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Preview | Royals host Tottenham in final match of 2019

Reading welcome Spurs to Adams Park on Sunday for last game of calendar year

13 December 2019

This Sunday marks the final Reading FC Women match of 2019 as Tottenham visit Adams Park in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League.

Reading FC Women vs Tottenham Hotspur Women
Sunday 15th December, 2pm
Adams Park
Barclays FA Women’s Super League

 

Sunday’s match against Tottenham at Adams Park is the last Reading FC Women match before the Christmas break and the perfect opportunity for Reading to capitalise on the momentum of a great midweek performance against Chelsea in the Continental Cup.

Reading needed a win to top Group D but a draw would be good enough to qualify in second place, unless West Ham could beat Crystal Palace by 9 goals. Kelly Chambers’ Royals decided not to leave anything up to chance and put on a solid display against Chelsea who currently sit second in the Women’s Super League. Jo Potter scored from a free-kick on the quarter-of-an-hour mark, before chances were had at either end of the pitch before half-time. Rachel Laws pulled off some fantastic saves for the Royals, but Chelsea managed to get the equaliser with 25 minutes of the game left with a fantastic long-range effort from Deanna Cooper. The full-time result was 1-1 and the game went onto penalties to determine who would take an additional point. As West Ham were several goals up against Palace – eventually going on to win 7-0 – Reading went on to put qualification in their own hands and win 2-4 on penalties. Royals’ scorers came in the form of Fara Williams, Brooke Chaplen, Millie Farrow and Remi Allen. Rachel Laws first denied Beth England by tipping her shot onto the post and then goalscorer Cooper whose spot kick she saved to guarantee victory in the shootout and qualification to the Quarter-Finals of the Continental Cup.

Focus now returns to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, where Tottenham currently sit one place above Reading in table. However, the Royals have a game in hand, which means if they are victorious against Spurs on Sunday, they will go ahead of them by one point, still with an additional game to play.

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Last time we met

Sunday’s opponents Tottenham Hotspur Women were also in the Continental Cup Group D that Reading qualified from on Wednesday evening, and the side’s only meeting this season came back in September 2019, when Reading travelled to The Hive for the opening fixture of the Conti Cup campaign.

A strong all-round team performance with two goals from Brooke Chaplen, one from Millie Farrow and an own goal from Ashleigh Neville saw Reading dominate Tottenham 4-0 away from home to go to the top of the Continental Cup group at the time.

Tottenham have hit better form since the cup loss to Reading at The Hive with a win over Brighton and a draw against Birmingham in their last two league outings as well as a dominant 6-0 win against Lewes in their final Continental Cup game on Wednesday evening.

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Tickets

Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by using their Season Ticket card on arrival at Adams Park.

Match tickets for this game are priced £6 Adults, £3 Concessions/Children and £12 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children). For full information or to book your match tickets for this fixture, head here. Tickets are also available to purchase on arrival at Adams Park for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).

 

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Match Reports

Royals end the year with a bang with win over Tottenham

Reading show their heart with another come-from-behind win in last match of 2019

15 December 2019

Kelly Chambers’ Reading FC Women put on a display of heart that perfectly sums up the latter part of their year with a 3-1 victory over Totttenham after being 1-0 down with only 15 minutes of the game remaining. Goals from Jo Potter, Remi Allen and a debut Royals goal for Amalie Eikeland topped off a great afternoon to send off 2019 in style.

A double save from Becky Spencer denied captain Fara Williams from opening the scoring inside 4 minutes. Brooke Chaplen’s shot was just above the visitor’s bar a couple of minutes later as Reading attempted to get a grasp of the game early.

Kit Graham volleyed wide of Grace Moloney’s goal at the other end of the field before Kristine Leine made a perfectly timed challenge to deny Josie Green a chance at going one-on-one with Moloney.

Reading came even closer to opening the scoring when a beautiful cross from Chaplen was almost met right in front of goal by Amalie Eikeland, but she didn’t get the desired contact with it, and the ball skimmed off the top of her head and carried on travelling out for a throw.

A long period of the first half was contested in the middle of the park as both teams looked to create chances that would break the deadlock, but despite Chaplen getting into great positions on the edge of the Spurs 18-yard box on a few occasions, ultimately the sides were tied going into the break.

Half-time score: Reading FC Women 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur Women

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The second-half began in very much the same way as the first ended, with both teams feeling each other out in the middle of the park, but in the 52nd minute, Siri Worm picked up the ball on the edge of the Reading box after a short corner and curled a shot into the back of the net to put the visitors ahead.

Williams went galloping through the middle and into the Tottenham box, laying off a great pass to Eikeland, but her first-time, close-range shot was straight at Spencer. This was the catalyst for a barrage of Royals chances, as they tried to find the equaliser. Eikeland was put into space again by Williams again, but her shot was blocked and Chaplen had an attempt just outside the 6-yard box that was just over the bar.

The equaliser finally came after the second of two corners in a row was swung in by Williams, there was a goalmouth scramble and Jo Potter tapped in from the back post for her second goal in as many games for the Royals, on the 77th minute.

Reading didn’t let up, as Remi Allen hit the underside of the crossbar one minute later with a thunderous header.

In a moment reminiscent of so many matches over the last couple of months, Reading’s tenacity and heart showed through when a long-ball from the back came into the box and was eventually poked in by Allen to give Reading the lead on the 88th minute.

Despite the 10 minutes of additional time after the end of the 90, Reading kept their cool and deep into the 10 additional minutes, Willaiams released Eikeland from her own half, the Norwegian international travelled half the length of the pitch with the Spurs defence in hot persuit, kept her cool, slotting away to get herself off the mark with her first Royals goal and to finish off a tremendous game and a promising 2019.

Full-time score: Reading FC Women 3 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur Women

 

Reading: Moloney, Leine, Pacheco, Williams, James, Allen, Eikeland, Moore, Chaplen, Potter, Howard (Rowe 64).

Subs not used: Laws, Farrow, Utland, Bennink, Reynolds, Quirk

Goals: Potter (77), Allen (88), Eikeland (90+9)

Yellow Cards: Allen (55), Eikeland (75)

 

Tottenham: Spencer (Morgan 83), Godfrey, Neville Percival, Green, Fibey, Davison, Peplow (Addison 90), Dean, Worm (Quinn 90) Graham

Subs not used: Morgan, Leon, Schillaci, Wynne, Ayane

Goals: Worm (52)

Yellow Cards: None

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