First team and reserves triumphReading FC Women celebrated their acceptance to the newly formed Women's Super League by securing a Berks & Bucks Cup double on Sunday afternoon. Click here to read more on their successful bid!
Bracknell Town 0
Reading FC Women 12 (Jane 5, 45, 64, Kirby 6, 10, 24, Roche 25, Scott 48, Williams 68, 71, own goal 74, Jones 76)
Fran Kirby and Rebecca Jane both hit hat-tricks as Reading FC Women thrashed Bracknell Town to clinch the Berks & Bucks County Cup.
It didn’t take long for the Royals to get a firm grip on the County Cup trophy, Jane put the royals in front within five minutes. Within a minute later, Kirby doubled the scoring and then later added her second on 10 minutes.
The Royals clinched their fourth and Kirby's hat-trick on 24 minutes. Straight from kick off Lois Roche latched onto Kirby's ball to make it five. Jane then got her second with a volley to give the Royals an emphatic 6-0 lead at half time.
In the second half, Harriet Scott’s low drive beat the goal keeper who tried to get down to her right before Jane completed her hat trick on 64 minutes to make it 8-0. Cheryl Williams came off the bench to bag herself two goals, one on 68 minutes with a left footed shot that hit the top corner - the other she rounded the keeper and slid the ball into the net. Bracknell continued to work hard in defence, but from a corner they conceded an own goal on 74 minutes before Emma Jones finished off the scoring on 76 minutes to give the Royals a comfortable win.
Reading FC Women Reserves 6 (Keen 5, Melton 7, Hayes 40, Page-Smith 68, Howlett 79, 84)
Reading FC Women's reserves beat Hazelmere 6-0 to claim the Berks & Bucks Trophy.
This was Hazelmere’s first final and they had a chance to score in the opening minute through Collette Bardi. However they were two goals behind within seven minutes when Nicole Keen then Chloe Melton finished from close range.
Reading continued to look dangerous and keeper Christina Johnston made an outstanding double save to deny Deanna Peters. Skipper Kylie Wren was excellent throughout for Hazlemere and had their first two efforts on Jess Charman's goal, a volley then a free kick just over the bar.
Reading's Jasmine Brewster hit the bar from distance on 32 minutes and Hazlemere's Bardi forced a good save from Charman before Reading got a crucial third goal right on the break, Georgia Hayes sliding the ball in at full stretch. Johnston injured her back in trying to save the goal but bravely carried on in obvious discomfort and reduced mobility after the break.
Reading continued to dominate but it took until midway through the half for the lead to be extended by Rosie Page-Smith. Johnston was unable to continue at this point and Reading added two late efforts through Jaye Howlett, who was denied a hat-trick after being ruled offside. Peters also had a goal chalked off as Reading cruised to victory to win to trophy.