COVENTRY UNITED LADIES were beaten 1-0 by London City Lionesses in their first home match since the club were saved from liquidation.
Despite producing a determined performance, Kenni Thompson scored the winning goal on 81 minutes to condemn Jay Bradford’s side to defeat.
The result means Coventry remain bottom of the FA Women’s Championship table on minus four points, 11 points behind closest rivals Watford.
And the club showed their appreciation to twins Hattie and Alice Mogan for their crowdfunding efforts prior to kick-off by making the sister’s mascots for the game at Butts Park Arena.
The Red and Greens had the first opening of the game when Freya Thomas had a shot saved by City goalkeeper Shae Yanez.
Chances were at a premium in the first-half with the Lionesses going close through Jamie-Lee Napier who saw her effort saved by United keeper Olivia Clark.
And the visitors should have taken the lead when Carly Girasoli headed over at the back post having escaped her marker.
United stopper Clark then had to be alert to tip Lucy Fitzgerald’s cross over the bar before later punching a dangerous corner clear.
London City took the lead with nine minutes left to play when substitute Thompson guided the ball into the top corner from Atlanta Primus’ pass.
Coventry struggled to carve out a clear-cut chance in the remaining minutes as they slipped to back-to-back defeats.
The Red and Greens are next in action away at Billericay Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, January 30 with kick-off at 2pm at the New Lodge.