Reading 0-1 Manchester United: Rachel Williams winner puts visitors top of Women’s Super League

Manchester United's Katie Zelem has her penalty saved by Reading's Jacqueline Burns
Katie Zelem saw her penalty saved by Reading goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns in the first half

Substitute Rachel Williams scored a superb solo goal to beat Reading and send Manchester United top of the Women’s Super League.

After spurning a number of chances, United took until the 87th minute to score as Williams broke down the left and then jinked inside before firing into the top corner.

United had the opportunity to go in front towards the end of a relentless first half but captain Katie Zelem’s 40th-minute penalty was saved by Reading goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns after Alessia Russo was brought down by Diane Caldwell.

Burns made a string of impressive saves, twice denying Lucia Garcia in one-on-one situations, while United winger Nikita Parris hit the crossbar late in the first period.

But despite having to withstand sustained pressure from the visitors, Reading did have chances of their own and looked set to secure a valuable point.

However, United’s pressure finally told late on – and after Chelsea’s match against Liverpool earlier in the day was postponed because of a frozen pitch, the win puts Marc Skinner’s top of the league team on goal difference.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Reading Women

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 25burns
  • 3Mukandi
  • 17Caldwell
  • 5evans
  • 28Woodham
  • 27Vanhaevermaet
  • 9Eikeland
  • 51TroelsgaardSubstituted forPrimersat 65′minutes
  • 23RoweSubstituted forWadeat 87′minutes
  • 7WellingsSubstituted forBrysonat 90+1′minutes
  • 12HarriesSubstituted forDowieat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moloney
  • 2Bryson
  • 10Dowie
  • 11Wade
  • 18Jane
  • 30Poulter
  • 37Primers

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 2Batlle
  • 15Le Tissier
  • 21Turner
  • 6Blundell
  • 10Zelem
  • 12Ladd
  • 17GarciaSubstituted forWilliamsat 84′minutes
  • 7Toone
  • 22ParrisSubstituted forThomasat 65′minutes
  • 23Russian

Substitutes

  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 5Mannion
  • 8Boe Risa
  • 9Thomas
  • 19Leon
  • 20Tounkara
  • 28Williams
  • 32Baggaley

Referees:
Richie Watkins

Attendance:
5.108

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