Yeovil undone in women's season curtain-raiserThe Royals kicked off their WSL2 campaign in fine, fine style last week thanks to a goalscoring masterclass from star striker Fran Kirby at Yeovil Town.
It took our England international only six minutes to break the deadlock, Kirby capitalising on hesitation in the Glovers' defence to slot home the Reading's first and begin the FA Women’s Super League 2 season with a bang.
The home side were back on level terms when Tash Knapman converted Helen Bleazard’s cross, but Kirby could not be contained and two goals in two minutes gave the Royals a 3-1 half-time lead that was to prove unassailable.
A powerful 44th minute finish gave a helpless Charlotte Haynes no chance in the Yeovil goal and then she sealed her hat-trick on the stroke of half-time when she rifled a low shot into the corner for her third of the evening.
Town’s Corinne Yorston pulled one back from the penalty spot after Annie Heatherson was brough down by Royals keeper Grace Moloney and the defecit had been halved with just under 15 minutes to play.
But Reading scored a fourth to make sure of the win and it was noneother than Kirby with the final goal of the night, her injury time finish making it 4-2.
"Fran wouldn't score those goals if she didn't have the service, she's a goalscorer and this is why we've invested in her this season,” manager Kelly Chambers said after the win.
“But everyone played their part tonight. Three points is the most important thing tonight; these girls all want to be playing WSL1, that’s where they want to be.”
Yeovil: Haynes, Cousins, Dover (Isaac 74), Haigh, Bleazard, Williams, Curson (Stewart 63), Pearson, Yorston, Knapman (Hill 90) Heatherson.
Subs not used: Payol, Simkin, Cossens, Wathan
Reading: (4-4-2) Moloney, Jane, Davies, Scott, Bartrip; Rowe (Ward 46), Horwood, Bruton (McGee 46), Bragg (Roche 88), Kirby.
Subs not used: Giddings, Walkley, Etcourt, Skinner.