Reading claim victory at Liverpool
Reading Women claimed a 3-0 victory away to Liverpool Ladies on Friday evening at the Select Security stadium in Widnes.
Liverpool came into the game of the back of a derby victory last week whereas the Royals lost 1-0 at home to Sunderland on matchday one.
It was Reading who came close to breaking the deadlock on five minutes as Sophie Ingle blocked a Remi Allen shot before the ball rebounded back out to her before she fired the ball back into Jo Potter before her header crashed off the woodwork and bounced away from goal.
Liverpool’s first chance arrived on nine minutes as Caroline Weir was played in by Bethany England who is on loan from Chelsea although her low effort was well saved by Royals stopper Mary Earps.
Liverpool created yet another good opening as England and Weir linked up well once again before the latter fired across goal and wide.
However, the Royals did take the lead as Fara Williams fired home a stunning volley from 30 yards out and into the top corner of the net a sensational strike by England’s most capped player.
It was the visitors who were then close to doubling their lead when Brooke Chaplen whipped in a perfect cross for Remi Allen but she headed her effort just wide of the target from close range.
Alex Greenwood was trying to get her side back level in the tie and she won the ball off Jade Moore before her cross to Natasha Harding was well plucked out of the air by Earps who was off her line quickly.
Reading doubled their lead on 32 minutes as Chaplen skipped the Liverpool tackles before her shot was well saved by Chamberlain but the ball fell to the feet to Allen and she tapped the ball into the empty net with ease.
Liverpool were struggling to break down a well organised Reading defence but on 37 minutes they nearly did just that as England raced into the box before her pullback to Weir was well cut out by Harriet Scott at the last minute.
On 43 minutes it was the Reds who had another good opening as the fantastic Greenwood saw her freekick well blocked by Reading captain Kirsty Pearce if it had have been on target Earps was surely beaten.
On the stroke of the break the home side had another good chance as Greenwood linked up with Weir but she was well tackled by Williams on the edge of the box allowing Kelly Chamber’s side to clear.
The second half got underway with Liverpool creating the first chance when Harding fired wide of the target from just outside the box the ball sailing just wide of Earps goal inside a minute of the restart.
On 58 minutes England had the perfect chance to fire Liverpool back into the game as she latched onto a Weir cross but she hit her effort wide of the target.
It was the home side who created another decent opening on 66 minutes as Jess Clarke linked up with Harding before she was well tackled by Scott before she could get a shot away on goal.
Reading however added their third Brooke Chaplen ran from deep beating the Liverpool bodies before she rounded home keeper Chamberlain before tapping the ball into the net with ease to seal the three points for the Royals.
Liverpool has a perfect chance to pull a goal back on 80 minutes as Clarke tried to play in Weir but she was denied by a fine interception from Moore.
Earps then made a superb save to make sure her clean sheet was kept intact on 85 minutes as Harding latched on to a long ball from Greenwood but her powerful drive from point blank range was well kept out by the home keeper in the final piece of action of the game.
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