Jonathan Morgan’s Leicester City side were unable to follow up their midweek cup exploits with The Foxes drawing 2-2 with Charlton Athletic in the FA Women’s Championship at Farley Way on Sunday.
Leicester City’s impressive extra-time 2-1 victory over FA Women’s Super League side Reading in the Women’s FA Cup on Thursday evening highlighted their ongoing improvement and they came up against a Charlton Athletic side on Sunday who were bottom of the FA Women’s Championship and looking for their first league win of the season having collected all their side points from draws.
The morning rain had cleared to leave a sunny afternoon at Farley Way but with a cool breeze blowing. Charlton Athletic started well and had a few early half-chances with an effort being blocked and another deflected into the side-netting.
Hosts Leicester City took time to get into the match but they soon had half-chances of their own with a shot from the edge of the area which went just wide while a free-kick was saved. The closest that either side came to a goal in the first half was when Leicester City’s Charlie Devlin shot just over from a difficult angle.
It was a lively start to the second half with Charlton Athletic opening the scoring after 47 minutes when Lily Woodham slotted the ball home.
Leicester City soon equalised when Paige Bailey-Gayle netted with a great shot across goal, just days after scoring the two famous goals against Reading in the Women’s FA Cup.
Two minutes later, Morgan’s side were awarded a penalty kick which Devlin successfully scored to give her side the lead. Leicester City could even have scored a third a minute later but Ella Rutherford put a shot into the side-netting.
Charlton Athletic were given a penalty of their own just before the hour and after a slight delay, the spot kick was converted by Charley Clifford.
Leicester City had chances to win the game but Devlin put a free-kick from an angle just over while a deflected corner kick was cleared off the line by a Charlton Athletic defender as the match finished in a 2-2 draw and left the visitors still searching for that first win.
Charlton Athletic’s next match is away at Blackburn Rovers next Sunday whilst Leicester City have a three-week break until they face Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup at Farley Way.
By Paul Donegan – FAWSL Guest Contributor