Reading Women’s Under-16s made history at the weekend by reaching the final of the Girls FA Youth Cup following after a blockbuster semi-final win over Manchester United.
Our Women’s team's Under-16s came from behind at Bisham Abbey NSC to beat the might of Manchester United 2-1 on Saturday, becoming the first Reading side to reach the Girls FA Youth Cup final in the process!
After knocking out Charlton Athletic, Arsenal, Chelsea and Southampton, all away from home, Reading were awarded their first home tie in the last four...against United.
And it was an occasion to be savoured as the majority of our Women’s first team and first team manager Kelly Chambers watched our youngsters seal victory against a United outfit who top their Tier 1 northern league.
Despite Reading controlling the majority of the first half, the visitors took the lead against the run of play after a superb free kick was headed home. For the first time in the competition, Reading would have to come from behind!
Patience and persistence was the message at half-time from coaches Adam Jeffrey and Rob Gier, and that paid off when England Under-16 striker Emma Harries curled an excellent free kick into the top corner to level with 20 minutes remaining.
And, moments later, the Royals turned the tie on its head after England Under-15 full-back Bethan Roberts’ cross was parried into the goal by the United keeper.
With a quarter of an hour left to play, Reading demonstrated exceptional game management to ensure their place in the final.
The 'Tier 3' Royals will have to wait until this weekend to learn their opponents as Manchester City take on Leicester City in the other semi-final. And the cup final will be held at St George’s Park on Saturday 14th April.
It is the first time any of our female teams have progressed this far in an FA Cup competition. The FA Youth Cup is the flagship competition in the female youth fixture programme and began with all 34 RTC’s Under-16s sides nationwide last September.
Congratulations to everyone involved in a fantastic semi-final win. We're all behind you in the Final!