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Reading Women 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion Women: Fara Williams scores in final home game for Royals

Fara Williams scored in her final home game for Reading as they beat Brighton in the Women's Super League.

After a humdrum start the game exploded into life with four goals in nine minutes before half-time.

Williams sent Brighton keeper Megan Walsh the wrong way from the spot after a clumsy challenge on Emma Harries.

Danielle Carter doubled the Royals' lead and Lee Geum-min scored twice in two minutes, before Natasha Harding's neat finish sealed victory.

Following her decision to retire at the end of the season, Williams stepped out at Madejski Stadium for the final time to a guard of honour from both teams in Reading's penultimate WSL game.

The Royals came into the match looking for their first win since February's victory at Manchester United, and England's record appearance holder Williams, 37, got them off to the perfect start, coolly dinking her penalty past Walsh.

Carter then slid in from close range following good work by Harding on the right to double Reading's lead, but Lee's quickfire double pegged them back.

Fara Williams
Fara Williams, who retires at the end of the season, received a guard of honour before kick-off

The South Korea striker headed in from close range, before scoring a contender for goal of the season by thumping home from 35 yards after seeing Reading keeper Grace Moloney off her line.

But the hosts regained their lead 10 minutes after the break, Harding finishing coolly through the legs of keeper Walsh.

Brighton were inches away from rescuing a point as Inessa Kaagman's low shot flashed past the right-hand post, but Reading held on to replace the Seagulls in sixth place in the WSL table on goal difference.

Line-ups

Reading Women

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Moloney
  • 2Leine
  • 14Cooper
  • 5Bartrip
  • 31RobertsSubstituted forEikelandat 86'minutes
  • 11Harding
  • 6James
  • 23Rowe
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forJeonat 77'minutes
  • 18Carter
  • 36HarriesSubstituted forChaplenat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Jeon
  • 9Eikeland
  • 16Nayler
  • 19Chaplen
  • 24Flores
  • 32Childerhouse

Brighton Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Walsh
  • 12KoivistoSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 5Kerkdijk
  • 6Le Tissier
  • 3Gibbons
  • 19SimpkinsSubstituted forBanceat 60'minutes
  • 7Whelan
  • 10Kaagman
  • 15Green
  • 9Lee
  • 11HeroumSubstituted forBrazilat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Roe
  • 16Brazil
  • 20Williams
  • 22Robinson
  • 23Jarrett
  • 24Symonds
  • 25Fiskerstrand
  • 26Olding
  • 32Bance
Referee:
Jane Simms

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamBrighton Women
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading Women 3, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading Women 3, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Reading Women. Kristine Leine tries a through ball, but Amalie Eikeland is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brooke Chaplen (Reading Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Reading Women. Conceded by Libby Bance.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Amalie Eikeland (Reading Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brooke Chaplen.

  7. Post update

    Danique Kerkdijk (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jeon Ga-Eul (Reading Women).

  9. Post update

    Lee Geum-Min (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Angharad James (Reading Women).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading Women. Amalie Eikeland replaces Bethan Roberts.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lee Geum-Min (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  13. Post update

    Molly Bartrip (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Inessa Kaagman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ellie Brazil.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  16. Post update

    Deanna Cooper (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Maya Le Tissier (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  18. Post update

    Natasha Harding (Reading Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading Women. Jeon Ga-Eul replaces Fara Williams because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brooke Chaplen (Reading Women) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fara Williams.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women21164164135152
2Chelsea Women20163162105251
3Arsenal Women21152463154847
4Man Utd Women21142542202244
5Everton Women2195739281132
6Reading Women215972536-1124
7Brighton Women2173111840-2224
8Tottenham Women2045111739-2217
9West Ham Women2136122138-1715
10B'ham City Women2136121543-2815
11Aston Villa Women2135131547-3214
12Bristol City Women2126131769-5212
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