Sunday 3 August 2014

Fran's Dream Debut

Fran Kirby got her England career off to a dream start with a player of the match performance by scoring on debut against Sweden in a 4-0 win.

Fran was handed her international debut today by England manager, Mark Sampson. The Royals striker has been in magnificent form for her club this season and deservedly got the England call-up to face Sweden in a friendly.She has previously been called up to the England squad, as well as being a key member of the England U23 side. Kirby was the only FAWSL 2 player to make it into the England squad.

Fran impressed right from the first minute when she had a chance to score with her first ever touch for England but she was unable to direct her strike on target.

Kirby linked up well with her team-mates throughout the first half, setting up Jodie Taylor who forced a spectacular save from the Swedish keeper.

Fran continued to impress in the second half, forcing the Swedish keeper into more outstanding acrobatics to keep her side in the match.

Within minutes Kirby managed to open her England account when she found herself with space in the box and fired low past the keeper to give England a 2-0 lead.

Soon after Fran bagged her debut goal she was replaced by Toni Duggan but not before a standing ovation for the new England star. Kirby was awarded the player of the match award at the end of the game to cap off a brilliant afternoon for the 21 year old. Job done.

She later gave her reaction to the game on Twitter:

“Great result against Sweden, all the girls put a shift in! So happy to get my first cap, first goal and player of the match! Surreal day!”

Elsewhere in the international world, Reading keeper Nicky Davies started in goal for Wales in their friendly against Scotland. She started off in fine form making three incredible reflexive saves in the first 30 minutes.

Davies’ clean sheet wasn’t to be though when Rachel Corsie bundled the ball beyond Davies for Scotland with just 16 minutes remaining.

What a day it has been for our international girls. We are so very proud at Reading FC Women.