Belgian international Cayman netted her fifth goal of the season at Walton Hall Park, ensuring City got back to winning ways in the league for the first time since they beat their counterparts back in October in Leicestershire.
Willie Kirk made two changes to his side that beat Everton 5-1 in the Continental Tyres League Cup on Wednesday evening, with top scorers Jutta Rantala and Lena Petermann coming back into the team and Dutch 'keeper Lize Kop making her first WSL appearance.
Leicester started the better of the two in the opening stages, Petermann in particular looking up for the fixture with a couple of promising forward runs, but the first effort came from Kathrine Kuhl who tried to loop an effort over Kop from range but it flew safely over City's net.
Battling Everton at Walton Hall Park.
The Foxes' first attempt on target came from Rantala's volley from just inside the Everton box, which was claimed by Brosnan, following a move which saw Petermann try to direct a left-field cross towards goal with a scorpion kick.
The momentum shifted back and forth; Everton came closest to breaking the deadlock when the hosts counter-attacked a City move and delivered a teasing ball into the box which Katja Snoeijs turned onto the crossbar.
Rantala then went close herself, testing Brosnan from close-range but the shot-stopper managed to get down low and make the block before her defence cleared the ball away from danger.
Five minutes from the break, Leicester did have the ball in the back of the net when Petermann pounced in the box and fired a low effort into the bottom corner, but the assistant referee had her flag up for offside.
Janice Cayman scored her fifth of the season with a stunning second-half strike.
The deadlock was broken 10 minutes into the second half by Cayman, who collected the ball from Rantala, and wrapped her foot around the ball to send it curling towards the far corner, handing the Foxes a deserved lead.
Leicester had a chance to double their advantage when Rantala broke forward and played in the impressive Yuka Momiki who had space on the edge of the box, but the Japanese forward's effort travelled wide of the post.
The next chance fell to Petermann who got to the front post to connect with a Deanne Rose header, who had looked lively since coming on as a substitute, but the effort was just wide of the mark.
Japanese midfielder Saori Takarada in action.
The goal had sparked Leicester into life, close to putting the game out of sight when Rantala, again at the heart of the action, took responsibility for a free-kick on the edge of the box. The Finnish forward hit it well, and had the 'keeper beat, but saw it hit the crossbar and stay out.
Seven minutes were shown on the fourth official's board at the end of the 90 minutes, but despite a couple of long free-kicks into the Leicester half, Kirk's side played well to dig deep and hold on to the three points that sees them climb up to seventh in the standings.
Next up for the Foxes is another away trip in the WSL, visiting Joie Stadium to tackle second-place Manchester City next Sunday (1pm GMT kick-off).
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