Reading FC Women return from Everton with a point after a 1-1 draw in televised Women’s Football Weekend fixture.
In the same scenario as the week before against Tottenham, it was a story of two first half goals, as Claire Emslie’s opener was cancelled out two minutes later by an incredible effort from Natasha Harding, before the Royals battled for the winner that unfortunately didn’t come.
Both sides took it in turns to attack in the first fifteen minutes; Everton creating chances for Claire Emslie and Nicoline Sorensen, whose efforts were over the bar, and Reading doing their usual of forcing corner after corner.
The Royals took charge for a long spell following that, trying to get Captain Natasha Harding in on goal through the middle, while Brooke Chaplen and Danielle Carter pressed down the wings. Both Angharad James and Chaplen had shots from outside the area that were just wide of the mark.
However, Everton scored first when they broke on the 40th minute following what Emma Mitchell and the Reading bench felt was a foul on her. Sorensen got a shot in which was saved by Grace Moloney, who got to the ground quickly, but the ball bounced up nicely for Emslie, who nodded into the Reading net.
It took the Royals just two minutes to reply, when Jess Fishlock received the ball in her own half and spread the play beautifully to Harding on the right. The Skipper saw Alexandra MacIver off her line and lobbed the ball straight over her and into the back of the net for an incredible finish and surely an early contender for Goal of the Season.
Half-time: Everton Women 1-1 Reading FC Women
Reading’s corners proved difficult for Everton to deal with in the early stages of the second-half and the Royals had three in very quick succession. Other than a dangerous shot from Isobel Christiansen, Reading had the majority of the chances and were first to make a string of substitutions as they looked to freshen up the team and continue to press for another goal. Emma Mitchell made way for Lily Woodham at half-time, before Lauren Bruton and a returning Fara Williams replaced Chaplen and Carter, respectively.
Williams was straight into action as she floated a free-kick into the box, which Kristine Leine connected with, rising to reach the ball and nodding a header just over the bar.
Everton then took over for the final spell in their search for a winner, with Christiansen and Megan Finnegan with great chances, the latter blocked by Fishlock after the ball had seemingly passed Moloney.
In the third minute of additional time, the final moment of the match, Megan Finnigan’s close range header was quite incredibly kept out by Moloney. The referee blew the whistle a split-second later and the point was secure.
Full-time: Everton Women 1-1 Reading FC Women
Everton Women: MacIver, Moe Wold, Turner, Christiansen, Magill (Boyd-Hlorkah 82’), Emslie, Sorensen, Raso, Graham, Finnigan, Sevecke
Substitutes not used: Korpela, Pedersen, Egurrola, Stringer, Pike, Clemaron, Clinton, Pattinson
Goals: Magill (40’)
Reading FC Women: Moloney, Leine, Bartrip, Mitchell (Woodham 45’), Rowe, Harding, Fishlock, James, Eikeland, Chaplen (Bruton 62’), Carter (Williams 62’).
Substitutes not used: Nayler, Skeels, Harries, Roberts, Childerhouse, Williams, Bruton.
Goals: Harding (42’)
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