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White Scores HAT-trick As England Secure Thumping Friendly Win over Northern Ireland

Ellen White stole the show as England triumphed 6-0 over Northern Ireland in their first fixture of the year at St George’s Park earlier today. 

Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly and debutant Ella Toone also got on the scoresheet as interim boss Hege Riise got her tenure underway with a comfortable victory. 

The Lionesses dominated the encounter from start to finish, with Kenny Shiels’ side struggling to get out of their own half for large periods of the game. They will also be grateful to goalkeeper Becky Flaherty for keeping the scoring in single digits. 

Riise raised a few eyebrows with her first starting line up, as Chloe Kelly was only named on the bench. Houston Dash’s Rachel Daly was afforded a start on the wing with Georgia Stanway and Jordan Nobbs joining Jill Scott in the centre of the park. The on loan Everton midfielder was given the captain’s armband on her 150th appearance for England. 

Keira Walsh pulled out of the squad late yesterday after a thigh injury and will now be assessed by Man City. 

Kenny Shiels gave Birmingham full back Rebecca Holloway her first cap, with striker Simone Magill, as expected, coming back into the side after injury to lead the line. A late injury to Jackie Burns also saw Sheffield United goalkeeper Beckie Flaherty starting in goal. 

With the Olympics coming up in the summer and the vast majority of the squad being made up of English players, the Lionnesses intent to stake their claim to be on the plane to Tokyo was clear from the off. 

They hassled and hurried the Northern Irish defence and had a number of chances before the eventually broke the deadlock on 18 minutes. 

Man City striker White met Daly’s cross with just three minutes of the contest gone, but couldn’t direct her header on target.  The 31-year old had another opportunity moments later when Scott slipped her through, but she was denied by Flaherty, before the goalkeeper reacted well to save from Nobbs on the follow up. 

England could have been three goals to the good inside the first ten minutes were it not for Flaherty, who pulled off another good save to prevent Bronze’s header from finding the top right hand corner.

Shiels will be disappointed in the manner in which Northern Ireland conceded the opener. White capitalising on a misplaced pass from McCarron, intercepting the ball  before driving into the area and firing a effort into the far corner.

That goal opened the flood gates, and Riise’s side got two more in quick succession. On 23 minutes, Bronze burst down the right and delivered a pinpoint cross for White, who glanced a header into the net for her and England’s second.

Their third game just five minutes later, again from a good cross into the box which Northern Ireland struggled to deal with. This time it was Hemp on the opposite flank putting in a tantalising delivery which Bronze at the back post slid into to tap home. 

The Lionesses’ were hungry for more and had one more clear cut chance late in the half to further extend their lead. Jordan Nobbs swung in a free kick to the near post, and the unmarked Hemp got on the end of it, but her header went wide.

Riise opted to make one change at the break, with Manchester United midfielder Ella Toone making her international bow in place of Jordan Nobbs. 

England continued to dominate the early proceedings of the second period as White’s spurned a glorious opportunity for her hat-trick. Toone was involved almost immediately, finding White in the box, who lifted the ball over the onrushing Flaherty, but off-target. 

She didn’t have to wait for her third for long however, with the hat-trick goal coming just two minutes later on 49 minutes. Scott threaded the ball through to the striker and she did the rest, wriggling past Nelson and rifling the ball into the top corner for her 39th England goal.

She had the ball in the back of the net for a fourth time just after the hour mark, by which time Everton keeper Sandy MacIver, had come on for her debut in place of Roebuck, but the goal was ruled out for offside. The former Birmingham forward had just strayed beyond Nelson before latching onto Kelly’s cross. 

England got their fifth not long after however, with Rachel Daly, who was a thorn in Northern Ireland’s side all game, sweeping home from close range after Bronze had surged down the right and put it on a plate for her.

They almost had a sixth on 72 minutes after a well worked short corner routine presented Kelly with a chance to strike from distance. The Man City winger tried to bend her effort into the far corner but it whistled wide of the far post. 

The final goal of the day came with just fifteen minutes of the game remaining. Kelly, who looked lively when she came off the bench, went down under a challenge from Holloway and the referee pointed to the spot.

Up stepped young Toone, who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner, sending Flaherty the wrong way to complete the route and net her first international goal on her first appearance.

Debuts then followed for Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy and Bristol City’s Ebony Salmon as England saw out the game, with Northern Ireland failing to register a single shot on target on a difficult afternoon for Shiels side. 

Speaking post match, the former Derry City manager told the BBC:

“There were some positives and some negatives. England are stronger and quicker than us and that was a big obstacle for us to overcome,

“We made three uncharacteristic mistakes for the three goals and I wish we could have been a bit more competitive,” he concluded. 

Opposition number Riise was delighted with England’s performance in her first game in charge:

“Obviously I’m pleased with six goals, four players getting their first cap and that we pushed for 90 minutes and wanted more goals. We tried to find the pockets in between, run at them and I think we showed character” stated the former Norwegian international.

She continued, “We probably could’ve scored more goals but the performance and energy that we put into the game was good.”

Northern Ireland now have to regroup ahead of their historic Euro 2022 two legged play off game, and they will discover their opponents of that tie next month.

As for the Lionesses, they will take on Canada in April as the squad gear up for the rescheduled Olympic Games.

England Vs Northern Ireland Preview: Lionesses Aiming for First Win Under Riise’s Reign

England are in action for the first time in almost a year tomorrow in their first game under new boss Hege Riise, as they take on Northern Ireland in a friendly at St George’s Park. 

It is the first of a double header of games for Riise and her squad in the upcoming months, as they attempt to build some momentum ahead of the rescheduled European Championships, which will take place on home soil next year. 

They face Canada on 13th April in their second fixture announced by the FA, with many players hoping to impress in these two fixtures and make the Team GB squad for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo 

Tomorrow’s game will be the first meeting between the two nations since 2008, when the Lionesses triumphed 2-0 during a European Championship qualifier at Mourneview Park.

Much has changed since then, especially for the Green and White Army, who have enjoyed an upturn in form under former Derry City boss Kenny Shiels, winning their last four Euro 2022 qualifying games to secure their passage to the two legged play off games in April. 

The exhibition game is as beneficial to Northern Ireland as it is England, as it forms part of their preparation for the crunch two legged tie. It is their sole fixture before the historic games, which will take place in less than two months time.  

England, who are ranked sixth in the world and 43 places above their opponents, have not played since they were defeated 1-0 by Spain in March of last year. 

Riise has stuck with the majority of the squad who played in what turned out to be Phil Neville’s last game in charge before taking up a role as Inter Miami manager, naming ten Manchester City players in her twenty-one strong panel.

One of the stalwarts included is on loan Everton midfielder Jill Scott, who is in line to make her 150th appearances for the Lionesses at St George’s Park tomorrow. 

Demi Stokes is injured along Chelsea duo Millie Bright and Fran Kirby who both withdrew from the squad at the weekend and were replaced by Manchester United defender Millie Turner and Arsenal winger Beth Mead, who had narrowly missed out in the initial squad announcement. 

Nikita Parris is another notable absentee. The Lyon forward is unable to join up with the team due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Toni Duggan, who now features for Athletico Madrid, is another who misses out on selection. 

Young Bristol City forward Ebony Salmon, who only turned 20 in January, receives her first call up along with other uncapped players such as Birmingham goalkeeper Hannah Hampton, Everton shot stopper Sandy MacIver, Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy and Manchester United forward Ella Toone.

Man City’s Ellie Roebuck seems the most likely of England’s inexperienced goalkeepers to get the nod to start in goal. 

Captain Steph Houghton will be partnered by Arsenal centre back Leah Williamson, whilst FIFA Best Winner Lucy Bronze and Rachel Daly will line up at left and right back respectively. 

Jordan Nobbs and Jill Scott should feature in the centre of the park and will be flanked by Chloe Kelly and Georgia Stanway on the wings. Bethany England and Ellen White should start up front. 

Riise gave her inaugural press conference ahead of the game, expressing her satisfaction with how the training camp before the game has gone so far:

“We are delighted to have a fixture against Northern Ireland, to prepare ourselves for this week and I have been very impressed by the spirit and determination I have witnessed from our players in camp so far.”

Kenny Shiels is missing a number of influential members of his team and so again has opted to name quite a youthful squad, with seven changes from their last outing against Faroe Islands in December. 

The stand out call up is for 16 year-old defender Ella Haughey. The Lisburn Rangers full back had been training with the senior side on a trail basis before receiving the call that she would feature in the squad for the game. 

The teenager this week cited Lucy Bronze as one of her idols growing up and told the BBC that:

“It’s hard to put into words how much the call up means to me”.

She joins Crusaders goalkeeper Maddy Harvey-Clifford as the only other uncapped member of the squad, coming in for Forfar Farmington goalkeeper Lauren Perry. 

There are recalls for Linfield duo Casey Howe and Rebecca McKenna, as well as Birmingham’s Rebecca Halloway and former Hearts midfielder Louise McDaniel. 

Demi Vance is out with a knee injury whilst sisters Caitlin and Kirsty McGuiness are unavailable for selection.

In a huge boost for Shiels, star striker Simone Magill has recovered from her injury and is included in the travelling squad. She is part of the experienced spine which Northern Ireland have, which includes the likes of centre backs Ashley Hutton and Julie Nelson as well as midfield trio Rachel Furness, Sarah McFadden and Marissa Callaghan. 

Given how well their 4-3-3 formation served them in the thrashing of the Faroe Islands, Shiels is likely to stick with his tried and tested methods. 

Burns is a nailed on starter in goal and will have experienced duo Hutton and Nelson at centre back, with Halloway and Caldwell completing the back four.

In front of them, Northern Ireland will likely line up with a midfield three of McFadden McClaron and Furness, the latter two being some of the Green and White Army’s more creative players. 

Magill should slot back into the side and lead the line with Wade and Wilson lining up on the flanks.

Ahead of the mouthwatering encounter Shiels was realistic in his assessment of the task ahead of Northern Ireland, but was keen to stress that whatever the result, it will be a great learning curve for his side:

“When we leave England after the match I will know straight away what we learnt from the game,

“The result will not be indicative of what we are looking to achieve. As long as the girls get better collectively then we will get better as a team, and it is inevitable that results will follow.”

The game kicks off at 12:30pm tomorrow and is available on the BBC iPlayer and website. 

FA WSL Round Up: First Win for Bristol City, Chelsea remain top

Bristol City got their first win of the season after they beat Brighton by three goals to nil. First half goals from Yana Daniels and Ebony Salmon give the home side a two nothing lead at the break. Salmon added a third from the spot in the second half to round off the victory.

Chelsea, meanwhile, kept top spot after beating Spurs by four goals to nil. Two goals from Melanie Leupolz (one from the spot), another from Sam Kerr along with a Abbie McManus own goal.

Manchester United beat Everton by two goals to nil keeping them on level points with leaders Chelsea. Two first half goals from Ella Toone and Christen Press.

Manchester City cruised to victory beating West Ham by four goals. Caroline Weir and Georgia Stanway finning the net in the first half before Ellen White and Rose Lavelle in the second.

Arsenal’s trip to Aston Villa was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Bristol City 3 v 0 Brighton

The Robins were in front after just three minutes thanks to Yana Daniels stunning effort. Receiving the ball from Gemma Evans, Daniels turns and loops the ball over Cecilie Fiskerstrand clipping the inside off the bar on the way into the net.

Aimee Palmer sent a long driving shot just wide of the goal as Bristol looked to build on their lead. On 34 minutes City had their second. After along ball from the back by Jasmine Matthews, broke though the Brighton back line, Ebony Salmon got in front of Maya Le Tissier and coolly slotted past the advancing keeper.

Brighton had chances but failed to trouble Bristol Keeper Sophie Baggaley. Bristol made sure of the win in the 59th minute as Salmon scored her second from the spot. The ball flicking off the hand of Victoria Williams, with little the defender could do about it. Salmon stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, confidently putting the ball in the corner of the goal.

It got worse for Brighton as Kayleigh Green was sent off for stamping on Bristol’s Daniels.

Brighton subsequently remain in 9th place and City, meanwhile, remain bottom, but they close the gap on the teams above them to just two points.

Chelsea 4 v 0 Tottenham

Tottenham began the game brightly having the first chances. Kit Graham teeing up a long range effort for Ria Percival, but her shot was met by the stretching hand of Berger to flick the ball on to the post.

Graham forced Berger into another save after creating some space just inside the box to shoot. Chelsea leaving space in the centre allowing Tottenham to create chances.

Chelsea got the first goal a little against the run of play. Melanie Leupolz sending the ball into the net from 30 yards. Two minutes later Chelsea double their lead. Fran Kirby latching on to a loose ball from the keeper and crossing from the right found Pernille Harder who’s lifted shot deflected off Abbie McManus.

Chelsea got a third before half time, Sam Kerr heading in from Harder’s cross. Harder with plenty of time of look and spot Sam Kerr in the box put in a pin point perfect cross which gave Kerr a simple header for three nil.

The Blues made it four thanks to Leupolz’s penalty. Beth England’s cross hitting the raised arm of Kerys Harrop. Leupolz sent the Tottenham keeper the wrong from the spot to seal a big win for the league leaders.

Everton 0 v 2 Manchester United

United had an early chance as Christen Press on the turn tested the gloves of Maciver in the Everton goal.

Leah Galton was causing Everton problem down the left side and this was where United’s first goal came from. Driving at the Everton defence Galton got a shot off which was saved by Maciver. She was unable to hold onto the ball, but was able to push it away from Press. Everton were unable to clear as the ball fell to Ella Toone who fired in from close range.

Maciver was called into action again as Katie Zelem’s long ball found Toone in space but her shot only found the gloves of the Everton keeper.

Press got United’s second after 42 minutes after being played in by Hayley Ladd. Everton didn’t clear and the ball fell to Ladd who played a clear pass to get Press in the box. Holding off Turner, Press was able to put the ball past Maciver.

Everton tried to get back into the game, Jill Scott’s long range effort forcing Mary Earps to be at full stretch to keep the ball out. United were quieter in the second half but a comfortable victory.

Manchester City 4 v 0 West Ham Utd

City kept their good run of form in the WSL going with their fifth straight win. Caroline Weir found herself on the end of Chloe Kelly’s cross to make it one nil after 9 minute’s. City kept the pressure on West Ham and got their second on 39 minutes, Stanway scoring after a scramble in the box.

Ellen White made it 3-0 City with a header before Rose Lavelle capitalised on a mistake to make it four.

FA WSL: The REd devils return to the top

Manchester United returned to the top of the table this weekend after a 2-0 win against Birmingham City. Leah Galton and Ella Toone with goals in the second half securing victory for Casey Stoney’s team.

Manchester City moved into third spot after another big win beating Brighton by seven goals to one. Second placed Chelsea’s game at Bristol City was postponed due to heavy snow. Arsenal also fell victims to the weather as their match vs West Ham was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The only game on Saturday saw Aston Villa host Reading. Reading twice took the lead only for Villa to twice level with the match ending in a 2-2 draw.

Manchester United 2 v 0 Birmingham City

United had the first chance as Lauren James, broke down the left and cut inside the box to create a shooting chance but fired high over the bar. A warning from the in form United forward. United continued to work down the left side, Amy Turners cross field ball was flicked on to Leah Galton on the left. Galton worked her way into the box and fired a shot at goal which was pushed away by Blues keeper Hannah Hampton.

Birmingham were unable to stop United down that left side as Galton was almost put though again, but Hampton was out of her goal quickly to gather the ball. United continued their attacks down the left as Birmingham seemed powerless to stop them.

Ella Toone’s shot was blocked but United recycled the ball and Galton had space inside the box. Her cut back was cleared but United regained the ball and switched play to right. Lauren James played the ball along the six yard box and after and defection it fall to Jackie Groenen but she shot well over the bar.

Katie Zelem played a clear though ball into the box, into the path of Galton. Galton flicked the ball towards gaol with her first touch but Hampton pulled off a fine save diving to her right to push the ball away from goal.

A first half that united dominated ends 0-0.

The second half started as the first ended with United on the attack. They had the lead their played deserved after 46 minutes. Lauren James sent a teasing ball into the six yard box from the right side. The invitation was taken by Galton, getting goal side of Sarah Mayling to side foot the ball into the net.

United kept pressing for a second goal with Ella Tonne shooting over and then straight at Hampton after being played in by Galton. They did get their second after 81 minutes thanks Ella Toone. Kirsty Hanson’s cut back wasn’t cleared by Lucy Whipp and the ball fell to Toone. Striking the ball first time it went across the goal to go in off the far post.

A comfortable win for United who dominated the game. United could have scored more but for some good save from Hannah Hampton and some poor shooting.

United return to the top of the league on 29 points, three above Chelsea who have two games in hand.

Brighton 1 v 7 Manchester City

City hit seven goals for the second league game in a row as they beat Brighton 7-1. City first came after 12 minutes as Chole Kelly’s ball across the box was turned in by Caroline Weir. Weir had a second after 16 minutes following a 1-2 her first time strike flying into the goal. Weir was denied a first half hat trick. Dancing around three Brighton defenders her shot was brilliantly saved by Cecillie Fiskerstrand.

City had a third before the break. From an in swinging corner, Weir flicked the ball at the near post and Steph Houghton turned it in on the line. Half time Brighton 0 v 3 Man City.

Chole Kelly having another fine game played in Ellen White, who’s deft touch put the ball past the keeper for 4-0. Just after the hour it was five nil to City. Steph Houghton’s free kick clipping the bar on its way in the goal.

Brighton got a consolation thanks to Rianna Jarrett. Latching on to a poor pass by City she ran into the box to fire past Ellie Roebuck.

After patience build up where City worked the ball across the pitch the ball ended in the net with Chole Kelly finishing a wonderful City move. Janine Beckie made it seven turning in from close range from Kelly’s cross.

City move up to third ahead of Arsenal, five points off leaders Manchester United albeit with a game in hand.

Aston Villa 2 v 2 Reading

A game that started in sunshine and ended in snow ended with a 2-2 draw despite Reading enjoying the majority of the game. Reading took an early lead thanks to a Angharad James goal after three minutes. Rachel Rowe find Jess Fishlock in lots of space just outside the box. Fishlock fired a shot at goal which was well saved by Villa keeper Lisa Weiss. The loose ball was headed in by James.

Weiss was called into action again tipping over Emma Mitchells long range effort. Fishlock and James combined again, as Fishlock turned in the box to lay off for James who shot wide. Reading controlled the first half with Welsh International Fishlock controlling the midfield. Finding space all the time Fishlock set Beth Roberts up for shot but Weiss saved well.

Natasha Harding found Danielle Carter who set up James for another effort which went just over the bar. Fishlock found Harding in space in the box but her shot was blocked. Villa were unable to clear and the ball fell to Rachel Rowe but her shot was tame and easily saved. Half time Aston Villa 0 v 1 Reading.

Villa against the run of play equalised after 55 minutes. A low free kick from Natalie Haigh caught out Reading and the ball was turned in by Mana Iwabuchi for her first WSL goal.

Reading regained the lead just two minutes later with Rachel Rowe scoring. Jess Fishlock’s ball between the Villa defenders found Rowe inside the box on the right. It looked as Rowe has mis-controlled the ball but some clear footwork allowed her to fire low into the goal.

After the sunshine of the first half the weather turned and the snow begin to fall as Reading looked for a third to kill off the game. Carter had a chance but put it wide before a double save from Weiss. Fishlock driving forward slip the ball into the path of Carter who’s shot was blocked by the advancing Weiss. The Villa keeper was up quickly to deny Amalie Eikeland.

Weiss kept her side in the game and Villa got a second equaliser in the 91st minute. Iwabuchi and Hayles linking up in the box to find Diana Silva who poked the ball into the net. Full Time Aston Villa 2 v 2 Reading.

Reading had the better of the game but couldn’t extend their lead which allowed Villa a chance to get a point. Villa remain 11th but now level on points with West Ham. Reading remain in sixth but will see this as two points dropped.

WSL Update: Alex Morgan scores first Spurs Goal

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

The latest round of the Women Super League saw the double American World Cup winner Alex Morgan score her first goal for her new club to help them on their way to a 3-1 victory over Hope Powell’s Brighton & Hove Albion. 

More crucially, however, it secured the North London side’s first win of the WSL campaign as well as giving new Head Coach, Rehanne Skinner a first victory.  Spurs opened the scoring in the 11thminute of the game through a curling left footed free kick from Kerys Harrop.  The Seagulls equalised from the penalty spot in the 33rdminute thanks to a composed finish from Inessa Kaagman.  

In the second half Spurs were able to restore their advantage through Angela Addison, who broke through from midfield before calmly slotting it past the Brighton keeper Megan Walsh.  

The win was subsequently secured six minutes from time through a Alex Morgan penalty, which was awarded following a foul on Ria Percival.  

Following the game, Skinner said:

“Obviously we’ve worked really hard over the last couple of weeks, the players have gone into the game with a really positive mentality and it’s translated on the pitch.

“The three points are massive for the club, it starts to move us in the direction that we want to be moving in, and I think they deserved it on the balance of play.”

When asked about Morgan scoring her first WSL goal, Skinner said:

“Alex has been building up her time on the pitch over the course of the last couple of months. For her, she’s getting more and more back to where she would probably want to be.”

Champions Chelsea make it 12 in a row at home

Chelsea 3-2 West Ham United

Australian international Sam Kerr, meanwhile, helped Chelsea set a new Women Super League record as they beat London rivals West Ham 3-2. 

The win was in front of 700 supporters at the Blues’ home of Kingsmedow and marked the first time that the WSL was able to welcome fans since the easing of restrictions earlier this week.

Kerr gave Emma Hayes’ side the early lead after she was able to turn in a Fran Kirby low cross.  The Hammers, managed by caretaker Billy Stewart following Matt Beard’s departure last month were able to respond in the second half through new signing Rachel Daly, who slotted home Adriana Leon’s pin point cross.  

The parity only lasted eight minutes as Kerr was able to grab her second from close range before completing her hat trick mid-way through the second half. 

An own goal from Swedish defender Magdalena Eriksson two minutes from the end set up a tense finish but the Blues were able to hold on to the victory. 

The Blues will next be action on Wednesday afternoon whey they travel to Portugal to face Benfica for the first leg of their Champions League round of 32 tie. 

Manchester United maintain unbeaten start to the WSL

Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United

Casey Stoney’s United were able to continue their unbeaten run in the Women Super League.  They secured a 2-0 win at newly promoted Aston Villa.

The Reds opened the scoring through Leah Galton, who finished off some terrific one touch passing on the edge of the Villa penalty area mid-way through the first half. 

United remained dominant for much of the game but had to wait until the 89thminute to be sure of the points through a brilliant lop over the keeper from Ella Toone.  

Stoney’s team remain top of the WSL, but are just one point ahead of Arsenal and have a three-point advantage over champions Chelsea, with Hayes’ side having played a game less. 

Gunners move to within one point of the leaders

Arsenal 3-0 Birmingham City

Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal team were able to produce a strong display to see off Carla Ward’s Birmingham.  

The Gunners captain Kim Little did miss a penalty mid-way through the first half and had to wait until the second half to break the deadlock. Caitlin Foord headed the ball in off the post before Jill Roord added a quick second five minutes later.

Little was able to make up for her penalty miss by making sure of the win by calmly converting from the spot in the 87thminute, sealing a 3-0 win.  

Caroline Weir impresses for City against Everton

Everton 0-3 Manchester City

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor had high praise for influential midfielder Caroline Weir following his sides 3-0 at Everton. 

Weir was able to produce a hat trick of first half assists to ensure her side leapfrog the Toffees in the WSL table. 

The Scottish international was able to set up England striker Ellen White, Gemma Bonner and Janine Beckie with three excellent deliveries. 

Following the game, Taylor said:

“She showed her class (Weir) with her ability, like picking out the goal for Janine. She was great.

“She’s had a difficult period going away with Scotland. They didn’t qualify but to come back and produce that performance shows what she’s about.”

City now sit fourth in the table and face a key month as they open their Champions League campaign with a trip to Swedish side Goteborg, while in the league they are set to play second place Arsenal next Sunday. 

Sophie Baggaley inspires the Robins to draw at Reading

Reading 1-1 Bristol City

The weekend’s final game saw Bristol City earn just their second point of the season away at Reading.  

City took the lead in the first half through Emma Bissell, who scored her first WSL goal. England international Fara Williams was, however, able to equalise for the Royals shortly after half time. 

From there you would have expected Reading to go on and win the game but they could not find anyway past the inspired City keeper Sophie Baggaley, who saved a one-on-one against Danielle Carter and also impressively denied Jess Fishlock.