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Manchester City 1-0 Reading: Chloe Kelly's late winner puts City top of Women's Super League

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at The Academy Stadium

Chloe Kelly's late winner for Manchester City kept their Women's Super League title challenge on course after a nail-biting encounter with Reading at Academy Stadium.

Lauren Hemp's superb solo run set up Kelly to tap in from close range in the 87th minute.

An 11th straight WSL victory moves City a point above title rivals Chelsea, who host struggling Aston Villa on Sunday.

Reading drop to seventh place, a point behind Brighton.

City looked destined for a frustrating evening as chance after chance went begging in the first half, with Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney putting in an impressive performance and making numerous saves.

Hemp smacked the post when she was set up by Georgia Stanway, before the latter missed a golden opportunity from close range.

There were also chances for Lucy Bronze and Caroline Weir, while USA international Rose Lavelle had a shot tipped over the bar by Moloney early on.

Reading's Amalie Eikeland forced a smart save from opposing goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck as the Royals held a threat on the counter-attack and they looked set to earn a point for their tireless defensive efforts before Kelly eventually broke the deadlock.

City boss Gareth Taylor had called for a response following his side's Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat by Barcelona and, despite being made to wait, this result ensured City maintain a strong foothold in a two-horse race for the title.

Their time at the top could be brief, though, as defending champions Chelsea will return to the summit should they beat relegation-battling Villa.

The only downside to City's win was the substitution of recently returned defender Demi Stokes shortly into the second half. She went down with an apparent injury before heading immediately down the tunnel with a member of staff.

Line-ups

Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Roebuck
  • 20BronzeBooked at 45mins
  • 13Dahlkemper
  • 27Greenwood
  • 3StokesSubstituted forMorganat 59'minutes
  • 21LavelleSubstituted forMewisat 62'minutes
  • 24Walsh
  • 19Weir
  • 9Kelly
  • 15Hemp
  • 10StanwaySubstituted forWhiteat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mannion
  • 7Coombs
  • 11Beckie
  • 14Morgan
  • 16Park
  • 18White
  • 22Mewis
  • 34Benameur
  • 39Davies

Reading Women

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Moloney
  • 11HardingBooked at 40mins
  • 2Leine
  • 5BartripBooked at 90mins
  • 14CooperBooked at 86mins
  • 28WoodhamBooked at 47mins
  • 8Fishlock
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forCarterat 68'minutes
  • 6James
  • 23RoweSubstituted forHarriesat 82'minutes
  • 9EikelandBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 7Jeon
  • 16Nayler
  • 18Carter
  • 24Flores
  • 31Roberts
  • 32Childerhouse
  • 36Harries
Referee:
Stacey Pearson

Match Stats

Home TeamMan City WomenAway TeamReading Women
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City Women 1, Reading Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 1, Reading Women 0.

  3. Booking

    Molly Bartrip (Reading Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Molly Bartrip (Reading Women).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City Women 1, Reading Women 0. Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lauren Hemp.

  7. Booking

    Deanna Cooper (Reading Women) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Esme Morgan (Manchester City Women).

  9. Post update

    Danielle Carter (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Grace Moloney.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading Women. Emma Harries replaces Rachel Rowe.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Alex Greenwood (Manchester City Women).

  13. Post update

    Natasha Harding (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ellen White (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chloe Kelly.

  16. Booking

    Amalie Eikeland (Reading Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Lucy Bronze (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Amalie Eikeland (Reading Women).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samantha Mewis (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lauren Hemp with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ellen White (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucy Bronze with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women18143155114445
2Chelsea Women1714215284444
3Man Utd Women18122437181938
4Arsenal Women17112453143935
5Everton Women177463025525
6Brighton Women176381530-1521
7Reading Women184862128-720
8Tottenham Women184591632-1617
9B'ham City Women163391230-1812
10Aston Villa Women1531111139-2810
11Bristol City Women1724111461-4710
12West Ham Women1623111636-209
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