Remi Allen double helps Reading jump into top three
The Royals 4-0 triumph over Yeovil Town puts them into third place in the FA WSL 1
FA WSL 1 match
19:45, Friday 13 April 2018
Taunton Town FC
Reading FC Women Goal Scorers: Allen 10',13', Furness 58', Rowe 84'
Reading moved up to third in the FA WSL 1 table as goals from Rachel Furness, Rachel Rowe and a Remi Allen brace saw them triumph 4-0 Yeovil Town.
Four goals from the visitors comfortably saw off bottom-placed Yeovil at The Viridor Stadium, as Allen bagged two before half time.
Reading then wrapped it up with a solid performance in the second half to put them only seven points off league-leaders Chelsea.
Yeovil Town 0
Allen 10, 13, Furness 58, Rowe 84
Yeovil Town (4-2-3-1): Megan Walsh, Gemma Evans, Leah Burridge, Nicola Cousins, Jessie Jones, Annie Heatherson, Bow Jackson, Ella Pusey, Thierry-Jo Gauvain, Charlotte Buxton, Georgia Evans.
Substitutes: Megan Robinson for Evans 53.
Substitutes not used: Beth Howard, Harriet Lambe, Libby Piggott, Rebecca Halford.
Bookings: Jessie Jones 63, Thierry-Jo Gauvain 83, Gemma Evans 90
Red Cards: None
Reading (3-4-3): Mary Earps, Fara Williams, Kirsty Pearce, Rachel Furness, Remi Allen, Lauren Bruton, Jade Moore, Brooke Chaplen, Natasha Harding, Jo Potter, Rachel Rowe.
Substitutes: Harriet Scott for Harding 73, Kirsty Linnett for Chaplen 78, Melissa Fletcher for Bruton 81.
Substitutes not used: Molly Bartrip, Grace Maloney, Evie Gane.
Bookings: Rachel Furness 52, Natasha Harding 70
Red Cards: None
Referee: Phillip Eddie
Allen headed Reading in front on ten minutes as she was left unmarked from Fara Williams’ cross and made no mistake to give the away side an early lead.
The Royals’ midfielder was on the scoresheet again three minutes later, heading home from a corner in a packed penalty box.
Yeovil came close to an immediate response but Jones’ goal-bound effort was well saved by visiting goalkeeper Mary Earps.
The Glovers’ Annie Heatherson then must have thought she had scored her side’s first goal of the season as she pounced on a mix up in the Reading defence.
Although her effort beat the keeper, it was excellently blocked by Royals’ captain Kirsty Pearce to prevent Heatherson from halving the deficit.
At the other end Brooke Chaplen looked to make it three as she ran through on the home goal, but Megan Walsh closed down the angle and made a good block with her legs.
Just before the hour Reading’s Furness made it three as she headed home from a corner.
Jade Moore looked to get her name on the scoresheet as she broke through Yeovil’s backline but Walsh made a superb point-blank save to prevent a fourth.
GOAL OF THE MATCH
Six minutes from time, Reading extended their lead and in some style.
Rowe cut inside and hit a stunning drive into the left-hand top corner, leaving Walsh with no chance, and completing a comfortable victory.
WHAT THEY SAID
Yeovil goalkeeper and captain Megan Walsh said:“We fought hard, scrapped for every ball and didn’t give up. You could see we were hurting at the end, but we kept putting pressure on them.
“We’ve just got to maintain that belief and keep going. We can never give in as a club or we’ll get punished for it.
“I do look at my saves but it’s a team performance and we’ve got to assess it as a whole.
“We need to be better at set-pieces. We’ll look at them and see what we need to do to make it right.
“The two early goals killed the game and our momentum. It got in our heads a bit, but we kept going and had chances.
“Their fourth goal was good, I’ll give it to her. You can’t save all of them.
“We’re blessed to be able to get a pitch. We’ve just got to use what we’ve got and it was the same for both teams.”
Reading manager Kelly Chambers said: “Footballing-wise we could’ve been a bit better, but it was always going to be difficult on that pitch.
“Places like this are hard to come. We’re used to playing expansive football but we knew we might have to be different today. The most important thing was the win.
“A nice clean-sheet, four goals on the board and that now takes us to third in the league where we want to be.
“We said at the start of the game that we need to come out of the blocks flying and the girls delivered straight away.
“Yeovil keep going until the end, they’re very determined and want to play. They made things difficult tonight but our quality shone through.
“The fourth goal was a great strike. That’s what she’s [Rachel Rowe] capable of. She deserves a goal like that for the performances she’s put in recently and again it’s nice to see people like Remi Allen collecting goals from midfield.
“We’ve not got to rely on our strikers, we’ve got goals coming from all across the pitch which is great for us.”
The next match for both teams comes next Wednesday as Yeovil host Birmingham, whilst Reading travel to Arsenal looking to continue their form.
“Birmingham’s always a tough game. They’re always physical but we’ve just got to give them as good as we get.
“We’re always looking for revenge against any team because of the situation we’re in but we’ll keep going.
“The home crowd’s great with us and they really get behind us, especially when we’re going forward. It’s an advantage. We’ll thrive in it.
“We do look at other teams but it’s also solely down to us and how we set up. We need to focus on what we can do to counter their attacks.
“We’ll recover properly and go again on Wednesday.”
“We’re on a nice run and it’s a case of taking that into the Arsenal game.
“We know it’s going to be a completely different game but we’ve shown what we’re capable of.
“We’ve beaten Man City and taken points off Chelsea this season.
“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves because we know where we’re at but we are up there and competing.
“We’ve played Arsenal twice, beaten them in the cup and drawn with them in the league so we know what we need to do on the day.
“Every game we go into is about applying ourselves in the right way and delivering performances to make sure we finish as high as possible in the league.
“If you look two years ago we wouldn’t have been having this conversation. You look the club Arsenal are but it’s nice we’re now competing with them.
“We know it’s not going to be an easy game and what they can do and the players and quality they’ve got on the pitch. We just need to make sure we stay grounded and keep going with what we’re doing.”
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