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Reading Women 3-4 Manchester City Women: Nikita Parris hat-trick helps City win

Manchester City player Nikita Parris
Nikita Parris scored her first hat-trick for Manchester City since a 5-0 win at home against Yeovil in May 2018

A Nikita Parris hat-trick helped Manchester City edge past Reading and extend their lead at the top of the Women's Super League.

City trailed to Brooke Chaplen's well-placed finish but Parris put them in the lead with three unanswered goals.

Demi Stokes added a fourth before Fara Williams' penalty and Kirsty Pearce's tap-in reduced the Royals' deficit.

Nick Cushing's City are five points clear at the top although second-placed Arsenal have three games in hand.

Reading had won just two of their last nine competitive fixtures but took a surprise early lead when Remi Allen's header was pounced on by Chaplen, who slotted the ball beyond City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.

Parris, returning from England's SheBelieves Cup-winning campaign, nearly equalised sooner but saw her shot cleared off the line by Reading midfielder Jo Potter in the opening quarter.

The WSL leaders were soon back on level terms, however, when Parris connected with Jill Scott's fine pass before tucking the ball in off the post.

England skipper Steph Houghton had a good chance to make the scores 2-1 midway through the first-half when her free-kick, destined for the top-corner, was tipped away by Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney.

City completed their first-half comeback after 36 minutes when Parris latched on to Stoke's cutback, and Parris added her third three minutes later after again combining with midfielder Scott.

After the break, the WSL's top-scorer Parris turned provider, setting up Stoke's for City's fourth. But the gap was soon reduced back to two goals when Allen was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area, allowing Williams to pull a goal back from the spot.

Pearce made the final five minutes tense for City, poking the ball in following a save from Roebuck, but the visitors held on for the victory.

Line-ups

Reading Women

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Moloney
  • 5Bartrip
  • 6Pearce
  • 22Potter
  • 11Harding
  • 16Bailey
  • 18MooreSubstituted forPachecoat 70'minutes
  • 8Allen
  • 4Williams
  • 19ChaplenSubstituted forFurnessat 85'minutes
  • 15HönnudottirSubstituted forBrutonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jane
  • 3Pacheco
  • 7Furness
  • 9Davison
  • 10Bruton
  • 26Howard
  • 27Laws

Man City Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Roebuck
  • 23McManusBooked at 68mins
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 25WullaertSubstituted forBonnerat 88'minutes
  • 12Stanway
  • 7LawleySubstituted forBeckieat 73'minutes
  • 17ParrisBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 4Bonner
  • 11Beckie
  • 15Hemp
  • 19Weir
  • 20Campbell
  • 22Emslie
Attendance:
449

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home4
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading FC Women 3, Manchester City Women 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading FC Women 3, Manchester City Women 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fara Williams (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jill Scott (Manchester City Women).

  6. Booking

    Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Kirsty Pearce (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jade Bailey (Reading FC Women).

  10. Post update

    Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Molly Bartrip (Reading FC Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Gemma Bonner replaces Tessa Wullaert.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Reading FC Women 3, Manchester City Women 4. Kirsty Pearce (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rachel Furness (Reading FC Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Natasha Harding.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Reading FC Women. Conceded by Jill Scott.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading FC Women. Rachel Furness replaces Brooke Chaplen.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikita Parris.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Kirsty Pearce.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Mayumi Pacheco (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women17125049143541
2Arsenal Women14120253114236
3Chelsea Women17105234112335
4B'ham City Women159152014628
5Bristol City Women156451322-922
6West Ham Women166192129-819
7Reading Women155372224-218
8Liverpool Women155191126-1516
9Brighton Women1734101233-2113
10Everton Women14239926-179
11Yeovil United151113943-344
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