Friday 12 April 2019

Preview | SSE Women's FA Cup Semi-Final


Date: Sunday, April 14th, kick off 12.30pm

Competition: SSE Women’s FA Cup – Semi Final

Venue: Adams Park

Hillbottom Road, HIGH WYCOMBE, Bucks

Post Code: HP12 4HJ

This coming Sunday sees a huge game for Kelly Chambers’ Reading side as they compete with WSL rivals West Ham United Women FC for the right to take on the winners of the other semi-final, Manchester City or Chelsea, in the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday May 4th (kick off 5.30pm). The club are offering transport on Sunday to Adams Park from the Madejski (where parking will be free) for just £5 – please see the club website for further information. The game is live on the BBC (Red Button and iPlayer).

It will be a stern test indeed for the Royals who only managed to take one point off their East London rivals in the WSL this season. After a goalless draw at the Hammers’ Rush Green Stadium back in September, Matt Beard’s side came to the Madejski back in February when two goals from Swiss striker Alisha Lehmann earned them a 2-1 success with Fara Williams netting Reading’s consolation from the penalty spot. Just one place and one point separates the sides in the WSL – Reading are in 6th place with the Hammers in 7th. The Hammers have played one game more. Leading scorer for the East Londoners is the experienced former Manchester City Scottish international Jane Ross with a total of 10 in all competitions.


Impressive in the victory at the Madejski when she created both of Lehmann’s goals was the Hammers ’midfielder, South Korean international Cho So-hyun. Widely considered one of South Korea’s finest ever football players, Cho holds the record for the most appearances for her national team, at 119, while her 20 goals for her nation ties her sixth in the South Korean all-time top goal scorer charts. Cho helped South Korea to a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Asian Games before captaining the side to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where they reached the round of 16 for the first time in their history. Her efforts saw Cho named the Korea Football Association’s Women’s Football of the Year for the first time. Previously with Norwegian side Avaldsnes IL, Cho moved to East London in January. On her signing Head Coach Matt Beard commented “I believe Cho will bring some of the qualities we’ve perhaps missed a bit in midfield. She is versatile and is a technically excellent player. She’s the captain of a huge footballing nation in South Korea, and her leadership and ability will be a huge asset to our side.”

Their journeys to the Quarter Finals


Feb 10th - 4th Round -  Keynsham Town Ladies - Home (Woking FC)

Won 13-0

Scorers: Fara Williams 5 (3 penalties), Lauren Bruton 2, Brooke Chaplen 2, Charlie Estcourt, Rakel Honnudottir 2, Gemma Davison

Feb 17th -  5th Round -  Birmingham City Women FC -  Home

Won 2-1

Scorers: Kirsty Pearce, Rakel Honnudottir

Mar 17th -  Quarter Final -   Manchester United Women FC - Home

Won 3-2 (after extra time, score at 90 mins 0-0)

Scorers: Remi Allen, Rachel Furness, Rakel Honnudottir


Feb 3rd - 4th Round -  Blackburn Ladies -  Away

Won 3-1

Scorers: Adrianna Leon 2, Brianna Visalli

Feb 17th - 5th Round - Huddersfield Town Ladies - Home

Won 8-1

Scorers: Kate Longhurst, Leanne Kiernan 3, Alisha Lehmann, Jane Ross, Rosie Kimita, Brianna Visalli

Mar 17th -  Quarter Final -  Aston Villa Ladies - Away

Won 1-0

Scorer: Jane Ross

Clearly the Royals will need to be at their very best if they are to get through to next month’s Wembley showpiece. Your support this season, home and away, has been fantastic. Do come along and support the side on Sunday as they look for their first victory over the Hammers. Your support is very much appreciated by everyone at Reading Football Club.

Adrian Wood