Yuka Momiki

Leicester Held To WSL Draw Against West Ham

The Barclays Women's Super League points were shared on Sunday afternoon as LCFC Women came from a goal behind to draw 1-1 with West Ham United.

Riko Ueki opened the scoring for the hosts at Chigwell Construction Stadium before Sophie Howard levelled things up, taking City's points tally up to 18 heading into the final game of the season.

It was an unchanged team for the West Ham fixture, with no changes to the starting XI that were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Manchester United last weekend at King Power Stadium. 

City got off to a slow start in East London and found themselves a goal behind after 13 minutes when Ueki broke through into the box on the right wing and drove a low effort past Janina Leitzig into the far corner of the net.

Leicester's first attempt at a response was through a direct free-kick which Jutta Rantala hit well, forcing a fingertip save from Mackenzie Arnold, before the Hammers had the chance to double their lead through Viviane Asseyi.

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Missy Goodwin

The scores ended level at Chigwell Construction Stadium.

The French striker first saw an eye at goal with a volley from 10 yards out which landed straight into the gloves of Leitzig, before the forward picked up the ball seconds later and curled an effort past the far post of the Leicester goal.

City started getting more chances in the game, coming closest when Missy Goodwin tried her luck with a left-footed effort from just inside the penalty area, but the Australian 'keeper was equal to it.

The Foxes were back level not long after the half-hour mark when a well whipped corner from Rantala found the head of Howard, who directed the ball goalwards from close range.

Shortly after the restart, City had the ball in the back of the net when Lena Petermann's looping header was volleyed into the net by Janice Cayman, but the linesman flag was raised, keeping the scores level.

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Janice Cayman

Pushing for a late winner.

Yuka Momiki was next in line to test the Australian shot-stopper, trying her luck from close range after Goodwin won the ball back high up and fed it into the path of the Japanese forward.

The Foxes kept on pushing and came close again just after the hour mark when Saori Takarada fired a half-volley towards goal from close range, but similar to Asseyi in the first half, could only find the safe grasp of the 'keeper.

Both sides felt the possibility of a winner in the final stages of the match in Dagenham, but solid defending on both parts resulted in the scores being split at the referee's full-time whistle.

Leicester now prepare for their final game of the 2023/24 campaign, when Liverpool travel to the East Midlands to take on the Foxes at King Power Stadium on Saturday 18 May (3pm BST kick-off).

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