Leicester City forward Paige Bailey-Gayle was the hero as her side caused a major upset in dumping top flight side Reading out of the Women’s FA Cup after extra-time at Farley Way this evening.
The Foxes made a mockery of the footballing pyramid as they caused the shock of the fifth round, defeating Kelly Chambers’ side 2-1 after extra-time following a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.
There was little in the way of goalmouth action to report in a keenly contested first 45 minutes until Reading were awarded a penalty on the stoke of half-time. Maz Pacheco managed to find the back of the Leicester City net despite keeper Demi Lambourne coming close to getting a glove on the ball.
Reading almost doubled their lead shortly after the restart but Lambourne did well to deny Millie Farrow before Hayley James twice went close for the home side.
Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland then headed straight at Lambourne when in a great position to score before Amelie Eikeland failed to hit the target after connecting with a Rachel Rowe cross.
Despite Reading having the better chances, Leicester City were always in the game and The Foxes levelled matters with 11 minutes to go when Bailey-Gayle fired home a stunning effort from 25 yards.
Jonathan Morgan’s side could even have won the tie at the death if not for an excellent save from Grace Moloney as January transfer window signing Ella Rutherford was denied.
The game went into extra-time and while the first period was a tense affair with neither side giving anything away, Leicester City made the breakthrough 10 minutes into the second period with the excellent Bailey-Gayle winning the tie for her side with another wonderful effort.
Leicester City’s reward for their most famous victory is a home tie against Women’s FA Cup holders Manchester City after the international break.