Reading FC Women 4-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
FA Cup Third Round
RFC's Women will face Cardiff City in the fourth round of the FA Cup after coming from behind to beat Brighton.
The Seagulls were the better side in early stages of the game and deserved their lead, but second half goals in quick succession from Charlottle Chard, Beth Lloyd and a brace from Alice Palmer secured a Reading victory.
The Royals took a while to get into the game - and it was Brighton who had the first serious attempt on goal when a Seagulls midfielder saw her effort fly just over the bar.
Our women soon began to asset some authority into the game, and went close when Charlotte Young connected with a corner - only to be seen it cleared off the line. And - immediately after - Brighton netted from a corner of their own.
Although Palmer had a chance to equalise before half time, it could have been worse for Reading as Brighton hit the bar from another set-piece.
A completely different Reading side came flying out of the blocks in the second half - and it took only two minutes for us to get on level terms when Chard lobbed Brighton's goalkeeper from distance.
And on 48 minutes, the Royals were ahead. A deadly strike from Lloyd gave the 'keeper no chance as it smashed into the top right corner - and Beth almost made it a dramatic third moments after as she hit the post.
Reading continued to dominate and went close via a Cheryl Williams free kick before Palmer and Lloyd both tested the Brighton 'keeper. But Reading did get a third with just 15 minutes left - Palmer also scoring fantastically from range
This time, Brighton reacted and got themselves a goal back. But straight from kick off, Reading went forward and scored with Palmer getting her second of the game on 77 minutes giving Reading a two-goal lead again.
It could have been five but Beth Lloyd's volley was well saved, before the Royals defended superbly to keep Albion at bay. The win earned them a fourth round tie away at Cardiff City on Sunday 24th February.