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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

04 November 2018 Venue Olympic Legacy Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Sheffield United
1 - 0
Leicester City

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Match Previews

United Women set for OLP debut

1 November 2018

Sheffield United Women will make their Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park debut this weekend as they take on Leicester City Women (2pm kick-off, Sunday 4th November).

Leicester City's last fixture against Manchester United was postponed due to the tragic incident that took place at the King Power last weekend, all the thoughts of Sheffield United Football Club go out to Leicester City and the friends and families of those lost.

The Blades go into the FA Women's Championship fixture off the back of an away 1-0 win over Crystal Palace Ladies last Sunday. Boss Carla Ward feels the win has provided a well-needed boost for the team. Having drawn with Leicester in a pre-season friendly, there is understanding as to the strength and depths of the team and it should prove to be a good match.

Playing their first match at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park will be a huge moment for the Blades. As developments continue on a purpose built stadium, this is a great opportunity for fans to get familiar with the location and potential for women's football within Sheffield.

Located on the site of the old Don Valley stadium, the OLP is easily accessible by both car and tram. Parking is available both in and around the ground.

Kick off is 2pm and tickets will be available on the gate, priced just £5 adult, £3 concessions.

The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is at Attercliffe Common, Sheffield. S9 3TL

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Match Reports

United Women 1-0 Leicester - report

4 November 2018

United's women's team recorded their second straight victory and their third of the season with a controlled 1-0 victory against Leicester City.

It was the visitor's first game for a few weeks after the tragic death of the club's owner but United set about their task with intensity early on and largely dominated the match.

It was Bex Rayner who made the breakthrough after 83 minutes via a big deflection, but Carla Ward's side were denied three times by the woodwork before the goal finally came.

Captain Ellie Gilliatt, named player of the match for her performance, was the first to go close after 10 minutes.

The left-back flew forward in trademark fashion, skipping past players with ease before fizzing a powerful effort which skimmed the post on its way wide.

Beth Merrick was influential in several of United's biggest chances and the winger should have made it 1-0 when she fired over from close range, before her curling effort just before half-time was tipped onto the post and away by Demi Lambourne.

Chloe Dixon also went close with a deflected shot and United continued their controlled dominance into the second half.

Rayner, continuing her recent good form, was a menace through the middle and both she and Merrick saw efforts saved and blocked before United hit the woodwork yet again as Merrick's curling free-kick came back off the bar.

Sam Tierney drove an effort wide and Ward introduced Jodie Michalska in her bid to find a winner, and it came in the nick of time with seven to go at Olympic Legacy Park.

Rayner darted down the right and whilst her initial attempt may well have been a cross, the ball looped off a Leicester defender and left Lambourne with no chance as it nestled in the corner.

Leicester put pressure on to find an equaliser but United held on for what was a very deserved victory heading into the international break.

Blades: Brooks, H. Barker, Fletcher, Cox, Gilliatt, Tierney, S. Barker, Rayner, Pennock, Dixon, Merrick (Michalska 79).
Unused: Davies, Kemp, Hartley, Ford, Marsden, Ibbotson.

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