Royals to visit Sunderland in the last eightReading FC Women kicked off their new season with a 2-0 win against Millwall Lionesses in the fifth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup on Sunday, setting up a meeting with Sunderland AFC Ladies in the quarter-final.
A debut goal from Jade Boho Sayo and a strike from Emma Follis – both coming in the second half – secured passage to the last eight in the meeting at Adams Park.
Our inaugural FA Women’s Super League 1 campaign kicks off away to Arsenal on Wednesday, but a cup fixture at the weekend against the WSL2 Lionesses raised the curtain on the 2016 season for Reading.
Neither team could quite find the cutting edge in the first period, but on the hour-mark it was Equitorial Guinea internatonal Boyo Sayo – making her competitive debut for Reading after signing from Bristol Academy – who opened the scoring.
The goal owed plenty to the attacking wing-play of Laura Bruton, who escaped her marker to square for the striker to hammer the ball high into the roof of the Millwall net.
Emma Follis then secured the win a little over ten minutes later; she produced a cool, measured finish after being released through the middle to net Reading’s second and open her account for 2016.
The quarter-final trip to the North East to face the Black Cats is scheduled to take place on Sunday 3rd April. The other three quarter-finals are also due to take place over the same weekend – Man City host Sporting Club Albion, last year’s runners-up Notts County visit Arsenal, and reigning champions Chelsea host Aston Villa. All eight teams remaining are targeting a place in the final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 14th May.
To keep tabs on how Reading FC Women are doing, head to their website at reading.fawsl.com, and follow @ReadingFCWomen on Twitter. You can also click here to see their full fixture list – home games will take place at Adams Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers.