Reading FC Women boss Kelly Chambers has given her thoughts on her side’s defeat to Chelsea at the weekend, a game in which they were leading until a red card changed the dynamics of the contest.
Chambers’ side took the lead on 15 minutes when Rachel Rowe fired the ball into the Chelsea box, which was chested down by Brooke Chaplen, into the path Fara Williams, who hit the back of Ann-Katrin Berger’s net to open up the scoring. Moments later, Reading were reduced to 10 players when Grace Moloney was shown a red card for a challenge on Sam Kerr outside the Reading penalty area. The Royals held onto the lead until just before halftime and despite their best efforts and a fantastic goalkeeping display from substitute Rachel Laws, the number’s advantage was too much and Chelsea netted twice more in the second-half to secure a 3-1 victory.
“It was frustrating,” said Chambers, “We were on top for that first twenty minutes, with eleven players on the pitch. We went 1-0 up and we‘re thinking, ok, we’re on top and we’re getting more comfortable in the game”.
The red card shown to Moloney by referee Stacey Pearson had a huge impact on the game, a fixture that Reading had played 3 weeks previously, walking away from Kingsmeadow with a 1-1 draw after full-time and a 4-2 victory on penalties.
“The red card was a bit of a killer for us”, Chambers continued, “We were on top, on the front foot and causing them problems, but to go a player down, it’s always going to be difficult, but we were unlucky that we didn’t go into half time at 1-0, if that had have happened it could have been a different game. But to have 10 players against Chelsea, it was going to be a difficult game for us. The decision was made by the referee and it was the right decision, but it was always going to make the game hard for us”.
Rachel Laws came on the field for Chaplen, to replace Moloney in goal, and put on a stellar display, much in the same way as she did in the previous encounter between the two sides, saving two penalties in the aforementioned shootout.
“Fair play to Lawsy, I thought she was excellent, and she stepped up to the mark and she made some unbelievable saves in the second-half. Now, we have to move on and concentrate on the next game in hand”.
Reading FC Women are next in action this Sunday as they return to Adams Park for the first time in 2020 to take on Birmingham City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by using their Season Ticket card on arrival at Adams Park.
Match tickets are priced £6 Adults, £3 Concessions/Children and £12 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children). For full information or to book your match tickets for this fixture, head here. Tickets are also available to purchase on arrival at Adams Park for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).