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18 October 2020 Venue Madejski Stadium Attendance

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Reading Women
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Manchester City Women

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Match Previews

🔜 Preview | Royals host Manchester City on Sunday

City visit Madejski in league action

16 October 2020

Reading FC Women will host Manchester City on Sunday in league action in RG2 as they look to regain their previous form that saw them win three of their first four games of the season.

The Royals bounced back from a disappointing opening day of the 2020-21 campaign against Arsenal with a 3-1 victory against newly promoted Aston Villa at Madejski in a solid team performance. The international break followed, but Reading hit the ground running, securing consecutive wins away to West Ham and at home to Charlton in the Continental Cup.

The wave of momentum was halted last weekend in a frustrating affair against Birmingham City, in which Kelly Chambers’ side had the majority of possession, as well as twenty-two shots on the Birmingham goal, but walked away the wrong side of a 1-0 score-line after a 72nd minute goal against the run of play by the visiting side.

Manchester City currently sit in 5th place in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League, just a single point in front of Reading. So far this season they hold victories over Aston Villa and Tottenham, as well as a draw against Brighton & Hove Albion and a loss last weekend to current champions Chelsea.

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The last time we met

The sides only encountered each other once in the 2019/20 campaign, before the season was disbanded due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Manchester City travelled to Adams Park for Reading’s first home game of the season, where a brace from Pauline Bremer saw the visiting side returning up north with all three points.

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Some words…

“We felt confident going into the Birmingham game,” Manager Kelly Chambers said. “We’d been on a good run, good momentum, good results. We went into that match feeling positive, but that’s football; that’s why people love it and hate it.

“Fair play to Birmingham, they made it as hard as possible, they changed shape a bit in the second-half. But again, we still found so many openings, but we just didn’t find the back of the net and if we’d have scored early, the game would have been very different.”

On Sunday’s opponents, Chambers continued, “We know that Man City have a fantastic side. We know what our strengths are and we know that they have struggled against that in recent times, so it’s a case of watching them, knowing what we need to do and bring them to the Madejski and giving them a real good game and hopefully one we can get a result from.”

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Reading FC Women v Manchester City Women | Sunday October 18th | 2pm | Madejski Stadium | Watch Live on the FA Player

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Match Reports

📝 Report | Royals share points with Man City

Reading earn well contested draw against title challengers

18 October 2020

Reading FC Women walked away with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Madejski after a 3rd minute opener from Amalie Eikeland saw Reading in front for almost an hour before Sam Mewis equalised in the second-half.

In a complete contrast to the previous week’s game against Birmingham, it was the dream start for Reading as Natasha Harding went careering down the right-hand side to deliver a ball in for Amalie Eikeland, but the Norway international was just unable to get enough on it and the ball fell to Lauren Bruton. Bruton got a shot in which had City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck at full stretch, just able to tip it onto the bar for a corner.

The resulting corner came in from Brooke Chaplen and Eikeland met it at the front post to nod the ball past Roebuck and into the City net to give the Royals the lead on 3 minutes.

City enjoyed a spell of possession following the goal as they looked to get back in the game, and both Grace Moloney and Molly Bartrip denied the equaliser with goal-line clearances.

Moloney later also denied Georgia Stanway as she tipped her effort over the bar with a great save for a City corner.

Reading defended resiliently for the remainder of the first half, whilst continuing to break down the channels and threaten the final third, but ultimately held onto their lead going into the break.

Half time: Reading FC Women 1 - 0 Manchester City Women

The visiting side came out aggressively to start the second-half, looking to bombard the Reading goal. Within 10 minutes of the restart they had their equaliser as Sam Mewis powered her way to the edge of the Royals box and fired a shot low and to Moloney’s left.

Danielle Carter made way for Rachel Rowe as Reading looked to get fresh legs on the field. City continued to press as Moloney denied Georgia Stanwell before the away side had a pair of corners in quick succession, threatening the Reading goal on both occasions.

Reading had their own chances through Chaplen and Bruton, but City seemed to be the more aggressive side and pressed the Reading box more frequently.

Reading, however, defended well, dug deep and fought off the onslaught from the visiting side for a well-earned point.

Full time: Reading FC Women 1 - 1 Manchester City Women


Reading FC Women:

Moloney, Mitchell, Cooper, Bartrip, Harding, Fishlock, James, Eikeland, Chaplen (Leine 83’), Bruton (Harries 77’), Carter (Rowe 60’) 

Substitutes not used: Nayler, Skeels, Woodham, Jeon, Childerhouse, Quirk

Goals: Eikeland 3’

Yellow cards: Mitchell 52’


Manchester City Women:

Roebuck, White (Coombs ’84), Kelly, Stokes, Lavelle, Mewis, Houghton, Bronze, Walsh, Stanway (Park 78’), Greenwood

Substitutes not used: Bardsley, Taieb, Bonner, Scott, Beckie, Morgan, Park

Goals: Mewis 56’


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