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Report: Superb Women in crucial win over Arsenal

16 May 2014

2-0 triumph in Continental Cup

Reading FC Women kept alive their hopes of qualifying from Group One of the Continental Cup with a monumental 2-0 victory over Arsenal Ladies.

The Gunners are FA Cup finalists and have won this cup competition for the last three seasons, but couldn't find a way past the Royals - with every single player putting in a fantastic performance.

First-half goals from the brilliant Fran Kirby and Lauren Bruton gave the Royals a lead that they held onto throughout, with the win moving us onto four points, five below leaders Chelsea who beat Reading 2-1 earlier in the competition.

It was the visitors who found their rhythm early, playing the ball out from the back and dominating possession, but they found the disciplined Royals too tough to break down.

After seven minutes Reading were ahead – Lois Roche won the ball in her own half before picking out Kirby, who flicked the ball round Yukari Kinga and slotted into the bottom corner.

The hosts found their way through again after 35 minutes, this time Bruton finishing from inside the six-yard box after Kirsty McGee’s blocked shot, from Kirby’s pull back on the byline.

Reading were almost undone by themselves after 63 minutes as Molly Bartrip sliced a clearance over her own head and wide of the back post, while Arsenal’s Rachel Yankey hit the post from a free-kick in the dying moments.

Reading: (4-5-1): Davies; Wiggins, Keown, Bartrip, Cox; Jane, Roche (Giddings 85), McGee, Williams (Nicol 90), Bruton; Kirby.

Substitutes (not used): Pond, Wilson, Fletcher, Dandridge, Moloney.

Arsenal: (4-2-3-1): Byrne; Scott (C), Hoogendijk (Yankey 73), Stoney, Williams; Kinga, Weir (Ayisi 45); Carter, Murray, Mitchell; Ohno.

Substitutes (not used); Chamberlain, Smith, Fahey, Bailey

Bookings: Mitchell 45.

Att: 387

Ref: Daniel Berry

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