Royals see off the GloversReading FC Women 3 (Kirby 39, 90+1, Williams 61)
Yeovil Town Ladies 0
Reading FC Women earned a good 3-0 win against Yeovil to start their Women's Super League 2 season off in style at Madejski Stadium.
Fran Kirby was the star of the show with two goals, and manager Jayne Ludlow can be very pleased with her team's display after a long build-up to the start of the new campaign.
In front of watching first team boss Nigel Adkins, the ladies put on a good performance against a resilient Yeovil side who were more than a match for us and forced us to play well for the points.
But Kirby's eye for goal, combined with the likes of Lauren Bruton's creativity and the solidity of keeper Nicola Davies, gave us an excellent platform.
After this win we now go away to Sunderland on Sunday for the next fixture, and our next home game is at Farnborough on 1st May, before Arsenal two weeks later, and fingers crossed we can continue to build on an excellent start.
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Reading: Davies; Jane, Cox, Chambers, Grant (Keown 90); Bartrip, Giddings (Roche HT), Williams (Haines 83), McGee, Bruton, Kirby
Subs: Moloney, Wilson, Nicol, Hayes
Yeovil: Simkin; Kirby, Edwards (c), Haigh, Bleazard; Sherwood (Whitton 75), Lorton-Radburn, Pearson (Radburn-Lorton 70), Stewart; Bray (Wardle 70), Cook
Subs: Brazell, Evans
The opening stages of the game saw both sides with good spells of possession but neither goalkeeper was tested - understandably both sides were feeling their way into the game after a long pre-season building up to the League campaign.
Just before the half hour mark, Fran Kirby nearly scored from a nice Becky Jane pass, only for Rachael Simkin to save with her feet.
But Kirby was not to be denied for long, and from a lovely throughball she produced a delightful lob to make it 1-0 on 31 minutes.
Town were making a real contest of it, and our keeper Nicola Davies made a key save from Stacey Pearson before the interval.
Reading had the ball in the net through Molly Bartrip just before the hour mark, but the offside flag was up.
Katie Cook was then not too far wide for the visitors, and it proved a key moment as a goalkeeping error allowed our number 7 Cheryl Williams to score from six yards and effectively kill the game off.
Kirby made an intelligent run with 12 minutes to go but saw her shot saved, and after more good work she ought to have scored five minutes later.
But with Yeovil pushing forward in the 90th minute, sub Lois Roche played an excellent forward pass to Kirby, who finished expertly, rounding off an excellent individual display by her.
Overall it was a very satisfying evening, and our players rightly went over to the hundreds of fans who came along to watch in the East Stand on the night.