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🔜 Preview | Royals travel to Brighton for final Conti Cup group game

Qualification in grasp for Reading

18 November 2020

Reading FC Women travel to the People’s Pension Stadium this evening in the final group game in the Continental Cup against Brighton & Hove Albion, where a win assures them of qualification to the quarter-finals.

Kelly Chambers’ Royals make the trip down to Crawley this evening with hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals of the Conti Cup for the fourth straight time, as a victory against their Women’s Super League rivals under the lights will be enough to see them qualify.

Reading had the perfect start to the campaign, defeating Charlton 4-0, with a first-half strike from Danielle Carter, one within a minute of coming on from skipper Natasha Harding, a goal from Amalie Eikeland and a last-minute effort from Brooke Chaplen. However, a frustrating and disappointing affair against West Ham earlier this month means that Reading’s qualification can only be assured with a win.

Brighton have one point from their 2-2 home draw with West Ham, with the visitors claiming the extra point due to their success in the penalty shoot-out. The Seagulls second fixture against Charlton Athletic was postponed, meaning that they currently sit in third position in Group D.

Last season, Chambers’ Royals qualified in second place in their group, behind Chelsea, who Reading beat in the aforementioned penalty-shootout after a 1-1 draw in the final group-stage game. West Ham were part of Reading’s qualifying group that season too and were just behind the Royals in their attempts at qualifying. Reading eventually bowed out in the Quarter-Finals to Arsenal due to a late Kim Little goal for the eventual-finalists. The Quarter-Final made it three straight appearances in the knock-out stages for the Royals since the change in format, having reached the same stage the previous year and the Semi-Final in 2017-18.

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Previous encounters

Reading have met Brighton on three occasions since the South Coast side joined the Women’s Super League in time for the 2018-19 campaign. In November 2018, the Royals won 4-1 at Albion’s Broadfield Stadium with goals from Brooke Chaplen, Fara Williams, Gemma Davison and an own goal. They completed the double over Hope Powell’s side with a 1-0 victory at The Madejski in April 2019. Due to the pandemic just one meeting took place last season. The fixture was at the Broadfield Stadium in late November. Fara Williams gave the Royals an early advantage, scoring directly from a corner, but before the interval the hosts had turned the game around through goals from Aileen Whelan and Ini Umotong. The Royals pressed hard in the second half and were finally rewarded in the 4th minute of added time when Remi Allen netted to make the final score 2-2.


Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading FC Women | Wednesday 18th November | 7.30pm | People’s Pension Stadium | Highlights will be available on the FA Player from Thursday 19th November.

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📝 Report | Reading victorious away at Brighton women

Strong performance in final Conti Cup game

19 November 2020

Reading FC Women do all they can with fantastic 2-0 win away to Brighton & Hove Albion, leaving qualification to the knock-out stage of the Conti Cup up to the outcome of other fixtures.

With a question mark still remaining over qualification, Reading knew they had to win at the People’s Pension Stadium and that was exactly what they did, with a great team performance that saw goals in each half for skipper Natasha Harding and Amalie Eikeland

Reading were aggressive early, knocking the ball around nicely in the Albion half for in the first fifteen minutes. Captain Natasha Harding had the first and second attempts on goal, looking to recreate some of the magic that was there last Sunday when she produced her wonder-goal against Everton. Harding went through the middle on both attempts, the first was saved by Brighton keeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand and the second was blocked by the Albion defence.

The home-side then had a spell of possession which culminated in Emily Simpkins’ shot being blocked almost on the line by Molly Bartrip to stop Brighton taking the lead.

Bartrip was busy at the other end minutes later, as Reading attacked. Brooke Chaplen played Rachel Rowe into the box, but she was surrounded by blue shirts and was forced to play the ball back out. It ended up with Bartrip, 25 yards out, and the defender unleashed a great shot that was just wide of the Brighton goal.

Just before the half-hour mark, the deadlock was broken by the Royals and it was Harding on the scoresheet again. Rowe received the ball on the right and fired in an inch perfect cross that was met by the skipper who headed the ball home with authority to open the scoring.

Brighton attempted to pull one back straight away, as Simpkins launched a dangerous ball across the Reading goalmouth, but the blue shorts in the box were not able to get on the end of it.

Half-time: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Reading FC Women

The second-half began in a scrappier manor than the first, as both sides battled it out in the middle of the park, trying to assert their dominance early on. Reading had a decent chance when the half was 10 minutes old, as Lily Woodham, who made her first start for the Royals, went galloping down the left, but her first-time cross was just out of Harding’s reach.

Brighton came very close to an equaliser when Aileen Whelan headed centimetres over the Reading bar half-way through the second-half, but it was Reading that struck again, their lead doubled by Amalie Eikeland as her well taken, close range effort stung the Brighton net.

Reading saw the rest of the game out in control, three points secured in Group D, but with West Ham winning their match against Charlton and topping the group, and other games needing to be played before qualification is determined, all the Royals could do was enjoy a solid performance, clean-sheet and three points.

Full-time: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Reading FC Women


Brighton & Hove Albion Women: 

Fiskerstrand, Gibbons, Bowman (O’Sullivan 56’), Kerkdijk, Le Tissier, Whelan, Lee (Jarrett 56’)Heroum, Green, Barton, Simpkins (Kaagman 65’)

Substitutes not used: Walsh, Scott, Brazil, Longhurst, Nokuthula, Brance.


Reading FC Women:

Moloney, Leine, Woodham, Bartrip (Mitchell 69’), Rowe, Harding (90’), Fishlock, James, Eikeland, Bruton (76’), Chaplen (Williams (90’)

Substitutes not used: Nayler, Skeels, Cooper, Roberts, Childerhouse.


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