Women's Super League 1
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Women's Super League One: Reading Women 0-3 Chelsea Ladies

Katie Chapman (right)
Katie Chapman (right) opened the scoring for the visitors after the break

Chelsea Ladies kept pressure on leaders Manchester City in the race for the Women's Super League One title with a comfortable victory at winless Reading.

Katie Chapman headed in Karen Carney's free-kick to put Chelsea ahead, before Gemma Davison's classy finish and Ana Borges' low strike sealed it late on.

Reading remain second from bottom, six points above Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Chelsea must now win at City when they meet on Sunday, 25 September to have any hope of retaining the title.

Emma Hayes' side could have won by a greater margin at Adam's Park, but Gilly Flaherty headed wide and the Royals' goalkeeper Mary Earps denied Claire Rafferty early on.

Victory means Chelsea will secure qualification for the 2017-18 Champions League competition if they pick up two points from their final three matches of the season.

Line-ups

Reading Women

  • 19Earps
  • 2Jane
  • 6McGee
  • 12Davies
  • 3ScottBooked at 90mins
  • 7Follis
  • 5BartripSubstituted forHinesat 74'minutes
  • 8AllenBooked at 71mins
  • 23Rowe
  • 20FletcherSubstituted forJonesat 79'minutes
  • 9BrutonBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 4Hines
  • 10Roche
  • 11Boho Sayo
  • 14May-Walkley
  • 18Ward
  • 22Jones
  • 31Sansom

Chelsea Ladies

  • 12Spencer
  • 3Blundell
  • 6Fahey
  • 5FlahertyBooked at 90mins
  • 11Rafferty
  • 4Bright
  • 17ChapmanSubstituted forBaileyat 70'minutes
  • 7Davison
  • 10JiSubstituted forSpenceat 84'minutes
  • 9AlukoSubstituted forBorgesat 66'minutes
  • 8Carney

Substitutes

  • 1Lindahl
  • 15England
  • 16Borges
  • 24Spence
  • 25Bailey
Attendance:
679

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamChelsea Ladies
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Reading Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 3.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Harriet Scott.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Harriet Scott.

Booking

Harriet Scott (Reading Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harriet Scott (Reading Ladies).

Goal!

Goal! Reading Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 3. Ana Borges (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karen Carney.

Offside, Reading Ladies. Remi Allen tries a through ball, but Rachel Rowe is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Remi Allen (Reading Ladies) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lauren Bruton with a cross.

Foul by Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies).

Rachel Rowe (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Reading Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2. Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Rebecca Spencer.

Booking

Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies) is shown the yellow card.

Ana Borges (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Rowe (Reading Ladies).

Attempt saved. Rachel Rowe (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nia Jones (Reading Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Drew Spence replaces Ji So-Yun.

Foul by Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Nia Jones replaces Melissa Fletcher.

Attempt missed. Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross following a set piece situation.

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kylie Davies (Reading Ladies).

Booking

Lauren Bruton (Reading Ladies) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Kayleigh Hines replaces Molly Bartrip.

Foul by Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies).

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

Attempt missed. Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Remi Allen (Reading Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Remi Allen (Reading Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Jade Bailey replaces Katie Chapman because of an injury.

Claire Rafferty (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Melissa Fletcher (Reading Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Ana Borges replaces Eniola Aluko.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1412203333038
2Chelsea Ladies13101236122431
3Arsenal Women1372421111023
4Liverpool Ladies136432015522
5B'ham City Ladies13553810-220
6Notts County Ladies122371020-109
7Sunderland Ladies132381431-179
8Reading Women13067921-126
9Doncaster Rovers Belles100010432-280
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