Ladies see off Tottenham
Reading’s Women coasted to victory against Tottenham Hotspur to maintain their solid start to the season.
Fran Kirby’s finish put the Royals in front, before Lois Roche converted two second half penalties to secure three points.
Reading began the match sharply, dominating possession and pressing the visitors high up the pitch.
Tottenham’s defenders had to deal with numerous problems created by the Royals – with Rebecca Jane, Melissa Fletcher and Fran Kirby working together well and forcing the issue.
RFC’s Ladies took a deserved lead when Jane took advantage of a Spurs defensive error and set up Kirby, who dashed towards goal and opened the scoring.
Tottenham responded positively after going behind, and Grace Moloney had to make four excellent saves to keep Spurs at bay.
The Royals reasserted their ascendancy towards the end of the first half – Kirby and Roche going close.
The second half started similar to the first, with Reading dominating possession, and consequently scoring.
Kirby was fouled in the box, and Roche made no mistake from the spot and put RFC’s Women 2-0 up.
It was nearly three soon after, but Harriet Scott’s header was disallowed because of a foul on the Spurs goalkeeper.
The Royals continued to cause havoc, finding gaps in Tottenham’s half – but Kirby, Jane and substitute Beth Lloyd were all denied by the ‘keeper.
Reading, though, did make it three – another from the spot. Jane was hacked down in the box and Roche converted once again to seal all three points.
Tottenham grabbed a consolation goal but it was a comfortable win for RFC’s Women, who face league leaders Millwall Lionesses on Sunday.