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Women earn point from Chelsea encounter

Kelly Chambers' side match the Blues once more in 2-2 away draw on Sunday

26 March 2018

The points were once again shared between Chelsea Ladies and Reading Women at Kingsmeadow this weekend as, in a repeat of the scoreline in the reverse fixture at Adams Park earlier in the season, the WSL1 clash ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday

There was no shortage of attacking endeavour from both sides from the very first whistle as a very open match played out at AFC Wimbledon's stadium.

And it was the Royals who drew first blood when Brooke Chaplen was brought down in the box to win a penalty. Chaplen dusted herself off to cooly send Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford the wrong way and hand Reading the lead.

Both sides continued push forward and had their chances to add to the scoreline, the hosts coming close to equalising when former Royal Fran Kirby burst through on goal only to see her shot fly over the bar just before the half time whistle.

The second half began with a bang as, only minutes after the restart, Fara Williams curled a shot beyond the diving Telford to put Reading 2-0 up!

But Chelsea upped the tempo and their pressure paid dividends when the Reading defence was caught out when Eniola Aluko released Kirby down the right and she squared the ball to the waiting Andersson, whose shot went in off the bar to halve the deficit.

Chelsea continued to push forward and made all three substitutions to try and find an equaliser. And it came; the Royals were again caught out by the movement of Kirby and she calmly put the ball the diving Mary Earps to level the scores.

2-2 it stayed and up next for Reading Women is a visit from Yeovil Town Ladies on Wednesday 28th March at Adams Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

Chelsea Ladies (3-4-3): Telford, Eriksson, Bright, Davison (Blundell 59), Chapman (Thorisdottir 71), Cuthbert, Andersson, So-yun, Kirby, Aluko (Spence 60).
Subs not used: Lindahl, Rafferty, Flaherty, Bachmann

Reading Women (4-4-2)Earps; Rowe, Potter, Pearce, Harding; Moore, Williams, Furness, Allen, Chaplen, Bruton (Linnett 88).
Subs not used:Moloney, Gane, Fletcher, Green.

“We are obviously disappointed to let the lead slip," said Rachel Furness. "Yes, we have got a very good point away from home but we felt we gifted Chelsea the goals.

“Chelsea are a very good team, they are in the Champions League so it just shows we can compete and we were good enough to get three points today. 

"It is about game management and we know ourselves we had five or ten minute spells where we could have been better on the ball. I just think it is just putting that into training week in week out. We are improving every week so we will look at that moving forward.

“We are disappointed in ourselves but obviously we are happy to come away with a point. We can definitely compete with the top teams. We had Chelsea at home and it was a 2-2 draw as well, so it just shows how much we have come on this season."


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