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📰 Preview | Royals welcome Manchester United to Adams Park on Sunday

A look ahead to the weekend’s clash in the hunt for 4th place

31 January 2020

This Sunday, Manchester United head to Adams Park in a game that will have huge ramifications in the race for a Top 4 finish in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League

Reading FC Women vs Manchester United Women

Sunday 2nd February, 2pm

Adams Park

Barclays FA Women’s Super League

Kelly Chambers’ Royals are coming off a 5-0 win in the FA Cup Fourth Round against London City Lionesses at Princes Park last Sunday and return to Adams Park for the first time in 3 weeks, since they defeated Birmingham City there in mid-January.

Last weekend in the FA Cup, Fara Williams opened the scoring in the 13th minute, before Jo Potter doubled the Royals’ lead with a header on the half-hour mark. Maz Pacheco netted her first ever Reading goal on the stroke of half-time after a shot from Williams hit the bar and settled nicely for the defender to slot home. Lisa-Marie Utland added her name to the scoresheet midway through the second-half and Williams completed a brace with a coolly converted spot-kick to round off an impressive victory.

Casey Stoney’s Manchester United are coming off a cup clash of their own, as they lost 1-0 to Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Semi-Final of the Continental Cup. Prior to that, United have been on good form in the league, taking 4th place off Reading the weekend before the FA Cup break, when they defeated Tottenham 3-0 and Reading lost away to Everton. It was all change as Reading went from 4th down to 6th and United slotted into 4th place above the Royals and Everton.

Only a point separates Reading and United and a win for either side will see them finishing the weekend above the other, so there is a lot at stake at Adams Park on Sunday.

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Last time we met

Reading FC Women took on Manchester United back in October of last year, leaving Leigh Sports Village on the losing side of a 2-0 scoreline. It was a frustrating afternoon in Manchester as the Royals were unable to make their possession and dominance count, particularly in the second-half and United took their chances and all three points after a goal in each half.

Reading had been on a great run of four wins out of five prior to the game at Leigh Sports Village, including an away victory against Liverpool and a 4-0 hammering of Tottenham. But a certain amount of momentum was halted after the loss, despite the fact that the Royals saw the better of the action on the day.

“We went there to make it ugly,” Manager Kelly Chambers said after the game on October 27th. “I think, performance wise, we were on top of them and the disappointing thing is that we didn’t come away with a result, whether that’s a point, or whether it’s three points. It’s frustrating because I thought we were outstanding and if you watch the game over 90 minutes and particularly in the second half, you’ll see we were camped in their half. For us, we need to be more clinical in front of goal and if we’d have done that we would have walked away with the points.”

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

📰 Reading and Manchester United share points at Adams Park

Royals draw with United in thrilling affair

2 February 2020

Reading and Manchester United ended all square in their Barclays FA Women’s Super League clash at Adams Park, but the Royals will feel they should have walked away with all 3 points, after a second half full of chances. A saved penalty from Fara Williams failed to put them level after Lauren James opened the scoring in the first half, but Williams converted her second attempt to level the score and ensure Kelly Chambers’ side walked away with a point.

The first half began slowly as both sides felt each other out and the game was largely contested in the middle of the park.

On a couple of occasions, longballs from Angharad James opened up the play for Reading, both of them for Eikeland who was deemed offside on each occasion as she broke into acres of space.

United had their own chance when Jessica Sigsworth got a shot in on goal, but it was blocked by Rachael Laws.

The scoring was opened on the half-hour mark when Royals defender Kristine Leine sliced a clearance from a Manchester United longball and Lauren James found herself in on goal. She dribbled forward and placed a low shot under Laws and into the back of the net.

Reading continued to push, not letting the frustrations of conceding so out-of-the-blue deter them. Captain Natasha Harding and Rachel Rowe linked up nicely on the left and created a few chances for Jade Moore and Eikeland to get into space, but the referee blew for half-time before any additional momentum could be made.

Half time: Reading FC Women 0–1 Manchester United Women

The second-half began as it would mean to go on, as Reading came out all guns blazing and looking for the equaliser. Manager Kelly Chambers made a half-time substitution, bringing on Norwegian forward Lisa-Marie Utland for James, and Harding swapped with Rowe into a more attacking role. This worked wonders, as Reading began to have chance after chance.

In what was a staple of matches before the New Year, the Royals were constantly knocking on the door with chance-after-chance again, being denied by the smallest of margins.

Harding went through on goal but was just short of making a key touch and turning the ball into the net. Rowe played a beautiful ball into the box which was mere centimetres too high for Remi Allen, who rose for the header. Williams had a thunderous shot saved by Mary Earps.

Utland found herself in the box on several occasions as a number of red shirts surrounded her, but towards the hour-mark, she was brought down and referee Kirsty Dowle pointed to the penalty spot. Williams stepped up, having converted two penalties in both previous matches against Everton and London City Lionesses, but Earps got down quickly and palmed Williams’ spot kick the other side of the post.

Reading didn’t take their foot off the gas and continued to press, having all the possession as United struggled to deal with the threat. As the 80 minute came around, Katie Zelem was deemed to have handled the ball in the Reading box and the referee pointed to the spot once again. This time, Williams left nothing to chance, blasting the ball high into the roof of the net.

The Royals continued to hunt for another goal that would seal all 3 points for them in the race for 4th place, but the winner didn’t come and both sides had to settle for a well-contested draw at Adams Park.

 

Full time: Reading FC Women 1–1 Manchester United Women

 

Reading FC Women: Laws, Leine, Williams, Bartrip, James (Utland 45’), Allen, Eikeland, Harding (Chaplen 84’), Moore, Potter, Rowe

Substitutes not used: Moloney, Pacheco, Farrow, Howard, Skeels

Goals: Williams 80’

Yellow cards: Moore, Bartrip

Red cards: none

 

Manchester United Women: Earps, Harris, Turner, Sigsworth (Arnot 76’), Zelem, Ladd, Groenen, James, Ross (May 76’), Smith, Turner

Substitutes not used: Okvist, Palmer, Mikalsen.

Goals: James 30’

Yellow cards: Zelem

Red cards: none

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