Reading FC Women Manager Kelly Chambers has been giving her thoughts on a decisive 5-0 victory in the Fourth-Round of the Women’s FA Cup as well as recently determined opponents for the next stage of the competition, Leicester City.
Reading were dominant on Sunday in the Fourth Round, defeating London City Lionesses 5-0 at Princes Park.
Fara Williams opened the scoring in the 13th minute, before Jo Potter doubled the Royals’ lead with a header on the half-hour mark. Maz Pacheco netted her first ever Reading goal on the stroke of half-time after a shot from Williams hit the bar and settled nicely for the defender to slot home. Lisa-Marie Utland added her name to the scoresheet midway through the second-half and Williams completed a brace with a coolly converted spot-kick to round off an impressive victory.
“It was a great result on Sunday”, Chambers said. “We scored a few goals and kept a cleansheet, so at the end of the day there’s not much more I could have asked from the girls.
"We played some good football in the first-half and put away some very well-made goals. It was also fantastic to see Sophie Quirk make her debut too; she’s worked very hard."
Quirk, a standout from the Reading FC Women’s Academy, came on in the second-half and instantly made a statement with a thunderous shot that was just kept out by the London City Lionesses’ goalkeeper. Quirk joins Academy captain Kiera Skeels in making her first team debut this season, proving that there is a clear path from Academy to first team football at Reading.
Monday evening saw the Fifth-Round draw of the Women’s FA Cup take place, where Reading were handed an away tie against another Championship side, Leicester City Women. The Foxes were victorious away to Burnley at the weekend, winning 3-1 to progress to the final 16 of the competition.
On her side’s next opponents Leicester, who the Royals will take on at Farley Way Stadium on February 16th, Chambers said: “We’re happy with the draw, but in this competition particularly, there are no easy games.
"I’ve said it so many times, but we want a cup final; it’s a dream of ours to go one stage further than we did last year and get to that FA Cup final, so we’ll be treating the Fifth-Round as seriously as we would any other game."
Reading FC Women are next in action this Sunday when Manchester United travel to Adams Park for a 2pm kick-off in a Barclays FA WSL clash that will have huge ramifications on the top 4. Tickets are available for Sunday’s match from just £6, here.