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14 February 2021 Venue Madejski Stadium Attendance

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🔜 Preview | Royals women host Everton at Madejski

Reading back in action in RG2

12 February 2021

Reading FC Women will look to continue the momentum following their away win against Manchester United last weekend when Everton visit Madejski this Sunday.

After becoming the first side to defeat Manchester United at Leigh Sports Stadium in over a year last weekend, Reading will be looking to capitalise on an incredible team performance when they take on Everton on Sunday.

Everton sit on the same points as the Royals in the Women’s Super League table, having played two less games, and Sunday’s victor will end the weekend in 5th place.

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Everton’s recent form guide

Everton started the season in superb form, winning their first four league fixtures as well as reaching the final of last season’s resumed Women’s FA Cup competition. Since then, Everton have just one win from their last eight league outings leaving them in 5th, five points adrift of 4th placed Arsenal. As a result, this Sunday’s fixture will no doubt be seen as vital for Everton if they are indeed to make a challenge on the top four places. Since their 1-1 home draw with Reading last November, their solitary success has been a 4-0 home win over Bristol City. They have lost at home to both Manchester sides and lost a heavy 4-0 at Arsenal. Last weekend saw a 1-1 home draw with Birmingham City. Everton’s 22 WSL goals scored this season have been shared between 10 players - leading the way with 4 apiece are Scottish international Lucy Graham and England midfielder Izzy Christiansen.  

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Everton’s squad details – an update

Everton boss Willie Kirk has recently had more options available with the likes of Valerie Gauvin, Claire Emslie and Simone Magill all returning from injury. In addition, the squad has been strengthened by the arrival of two players well known to Reading. Midfielder Jill Scott has returned to Everton on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season. Scott enjoyed a successful seven-year spell with the Blues between 2006 and 2013. Also joining on loan for the remainder of the season is Swiss international forward Alisha Lehmann. The 22-year-old has made a habit of scoring some important goals against Reading over the last couple of years for her parent club, West Ham United.

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A Previous home fixture with Everton revisited

The Royals boast an impressive home record against Everton. Back in 2017-18, Kelly Chambers’ side turned in an impressive 3-0 victory with goals from Remi Allen, Lauren Bruton and Kirsty Pearce. The following season a brace from Brooke Chaplen secured a 2-1 win. Last season’s meeting at Adams Park in October 2019 was a five-goal thriller with the Royals coming out on top 3-2. The game had a frantic start. In the 6th minute Jade Moore headed home a Fara Williams’ free kick, but this was cancelled out just three minutes later when Chloe Kelly tapped home from close range. With just 17 minutes on the clock, Moore restored the Royals’ advantage when she headed a Williams’ corner past visiting keeper Korpela. Everton though equalised for a second time six minutes later when Lucy Graham converted a penalty. In the second half the Royals were in charge, enjoying some lengthy spells of possession, then, twenty minutes from time the winning goal finally arrived. From yet another Williams’ corner Norwegian striker Lisa-Marie Utland rose highest to head home at the far post. Kelly did miss a great chance to snatch a point but pulled her shot wide of Moloney’s goal. Having survived that scare Reading saw out the remaining minutes by holding on to the ball and ended worthy winners on the day.

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Reading FC Women v Everton Women | Sunday 14th February | Madejski Stadium | 2pm | Watch all the action live on the FA Player

 

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Match Reports

📝 Report | Royals share points with Everton

The battle for fifth place ends in stalemate at Madejski

14 February 2021

Reading FC Women and Everton shared a 1-1 draw at Madejski Stadium in a match that would have seen the winner sitting comfortably in fifth place in the Women’s Super League table.

In a clichéd assessment, it really was a game of two halves, as the Royals dominated the first frame but were only able to net once thanks to Rachel Rowe. Everton then went onto control the majority of the second-half, with a goal from Nicoline Sorensen levelling the score.

There was an early chance for Reading as Danielle Carter laid a perfectly weighted ball through to Amalie Eikeland, who arrived in the box to get a shot in. The shot was batted away by Everton keeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela, but only as far as Rachel Rowe who almost converted the rebound, but her effort was deflected away for a Reading throw.

Eikeland made herself busy in the first-half, constantly causing the Everton back-line problems. She received the ball in the away-side’s box following a Royals attack, turned and got in a first time shot that was collected by Korpela.

However, Eikeland’s following effort just before the half-hour mark was closer, as a deep free-kick from Rowe found her, but her touch hit the Everton post. The rebound was dealt with by the Everton back-line for one of several corners that the Royals earned in the opening frame.

Ten minutes before half-time and following a strong spell of possession and pressure from Kelly Chambers’ side, the deadlock was lifted. Lily Woodham fired a cross over from the left, which Carter challenged for, but Korpela got a hand to it. However, the ball fell perfectly for Rowe, who volleyed into a largely unoccupied net to give the Royals the lead and ensure they entered the break with the advantage.

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Half-time: Reading FC Women 1-0 Everton Women

The second-half didn’t start as frenetically as the first, with both sides taking a much more measured approach.

Everton began getting the better attacking chances, as they went forward, breaking into Reading’s box more frequently. At times the Royals defended frantically, but always effectively; Molly Bartrip making a pair of important and incredibly well-timed challenges to keep the home side in the lead.

The barrage on the Royals goal did eventually bear fruit as substitute Nicoline Sorensen rose to meet a cross and nodded into the Reading net to level the score with ten minutes left to play.

Reading seemed to lose the momentum that had put them in a comfortable position in the first-half, and were in more of a survival mode as the match approached the ninety minute mark.

With five minutes of additional time indicated by the Fourth Official, Reading had two excellent chances, as they turned up the heat and looked for the winning goal. Bartrip’s attempt the closest of the pair as it trickled agonisingly wide of the Everton post moments before the referee blew the whistle and the points were shared.

Full-time: Reading FC Women 1-1 Everton

 

Reading FC Women: Moloney, Mitchell, Bartrip, Cooper, Woodham, James, Fishlock, Eikeland, Rowe, Carter, Harding

Substitutes not used: Nayler, Leine, Roberts, Childerhouse, Flores, Bruton

Goals: Rowe (35’)

Yellow cards: Bartrip (90’)

 

Everton Women: Korpela, Moe Wold, Turner, Sevececk, Christiansen, Lehmann (Raso 60’), Emslie (Sorensen 70’), Stringer, Scott, Gauvin (Magill 60’), Finnegan

Substitutes not used: Pedersen, George, Boye-Hlorkah, Sorensen, Graham, Clemaron, Clinton

Goals: Sorensen (77’)

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