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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

09 September 2018 Venue Adams Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Reading FC Women
4 - 0
Yeovil Town Ladies

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Match Previews

Women ready for kick-off in WSL curtain-raiser

Glovers our first opponents as Adams Park prepares for start of league season!

7 September 2018

Yeovil Town Ladies travel to Adams Park on Sunday to take on Kelly Chambers' unbeaten Royals at the start of the FA Women’s Super League campaign.

The Royals won their opening game of the 2018-19 season - captain Kirsty Pearce struck first before Fara Williams registered a hat-trick in a 4-1 Continential Cup win over Durham. 

And then Reading FC Women becane the first team to topple a newly-formed Manchester United side, inflicting a 2-0 cup defeat in front of a record crowd for the competition last month.

A number of our international players represented their countries during the recent break in fixtures and they are all back this weekend as league football resumes. And the Royals are clearly ready!

Reading finished fourth in the FA WSL1 last season - behind only Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the top tier of women's football in England.

And the restructured FA Women’s Super League will kick-off a historic season this weekend when it becomes fully professional for the first time.

Match Reports

Royals become first team to topple Manchester United

28 August 2018

The restructure of the top-flight of women’s football has included new licensing criteria for the eleven sides competing in The FA WSL, including all players throughout the league becoming full-time.

It is a milestone for women’s football in Europe and The FA’s delivery of 'The Gameplan for Growth' which is aiming to double participation and the fan base of the women’s game by 2020.

The league starts at 12.30pm on Sunday as Arsenal go head-to-head against Liverpool. And the Royals will be looking pick up where they left off, opening their top tier campaign against Yeovil Town Ladies on Sunday afternoon, kick off 2pm.

Club News

Win a Royals shirt, signed by Liam Moore!

7 September 2018

And remember, if you are a Season Ticket holder for Reading Football Club in 2018-19, you can come along to any Reading FC Women home game (cup or league) free of charge this season! All you need to do is present your Season Ticket at the turnstiles and watch our women in action free of charge!

There is no first team fixture this weekend, but you can still follow the Royals! Get behind our girls at Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park this weekend. 

Or, if you're not a Reading FC Season Ticket holder you can buy on the day. And take a look at the Reading FC Women's fixture list for 2018-19 and to purchase your Season Ticket, click here.

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Match Reports

Royals Women off to flyer in WSL1

Reading comfortably beat Yeovil

10 September 2018

Following back-to-back Continental Cup wins before the international break, Reading made sure they hit the ground running in the league with a 4-0 win over Yeovil in what was a fine display.

The hosts got off to a flyer, taking the lead inside five minutes. Brooke Chaplen drove forward before threading a ball through to Gemma Davison, who exquisitely chipped the ball over the out-rushing goalkeeper Megan Walsh.

The Royals doubled their lead through a neat first-time finish from Fara Williams six minutes later. Lauren Bruton broke down the right flank and cut the ball back to Davison. She was dispossessed, but the ball fell kindly for Williams who curled the ball, left-footed, into the far corner.

The link up play between the front two was giving the visitors plenty to think about and when Davison released Chaplen with a well-timed through-ball, the latter rounded 'keeper Walsh but could only strike into the side netting from an acute angle.

A number of audacious efforts from distance went begging for the Royals before half-time. Chaplen and Harding both fired over, while Williams came fairly close from just outside the penalty area.

The Royals had to survive a mild scare early in the second half, having failed to efficiently deal with a free-kick floated in from the right. But, at the other end Chaplen had the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

Reading didn't have to wait much longer for the third goal, though, and it came from the penalty spot after Davison was brought down. Bruton confidently stepped up and dispatched with a firm finish into the bottom corner, sending Walsh the wrong way.

No more than two minutes after that and the Royals rounded off the result through a Remi Allen header which was only helped on its way in by the fingertips of shot-stopper Walsh.

On another day, the hosts could have had a hatful of goals but Chaplen skewed a number of shots wide, having got into great positions. Davison came the closest to adding a fifth with a fierce shot which cannoned back off the crossbar.

Having come off the bench, Charlie Estcourt also had a great opportunity to score but couldn't hit the target, after latching onto Davison's pass inside the box.

Reading manager Kelly Chambers offered her assessment after the match, saying: "We needed to make sure we started bright and we made sure we came away with a win - in the second half we delivered an excellent 45 minutes.

"It should've been more in the back of the net today. That's probably the disappointing part."

"Everyone's happy with the win and definitely for the back four, the amount of work we've been doing, to have a clean sheet but also being a big part of our possession (game).

"It's a good start to the season and we need to make sure we carry that on."

Reading: Moloney, Pacheco, Williams (Woodham 57), Pearce (C), Allen (Estcourt 69), Davison, Bruton, Harding, Chaplen, Potter, Howard (HT).
Subs not used: Jane, Laws, Skeels
Scorers: Davison 5, Williams 11, Bruton 59 (P), Allen 61.

Yeovil: Walsh; Alexander, Syme, Cousins, Short, Fergusson, Horwood, Heatherson (Burridge 83), Gaynor (Donovan 64), Mason (Evans HT), Goddard.
Subs not used: Howard, Buxton, Piggott, Fischer

Referee: Helen Conley

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