Sunday 15 April 2018

Royals' can hold heads up high after defeat to Manchester City in Final

Kelly Chambers; “They need to put the disappointment of the day behind them and hold their heads up high after a fantastic cup run"

Reading Women’s U16s were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City U16s at St. George’s Park in the Girls FA Youth Cup Final on Saturday afternoon.

After an incredible cup run; beating Charlton, Arsenal, Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester United, the young Royals made history by becoming our first female side to reach an FA Youth Cup Final.

And it was a very bright start for the girls in orange, with England internationals Emma Harries and Sophie Quirk linking up to help the ball on to Olivia Gaffney, whose brilliant header was directed across goal and into the far corner in the 22nd minute.

A number of chances then fell to the Royals to double their lead; however, they were unable to further capitalise on their dominance in the early phases. City responded just before the break, and then again soon after the restart to turn the tie on its head.

In the dying stages of the game Reading piled the pressure on the City goal, coming close on several occasions – however it was then with all bodies forward, City were able to counter attack and score their third.

Reading Women’s first team manager and director of women’s football Kelly Chambers said; after watching the game; “We’re immensely proud of our U16s for how well they have done this season however today was not their day. They need to put the disappointment of the day behind them and hold their heads up high after a fantastic cup run. There’s talented players in that group who we will look after and ensure they keep improving and continue working towards playing in our first team.”

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