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Reading FC Women 2 (Bruton 37, Follis 50) Everton 1 (Williams pen 53)
Reading FC Women ended their recent sticky patch of a defeat and a draw to get back to winning ways against Everton at the Ruishmoor Community Stadium.
The Royals inflicted Everton's first loss of the FA WSL 2 season as they held off a late rally to triumph at Farnborough on a beautiful spring evening. Goals from Lauren Bruton and Emma Follis sealed victory for the Royals despite Paige Williams' penalty and a late Toffees surge.
The hosts were without their top scorer Fran Kirby through injury but they coped well and the result sees them keep in touch of league leaders Doncaster Rovers Belles.
The visitors made a bright start as a first minute corner fell to Lucy Whipp but she fired her shot wide as did Dan Turner four minutes later. But Reading grew into the game and Bruton scored after 37 minutes when Vicky Jones' back pass was anticipated by the hard working Helen Ward, who laid it off for the Royals' captain to curl in beyond the retreating Walsh in the Everton goal.
The second half saw the Royals double their lead six minutes after the break when Bruton found Follis in the box who smashed the ball across the outstretched Megan Walsh to find the net for the third time this season.
The two-goal lead was short lived as Everton instantly replied when Williams converted from the spot after Turner was brought down in the box by Rebecca Jane. Williams slotted home confidently, sending Moloney in the Reading goal the opposite way.
But Moloney was called into action again late on as Everton pushed for the equaliser. The Reading stopper made a fantastic save from Simone Magill but the Toffees failed to the goal they needed to salvage a point as Reading earned their fourth win of the season in WSL 2 and maintain the chase for promotion with Doncaster Rovers Belles, who the Royals meet next weekend.
Reading FC Women: Grace Moloney, Rebecca Jane, Kylie Davies, Kirsty McGee (sub Molly Bartrip 81mins), Harriet Scott, Emma Follis, Laura May Walkley (sub Charlie Estcourt 65mins), Rachel Rowe, Lois Roche (sub Eloise Wilson 83mins), Helen Ward, Lauren Bruton. Subs not used: Claire Skinner, Georgie Giddings, Rebekah Haines, Bianca Bragg.
Everton: Megan Walsh, Vicky Jones, Ellie Stewart (sub Claudia Walker 86mins), Lindsay Johnson, Gabby George, Lucy Whipp, Paige Williams (sub Millie Turner 68mins), Michelle Hinnigan (sub Emily Hollinshead 75mins), Dan Turner, Kelly Jones, Simone Magill. Subs not used: Kirstie Levell, Danielle Lea, Megan Alexander, Megan Finnigan.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Helen Ward is pursued by Lindsay Johnson
(middle) Simone Magill gets in a shot past Lois Roche
(bottom) Laura May Walkley keeps control with Michelle Hinnigan watching on
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