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Reading Women 1-2 Arsenal Ladies

Dominique Janssen (right)
Dominique Janssen (right) put Arsenal 2-0 up on the hour mark

Arsenal Ladies beat Reading Women for the second time in four league games to go third in Women's Super League One.

The Gunners, who had lost back-to-back league games to rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, went ahead through Jordan Nobbs' fine long-range strike.

Midfielder Dominique Janssen's header doubled Arsenal's lead after the break.

Emma Follis curled in to give newly promoted Reading hope in the closing stages, but the Royals missed chances and remain winless in the top flight.

Spain's Natalia had put the ball in the net for Arsenal with the score at 1-0, but was deemed to have been offside.

Reading - who lost their opening game of the season 3-1 at Arsenal in March - rallied in the latter stages and Follis almost equalised in stoppage time but saw her volley go wide.

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Arsenal defender Casey Stoney: "If we had gone away with a draw we would've had to seriously look at ourselves.

"Three points tonight was massive for us to just get a little bit of confidence back and a bit of rhythm back - and also some points, most importantly.

"It should have been more comfortable, given the first half, but also in the second half we had a couple of one-on-ones with the goalkeeper and we haven't taken them.

"But credit to Reading, they never give up, they always fight. They're doing really well considering they're a newly promoted team. They're very difficult to play against."

Reading forward Lauren Bruton: "In the last 20 minutes we actually did really well and it's a shame that we didn't start that way.

"It was a tough game and it's just a shame that we had all the pressure in the last 20 minutes, but it wasn't meant to be.

"We were hoping to go in 0-0 at half-time and unfortunately they scored. But we were happy with 1-0 at half-time and we knew we could push them in the second half. It was just a shame that we let in that second goal but we finished so well."

Line-ups

Reading Women

  • 1Moloney
  • 2Jane
  • 6McGee
  • 5Bartrip
  • 16Cox
  • 4HinesSubstituted forMay-Walkleyat 71'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 23Rowe
  • 7Follis
  • 9Bruton
  • 18WardSubstituted forStobbsat 71'minutes
  • 22JonesSubstituted forFletcherat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scott
  • 14May-Walkley
  • 15Stobbs
  • 17Estcourt
  • 19Earps
  • 20Fletcher
  • 29Cunningham

Arsenal Women

  • 13van Veenendaal
  • 2ScottSubstituted forCorredera Ruedaat 77'minutes
  • 22Henning
  • 5Stoney
  • 14Williamson
  • 6Losada Gomez
  • 20Janssen
  • 8NobbsSubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
  • 9Carter
  • 7Pablos SanchonSubstituted forOshoalaat 81'minutes
  • 15McCabe

Substitutes

  • 1Byrne
  • 3Mitchell
  • 4Williams
  • 17Corredera Rueda
  • 19Rose
  • 21van de Donk
  • 24Oshoala
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
604

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home7
Away22
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Reading Ladies 1, Arsenal Ladies 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading Ladies 1, Arsenal Ladies 2.

Attempt missed. Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Ladies).

Amber Stobbs (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies).

Rachel Rowe (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Emma Follis (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Marta Corredera.

Attempt saved. Fara Williams (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Marta Corredera.

Attempt blocked. Amber Stobbs (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Leah Williamson (Arsenal Ladies).

Amber Stobbs (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies).

Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Amber Stobbs (Reading Ladies).

Dangerous play by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Ladies).

Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Asisat Oshoala replaces Natalia.

Goal!

Goal! Reading Ladies 1, Arsenal Ladies 2. Emma Follis (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lauren Bruton.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Marta Corredera replaces Alex Scott.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Laura May-Walkley (Reading Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Laura May-Walkley (Reading Ladies).

Foul by Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies).

Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emma Follis (Reading Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Laura May-Walkley replaces Kayleigh Hines.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Amber Stobbs replaces Helen Ward.

Molly Bartrip (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Natalia (Arsenal Ladies).

Foul by Alex Scott (Arsenal Ladies).

Helen Ward (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Emma Follis (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Ladies33008269
2Man City Women33005059
3Arsenal Women420256-16
4Liverpool Ladies31114404
5B'ham City Ladies310224-23
6Sunderland Ladies20203302
7Reading Women402258-32
8Notts County Ladies201123-11
9Doncaster Rovers Belles200226-40
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