Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City: Remi Allen gives victory to Villa
Remi Allen marked his debut at Aston Villa by scoring the game-winning goal against former club Leicester City in a captivating Women’s Super League game.
Natasha Flint had put the newly promoted Leicester City in front after a mistake by goalkeeper Hannah Hampton.
Villa turned the tide with two goals in the space of 60 seconds.
Sarah Mayling equalized with a spectacular free kick before skipper Allen hit the winner from close range to give Carla Ward’s side three points.
Leicester took the lead in the 39th minute and built on their lead.
Hampton had already made a spectacular save to keep Flint out but found herself holding her head in her hands after allowing the Leicester player to spin her gloves and into the net.
Villa was much more powerful after the break and equalized thanks to Mayling’s magnificent set-piece.
Home fans were still celebrating when Allen made it 2-1, but were scared when substitute Lachante Paul was denied the equalizer by Hampton in stoppage time.
As Villa now prepares for a game at West Ham on September 11, Leicester will look to learn lessons from their first game in the England top flight.
On this evidence, the Foxes have a lot to offer this season.
Remi Allen of Aston Villa: “We’re not happy with the performance. But losing 1-0 and then scoring two quick goals shows the character and the mentality of this group.
“We had a bit of a pounding at half-time, which I think we deserved. We hit our goals and took advantage of our chance a bit, but you need it.
“I played this scenario in my head several times without ever thinking that it would become a reality [scoring the winner against former club]. It’s an incredible feeling. “
Leicester boss Jonathan Morgan: “The turning point was the free kick [equaliser]. In my opinion it was not a free kick, but it’s not about the free kick given, but how our players handled it.
“60 seconds of madness cost us.
“Natasha Flint can play for England in my opinion. She’s important to us and that will give her more confidence.”
Aston Villa Women
- 3sergeantReplaced byN’DowTo 50 ‘minutes
- 6AsanteBooked at 59 minutes
- 7LehmannReplaced byLittlejohnTo 90 + 7 ‘minutes
- 12HuttonBooked at 36 minutesReplaced byHaylesTo 45 ‘minutes
Leicester City Women
- 3TierneyBooked at 68 minutes
- 5McManusBooked at 82 minutes
- 6BroughamBooked at 84 minutes
- 17Bailey GayleReplaced byHowardTo 61 ‘minutes
- 18BarkerReplaced byDevlinTo 45 ‘minutes
- 21CainReplaced byPaulTo 79 ‘minutes
- 14by Graaf
- Helene Conley
The match ends, Aston Villa Women 2, Leicester City Women 1.
Second Half ends, Aston Villa Women 2, Leicester City Women 1.
Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Ruesha Littlejohn replaces Alisha Lehmann.
Coin, Women of Leicester City. Licensed by Hannah Hampton.
Attempt saved. Lachante Paul (Leicester City Women) right footed shot from close range is saved. Assisted by Georgia Brougham.
Lachante Paul (Leicester City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Olivia McLoughlin (Aston Villa Women).
Coin, Aston Villa Women. Licensed by Sam Tierney.
Georgia Brougham (Leicester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
free kick won Alisha Lehmann (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Georgia Brougham (Leicester City Women) fouls.
Abbie McManus (Leicester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Abbie McManus (Leicester City Women) fouled.
free kick wonShania Hayles (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Charlie Devlin (Leicester City Women) fouls.
Free kick won Olivia McLoughlin (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Leicester City Women. Lachante Paul replaces Hannah Cain.
Offside, Aston Villa Women. Sarah Mayling tries a through ball, but Shania Hayles is caught offside.
Failed attempt. Natasha Flint (Leicester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica Sigsworth.
Offside, Leicester City Women. Sam Tierney tries a through ball, but Sophie Howard is caught offside.