- LCFC Women capped off a brilliant season by beating Manchester United 3-2 in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Fifth Round
- Shannon O’Brien, Hannah Cain and Natasha Flint were all among the goals at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday
- Jonathan Morgan gave his reaction to LCFC TV, ecstatic with the way City performed against a well-established WSL side
- The Foxes have now reached the quarter-finals of the competition for a second successive season
Trailing twice in the contest courtesy of goals from United forwards Jess Sigsworth and Jane Ross, Leicester hit back, first through Shannon O’Brien, and then Hannah Cain, before Natasha Flint completed the comeback with a fine individual strike.
The result saw the Foxes through to the last eight for a second successive season. It came after the Foxes lifted the second-tier title at King Power Stadium earlier this month ahead of their maiden campaign in the Barclays FA Women's Super League next term.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to get through to the quarter-finals,” Morgan beamed in his post-match interview with LCFC TV. “To beat a team like Manchester United, who are well drilled, well organised – and everyone knows the investment they have – is phenomenal.
Sophie Barker & Shannon O'Brien
Shannon O'Brien celebrates her crucial equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
“And for Leicester, just like the men yesterday winning the FA Cup, to cause an upset, I’m glad that we could do the same as them and we are just ecstatic at the moment. We’re just going to take this now at the end of the season and look forward to next season.”
Sunday’s fifth round clash pitted the Foxes against a side who have achieved back-to-back fourth-placed finishes in the Women’s Super League.
Not overawed by the Red Devils, the newly crowned FA Women's Championship winners arrived at Leigh Sports Village knowing they will be contesting fixtures against top-tier opposition on a regular basis next term, something that Morgan believes would not be possible without the Club’s backing.
It’s a big thing to get to the quarter-finals, it’s big to beat Man United. And the manner we did it as well, we deserved it, we outplayed them, we out fought them.Jonathan Morgan LCFC TV
“Anyone looking from the outside should be thinking that this is a Club going places,” the LCFC Women’s manager explained. “The investment, the actual direction of the Club from Khun Top, the owner, to Susan Whelan, the CEO, and the rest of the people involved, is phenomenal.
“They want to push because they want us to be competitive and I’m hoping today showed them that we are there and we can keep doing this for next season."
Coming into the game with plenty of confidence having securing the second tier title with two games to spare, Morgan felt City were worthy winners on the day and demonstrated their abilities ahead of what will be an exciting first-ever campaign in the top division of women’s football.
Natasha Flint's 21st goal of the campaign was a hugely significant one for the Foxes.
He continued: “I feel great now, it was obviously tense, but I don’t think I would have been feeling as tense as Brendan [Rodgers] last night in the last few minutes!
“But for us, it’s a big thing to get to the quarter-finals, it’s big to beat Man Utd. And the manner we did it as well, we deserved it, we outplayed them, we out fought them.
“Our tactics were better and we deserved it in every part of it to be fair. Now we’re just looking forward to taking the time off, resting, recovering and starting again next season."
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