Shannon O'Brien

City’s Women's FA Cup Memories

Ahead of welcoming Reading to Pirelli Stadium in the Vitality Women's FA Cup, take a look at LCFC Women's previous campaigns in the competition.

- LCFC Women take on Reading at Pirelli Stadium on Sunday (4pm GMT kick-off)
- Leicester are entering the Vitality Women’s FA Cup at the fourth round
- The Foxes were eliminated in the fifth round at the hands of Chelsea in 2021/22
- City have reached the quarter-finals on two occasions in recent times

Leicester have reached the quarter-finals twice in their last three attempts and have produced some memorable cup outings in past years.

As part of the build up to Sunday’s fixture, which can be attended by purchasing tickets HERE, here is City's recent form and success within the prestigious national tournament.

2019/20

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Charlie Devlin
Charlie Devlin

Charlie Devlin converts her penalty against Manchester City.

In the 2019/20 season, Leicester made it through to the quarter-finals of the cup, where they were defeated in a tight affair against Manchester City.

Entering in the fourth round, the Foxes were successful in the attempts to make it into the next round with a 3-1 away win over Burnley. Lachante Paul, Annabel Blanchard and Paige Bailey-Gayle all found the net.

City carried on their run with a fifth-round victory over Reading at Farley Way Stadium. Bailey-Gayle continued her scoring form, making it three goals in two matches with a brace, as the former Fox scored a 116th minute winner in extra-time to send Leicester through.

Despite giving it a go, the Foxes were beaten by Man City in the last eight in Quorn, in a game which was delayed until September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Charlie Devlin scored a 78th minute penalty to make the scores interesting, but first half goals from Chloe Kelly and Georgia Stanway had earned the Citizens safe passage to the semi-finals.

2020/21

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Hannah Cain
Hannah Cain

Hannah Cain celebrating her goal at Leigh Sports Village.

The following year, the Foxes were keen to improve on last year’s efforts and started strong by beating Liverpool 1-0 in the fourth round. Hannah Cain scored the only goal of the game in Quorn.

In the fifth round, City were drawn away against Manchester United, but the tough challenge did not shake the Leicestershire side, who claimed a 3-2 victory over the Red Devils.

Shannon O’Brien opened the scoring, before Cain and Natasha Flint ensured the win with two goals either side of the hour mark. There was an interesting goalscorer for the hosts, as a certain Jess Sigsworth netted against her current employers.

City were into the quarter-finals, but after defeating the red side of Manchester, were once again faced with the challenge of Man City. Unable to produce a winning display, the Foxes were eliminated by a 6-0 scoreline at Academy Stadium.

2021/22

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Sophie Howard
Sophie Howard

Women's FA Cup goalscorer Sophie Howard has made 59 appearances since her Foxes' debut in September 2020.

Looking back to last season, Leicester made it through to the fifth round, where they were on the wrong end of a 7-0 scoreline to Chelsea, who would go on to claim their fourth FA Cup title against Man City.

However, while the Foxes only appeared in two matches, they were pushed all the way against Tottenham Hotspur in their fourth-round battle at The Hive Stadium.

Angela Addison gave the London outfit the lead in the 61st minute, but were undone by a resilient Foxes, who took the game to extra-time following an 82nd minute equaliser from O’Brien.

As an additional 30 minutes of play begun, it took the Foxes less than 60 seconds to seize the advantage, when Sophie Howard put her side in front. A memorable day was rounded off by Esmee De Graaf, when the Dutch defender confirmed the win in the 120th minute.

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