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Reading FC Women 3 (Bragg 25,42, Cox 52) Watford 0
A first half brace from Bianca Bragg ensured Reading wrapped up the WSL 2 season in winning style with a 3-0 victory against Watford at Farnborough.
Bragg's two stunning strikes meant she ended her first Reading campaign with 7 goals from 11 games. Shelly Cox also got on the scoresheet with an exquisite left footed volley in the second half which gave the Royals a convincing win.
The game got off to a slow start with a couple of half chances for Reading coming from Lauren Bruton and Mel Fletcher but both efforts from long-range failed to hit the target. In a game that Watford offered little, the Hornets had their best chance of the game in the 15th minute as Kate Natkiel forced a brilliant save from Grace Moloney in the Reading goal.
After 20 minutes, Reading started to create more opportunities. Great attacking movement from Fletcher and Bragg created a chance for Cheryl Williams who hit a dipping shot from 30 yards and Lauren Davey needed to be alert to tip over for a corner.
In the 25th minute Bianca Bragg got the opening goal as she hit a spectacular strike from 20 yards into the top right hand corner to cap off a superb attack by Reading and give the hosts a deserved 1-0 lead.
Reading continued to dominate possession after the opening goal. Williams saw her drilled effort from the edge of the area go agonisingly wide whilst Becky Jane had a long range shot well saved by Davey.
Just before the half time break, Bianca Bragg got her second of the afternoon to double Reading's lead. A cross from the right found Bragg with plenty of time in the box and she fired home from six yards which gave Reading a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time.
Kelly Chambers made a couple of changes at half time with Laura May Walkley and Georgie Giddings replacing Megan Ryan and England's newest star, Lauren Bruton.
Within ten minutes of the restart Shelly Cox scored her second goal of the season and wrapped up the three points for Reading. Cox, who had switched to the left wing in the second-half, latched onto a beautiful cross from the right and fired a left footed volley into the back of the net.
Reading controlled the rest of the game and Grace Moloney only had two touches of the ball in the second half, a solid performance from the Reading back four denied Watford of any real threat.
The Royals were unlucky not to extend their three goal advantage. Shelly Cox looked a threat in her new left wing role and had a shot saved well by Davey. Lois Roche impressed after coming on, she battled her way through many challenges only to shoot straight at the keeper. Roche also managed a cheeky rabona, Lamela-esque!
As the clock ticked into stoppage time, Cox fired in a great cross to Bonnie Horwood who should have made it four but her effort from six yards flew over the bar to deny her a goal against her former side.
Reading FC Women: Grace Moloney, Rebecca Jane, Shelly Cox, Kirsty McGee, Megan Ryan (sub Georgie Giddings 45mins), Molly Bartrip, Bianca Bragg (sub Lois Roche 63mins), Bonnie Horwood, Lauren Bruton (sub Laura May Walkley 45mins); Melissa Fletcher, Cheryl Williams. Subs not used: Leigh Nicol, Eloise Wilson.
Watford: Lauren Davey, Ellie Butterwick, Hollie Wride, Chloe Gunn, Renee Hector, Leighanne Robe, Megan Wynne, Stacie Donnelly, Jo Wilson, Kate Natkiel, Kim Farrow (sub Sasha Adamson 74). Subs not used: Vanna Lee, Shayla Burgess.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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