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Women's Super League One: Manchester City beat Reading to extend lead at top

Toni Duggan (centre, right)
Toni Duggan's first-time strike proved to be the winning goal at Adams Park

Manchester City Women maintained their unbeaten record in Women's Super League One and moved seven points clear at the top with victory at winless Reading.

Izzy Christiansen headed City into a first-half lead before England teammate Toni Duggan's superb 18-yard strike made it two with 10 minutes remaining.

Reading rallied and Lauren Bruton pulled one back from the spot after Nikita Parris brought down Emma Follis.

But it was too late to deny City a ninth win in 11 WSL 1 games this year.

Nick Cushing's side had 25 shots to Reading's seven and could have won by a bigger margin but Georgia Stanway hit the post after half-time and Scotland's Jane Ross dragged a shot wide.

Reading - who are still looking for their first win since promotion to the top flight but remain six points above the relegation zone - went closest early on when England's Demi Stokes blocked a shot from the Royals' Rachel Rowe.

City have played a game more than defending champions Chelsea, who lie second, but hold a nine-point advantage over third-placed Arsenal, with just five matches remaining.

Manchester City Women's Izzy Christiansen: "It's a very tough place to come with a great atmosphere, we are pleased to be coming away with the three points.

"A goal on my 50th appearance is a little landmark, but most importantly we won.

"We're feeling good. We've got a big squad with loads of fresh legs. Most importantly we're all fit, and everyone's in good shape."

Reading Women's Lauren Bruton: "We did exceptionally well. We kept them at bay for a good while. We stopped them playing through us, which was our game plan, and we frustrated them.

"When we did get the ball we broke on the counter and we did have chances, especially in the first half.

"They've got the quality to break us down, so when they have so many chances they're going to score at some point."

Line-ups

Reading Women

  • 19Earps
  • 2Jane
  • 6McGee
  • 4Hines
  • 13Perry
  • 8AllenSubstituted forFletcherat 82'minutes
  • 10RocheSubstituted forMay-Walkleyat 64'minutes
  • 23Rowe
  • 9Bruton
  • 7Follis
  • 11Boho Sayo

Substitutes

  • 5Bartrip
  • 14May-Walkley
  • 15Stobbs
  • 18Ward
  • 20Fletcher
  • 22Jones
  • 39Sansom

Man City Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Bronze
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8ScottSubstituted forCorbozat 82'minutes
  • 4MiddagSubstituted forWalshat 61'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 17Parris
  • 11Christiansen
  • 12StanwaySubstituted forDugganat 74'minutes
  • 16Ross

Substitutes

  • 9Duggan
  • 10Corboz
  • 18Toone
  • 21Hourihan
  • 24Walsh
Attendance:
592

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home7
Away23
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Reading Ladies 1, Manchester City Women 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading Ladies 1, Manchester City Women 2.

Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Toni Duggan.

Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laura May-Walkley (Reading Ladies).

Foul by Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women).

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

Goal!

Goal! Reading Ladies 1, Manchester City Women 2. Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Reading Ladies. Emma Follis draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women).

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

Attempt missed. Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City Women) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Emma Follis.

Attempt missed. Toni Duggan (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

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

Attempt missed. Jane Ross (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daphne Corboz.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Daphne Corboz replaces Jill Scott.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Melissa Fletcher replaces Remi Allen.

Goal!

Goal! Reading Ladies 0, Manchester City Women 2. Toni Duggan (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stephanie Houghton following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Kirsty McGee.

Attempt missed. Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sophie Perry with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Foul by Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women).

Remi Allen (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sophie Perry (Reading Ladies).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Toni Duggan replaces Georgia Stanway.

Delay in match Kirsty McGee (Reading Ladies) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jane Ross (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nikita Parris.

Booking

Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women).

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

Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rebecca Jane (Reading Ladies).

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Laura May-Walkley (Reading Ladies).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women119202632329
2Chelsea Ladies1071227111622
3Arsenal Women116231910920
4B'ham City Ladies1255286220
5Liverpool Ladies114431815316
6Notts County Ladies10235916-79
7Reading Women10064915-66
8Sunderland Ladies121381030-206
9Doncaster Rovers Belles7007323-200
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