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Winning start for Women in Continental Cup

Williams hits hat-trick against Durham

20 August 2018

Reading FC Women blitzed their way to three points in the opening group game of their Continental Cup campaign, defeating Durham 4-1 at Adams Park.

Captain Kirsty Pearce struck first before Fara Williams registered a hat-trick, with Beth Hepple providing the sole reply for the visitors from the penalty spot.

Elsewhere in the group, Manchester United defeated neighbours Liverpool in their televised fixture on Sunday – but it’s the Royals who sit top of the group after the first game.  Everton are yet to play in the five-team pool.

Durham could have actually found the net within two minutes of the new season kicking off, but Grace Moloney kept out Zoe Ness’s effort after she was played through on goal.

And so it was Reading who went ahead after six minutes when Pearce picked up the pieces from a half-cleared free-kick, breaking the deadlock with a rifled finish.

The lead was doubled before the quarter-mark when Williams made sweet contact on a volley from just outside the area, burying in the bottom corner.

Her second, Reading’s third, came in the 24th minute as some good combination play with striker Lauren Bruton allowed Williams to get on the end of a cut-back for a close-range tap-in.

The Royals could have disappeared out of sight if Natasha Harding’s shot had been just inside the post, rather than cannoning away off it.  But by the same token, they might have feared a comeback if Abi Cottam’s cross-shot had dropped in, rather than bouncing clear off the bar early in the second half.

Durham did indeed claw one back through Hepple, who converted her spot-kick when Ness was brought down in the box by Molly Bartrip.

But the three-goal lead was re-established just two minutes later with a delightful 25-yard effort by Williams, which struck the inside of the post before nestling in for her hat-trick.

Manager Kelly Chambers said: “In any game we want to make sure we start bright. We want to make sure we start with intensity, and that was important for us today. It was key for us to do that and make sure we went ahead in the game and carried on building from there.”

Hat-trick hero Williams added: “We set out to get three points in the first group game. We've got ourselves off to a good start and something to build on for next week.”

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Free entry to Women’s fixture for ST holders on Sunday!

Support the Royals against Durham…

17 August 2018

Reading FC Women begin their 2018-19 season this Sunday with a Continental Cup fixture against Durham – and anyone who holds a Season Ticket for our men’s team will be able to get in for free!

It’s a 1pm kick-off at Adams Park on Sunday – and it’s the first of four group games for our girls.  Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool all await before the knock-out stages begin.

In order to gain free entry, all you’ll need to do is present your Season Ticket card on the turnstiles – and then get behind the team as they aim to get the new campaign off to a successful start.

Entry to Continental Cup and FA Women’s Cup games are included within Season Tickets for Reading FC Women, too! 

For £25 Adults, £12 Children/Concessions or £50 for a Family (2 Adults & 2 Children), you’ll get to see all of our FA WSL1 fixtures at home – those rates only apply until Saturday 18th August, so don’t miss out!  Click here to find out more or to buy yours.

Last season was the best ever in the history of Reading FC Women.  A fourth-place league finish and a semi-final in the Continental Cup made for amazing viewing for Royals supporters.

So come along and get behind our Royal representatives again this season!

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