Leicester City 0-2 Aston Villa: Rachel Daley scores again and Villa continues to win

Aston Villa won both games with Leicester City 2-1 last season

Rachel Daley scored again in Aston Villa’s win over Leicester City to score back-to-back wins in the Women’s Premier League for the first time.

England international Daly converted a penalty kick in the third minute after a foul by Erin Simon on Kirsty Hanson.

Kirsty Levell pushed a Daniel Turner free kick off the crossbar to keep Leicester in contention.

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But substitute Emily Jelnick hit a pass from Kenza Daly to win the match four minutes before the end of the match.

Daly’s penalty was her third goal in two games since her summer transfer from the Houston Dash, after she netted two goals in a thrilling 4-3 opening win over Manchester City last weekend.

The Foxes, without a point after two games, responded well to the early setback, but struggled to test goalkeeper Hannah Hampton until Josie Green attempted a late shot.

Moments later, Jelnick put the match away from Leicester as Villa racked up a winning streak in the Women’s Basketball Association for the first time after 46 games in the tournament.

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Dali delivers again as Villa continues to win

After the “dream” double for the first time against Manchester City last Sunday, Daly took just two minutes and 50 seconds to continue her promising start as an Aston Villa player.

Having played at left-back when England triumphed at Euro 2022, the 30-year-old appeared to have provided the defining moment before Jelnick ensured Carla Ward’s side would cement their opening win in his statement.

Daly has now found the net in each of her last four WSL matches, having also scored for West Ham in back-to-back matches in December 2020.

Only teammate Hanson, who had already threatened in a live start before the visiting team won the early penalty shootout, had more touches in the opponent’s penalty area.

Leicester managed to put Villa under pressure after Daly’s opener, but former Villa player Shannon O’Brien fired wide as Lydia Bedford’s side struggled to create clear chances.

Villa had come close to a second-half goal with a Turner free kick before a flurry of late activity left Green catching Hampton by surprise from outside the penalty area.

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Leicester narrowly avoided relegation by two points last season, losing 2-1 at the hands of Tottenham in their first game, and taking just one point from their last nine Premier League games.

But for Villa, they have plenty of room for optimism after an exciting summer transfer window that was followed by the club’s best-ever start to the Women’s Football League campaign.

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Leicester City for Women

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  • 3Turn me
  • 22Plumbtry
  • 13Simonhas been replaced byVancein 70′Minutes
  • 10Whelan
  • 14Green color
  • 8Spearhas been replaced byGoodwinin 87 ‘Minutes
  • 23Burfieldhas been replaced bybottomin 70′Minutes
  • 16Jones
  • 27O’Brienhas been replaced byFlintin 71 ‘Minutes


  • 2Vance
  • 4bottom
  • 7Flint
  • 12Jones
  • 20Goodwin
  • 32Baker
  • 35poor
  • 44Schofield

Aston Villa for women

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  • 2Mayling
  • 15thbattenhas been replaced byMcLoughlinin 89′Minutes
  • 14Turner
  • 33Pacheco
  • 10dali
  • 6my course
  • 19Blindkildhas been replaced byJelnickin 70′Minutes
  • 7LimanBooked in 16 minuteshas been replaced byGregoryin 45′Minutes
  • 8dalihas been replaced byRapjohnin 90 + 5′Minutes
  • 20Hanson


  • 9Jelnick
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Gregory
  • 21lying
  • 26Goodwin
  • 28Rapjohn

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