looked to get a shot away but was closed down quickly by the defence.

On 74 minutes, Saunders made a vital save. Flint was able to control and turn with the ball and she attempted to find the far corner, but the Lewes goalkeeper got down low to palm the ball away.

Saunders had to be alert again, this time holding the ball well when Hannah Cain looked to curl an effort towards goal.

Filippa Savva went close to doubling the lead on 84 minutes. Danni Lane played a great ball out wide to Ashworth-Clifford and she drove into the area to find the Cyprus international, but she saw her shot blocked on the line.

Lewes were required to defend for the final stages of the game as Leicester looked for a late equaliser. The defence stood firm, and the whistle was soon blown for full-time.

 

Lewes: Saunders, Boswell, Cleverly (C), Hack, O’Rourke, Rouse, Leek (Savva 75), Mackey (Lane 75), Timms (Jhamat 90+4), Umotong, Ashworth-Clifford (Quayle 90+5)

Sub not used: Cheeseman

Goal: Umotong 20

Leicester City: Levell, Riglar, Cataldo (Tierney 66), Allen, Smith (Devlin 66), Howard (de Graaf 57), Barker (C), Flint, Cain, Plumptre, O’Brien (Paul 61)

Subs not used: Lambourne, Everett, Fleming, Farrow, Fergusson

Yellow cards: Cain 27, Riglar 89