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Liverpool Ladies 0-3 Reading Women

Kelly Chambers
Kelly Chambers' Reading finished sixth in 2017's transitional Spring Series

Reading earned their first win of the Women's Super League One season with a deserved 3-0 victory at Liverpool.

England midfielder Fara Williams' brilliant, dipping volley opened the scoring and Remi Allen doubled the lead from close range before half-time.

Brooke Chaplen struck low for Reading's third on the counter after half-time.

The result left both sides with three points from their opening two games, following Liverpool's win over Everton and Reading's loss to Sunderland.

Allen had headed against the post for Reading early on, while Liverpool's Caroline Weir curled on to the woodwork after the break on a disappointing night for the Reds, the title winners in 2013 and 2014.

Reading defender Molly Bartrip:

"It's such a good feeling to come back with a performance like this after last week's game against Sunderland. We knew we had to improve after that.

"When you have Fara Williams in your side you know something like that can happen; it was an absolutely brilliant finish and fair play to her.

"Liverpool did come back at us in the second half and then our third goal was the icing on the cake, and we need to continue with this momentum now, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets."

Liverpool forward Beth England:

"It really wasn't our night tonight, we had a million chances but we just couldn't seem to find the back of the net.

"You can't take anything away from Fara Williams for the first goal, it was class and I think it knocked us back a bit.

"But we came back out and gave it our all in the second half and that's all we can do but we have to take our chances. The third goal was always going to be crucial and unfortunately they got it after a mistake between ourselves."

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

  • 1Chamberlain
  • 44MurraySubstituted forHarrisat 83'minutes
  • 5Bonner
  • 4Stoney
  • 22Greenwood
  • 17CharlesSubstituted forClarkeat 61'minutes
  • 8Coombs
  • 6Ingle
  • 11England
  • 10Weir
  • 40Harding

Substitutes

  • 3Harris
  • 7Longhurst
  • 9Clarke
  • 18Johnson
  • 23Flaherty
  • 26Fletcher
  • 36Hodson

Reading Women

  • 1Earps
  • 23Rowe
  • 6Pearce
  • 22Potter
  • 3Scott
  • 5Bartrip
  • 9Linnett
  • 18Moore
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forBrutonat 80'minutes
  • 8Allen
  • 19ChaplenSubstituted forFurnessat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jane
  • 7Furness
  • 10Bruton
  • 14van den Berg
  • 15Green
  • 21Moloney
  • 35Clifford
Referee:
Joe Hull
Attendance:
481

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamReading Women
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool Ladies 0, Reading Ladies 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool Ladies 0, Reading Ladies 3.

Attempt blocked. Rachel Furness (Reading Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Remi Allen.

Attempt missed. Natasha Harding (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Kirsty Pearce.

Attempt missed. Casey Stoney (Liverpool Ladies) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Caroline Weir with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Rachel Rowe.

Attempt saved. Natasha Harding (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gemma Bonner.

Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Molly Bartrip (Reading Ladies).

Attempt blocked. Rachel Furness (Reading Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Molly Bartrip.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Ladies. Martha Harris replaces Satara Murray.

Offside, Reading Ladies. Jo Potter tries a through ball, but Rachel Furness is caught offside.

Casey Stoney (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kirsty Linnett (Reading Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Lauren Bruton replaces Fara Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Rachel Furness replaces Brooke Chaplen.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Liverpool Ladies).

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Ladies 0, Reading Ladies 3. Brooke Chaplen (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Remi Allen.

Foul by Casey Stoney (Liverpool Ladies).

Brooke Chaplen (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Satara Murray (Liverpool Ladies) because of an injury.

Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Remi Allen (Reading Ladies).

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Jo Potter.

Attempt blocked. Beth England (Liverpool Ladies) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Kirsty Pearce.

Attempt missed. Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Beth England.

Attempt missed. Fara Williams (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Ladies. Jessica Clarke replaces Niamh Charles.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Harriet Scott.

Attempt blocked. Natasha Harding (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beth England.

Alex Greenwood (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brooke Chaplen (Reading Ladies).

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Casey Stoney.

Foul by Laura Coombs (Liverpool Ladies).

Remi Allen (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women11006063
2Man City Women11004043
3Reading Women21013123
4Arsenal Women11003213
5Sunderland Ladies11001013
6Liverpool Women210123-13
7B'ham City Women100123-10
8Everton Ladies100102-20
9Yeovil Town Ladies100104-40
10Bristol City Women100106-60
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