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14 January 2018 Venue Adams Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Reading FC Women
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Preview | Women in Cup semi-final this weekend!

Continental Cup last four awaits Royals

11 January 2018

Reading FC Women take to the pitch in the Continental Cup this weekend, in the first time they have ever reached the last four of the competition.

Arsenal are the opponents on Sunday afternoon, whom the Royals have already beaten in WSL1 action this season, but it all starts again when the whistle blows on Sunday.

The Royals will be hoping to get straight back to winning ways, after unfortunately having their nine-match unbeaten run ended by Manchester City last weekend.

Supporters may remember the last encounter against Arsenal for a clip that has since gone viral, of Fara Williams scoring against her former club from the half-way line!

This semi-final comes off the back of three Royals being selected for an upcoming England training camp in Spain, as well as a Royal quartet being chosen for the upcoming Wales training camp as well.

Melissa Fletcher, Rachel Rowe and new signing Tash Harding have all been chosen for that camp, along with Charlie Estcourt, who is currently out on loan at Bristol City.

Harding made her debut off the bench last time out against Manchester City, and she will be pushing to make her first start in a Reading shirt, after her move from Liverpool last week.

It's sure to be a fantastic occasion at Adams Park in this massive game for the Royals, and tickets cost just £6 for Adults, £3 Concessions and a family ticket of two adults, two children is just £15! 

Kick-off is at 2pm at Adams Park on Sunday 14th January, and you can buy tickets here.

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Arsenal pip Royals Women to earn final place

Reading defeated 3-2 at Adams Park

15 January 2018

Reading FC Women’s remarkable Continental Cup run came to an end in heartbreaking fashion at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday, who pinched a late 3-2 win to set up a final date with Man City.

Arsenal, four-time winners of the competition, came from a goal down to nick the win in the final 10 minutes to set up a rematch of the 2014 final of the tournament.

It had been an exceptionally exciting campaign for Reading, who had won all four of their group fixtures – including beating Arsenal – and then knocked out Everton by way of penalties in the quarter-final.

But while there will be disappointment at missing out on a chance to contest the final, there should also be plenty of pride in what has been achieved in a terrific campaign to date.

Both sides arrived at Adams Park in positive mood – the game sprung into life with each team netting before ten minutes had been played.  Beth Mead put Arsenal ahead after five minutes, scrambling in after Danielle Carter’s cross from the right caused havoc, but Reading levelled two minutes later as Brooke Chaplen curled in a delightful strike from the edge of Arsenal’s area.

Grace Moloney pulled off some outstanding stops to ensure the scores stayed level – in the first half she denied Vivianne Miedema a one-on-one opportunity, and after the break she denied Carter in a similar scenario after she had picked off a loose pass.

And it was Reading who struck next, with 20 minutes left to play – the ball broke for Lauren Bruton on the edge of the area, who met her effort cleanly to thunder past Sari van Veenendaal in the Arsenal net.

But ten minutes later, the Gunners had the game balanced again at two goals apiece – Miedema, composed in front of goal, finished smartly with her left foot from close range.

And in the 83rd minute, Arsenal grabbed the goal that proved decisive – Moloney did brilliantly to claw away an initial effort but Jordan Nobbs reacted quickest to poke home inside the six-yard box.  Reading piled forward in search of an equaliser… but to no avail.  It will be Arsenal to play for the silverware in the final.

Full-time: Reading FC Women 2-3 Arsenal Women  

Reading FC Women: Moloney, Scott, Williams, Bartrip (Linnett 75), Pearce, Furness, Allen, Bruton, Chaplen, Potter, Rowe.
Unused subs: Earps, Fletcher, Green, Clifford.

Arsenal Women: Van Veenendaal, Mitchell, Williamson, Nobbs, Carter (O'Reilly 73), Meidema, Evans, Rose (Quinn 73), Janssen, Mead (McCabe 90), Van de Donk.
Unused subs: Moorhouse, James, Hinds, Filbe. 

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