Leicester women beat Utd in FA Cup a day after men’s team lift trophy

Leicester City have knocked Manchester United out of the Women’s FA Cup in a 3-2 win to progress to the quarter-finals.

The defeat saw United’s manager Casey Stoney’s last game in charge of the club end in heartbreak as defensive blunders cost them victory.

United struck first with a hit from Jess Sigsworth in the 32nd minute but Leicester equalised through Shannon O’Brien just before half-time.

The hosts then went ahead again as Jane Ross slotted home but a defensive error meant Hannah Cain capitalised on a loose back-pass to draw the score level.

And another blunder less than a minute later saw star player for Leicester this season Natasha Flint score the winner.

Leicester have knocked United out of the Women’s FA Cup

The quarter-final stage does not have a confirmed date as the Women’s FA Cup was put on hold due to the pandemic.

Departing manager Stoney said post-match: “It’s not the way I would have wanted to end, not for a selfish reason but because I wanted this club to be in the FA Cup. That’s bitterly disappointing.

“We could have done better and that’s who I am – I’m never satisfied. My standards are stupidly high and I don’t want it to be any other way.”

Leicester, who became a professional team at the start of the season, had a very proud boss after the match who said they were deserved winners.

Manager Jonathan Morgan said: “What we had was a lot of heart and determination. We knew we could be dangerous in their defensive third and that 60 seconds when we scored two goals was brilliant, it shows the heart we have as a club.

“I think that’s echoed from the men’s side and the women’s side. It’s just a fantastic family-orientated club and that builds a togetherness you can’t create anywhere else.”

The victory tops off a stunning campaign for the club who secured promotion into the Women’s Super League in April.

Leicester celebrate their win over United
Leicester celebrate their win over United

And the season has been great for the club as a whole as the men’s side claimed the FA Cup trophy for the first time in the club’s history on Saturday.

A superb strike from Youri Tielemans and two spectacular saves from Kasper Schmeichel saw them defeat Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley.

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