Reading FC Women bounced back from defeat in last week’s game against Bristol with a valuable point and encouraging cleansheet in a goalless clash against Tottenham women at Madejski Stadium.
Reading showed their intentions within the first minute, as Emma Harries sprinted through the middle towards goal. She was put under pressure by the visiting defence and forced into the corner, where her cross was blocked.
Several chances followed for Reading, with Amalie Eikeland seeming to be the target for Captain Natasha Harding and Angharad James’ crosses from the right, but the Tottenham defence kept tight to the Norwegian.
Tottenham had sporadic pressure going forward, but the majority of the first half belonged to Reading as they knocked the ball around calmly, looking for opportunities to break forward through Harries and Eikeland.
Reading came inches away from securing the lead just before half-time, as Jess Fishlock’s thunderous shot proved too much for Spurs keeper Aurora Mickleson, but the ball smashed off the post and away to ensure both sides went into the break on level pegging.
Half-time: Reading FC Women 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur Women
Very much like the beginning of the first-half, Reading came straight out of the blocks with a chance. This time Eikeland found space on the right and fired off a shot, which crept across the face of the Tottenham goal and out for a goal-kick.
It was Spurs’ turn for an attempt on goal next as Rosella Ayane put a great ball into the box for Angela Addison, who was stretching and couldn’t quite get the contact she wanted as the ball went high over the bar.
It was Ayane herself who had the next significant chance, shooting from close range only to be stopped by a superb save from Grace Moloney.
Moloney was called into action once again as a defensive fumble from the Royals meant she had to clear the ball off her own line with her feet.
The Royals keeper was busy a little later, as she pulled off yet another incredible save, this time to deny Alanna Kennedy from point-blank range with less than five minutes remaining. Reading’s number one stopping Kennedy’s header at close range with a spectacular save.
The final whistle blew shortly afterwards, Reading securing a point and a cleansheet at home to get back on track.
Full-time: Reading FC Women 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur Women
Reading FC Women: Moloney, Leine, Mitchell, Bartrip, Woodham (Cooper 81’), Harding, Williams, James, Fishlock (Roberts 81’), Eikeland, Harries (Carter 76’).
Substitutes not used: Nayler, Childerhouse, Jeon, Flores.
Tottenham Hotspur Women: Mikalsen, Zadorsky, Green (Quinn 66’), Davison, Percival, Addison (Graham 66’), Worm, Kennedy, McManus, Ayane, Morgan.
Substitutes not used: Martin, Harrop, Peplow, Dean.
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