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Chelsea Ladies 2-2 Reading Women

Chelsea hit back from 2-0 down to draw with Reading to stretch their lead at the top of Women's Super League 1, but the result left the title race in second-placed Manchester City's hands.

The Royals led through Brooke Chaplen's penalty after Jade Moore went down in the area, and Fara Williams' low finish made it two in the second half.

Jonna Anderson tucked in to make it 2-1 before Fran Kirby slotted in to level.

Chelsea moved two points clear of their rivals, but City have a game in hand.

At times breathless, the entertaining game at Kingsmeadow could have been won by Chelsea late on, but England and Reading keeper Mary Earps produced a brilliant save to deny Drew Spence.

Spence then thought she had dramatically won it in the 94th minute, tucking in after a free-kick fell to her in the box, but it was ruled out as Earps was deemed to have been fouled in the area.

The hosts remain unbeaten in WSL1 so far this season, while Reading stay sixth.

England and Reading Women's Fara Williams (centre, right)
Fara Williams' clinical strike put Reading 2-0 up shortly after half-time

Reading's Rachel Furness: "We are obviously disappointed to let the lead slip. Yes, we have got a very good point away from home but we felt we gifted Chelsea the goals.

"We are disappointed in ourselves but obviously we are happy to come away with a point.

"Chelsea are a very good team, they are in the Champions League so it just shows we can compete and we were good enough to get three points today.

"It is about game management and we know ourselves we had five or ten-minute spells where we could have been better on the ball."

Chelsea's Fran Kirby: "I don't think we were good enough in the first half, we were a bit sluggish getting out of the blocks so credit to Reading, they took the chances when they came with the penalty.

"In the second half as well we were a bit too open. It shows the character that we have in the team to get a point, but we are obviously disappointed not to get three.

"It is a busy schedule and we just need to try and get as many points as possible as well as focusing on the Champions League.

"It was my first goal against Reading. I'm friends with some of the girls here still but all I care about now is scoring for Chelsea."


Chelsea Women

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 28Telford
  • 4Bright
  • 18Mjelde
  • 16ErikssonBooked at 17mins
  • 7DavisonSubstituted forBlundellat 59'minutes
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 17ChapmanBooked at 18minsSubstituted forThorisdottirat 72'minutes
  • 20Andersson
  • 10Ji
  • 14Kirby
  • 9AlukoSubstituted forSpenceat 61'minutes


  • 1Lindahl
  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 3Blundell
  • 5Flaherty
  • 11Rafferty
  • 23Bachmann
  • 24Spence

Reading Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Earps
  • 23Rowe
  • 6Pearce
  • 22Potter
  • 20HardingBooked at 45mins
  • 18MooreBooked at 82mins
  • 7Furness
  • 10Bruton
  • 4Williams
  • 8Allen
  • 19ChaplenSubstituted forLinnettat 90'minutes


  • 9Linnett
  • 11Fletcher
  • 15Green
  • 21Moloney
  • 36Gaine
Helen Byrne

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamReading Women
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Reading FC Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Reading FC Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies).

  4. Post update

    Mary Earps (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Remi Allen (Reading FC Women).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Maria Thorisdottir (Chelsea Ladies).

  8. Post update

    Fara Williams (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading FC Women. Kirsty Linnett replaces Brooke Chaplen.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonna Andersson with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Mary Earps (Reading FC Women) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Reading FC Women. Rachel Furness tries a through ball, but Lauren Bruton is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Maren Mjelde tries a through ball, but Drew Spence is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Mary Earps.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Magdalena Eriksson.

  18. Booking

    Jade Moore (Reading FC Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jade Moore (Reading FC Women).

As It Stood

1Chelsea Women128403382528
2Man City Women1182133112226
3Arsenal Women1062221111020
4Liverpool Women116052017318
5B'ham City Women115151815316
6Reading Women103432114713
7Sunderland Ladies104061025-1512
8Everton Women103071315-29
9Bristol City Women10217527-227
10Yeovil United9009031-310
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