Leicester arrived early and carried that momentum into the first half here, racing into a 2-goal lead thanks to a penalty and a fine finish from Nat Johnson. Lewes ‘keeper Faye Baker was adjudged to have fouledFreda Ayisi as she challenged with her feet. Baker guessed right but could not stop Johnson’s fine spot-kick.
Hers and City’s second came when a Lewes back-pass fell short, allowing Johnson to steal in to slot home unopposed.
Lewes, who came from behind mid-week v Crystal Palace, responded, Rebecca Carter finding the net just after the half-hour with a well-judged lob over Demi Lambourne from just inside the box. HT 1-2.
Lewes started the second half well. Baker, injured in the first half, made way for Nina Wilson. The game settled into a tight contest, both sides struggling to create clear chances.
Lambourne made a fine save from Leeta Rutherford’s powerful header. McCue picked up the game’s first booking just after the hour for a late challenge on Dani Lane. Lane rose well to meet McIntyre’s flighted free-kick, Lambourne punching clear.
Wilson made a good stop from a Maddie Cusak overhead kick before Lewes levelled the scores on 71 minutes. Carter once more, finishing off a superb, cushioned pass from Sarah Kempson by slotting the ball under Lambourne.
Four minutes later Carter completed her hat-trick andLewes had the lead, Dani Lane the provider. Samantha Quayle replaced Lane with ten to go and finished the move of the match to make it 4-2. Kempson shaped to pass right, switched to her left to send in a clever ball for Avilla Bergin who beat her full-back and picked out Quayle at the back post with an inch-perfect pass. 4-2.
Lewes, having made three changes, went down to ten when Taylor was injured making a typically brave clearance. Leicester added their third in added time, Fiona Worts crashing home through a crowded area. FT4-3
QUOTES: John Donoghue on today’s match:
“Maybe we could stop making these games quite so exciting! Again the players coming back from a deficit and winning the game. Fantastic application and some good goals. I was pleased how our (rearranged) back four limited their chances, we got around the ball and cut off the supply to their quick players.”
“I think that’s maybe six goals Chewy’s (Carter) got now, and Sammy coming in on the far post to put that one away gave us a lead to defend.”
On the forthcoming visit to Charlton Athletic next Sunday:
“We know that we’ll see a very different side to the one we saw here in the Conti Cup (Lewes won 5-0). They got a very good result today, 2-2 away to a good Durham side. We can expect a tough match.”
QUOTES; Jake Poole, Assistant Coach, Leicester CityWFC
“A great game for the neutrals but obviously we’re gutted about the result. We started the game quite well, in control of the game early on. We looked good after the first two but conceded four sloppy goals and we didn’t really create anything in the second half. “
“Our midfield is a strong area of our team, they started the game really well, some good individual performances in there but we’re disappointed with the result as a team.”
On the next fixture, home to London Bees:
“We’ve had three poor results so we’re looking to bounce back in that one. I think the results so far have shown anyone can beat anyone in this league. It’s about who turns up on the day”
Lewes FC Women 4
Carter (32, 71, 75)
Leicester City Women FC 3
N Johnson (09, 14)
Lewes: Faye BAKER, Natasha WELLS, Charley BOSWELL, AmyTAYLOR, Leeta RUTHERFORD, Shannon MOLONEY, Kate McINTYRE (C), Danielle LANE,Sarah KEMPSON, Rebecca CARTER, Avilla BERGIN
Substitutes: Nina WILSON (46), Charlotte OWEN (84), SamanthaQUAYLE (81)
Substitutes not used: Victoria CARLETON, Rosie PAYE, RebeccaTHOMPSON-AGBRO
Bookings: Taylor (67)
Red cards: 0
Leicester: DemiLAMBOURNE, Sarah JACKSON, Holly MORGAN ©, Charlotte GREENGRASS, Sophie DOMINGO,Melissa JOHNSON, Freda AYISI, Leigh DUGMORE, Sherry McCue, Nat JOHNSON, MaddieCUSAK
Substitutes: Rosie AXTEN (68), Fiona WORTS (79)
Subs not used: Charlotte CLARK, Nicole NYMOEN, Freya THOMAS,Natasha HUDSON, Lucy JOHNSON
Bookings: McCue (61)
Red cards: 0
Referee: Greig Walker, assistants: Ciaran Fiddler, LloydHiggins