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Reading Women 0-1 Sunderland Ladies

Simona Koren
Simona Koren joined Sunderland from MSV Duisburg

Simona Koren scored on her debut as Sunderland Ladies opened their Women's Super League One season with a win against Reading Women.

Reading went close early on when Mandy van den Berg forced a save from Anke Preuss from a low free-kick.

Koren gave the visitors the lead soon after when she finished into an open net following a defensive mix-up between Van den Berg and Mary Earps.

Lauren Bruton fired a shot over the bar but Reading could not find a response.

Sunderland goalkeeper Anke Preuss:

"We're really happy to start with a win in the new season.

"I think we were a bit lucky with our goal, obviously, but we put a big shift in and everybody worked for each other.

"In the end, I think we deserved the win because they didn't create a lot of chances, so we stood up quite well with the defence."

Reading captain Kirsty Pearce:

"We worked all week on phases of play and how we were going to break Sunderland down and I think from the moment it kicked off, it just didn't fall into place for us today.

"We had chances but, honestly, I don't think we created too much and we gifted them the goal early on, so then we were always chasing.

"It's just really frustrating that we haven't put into place what we've been working on all week."

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Line-ups

Reading Women

  • 1Earps
  • 5BartripBooked at 44mins
  • 6PearceBooked at 90mins
  • 14van den Berg
  • 23Rowe
  • 4Williams
  • 18Moore
  • 8Allen
  • 9Linnett
  • 10Bruton
  • 19ChaplenSubstituted forFurnessat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scott
  • 7Furness
  • 15Green
  • 20Fletcher
  • 21Moloney
  • 34O'Rourke
  • 35Clifford

Sunderland Ladies

  • 31Preuss
  • 14Sharp
  • 4Stewart
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 76mins
  • 11Wyne
  • 8Lipka
  • 20Bruinenberg
  • 5Sjoman
  • 37Staniforth
  • 17Joice
  • 9KorenSubstituted forBrownat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Laws
  • 2Brown
  • 18Lambert
  • 28Galloway
  • 32Young
Referee:
Stacey Pearson
Attendance:
502

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamSunderland Ladies
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading Ladies 0, Sunderland Ladies 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading Ladies 0, Sunderland Ladies 1.

Attempt saved. Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zaneta Wyne.

Booking

Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies).

Abbey Joice (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Remi Allen (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fara Williams with a cross.

Attempt saved. Abbey Joice (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hayley Sharp.

Foul by Jade Moore (Reading Ladies).

Dominique Bruinenberg (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Remi Allen (Reading Ladies).

Hayley Sharp (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) because of an injury.

Foul by Kirsty Linnett (Reading Ladies).

Kasia Lipka (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jade Moore (Reading Ladies).

Zaneta Wyne (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Remi Allen (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danielle Brown (Sunderland Ladies).

Foul by Rachel Furness (Reading Ladies).

Ellie Stewart (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Victoria Williams.

Attempt blocked. Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fara Williams with a cross.

Rachel Furness (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hayley Sharp (Sunderland Ladies).

Attempt missed. Mandy van den Berg (Reading Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Victoria Williams (Sunderland Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kirsty Linnett (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Victoria Williams (Sunderland Ladies).

Attempt missed. Rachel Furness (Reading Ladies) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Molly Bartrip with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Kylla Sjoman.

Attempt missed. Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fara Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Danielle Brown replaces Simona Koren.

Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Rachel Furness replaces Brooke Chaplen.

Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kasia Lipka (Sunderland Ladies).

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Hayley Sharp.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women11006063
2Man City Women11004043
3Liverpool Women11002023
4Arsenal Women11003213
5Sunderland Ladies11001013
6B'ham City Women100123-10
7Reading Women100101-10
8Everton Ladies100102-20
9Yeovil Town Ladies100104-40
10Bristol City Women100106-60
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