Women’s team lift trophy in the MidlandsIt went right to the wire, but Reading FC Women secured the FA Women’s Super League 2 title on the final day of the season by beating Aston Villa 3-2 in Sutton Coldfield!
Leading second-placed Doncaster Rovers Belles going into the final weekend on goal-difference, the Royals knew that if they could make the Belles’ result against Millwall then they would be crowned as champions. The South Yorkshire side ultimately won their fixture 4-0, meaning that Reading had to keep their end of the bargain.
And the Royals were the crossbar’s width away from opening the scoring midway through a tight first period, as Laura May Walkley’s 30-yard strike cannoned against the woodwork. But the breakthrough came a minute before the break when Harriett Scott rifled in.
On the hour, former Villan Emma Follis was provider of the Royals’ second as she slid a perfect cross into the pass of Helen Ward who converted from point-blank range, and then when Follis hit a shot that was too hot to handle, Bianca Bragg snaffled up a third for Reading with 10 minutes to spare.
The drama wasn’t over though – Alicia Robinson pulled back a goal from a corner with two minutes remaining, and then Tash Baptiste controlled a cross to fire Villa back within a goal as the game entered stoppage time.
However Villa couldn’t do enough to spoil the party – with the full-time whistle came the celebrations, as Reading were confirmed as 2015 champions of the Women’s Super League 2!
Now preparations will begin for the new WSL 1 season, which kicks off in the new year. It will mean a whole new level of interest for our women’s team, who take a place in the top tier.
Captain Kirsty McGee felt that it was just desserts for a hard-working squad, and thanked those supporters that have followed the team home and away this season.
“We’ve already shown this season that we can compete with the best up there and I think with the squad that we have got we can only go one way and get better and better,” she said after lifting the trophy.
“We have sent out a message that we are now one of the top teams in the country and next season we want to be able to really compete at the highest level.
“The support has been absolutely fantastic week in, week out and also the support that we get from the men’s team is brilliant.
“We are now one of the top teams in the country and we thank every supporter who has been to watch every week – we appreciate absolutely everything.”
Congratulations to Reading FC Women – WSL 2 champions!