Underdogs Leicester City put in a magnificent effort to give mighty Manchester City a fright before bowing out of the Women’s FA Cup with a 2-1 quarter-final defeat.

The ambitious Championship club, who recently announced they were going full time and appointed former Foxes striker Emile Heskey as their ambassador, refused to accept second best despite falling two goals behind shortly before half time.

They earned their reward when Millie Farrow was felled in the penalty area for Charlie Devlin to thump her 78th-minute spot kick high past goalkeeper Karima Benameur Taieb to set up a rousing finale.

Sensing the danger, City raised the tempo in the closing stages but there were still moments when a defence marshalled by Steph Houghton had to be on their guard as the hosts put in a tremendous physical effort to keep the tie alive until the final whistle.

Earlier Leicester rode their luck in the early stages as Demi Lambourne made some defiant saves and Georgia Stanway's close-range header rattled the bar.

But they could consider themselves unfortunate to go behind after 36 minutes when a soft penalty decision was awarded against Sophie Barker and Chloe Kelly's penalty just defeated Lambourne.

Chloe Kelly scores from the penalty spot

There could be no complaints about City's second however as Stanway fired emphatically high into the net to seemingly put the tie beyond doubt.

Leicester however defended with huge spirit to keep the visitors at bay after the break and went very close when Farrow smashed a close range shot narrowly over the bar.

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor said: “We did expect Leicester to be that tough - I saw them against Blackburn and Sheffield United. Really, we needed the third goal to kill them off.

“We were disappointed to concede the goal but it gave us the opportunity to show our resilience. It’s difficult on the 4G surface.

“Leicester are much more used to playing on that pitch which is very different. We were up against it in many ways in the cup tie but we showed our desire and determination.

“Were still lacking a couple of injured players but our bench was stronger today and the subs have played their part. It's not an easy job to referee at this level and we respect the job the officials do.”

Manchester City goalscorer Chloe Kelly added: “It's great to get through to the next round and I'll be looking forward to us playing against my old club Arsenal.

“Today we had to put in the dirty work and show what we are capable of.”

Georgia Stanway celebrates scoring her team's second goal

Leicester City manager Jonathan Morgan said: “I’m very proud - not only of the first eleven today and the subs but the whole squad that has pulled together.

“I thought we executed our plans very well and limited their opportunities. We stuck at our task and fought to the end - I don't think Manchester City expected us to be that way.

“We were different in our mentality from the last time we played City but now we have got to play that way week in week out. We were terrible against Sheffield United.

“Now we have been brilliant against Manchester City - we need to be consistent and we want to get this club promoted. Today we have shown we can compete against the best clubs.”

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