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Women edge closer to title

7 May 2013

QPR Ladies 0 - 4 Reading FC Women

QPR Ladies 0
RFC Women 4 (Kirby 12, 20, Sims 53, Williams 58)

Reading FC Women took another step closer to clinching the FA Women's Premier League title as they comfortably won 4-0 at Queens Park Rangers.

The Royals are now top of the table and in pole position to take the crown - after Fran Kirby scored a first half brace to take her tally to 30 goals this season and Gemma Sims and Cheryl Williams added to the scoreline after the break, securing the points.

Our women started on the front foot - Kirby was denied by Rangers goalkeeper Naomi Swift on two occasions early on, as she smothered the ball from Kirby before the striker's deft header from Williams' cross bounced just wide.

But Kirby made no mistake from the next attack. Our top scorer latched onto a pass from midfielder and poked home past Swift with ease to take the lead.

And on 20 minutes it was two for the Royals and two for Kirby - as the forward finished coolly into the bottom corner after an excellent run. Just before half time, Stacie Donnelly nearly made it three with a looping effort.

Reading continued to dominate in the second half, and Kirby came agonisingly close to notching her hat-trick as her towering header cannoned back off the crossbar - before Swift had to parry a dangerous cross from Rebecca Jane.

And soon enough it was three; Williams worked well and provided an inch-perfect ball for Sims to power into the net.

Minutes after the goal Grace Moloney has to be alert to safeguard their clean sheet as she dived well to deny a long-range effort, before the contest was well and truly put to bed just before the hour mark.

Williams turned from provider to goalscorer as she Lois Roche's free kick well and side footed home to make it 4-0 to the Royals.

It was almost 5 for Reading FC's Women before the end as Williams saw another shot well saved, but four goals were more than enough to secure the win.

Reading FC Women have two games remaining but can clinch the title on Thursday as they take on 2nd placed Millwall - the Lionesses' final game of the season. Click here for our fixtures and here for the league table.

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