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15 September 2019 Venue Adams Park Attendance

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Reading Women
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Manchester City Women

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Match Previews

Preview | Women welcome Man City in home opener

A look ahead to Sunday’s match at Adams Park

13 September 2019

After starting the campaign in winning fashion against Liverpool last weekend, Reading FC Women will be trying to make it two from two when they host Manchester City on Sunday.

Reading FC Women vs Manchester City Women
Sunday 15th September 2019, 12.30pm
Adams Park
Barclays FA Women’s Super League

It was nip and tuck up at Prenton Park last weekend – but a bit of brilliance from Fara Williams was the difference. A breath-taking free-kick just before half-time was enough to earn three points against the Reds.

Man City also got off to a winning start – and also by a 1-0 scoreline. The very first Manchester derby in the WSL was settled by Caroline Weir’s goal just after the break.

The Royals will host a City team who are just back from their trip into Europe, where they got a confidence-boosting result in the Champions League. They were tied up at 1-1 at half-time against Swiss side Lugano, but ultimately ran out 7-1 winners in their away leg thanks to a flurry of late goals.

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There could potentially be a debut in the blue and white hoops for striker Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland, who penned a deal with the Royals Women earlier this week – becoming the third Norwegian to link up with Kelly Chambers’ side this summer.

Teams across the WSL have been posting record home crowds this season, thanks to a buzz around the game. So we welcome our fans to Adams Park this Sunday to get behind Reading.

Pre-match chat

Kelly Chambers: “On the back of the World Cup, you can see that there is a buzz around the women’s game right now. And hopefully that will turn into bums on seats at games, and getting our fans into the stadium to see the quality that there is in the WSL.”


Natasha Harding: “We have to challenge ourselves to the next step, and these are the teams that we want to challenge ourselves against.”

Read the full pre-match interviews here.


Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by showing their Season Ticket card on arrival at Adams Park. Season Tickets for our Women’s team are also available for £35 Adults, £20 Concessions/Children and £70 Families.

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. You can also buy on arrival at Adams Park.


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Match Reports

Reading FC Women unable to top last season’s runners-up

Manchester City Women show their intentions on WSL title with hard fought win at Adams Park

15 September 2019

With a strong performance under their belts against Liverpool in the opening match of the season, Kelly Chambers’ team looked to hit the ground running and keep the momentum going against Manchester City. Unfortunately, a strong possessional performance from the visiting side and a goal in each half for Pauline Bremer saw City take all three points back to Manchester.

The early part of the match saw the two sides feeling each other out in the middle of the park. A ball through from Jade Moore almost put Captain Natasha Harding through after 5 minutes, but it was cut out by the City defence.

City were next to attack with a ball played across the Reading area, but it was cleared confidently by Royals number 1 Grace Moloney.

The first attempt on goal came from Fara Williams, who was released by Angharad James and fired off a long range shot that was wide of the mark.

A long ball from Steph Houghton released Janine Beckie into the Reading area but Kristine Leine came across to make a perfectly timed challenge to force a corner for the away team. Shortly after, Reading broke as Harding laid off a nice ball for Williams who fired off another  effort from range which was just wide of the target.

A scrappy back and forth match in the middle of the park ensued, that saw Amalie Eikeland released at one end of the field but City keeper Ellie Roebuck got to the ball first, and Moloney was kept busy at the other end, pulling off three back-to-back saves.

On the half hour mark, City broke through from the left and a long range effort from Pauline Bremer gave the visiting side the lead.

Reading attempted to answer straight away as Eikeland made a great run down the right and floated a cross into the City box aimed at Brooke Chaplen, who couldn’t quite get her head on the ball.

Harding forced a corner which came perfectly into Eikeland, but she collided with the referee and the ball was cleared by the City defence.

Some nice link-up play from City saw them threaten the Reading box again for a spell, before the tides turned and the first half was seen out with Reading’s best chance of the game when a beautiful cross from Maz Pacheco forced a corner, which was played into the back post from Chaplen only to be headed centimetres wide by Sophie Howard.


  • Half Time: Reading FC Women 0-1 Manchester City Women


A City freekick went unanswered and flew across the Reading area early into the second half, after a tentative initial few minutes from both teams.

Bremer rattled off a shot after finding herself one-on-one in the six yard box, forcing an exceptional save from Moloney, the ball remained free and Bremer followed up, slotting it into the Reading net for her – and City’s – second.

Following City doubling their lead, Royals made their first change of the game as Brooke Chaplen made way for new signing Lisa-Marie Utland to make her debut.

Janine Beckie broke down the right-hand side shortly after, making her way into the penalty area but shooting wide.

A great move followed from Reading, as Angharad James fed through to Harding who got a shot away, but it was tipped wide by Roebuck.

The action quickly moved to the other end of the pitch as Bremer was denied her hattrick by the bar and Jill Scott was unable to follow up with a shot that goes high due to pressure from Leine.

With just over ten minutes remaining, Reading made their second substitution as Eikeland made way for Rakel Honnudottir.

The pace quickened as the clock ran down and Reading continue to press with Utland breaking free inside her own half and travelling, putting Williams through, but Williams’ pass was intercepted and City broke again. A superb through-ball put Caroline Weir in acres of space, but Moloney came out to collect the ball expertly.

Reading’s final substitution came with less than five minutes remaining as they chased a goal; forward Millie Farrow replacing defender Pacheco, but it came too late and the referee Stacey Pearson blew for full time.

  • Full Time: Reading FC Women 0-2 Manchester City Women



Reading: Moloney, Leine, Pacheco (Farrow 86’), Williams, James, Eikeland (Honnudottir 79’), Harding, Moore, Chaplen (Utland 60’), Rowe, Howard.

Substitutes: Farrow, Honnudottir, Utland, Skeels


Manchester City: Roebuck, Stokes, Bonner, Houghton, Mannion, Walsh, Scott, Weir, Beckie, Bremer, Wullaert.

Substitutes: Benameur, Campbell, Coombs, Toland, Park, Geum-Min, Fidalgo.


Goals: Bremer (28’, 56’)

Attendance: 897.

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