Reading FC Women finalised their 2017/18 campaign with a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City on Sunday afternoon – and in doing so cemented a fourth-place finish in English football’s top tier!
Only Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal registered more points than the Royals… a spectacular campaign and their highest ever finish in the football pyramid.
Wins over Arsenal, Man City, Everton and a double over Liverpool were just some of the highlights, which left the Royals Women just needing to draw against Birmingham City on the final day to seal fourth and prevent the Blues from leapfrogging them.
And with just four minutes on the clock at St Andrew’s, the Royals had the advantage through Brooke Chaplen. Remi Allen’s vision allowed her to pick out Chaplen’s run – keeping her cool, the striker slotted past Ann-Katrin Berger for her 12th of the campaign.
The Blues equalised just before the half-hour though; it was Charlie Wellings with the ball forward, allowing Ellen White to race forward and round Reading stopper Grace Moloney.
Lucy Quinn had a couple of opportunities to complete the turnaround for City, but Moloney was equal to them. The first was a 30-yarder which needed reading, but the second was a glorious chance which needed keeping out from point-blank range.
And the Royals could have ended the campaign with a win, but Fara Williams couldn’t direct Lauren Bruton’s cross on target as she arrived unmarked in the box in the final few minutes.
But, ultimately, a point was enough to secure fourth and ensure the greatest campaign in the history of Reading FC Women!
Full-time: Birmingham City Ladies 1-1 Reading FC Women
Birmingham City Ladies: Berger, Mayling (Westwood 85), Carter, Mannion, Harrop, Ladd, Ewers, Wellings, Williams (Quinn 39), Follis, White.
Unused subs: Hampton, Scofield, Cuscak, Stringer, Ayisi.
Reading FC Women: Moloney; Jane, Pearce, Potter, Harding; Rowe, Furness, Allen; Burton, Williams, Chaplen.
Unused subs: Earps, Green, Fletcher, Reynolds, Linnett, Harries.