Women's FA Cup: Leicester City 1-2 Manchester City - holders win to set up Arsenal semi-final

Leicester Women v Man City Women
Georgia Stanway scored Manchester City's second goal at Leicester

Manchester City set up a Women's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal after being made to work hard by Championship side Leicester City.

Leicester, the only second-tier side in the last eight of the 2019-20 competition, held their own for more than 30 minutes as Foxes keeper Demi Lambourne denied Georgia Stanway and Ellen White, while Caroline Weir saw a header hit to bar.

But the cup holders finally broke through when Weir was fouled in the penalty area and Chloe Kelly scored her first Manchester City goal from the spot.

Stanway soon lobbed in a second from White's flick-on to put Manchester City in control.

However, Leicester refused to give up and were rewarded when Charlie Devlin drove a penalty down the middle to pull one back after Millie Farrow was fouled.

But the Foxes struggled to create another opening in their bid to force extra time, with the visitors looking more likely to go on and grab a third.

Manchester City will now face the Gunners, 4-0 winners over Tottenham on Saturday, in Thursday's second semi-final, live on BBC Two (19:15 BST).

Line-ups

Leicester City Women

  • 1Lambourne
  • 4EverettSubstituted forBailey-Gayleat 45'minutes
  • 15Howard
  • 3Andersson
  • 14de Graaf
  • 18BarkerSubstituted forThomasat 76'minutes
  • 8Allen
  • 22Plumptre
  • 7Devlin
  • 19Farrow
  • 11PaulSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cataldo
  • 9Smith
  • 16Thomas
  • 17Bailey-Gayle
  • 32Lawrence
  • 33Camwell

Man City Women

  • 34Benameur
  • 14Morgan
  • 6Houghton
  • 4Bonner
  • 3Stokes
  • 8ScottSubstituted forMewisat 70'minutes
  • 24Walsh
  • 19WeirSubstituted forCoombsat 88'minutes
  • 9KellySubstituted forParkat 71'minutes
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forBeckieat 76'minutes
  • 10Stanway

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 7Coombs
  • 11Beckie
  • 16Park
  • 20Bronze
  • 22Mewis
  • 26Roebuck
  • 27Greenwood

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicester City WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away22
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City Women 1, Manchester City Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City Women 1, Manchester City Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jessica Park (Manchester City Women).

  4. Post update

    Paige Bailey-Gayle (Leicester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women).

  6. Post update

    Esmee de Graaf (Leicester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women).

  8. Post update

    Sophie Howard (Leicester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jessica Park (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Janine Beckie.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Laura Coombs replaces Caroline Weir.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gemma Bonner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Ashleigh Plumptre.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Samantha Mewis (Manchester City Women).

  15. Post update

    Paige Bailey-Gayle (Leicester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Goal! Leicester City Women 1, Manchester City Women 2. Charlie Devlin (Leicester City Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Penalty Leicester City Women. Millie Farrow draws a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City Women. Freya Thomas replaces Sophie Barker.