Reading FC Women were defeated 3-0 at the hands of their Arsenal counterparts on Sunday, as goals from goals from Vivianne Miedema, Kim Little and Katie McCabe inflicted a rather lopsided scoreline.
It was a decent display in front of a packed crowd at Adams Park, but it was the Gunners who left with the points as they have done so often thus season.
It was inside the second minute when Miedema notched the opening goal. Katrine Veje crossed from the left and Miedema found space inside the penalty area before her shot deflected into the corner of Grace Moloney's goal.
Possession was dominated from then on by reading as they looked for a way back into the game. Jo Potter and Molly Bartrip looking to start attacks from deep and the distribution throughout the team looked both impressive and very controlled. However, Arsenal's excellent defensive shape was making things very difficult for the Royals going forward.
Moloney was called into action when a deep cross was met by the head of Miedema, but the Irish shot-stopper got down really well to deny her from point blank range, before getting up to make a second save soon after.
Just before the break, Reading carved a decent opportunity of their own as Remi Allen was teed up nicely by Brooke Chaplen, but the former fired wide of the mark from the edge of the area.
Into the second half and the Royals still looked very convincing both in and out of possession. Plenty of aggressive pressure on Arsenal to win the ball back and then keeping it for sustained periods. Fara Williams tried an audacious lob from the left touchline, but goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin managed to tip the shot onto the crossbar.
Arsenal doubled their advantage 10 minutes from time as Little converted from the spot after Jade Moore tripped Danielle van de Donk inside the area. The win was made sure of in stoppage time when McCabe hit a rasping shot which flew past Moloney from distance.
After the game, Kelly Chambers said: “The first goal put us on the back-foot. We can't be conceding that early on. It's not good enough from us. But, for the majority of the game we've been well in it – at times on top. We need to make sure we use this as a base now for the rest of the season and make sure the performances turn into results.”
Full-time: Reading FC Women 0-3 Arsenal Women
Reading FC Women: Moloney, Pacheco, Potter (c), Bartrip, Harding, Furness, Allen, Moore (Honnudottir 85), Williams, Bruton, Chaplen (Bailey 88).
Unused subs: Jane, Pearce, Davison, Estcourt, Kite.
Yellow: Harding, Allen, Moore.
Arsenal Women: Peyraud-Magnin; Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Bloodworth, Mccabe, Little, Kuyken (Van de Donk 52), Mead, Miedema, Veje (Filis 90).
Unused subs: Van Veenendaal, Arnth, Grant, Dawburn, Hazard.
Goals: Miedema (2), Little (80 pen), McCabe (90).
Yellow: Mitchell, McCabe, Mead.