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Follis double fires Royals back to WSL2 summit

26 May 2015

Reading FC Women 3-0 Millwall Lionesses

Emma Follis’ double ensured that Reading FC Women regained their spot at the summit of WSL2 with a thumping 3-0 win over Millwall Lionesses at Madejski Stadium on Friday evening.

A 2-0 victory for Doncaster Belles against Durham 24 hours earlier, had temporarily knocked the Royals off top spot but one goal either side of half time from Follis and another from Harriet Scott saw Reading return to their perch.

Bianca Bragg was sent off in the dying stages for a rash challenge in what was an otherwise perfect evening for the Royals, who were also without England international and top scorer Fran Kirby.

She travelled with the Three Lions’ squad to the World Cup in Canada on Monday but watched on from the stands as her team-mates did the required result to extend their impressive run of form.

Millwall came into Friday’s game unbeaten in the league, having drawn five and won two of their opening seven league games, but were instantly on the back foot when Rebecca Jane fired an early warning sign.

There were 879 fans in attendance and they did not have to wait much longer for the opening goal. On 11 minutes, Bragg chipped the ball over the top, which Follis latched onto before slotting beyond Sarah Quantrill in the Lionesses’ goal.

Reading continued to dominate but only held a one-goal lead at the interval. That soon changed, though. They doubled their advantage when Scott rifled into the top corner of the net nine minutes into the second period.

Bragg came close to making it three with a curling strike that was nodded off the line but Follis did add the Royals’ third when she secured her brace by dinking into the net from close range.

The result made it back-to-back 3-0 successes for the Women’s team who, the weekend before, inflicted a first home league defeat on Doncaster in almost two years. Reading travel to Durham on Sunday. 

Reading: Moloney, Jane, Davies, McGee, Follis, Rowe (Ward 79), Walkley (Horwood 70), Bruton (Estcourt 84), Roche, Bragg.
Not used: Giddings, Wilson, Haines, Skinner.

Millwall Lionesses: Quantrill, Cowan, Lennon, Cole, Strugnell, Carlton, Fisk (Maple 57), Ayane (Babajide 58), Hinks, Goss, Bilson.
Not used: Mackie, Butler, Sherwood, Agg.

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