Reading FC Women sealed a 100% record in the group stages of the Continental Cup with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Millwall Lionesses on Sunday afternoon, and head into the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Millwall Lionesses 0-5 Reading Women (Chaplen 38, 85; Furness 52, 65; Bruton 60)
This result ensured that the Royals topped Group One South, ahead of WSL1 rivals Arsenal as they advance to the knockout stages of the competition.
Brooke Chaplen opened the scoring for the Royals in the first-half after finishing off an intricate counter-attacking move.
Kelly Chambers' side went into the break a goal to the good, and soon doubled their advantage at the beginning of the second period through Rachel Furness, who hammered home from close range.
A third and fourth were added shortly after, with Bruton and Furness all but securing an eighth consecutive game unbeaten for the Royals.
Chaplen then put the icing on the cake in the dying minutes, scoring the visitors’ fifth goal.
Reading dominated the early exchanges, with a half-chance early on falling to Chaplen, who fired a volley wide from close-range.
But the first clear-cut chance of the game fell to Millwall’s Rianna Dean in the 38th minute, who was denied scoring in an open goal by some heroic defending from Molly Bartrip.
They were punished immediately after by Fara Williams, who broke quickly and squared to the onrushing Chaplen, who made no mistake from close range.
Reading doubled their advantage in the 52nd minute through Furness, who finished with aplomb.
The Royals scored their third eight minutes later when the ball fell kindly to Lauren Bruton to duly dispatch past Sarah Quantrill in the Millwall goal.
Furness put real daylight between the teams shortly after, slotting her second into the bottom corner after a long ball over the top. Chaplen then scored her second of the game in the 85th minute, firing into the top corner, to cap off her side’s dominant performance.
After the game, Reading midfielder Remi Allen said: “We’ve got five goals, which is pleasing and we kept a clean sheet, so we can’t really do much more than that.
"They were difficult to beat, especially first-half – they’re tough, they’re aggressive, they came at us and tried to press us.
"First half, we did struggle a little bit but we were patient and stuck to our game plan and the goals started to flow.
"The whole team played well, Furney scored two and set one up, so she did well. I think the whole team performance was pleasing.
"We’ve got patterns of play, a style of playing, which sometimes, in the first-half, we got a bit frustrated with."
Millwall Lionesses (4-3-3): Quantrill, Alexander, Robe, Brooks (Wotton 80), Butler, Nicol, Horwood, Mason (Wynne 58), Hincks, Devlin (Gaylor 52), Dean.
Substitutes not used: Taylor, Giddings, Rutherford, Cowan.
Reading (4-3-3): Moloney, Jane, Pearce, Potter, Rowe (Van den Berg 75), Bartrip, Allen, Furness, Williams (Linnett 54), Bruton (Green 75), Chaplen.
Substitutes not used: Earps, Morgan.
Referee: Wayne Cartmel