Kelly Chambers’ side put half a dozen goals past Crystal Palace in the Continental Cup at Madejski Stadium on Thursday evening, 5 of those goals coming from Lisa-Marie Utland. However, the Norwegian was quick to praise the performance of the entire team in the 6-0 win.
“Of Couse it feels good to score goals,” Utland said “But what feels even better is that we had a good team performance yesterday; we played good football. The first half, in particular, was great.”
Utland opened the scoring on the 7th minute after Brooke Chaplen’s shot was saved by Palace keeper Emma Gibbon and the ball fell to her to slot away coolly. Utland then doubled the score in the 21st minute and trebled it in the 22nd, completing her hat-trick before the half-hour mark with two goals in as many minutes. The second came as Utland latched onto a long ball from Kristine Leine and muscled her way into the Palace box, beating her marker and finishing clinically, low to Gibbon’s right. The hat-trick was completed when Farrow’s shot was deflected from Gibbon and the ball fell kindly to Utland whose looping header floated into the Palace net.
The 4th Reading goal came courtesy of Utland’s fellow Norway teammate Leine, who nicked the ball in from the front post before half-time, assisted by a Kiera Skeels corner. Palace managed to keep Reading at bay, despite chance-after-chance for the home side, until the 88th minute when Utland scored the goal of the game with a lob from almost 30-yards. Not satisfied with a quartet of goals, she netted number 5 deep into injury time as Rachel Rowe’s cross was fumbled by Gibbon and fell perfectly for the advancing Utland to slot in with ease.
“We have so many good players, technical players with great movement and runs,” Utland continued, heaping praise on the team’s performance “I’m more of a box player myself, I just love being in the box scoring goals. I’m also really happy with the clean-sheet and I hope we can keep on doing what we did against Crystal Palace, Thursday night at the Madejski.”
Lisa-Marie Utland and the rest of Reading FC Women are in action again on Sunday as they visit Rush Green Stadium to take on West Ham United Women in the Barclay’s FA Women’s Super League, which you can watch on the FA Player.
The next home game for Kelly Chambers’ Royals is December 8th when they return to Adams Park to take on Wycombe. Men’s Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded they can watch Reading FC Women at Adams Park for free by showing their Season Ticket Card. Tickets for all Reading FC Women matches are available here.